Trade union issues

Model motion for run-up to 30 November

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 10 October, 2011 - 10:12

Model motion for use in TU branches and Trades Councils in the run-up to the 30 November strike. Click here to download the motion as a PDF. If you've passed the motion, please let us know by emailing (you can also email if you want help advise on implementing the decisions, or help with anything else).

Construction workers' fight: "unofficial or official, legal or illegal, we need to get work on the big sites stopped"

Submitted by AWL on 5 October, 2011 - 11:31

The latest in the series of weekly, early-morning demonstrations at prominent London construction sites saw hundreds of construction workers and their supporters take over Oxford Street, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The workers are fighting the attempt by seven of the industry's biggest contractors to leave the Joint Industry Board and impose their own national agreement, which would see some electricians take a 35% pay cut.

Construction workers fight bosses' attacks

Submitted by AWL on 5 September, 2011 - 11:58

200 construction workers protested at the Stratford Westfield shopping centre on Wednesday 31 August as part of an ongoing campaign against the proposal by 8 major construction contractors to rip up the national agreement and leave the Joint Industry Board (JIB) in March 2012. All 8 companies are accused of blacklisting union activists; their plans are nothing short of an attempt to union-bust on a grand scale in the construction industry.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 July, 2011 - 3:30

6,500 workers at Tory-controlled Shropshire Council face the sack as their employer becomes the latest local authority to use the threat of mass redundancies as a way to undermine collective bargaining and bully workers into accepting worse conditions.

Workers must agree to a 5.4% pay cut by 30 September if they want to keep their jobs, as the council seeks to make £76 million of cuts.

Seize the loot - or be looted!

Submitted by Matthew on 29 June, 2011 - 12:09

Ed Miliband says the unions should not strike on 30 June because they risk alienating public opinion. Thousands of teachers, civil servants and lecturers know he is wrong. Striking on 30 June — and organising for further strikes— is right and necessary.

Striking is the most effective way to stop the government from destroying public sector pensions, reducing health and social services to a “death's door only” minimum and condemning millions to a “choice” between penury or becoming cheap labour for multi-millionaires.

New lessons in online campaigning

Submitted by Matthew on 29 June, 2011 - 11:41

What makes some online campaigns popular, while others are not? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because LabourStart is today running a large number of campaigns at the same time.

Some are wildly successful (in terms of the number of messages sent). Others, less so. A campaign we’re currently running in support of Canadian postal workers has become the largest one we ever ran. After only four days online, it already had over 10,000 supporters.

"Facility" clampdown is anti-union

Submitted by Matthew on 29 June, 2011 - 10:03

“Ministers are threatening to end the practice of part-time and full-time union officials working in Whitehall departments and quangos”, reports the Financial Times (27 June).

The threatened attack is on “facility time”, the arrangement by which employers release union reps from part or all of their regular work to do union duties. The purpose is to weaken unions.

The basis of “facility time” is the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992, which mandates employers to allow union reps time off for such things as representing members on individual grievances.