Union conferences

RMT rule changes

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

The Executive will be submitting its own proposals arising from the review of the union’s structure - but rank-and-file members can also submit proposals through branches.

Eight branches need to submit any particular proposal for it to get on the agenda. Off The Rails is promoting five proposals: see the insert in the zine for the full wording.

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

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Industrial news in brief

Power control workers on London Underground began an eight-day strike on Tuesday 1 July.

Workers are resisting attacks on terms and conditions, and want conditions for formerly-outsourced workers to be levelled-up. Members of the RMT, TSSA, and Unite unions are participating in the strike.

London Underground power control and cleaning workers take action; RMT AGM; Ritzy workers call for Picturehouse boycott.

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“Law” used to gag debate

The ill-defined threat of legal jeopardy dominated speeches at Unison conference (15-20 June), far more than the subject of the national pay dispute.

At Local Government Conference two emergency motions on the pay dispute were ruled out of order on the ground that they might place the union in legal jeopardy.

Given they were not printed on the agenda and no detail was allowed in appeals to the Standing Orders Committee from submitting branches, delegates were left with no idea what legal jeopardy the union was facing.

The ill-defined threat of legal jeopardy dominated speeches at Unison conference, far more than the national pay dispute.

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Tube cleaners in the RMT union have faced a lock-out as managers sent them home for refusing to use “biometric booking-on” machines.

The machines are intended to replace the existing system of booking on by signing in with station supervisors, and by phone. They require cleaners to enter a fingerprint.

Rail cleaners and college workers' struggles; posties boycott Sun; Unison conference rules out debate.

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Workers' Liberty bulletins for Unison conference

AWL bulletins for the Unison Local Government and National Delegate Conferences which take place from 15 June in Brighton.

AWL bulletins for the Unison Local Government and National Delegate Conferences which take place from 15 June in Brighton.

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Unison to discuss pay fight

The Local Government sector conference of public sector Unison takes place on 15-16 June in Brighton, with the union’s National Delegate Conference immediately following from Tuesday 17 June to Friday 20 June.

Workers’ Liberty members and supporters will be in attendance as delegates and observers, distributing our bulletins and fighting for greater democracy and more focused industrial militancy across the union.

The conference of public sector Unison will discuss ongoing pay fights in Local Government and Health.

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Unite policy conference to debate Labour and Europe

No merger with the PCS this side of a General Election. And maybe never.

Although they do not put it as bluntly as this, that’s the substance of two of the motions submitted to the Unite Policy Conference being held in Liverpool late June and early July.

The biennial policy conference of Unite, Britain's largest union, will debate the union's relationship to the Labour Party, amongst a host of other issues.

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CWU edges towards “two funds”

The CWU (Communication Workers’ Union, covering post and telecom workers) met for its postal, telecom, and general conferences on 27 April to 1 May.

The biggest political debate was on Scottish independence. Several Scottish delegates spoke for a “no” to independence, saying that “as a union, we’ re stronger together” and they won a large majority. Only one of the 13 Scottish branches is pro-independence.

Of the two motions on the Collins Review, the more combative was defeated, and the “steady as you go” one was carried.

A rule change proposing that CWU move to Unison’s model of having two political funds, one affiliated to Labour and one unaffiliated, wasn't reached at the union's recent conference but will probably come back in 2015.

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CGIL fails to reorient

The details of the latest scandal surrounding the contracts worth billions for the 2015 "Expo Exhibition" in Milan — revealing a network of many of the same individuals and forces at the heart of the "Bribesville" scandal that brought the first post-war Republic to ignominious collapse in 1994 — have underlined once again the squalid depths of corruption defining the Italy's economic and political system and state in its entirety.

At the congress of the Italian union confederation CGIL (6-7 May), FIOM leader Maurizio Landini criticised the leadership, but inadequately.

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NUT: build at the base!

The outcome of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Easter conference makes it more important than ever for delegates to build a grass-roots movement capable of challenging the leadership and building local disputes that can increase members’ confidence and capacity and speed serious national action.

The outcome of the National Union of Teachers Easter conference makes it more important than ever for delegates to build a grass-roots movement capable of challenging the leadership and building local disputes that can increase members’ confidence and capacity and speed serious national action.

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