Trade union issues

For jobs, fight the bosses, not other workers!

Submitted by Anon on 13 March, 2009 - 8:43

An Appeal by Socialists and Trade Unionists

As the recession brings attacks on jobs, wages and conditions, we are determined to fight back, and to support our fellow workers who do so, for example in the recent engineering construction walkouts.

We demand:

• Jobs for all workers

• Work or full pay

• Pay to be levelled up to the best rates

• Direct recruitment of labour by the companies or by principal contractors, rather than the use of subcontractors, wherever possible

• Union agreements to be enforced without exemptions for contractors

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Against Viking, Laval, Ruffert, Luxemburg: cross-Europe workers' unity!

Submitted by martin on 22 February, 2009 - 3:43 Author: Martin Thomas

Today workers can move freely and easily across most of the European Union. The freedom is a boon, and makes it easier to build the working-class unity across borders which was an urgent necessity even from a trade-union point of view as long ago as the beginning of the First International, in the 1860s.

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Submitted by dalcassian on 18 February, 2009 - 5:45 Author: Mike Quill,


Stop in your tracks, you passer-by,
Uncover your doubting head;
The workingmen are on their way
To bury their murdered dead.

The men who sowed their strength in work
And reaped a crop of lies
Are marching by. Oppression's doom
Is written in their eyes.

Two coffins lead the grim parade
That stops you in your tracks;
Two workers lying stiff and dead
With bullets in their backs.

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US auto workers seek their own plan

Submitted by Anon on 4 December, 2008 - 3:04 Author: Dan La Botz

The crisis in the auto industry is about many things: the possible collapse of General Motors, Detroit gas guzzlers, auto emission standards, the environment, and the need for mass transportation, among others. At the centre of it all, however, is the struggle between management and the workers, that is, between capital and labour....

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Comrade Hand Grenade

Submitted by Anon on 4 December, 2008 - 3:01 Author: Bill Hunt

The Builders Labourer, the journal of the Builders Labourers Federation of Queensland, carried this tribute to Bob Carnegie when he decided to step down as a full-time organiser with the BLF to return to work on the sites. Bob is a supporter of Workers’ Liberty Australia.

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Good turnout for union climate conference

Submitted by AWL on 22 February, 2008 - 2:47 Author: Paul Vernadsky

Around 300 trade unionists and environmental activists attended the Campaign against Climate Change (CCC) trade union conference on 9 February.

The turnout exceeded expectations and showed that there is a real interest in fighting climate change among union activists. The conference was organised by members of both sides of the Respect split (ISG and SWP) and the Green Party and backed by some union leaders. Frances O’Grady (TUC), as well as Matt Wrack (FBU), Chris Baugh (PCS), Christine Blower (NUT), Linda Newman (UCU) and Tony Kearns (CWU) spoke from the platform.

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Shelter Staff Await Strike Ballot Result

Submitted by timvt on 15 February, 2008 - 6:00 Author: A TGWU Member

On Thursday the 21st of February, we will find out if some 450 members of the TGWU/Unite have voted in favour of national strike action, an event which would be a first in Shelter's 41-year history.

They are faced with a package of cuts which will result in all 800+ staff working two and a half extra hours per week (unpaid) and without the current incremental pay scale which they are currently entitled to (worth £2k-£3k on top of starting salaries).

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Prison officer strike ban

Submitted by AWL on 13 January, 2008 - 7:00

In response to the impact of August 2007’s 12-hour strike, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced plans for a strike-ban for prison officers on January 8. Tabled as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, the measure will be discussed in Parliament as Solidarity goes to press.

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Remploy closures

Submitted by AWL on 7 December, 2007 - 10:42

Remploy workers have vowed to fight the government’s plan to close 28 out of 83 factories in the publicly-subsidised network employing disabled workers. A few weeks ago government minister Peter Hain was promising sincerely to look seriously at the trade unions’ plan to improve the running of the factories in order to stay within their £111 million subsidy.

But at the end of November Hain took out his axe and brought it down on a third of Remploy’s factories and the jobs of 2,000 workers.

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