Draft skeleton text for motions for Labour-affiliated union branches and Labour Party branches and committees.
Unions & politics
The leaders of Unite and GMB, two of the three biggest unions affiliated to the Labour Party, have responded worryingly to the speeches by shadow chancellor Ed Balls on 3 June, and by Labour leader Ed Miliband on 6 June.
George Osborne is due to announce his latest spending review on 26 June, the day before the first regional strike in teachers’ industrial action over pay, pensions, and workload.
Val Graham, a trade union and Labour activist in Chesterfield, spoke to Solidarity about the “alternatives to austerity” discussions she has been organising in the town.
I share Eric Lee's revulsion at the portraits of Stalin on banners at the London May Day march (Solidarity 285), but disagree with his proposed solution: a "no-platform" for the Stalinists.
On 18 March, Parliament began debating a new bill which could remove the right to strike for some civil servants.
When averaged out across the whole population, the government’s benefit cuts amount to a £760 loss by 2014-2015 for every single one of us.
On 19 February, more than 100 trade unionists were arrested in co-ordinated raids by the authorities in 28 provinces across Turkey.
According to Labour leader Ed Miliband, speaking on 14 February: “Over the last three decades or so, less than 15 pence of every additional pound Britain has made has gone to an entire half of the population... 24 pence in every pound has gone to the top 1 per cent of earners”.