Union mergers

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 11 October, 2017 - 11:55 Author: Martin Thomas, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Ralph Peters and Peggy Carter

Workers’ Liberty school workers met on 7 October 2017 to discuss our plans in our workplaces and in the new National Education Union, formed on 1 September by the merger of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. The new union is making a recruitment drive, offering membership free to trainees and students, for £1 to newly qualified teachers, and for £10 for the first year to all teachers and all school support staff.

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:36

On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 April, National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) members at Forest Hill school in Lewisham struck for the fifth time in their on-going dispute against a management proposed restructuring to deal with a £1.3 million deficit. The management’s proposal sheds 15 teaching jobs, significantly increases teachers’ workload, radically reduces the depth of the creative aspects of the curriculum, ends any specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, and massively diminishes the support for students with Special Educational Needs.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 18 May, 2016 - 1:04 Author: Kelly Rogers, Dale Street, Darren Bedford, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

On Saturday 14 May the BMA held a junior doctors′ conference, followed by a meeting of the junior doctors′ committee on the next day. It was hoped that these meetings would have heard the outcome of renewed negotiations held between the government and the BMA between 9-13 May. However a last minute agreement (brokered by Brendan Barber of all people!) to extend the talks for another week meant that junior doctors did not get a chance to give judgement on any proposed deal.

Trotsky on trade union unity

Submitted by Janine on 14 January, 2012 - 4:30

Leon Trotsky wrote an article for the US Militant in 1931 on ‘The Question of Trade Union Unity’. The article is attached.

The article is about the attitude of the French communist trade union federation (CGTU) towards the reformist trade union federation (CGT). Unlike in Britain, in several countries – including France – trade union federations have been (and still are) organised along political lines, rather than having one federation for all trade unions.

RMT and TSSA to Merge?

Submitted by Tubeworker on 29 July, 2011 - 9:07

A chance is presenting itself for a stronger trade union movement in the transport industry, with a possible RMT/TSSA merger.

This is a positive step. RMT has 80,000 members and TSSA 30,000. If we could one day also get ASLEF to join us in creating a single union, we could virtually write our own terms to management.

RMT and TSSA to Merge?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 20:55

An opportunity is presenting itself for a stronger trade union movement in the transport industry to become a reality.

Rumours have been spreading for sometime now of a possible merger between the National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA).

The official line from the unions’ leaderships is that the TSSA voted at their Annual General Meeting to “look at merging with another union” although the RMT was not specifically mentioned.

OILC ‘closer’ to RMT merger

Submitted by Anon on 4 May, 2007 - 8:26

The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee, the union for offshore rig workers, is one step closer to merging with the RMT union after the OILC executive voted to back the merger. The OILC, formed by offshore workers after the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988, has always been denied TUC affiliation because Amicus and its forerunners, have insisted on that claim to representing offshore workers. A merger with the RMT is appropriate and in the best interests of RMT and OILC members, which is why we urge a yes vote at the OILC’s conference in October.

Case for a no vote

Submitted by Anon on 17 March, 2007 - 11:18

The question on Jim Denham’s voting paper, and on mine, in the recent TGWU-Amicus ballot, was “do you approve the Instrument of Amalgamation?”, not “are you, in general, in favour of a merger of TGWU and Amicus?”

I favoured voting no because I do not approve the Instrument of Amalgamation. Jim does not approve the Instrument, either. He believes that “the creation of a rank-and-file controlled accountable industrial structure must be our central task”. The scheme outlined by the Instrument of Amalgamation is anything but.