Unions & politics

General Secretary: debate the issues!

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:26 Author: Keith Road
Jennie Formby

The withdrawal of Jon Lansman from the contest to replace Iain McNicol as the next Labour Party General Secretary makes almost certain that Jennie Formby will get the job.

The contest should have been an opportunity to talk about what a left-led Labour Party should be like in its culture and structures. It became an opaque fight where any differences between candidates were unclear and impossible for ordinary Labour members to decode.

US teachers declare victory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:35 Author: Lois Weiner
US teachers declare victory

On Tuesday 6 March teachers in West Virginia, USA, were celebrating winning all five of their demands after a nine-day statewide strike and included an occupation of the Capitol.

Teachers defeated an expansion of charter schools (similar to academy schools in the UK), a proposal to eliminate seniority, and a ″paycheck-protection″ bill which would have ended union dues being collected from pay. They won a significant pay rise and a mechanism to change unfair health-insurance practices.

“Get informed and talk about what you find out”

Submitted by Janet on 5 March, 2018 - 10:56
Taking back our penalty rates RAFFWU logo

Retail and Fast Food Workers – building solidarity on the job

Most Retail and Fast Food Workers Union members are the only member in their workplace. Janet Burstall of Workers’ Liberty spoke with a RAFFWU member from Melbourne who has organised around 20 of his fellow workers at a Woolworths store to join up in only a few months. We asked Loukas how he made the difference.

Italian elections: fascist menace grows

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 9:15 Author: Hugh Edwards
Lega Nord

The horrific act of fascist violence on the 3 February in the central Italian town of Macerata, where eight young west Africans were gunned down by a neo-fascist thug, has highlighted the level of putrefying decadence of the major political contenders for office.

A battle to liberate Scottish Labour from the old guard cathy n Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:59
for real change

The result of the contest for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party will be announced on Saturday, 18th November.

At the core of that contest has been a struggle by the rank-and-file of the Scottish Labour Party and affiliated trade unions in Scotland to liberate the Scottish labour movement from the grip of a right-wing old-guard establishment.

Why the 70s shop stewards lost

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 11:00 Author: Jim Denham

For a brief period in the 1970s, Derek Robinson (who has died, aged 90) was widely regarded as the most powerful trade unionist in Britain.

The so-called “Red Robbo” wasn’t a full-time official. He was a shop steward (albeit a senior steward, allowed time off by management, to devote himself full-time, to union duties).

Queensland votes on 25 November

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 8:51

The Labor minority government in the Australian state of Queensland has called an early election for the state’s unicameral parliament on 25 November.

Current polls show Labor at around 37% or 38% — what it had at the last election in 2015 — and the main conservative party, the LNP, down from 41% to 34% or 35%.

But the demagogic right-wing One Nation Party, Queensland’s equivalent of UKIP, is at 18% at some polls after going down to 0.9% in 2015.

Defend freedom of movement AWL Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:16

With the Tories in disarray on how to conduct Brexit negotiations with their increasingly frustrated European Union counterparts, the labour movement debate about how to approach Brexit is also hotting up. A welcome recent development is the launch of the Labour Campaign for Free Movement (LCFM) on 4 August with the prominent support of Labour MPs Clive Lewis and David Lammy.