Amicus

Unite union demonstration at Labour Party conference

Date: 

23 September, 2007 - 14:00

Location: 

Assemble Meyrick Park, Bournemouth

Description: 

Demanding: * an end to off-shoring - quality, secure jobs for all
* to ensure equal rights for agency workers - and trade unionfreedom for all
* to close the yawning wealth gap
* to deliver fair pay to public sector workers and quality, publicly provided health and education for all
* to free councils to build decent housing for all
http://www.amicustheunion.org/labourPartySite/whats%20happening.aspx

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"New union: which way forward" meeting of TGWU activists

Date: 

17 September, 2006 - 14:00 to 17:00

Location: 

Bloomsbury Suite, ULU, Malet St, London

Description: 

AGENDA
1. What is the union for?
2. Lay member democracy, Branches, elections and involvement: Making lay member control a reality
3. 'National' (actually, 'International') Trade Group Committees
The industrial sectors: Sector committees

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Support Jaguar workers! March and rally

Date: 

27 November, 2004 - 09:30

Location: 

Millennium Place, Coventry

Description: 

March organised by TGWU and Amicus against job cuts at Jaguar. To join all the Jaguar workers on the march assemble at Millennium Place from 09:30 am or alternatively voice your support by joining the rally at Speakers Corner, next to Coventry Council Buildings from 10:30 am. More on the TGWU website.

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Further Action at Staythorpe

Engineering construction: Workers demonstrated outside the Staythorpe power station construction site, in Nottinghamshire, again on Wednesday 11 March. But Unite union officials seem to be quietly encouraging a winding-down of the action.

Most of the workers currently on the site are Spanish workers, reportedly non-union and walled off from access by trade unionists, employed by two Spanish sub-contractors. The demonstrations are for labour for future phases of the contract to be hired locally under the national union agreement for engineering construction.

Engineering construction: Workers demonstrated outside the Staythorpe power station construction site, in Nottinghamshire, again on Wednesday 11 March. But Unite union officials seem to be quietly encouraging a winding-down of the action.

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Dispute/Discussion: Nationalist strike - an inconvenient truth

Author: 

Mark Sandell

Solidarity’s approach to the recent construction strikes was very poor. While they were a national news issue and a major focus for everyone interested in how the British working class respond to the crisis, we wobbled and ended up downplaying the massive threat of nationalism to our class.

We did not heed Trotsky’s advice in the Transitional Programme:

“To face reality squarely; not to seek the line of least resistance; to call things by their right names; to speak the truth to the masses, no matter how bitter it may be.”

A polemic taking issue with Solidarity's coverage of the engineering construction strikes.

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TGWU Broad Left and Amicus Unity Gazette unite

Author: 

David Kirk

At a meeting in Birmingham on 21 February, the TGWU Broad Left and Amicus Unity Gazette merged into a left grouping for the Unite union into which TGWU and Amicus are merging.

There were 150-200 there, though very few young people. The event was mainly speeches from the platform and an endorsement of the merger of the TGWU Broad Left and Amicus Unity Gazette.

At a meeting in Birmingham on 21 February, the TGWU Broad Left and Amicus Unity Gazette merged into a left grouping for the Unite union into which TGWU and Amicus are merging.

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Amicus-Unite election

Nominations have closed in the election for general secretary of Amicus/joint general secretary of Unite. The choices are not inspiring:

• Incumbent Derek Simpson, who has been a mainstay of support for New Labour, selling out his members and witch-hunting left activists. But Simpson has received only 40 percent of the nominations from branches and workplace reps.

• The even more right-wing Kevin Coyne, the current North West Region regional secretary, who is second in terms of nominations.

A poor choice in the Amicus general secretary election.

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Rumpole of the Amicus?

Author: 

Dale Street

Jerry Hicks is one of the three Amicus members — apart from the current General Secretary, Derek Simpson —seeking nominations to contest an election to be held next year for the post of General Secretary of the Amicus section of Unite. In the last issue of Solidarity we interviewed Hicks about his candidacy. We cover the other candidates, Kevin Coyne and Laurence Faircloth, in the next issue. Here Dale Street gives a critical response to Hicks’s platform.

Jerry Hicks is one of the three Amicus members seeking nominations to contest an election to be held next year for the post of General Secretary of the Amicus section of Unite. In the last issue of Solidarity we interviewed Hicks about his candidacy. Dale Street gives a critical response to Hicks’s platform.

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