AWL NC 22/02/14: "code of conduct" documents

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 23/02/2014 - 12:34

Edited version first, and version as at the NC second

A background note on the “Guidelines for a code of conduct” and “Guidance on grievance procedures”

These two documents were both passed at the National Committee on Saturday 22 February 2014.

Both texts are not the “final word”. The “Guidance on grievance procedures” is what it says — guidance, intended to be used by the Disputes Committee; that body might wish to add to and make amendments to the practical arrangements set out there.

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Carried forward from AWL NC 22/02/14: jobs in repressive institutions

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 23/02/2014 - 12:12

Jobs "over the line" include:
* Police (i.e. front-line police, not necessarily administrative back-up workers for the police).
* Prison officers. (If the cop who arrests a worker and charges her or him is "a bourgeois cop", it follows that the prison officer who keeps that worker in jail is too. And prison-officer work, which deals only with people whom it is the officer's job to suppress, must be at least as brutalising as police work, which involves at least some large part of dealing with people whom the police officer's job is to assist rather than suppress).

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Carried forward from AWL NC 22/02/14: where unions should and shouldn't organise

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 23/02/2014 - 12:10

The question of what we think of certain categories of people being in union membership, or of associations based on certain categories being accepted by the TUC as trade unions, is distinct from our attitude to our members taking jobs in those categories.

Having managers, or people active in jobs designed to serve state repression, in union membership can give the labour movement some leverage. Generally we should be for it, done with the following qualifications and conditions.

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