Trade union issues

Tres Cosas strikers win

Submitted by AWL on 28 November, 2013 - 6:02

Outsourced workers at Uni of London have won sick pay and holiday terms of very-near equivalence with directly-employed staff after a long campaign and a two-day strike (27 and 28 November 2013).

Massive victory for 3 Cosas campaign, workers' self-organisation, and militant industrial action. Two demands down, one to go (plus union recognition)!

Tres Cosas campaign blog

Photos and reports from the strikes.

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Organising academics as workers

Submitted by AWL on 26 November, 2013 - 12:25

Academics love nothing more than having a moan about the terrible state of the neo-liberal university. We tend to be slightly less enthusiastic when it comes to getting up from our desks and doing something about it. This has begun to change, however, as pockets of resistance have begun to emerge at several different British universities in the last few years.

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New leaflet for the Defend Bob Carnegie campaign

Submitted by AWL on 6 November, 2013 - 2:12

Victimised Australian trade unionist Bob Carnegie returns to court on 4 February 2014, as Abigroup bring a civil case against him and two unions (the CFMEU and ETU).

Click here to download a campaign leaflet about Bob's case.

Visit the campaign website here, and the campaign Facebook page here.

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More lessons from Grangemouth

Submitted by AWL on 30 October, 2013 - 3:08

The recent debacle surrounding the dispute at the Ineos petrochemicals plant at Grangemouth in Scotland could represent a significant defeat for the trade union movement. It certainly is a debilitating setback and an embarrassing climbdown. It raises some very worrying questions for socialists.

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3 Cosas, independent unions, and transforming the labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 30 September, 2013 - 11:51

Earlier this summer, Max Watson, Chair of London Met Unison, and on the National Executive Council, wrote on his blog an article entitled “IWGB: Two small unions?”. Max documents the behaviour of the IWGB (Independent Workers union of Great Britain) trade union at London Met – claiming poaching, duplicity, and more.

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