Anti-union laws

Tories’ anti-union stunt hits buffers

Submitted by cathy n on 13 August, 2014 - 12:30 Author: By Darren Bedford

Bruce Carr, the QC appointed by the government to review the anti-union laws, has said that his report will make no recommendations.

He expressed “concern” about “the ability of the review to operate in a progressively politicised environment in the run up to the next general election”, and said that while he would still publish a report, it would not provide “a sound basis for making recommendations for change.”

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Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

Submitted by AWL on 29 July, 2014 - 2:13 Author: Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

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Defend our unions!MatthewWed, 16/07/2014 - 11:23

The bleating from the bourgeois press about disruption on 10 July strike day has given Cameron an excuse to restate the Tories’ intention to almost ban strikes in the public sector through changes to balloting laws.

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Cameron says Tory 2015 manifesto will include new anti-strike laws

Submitted by AWL on 13 May, 2014 - 5:54

David Cameron has threatened new anti-union laws to make it harder for unions to call lawful strikes.

Cameron said: “When strikes are going to take place that are hugely disruptive to other people’s lives they should at least have the support of a good share of the members of that trade union.” He is reported to be considering a proposal from London mayor Boris Johnson that strike ballots must secure an absolute majority, rather than just a majority of those voting, to provide a mandate for legal strike action.

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Submitted by AWL on Thu, 03/07/2014 - 13:42

This is what Cameron said on the Andrew Marr show, 11 May 2014. It suggests a threshold for ballot turnouts rather than for ballot majorities.

ANDREW MARR:... there have been proposals – including from Boris Johnson – for a change in the law on public sector strikes to raise the bar for the number of people actually voting.

DAVID CAMERON: Yeah.

ANDREW MARR: Is this something that you’re attracted by and will do something about?

DAVID CAMERON: Yes, I think in these essential services like the London Underground, the pain caused to people trying to get to work and trying to help their families by these strikes, which are often supported by a relatively small percentage of people who work for London Underground, I think is hugely damaging. So I think the time has come for setting thresholds in strike ballots in essential services. It’s not something I can achieve in a coalition government...

ANDREW MARR: It is something for your manifesto....

DAVID CAMERON: It is something that will be in our manifesto.

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Australian labour on back foot

Submitted by Matthew on 12 March, 2014 - 10:39

Australia’s right-wing prime minister Tony Abbott has called for a Royal Commission into union “corruption”, as a way of paving the way for new anti-union laws, which he can’t introduce straight off because he lacks a majority in the Senate (upper house).

The comment by former Labor minister and former ACTU [Australian TUC] president Martin Ferguson on Abbott’s anti-union drive focuses some of the problems in the labour movement’s response.

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The Scab as Hero: The Miners Strike, 1984-5

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 March, 2014 - 5:55

"BY THEIR heroes ye shall know them... for in the individuals whom they exalt and glorify and hold up to the youth as example every class and every movement unfailingly reveals its standards of worth, its morality, its very soul.

Thus, the communist workers of Germany glorified the name of the courageous and incorruptible Liebknecht who sacrificed his life in battle for a great cause. The degenerate Nazis countered with the dedication of their official hymn to Horst Wessel the pimp who was killed in a brawl...

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The Year of the Heroic Scab: The Miners Strike, 1984-5

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 March, 2014 - 5:55

"BY THEIR heroes ye shall know them... for in the individuals whom they exalt and glorify and hold up to the youth as example every class and every movement unfailingly reveals its standards of worth, its morality, its very soul.

Thus, the communist workers of Germany glorified the name of the courageous and incorruptible Liebknecht who sacrificed his life in battle for a great cause. The degenerate Nazis countered with the dedication of their official hymn to Horst Wessel the pimp who was killed in a brawl...

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Tories plan new anti-union laws

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:55

The so-called review of industrial relations announced by the Tories on 17 November is a build-up for new attacks on the right of trade unions to take effective action to defend their members. It is also another stage in the Tory campaign against union-Labour links.

As a manufactured pretext for the review, the Tories have latched on to Unite’s “leverage” tactics, especially its use of those tactics during its recent dispute with Ineos in Grangemouth.

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