Anti-union laws

Right to strike!

Submitted by AWL on 23 June, 2015 - 6:22 Author: Gemma Short

Prior to Unison’s national delegates conference (16-19 June), Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis released a press statement about the Tories’ proposed anti-union laws. But neither his statement nor the conference itself resolved to do anything much about the biggest threat to union organisation in two decades.

The new laws would require a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services). Essentially outlawing all national strikes.

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Submitted by John D on Tue, 14/07/2015 - 19:02

Israeli workers are preparing for a national strike on July 22.
With little comment, support or encouragement from any international workers organisations. These worker's issues seem not to be worthy of support. It looks like it is just too embarrassing to declare worker's solidarity - if the workers are Israeli.

"The Histadrut national labor federation announced Tuesday that it would hold a general strike countrywide July 22, unless the Finance Ministry compromises in ongoing negotiations over the work conditions of public sector contract workers.

The contract workers are usually low paid security guards, cleaning women, etc., who are hired for fixed periods of time and then fired, and thus do not qualify for benefits and rights accorded to more permanent workers.

Hitadrut head Avi Nisankorn held a press conference in Tel Aviv Tuesday and announced that the strike would commence in two weeks unless negotiations – which began eight months ago but have since stalled – are restarted, and significant inroads are made.

"We will show our solidarity, our power, and our commitment to this issue,” he vowed."

Af al pe chen . . . (nevertheless . . . )

Submitted by John D on Tue, 21/07/2015 - 09:58

The Israeli General Federation of Labour has just achieved impressive gains for many many workers.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-histadrut-cancels-general-strike-1001054361

Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon and Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) chairman Avi Nissenkorn have reached understandings that will end the labor dispute over the employment of contract workers. The general strike planned to start on Wednesday has consequently been cancelled.

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Kahlon and Nissenkorn are formulating the understandings after discussing the matter late into the night last night. Their discussions continued this morning, and eventually resulted in agreement. Under the agreement, 10,000 contract workers in the public sector will become full government employees within 4 years and 6,000 contract workers in the private sector will receive employees status.

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Fight Tory attacks on our unions!MatthewWed, 03/06/2015 - 07:41

The first Conservative government for 18 years will introduce a Bill to beef up existing anti-trade union laws in the UK.

Whilst the proposed restrictions on strike action had been well signalled in advance, the inclusion of a change to union political funds was unexpected.

The Tories are demanding a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services), They hope to make it impossible for unions to organise lawful strikes.

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On the streets against the new anti-strike laws!

Submitted by Matthew on 20 May, 2015 - 9:32 Author: Editorial

The unions and the labour movement should launch a life-or-death campaign to stop the Tories’ planned new anti-union laws, starting with a mass street demonstration.

Britain already has “the most restrictive trade union laws anywhere in the western world”, as Tony Blair complacently told the Daily Mail in 1997.

Now the Tories plan to ban public service strikes unless the ballot majority for the strike comes to at least 40% of the workers balloted.

Only 24% of the electorate voted Tory on 7 May, and they think that’s enough to decide the government!

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German rail strike shows the way

Submitted by AWL on 20 May, 2015 - 8:36 Author: Paul Cooper

A much needed reminder of the power of organised labour in a rich and advanced economy is currently being demonstrated in Germany.

Freight and passenger train drivers for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn recently completed the latest of their strikes over wages and conditions. Their confidence and determination is growing in what is already a 10 month-old dispute.

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A government for the rich

Submitted by AWL on 19 May, 2015 - 5:24 Author: Ann Field

The Tories are committed to cutting public spending by £30 billion over the next four years. This will mean annual cuts twice the size of any year’s cuts over the past five years. Although they have not identified all their cuts it is already clear to some degree where the axe will fall.

Policies include debarring unemployed under-21s from claiming Housing Benefit and cutting the annual benefits cap — the maximum payable to any claimant, whatever their circumstances — from £26,000 to £23,000.

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Bob Carnegie tour of England, May 2015

Submitted by AWL on 6 May, 2015 - 12:03 Author: Gemma Short

Bob Carnegie, who has been at the heart of every major workers' struggle in Brisbane, Australia, for more than three decades, is coming to the UK to talk about his experiences and lessons for organising workers. Read more at the tour blog.

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Tories plan new law to cripple strikes

Submitted by Matthew on 14 January, 2015 - 12:51

Britain already has “the most restrictive trade union laws anywhere in the western world”, as Tony Blair complacently told the Daily Mail in 1997.

If the Tories win in May 2015 the laws will become not just “most restrictive” but crippling, or least crippling for national strikes. The Tories will ban public service strikes unless at least 40% of the workforce vote for the strike in a ballot.

Only 23.5% of the electorate voted Tory in 2010, but they think that’s enough to decide the government!

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