Unions & politics

Workers' Liberty 3/60: Trade unions, yesterday, today and tomorrow
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MatthewThu, 05/10/2017 - 10:56

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Fight for workers’ rightsSJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 13:22

In 1997, shortly before winning the general election, Tony Blair boasted in an interview with the Daily Mail (26 March 1997) that Britain “would still have the most restrictive union laws in the Western world” with Labour in power.

That remained true until Labour lost office in 2010, but since then the law have become more restrictive.

The restrictions around ballots, picketing, solidarity action, political funds, and others, means the potential of our unions is shackled. Employers have taken advantage of that.

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The new deal we want: socialism!

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:17 Author: Editorial
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The TUC has called a march and rally for 12 May under the slogan of a “new deal for working people”. There is plenty to protest about.

The cuts since the 2008 crash are overwhelming. There has been a decline in real wages. The NHS has been brought to its knees. At the start of May we heard that one million more children are growing up in poverty since 2010, due to in-work cuts in benefit.

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Precarious workers May Day
Precarious workers May Day
SJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 12:50

On May Day, a coalition of unions and campaigns, each organising precarious workers, came together to celebrate and take action.

Bringing together workers from BECTU, United Voices of the World (UVW), Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB), the Bakers’ Union and Unite, as well as campaigners and activists from Women’s Strike, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Workers’ Liberty, Another Europe is Possible, and Plan C, among others, the bloc coalesced around four demands:

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RMT should reaffiliate to Labour and fightSJWTue, 01/05/2018 - 21:10

In the run up to its Labour Party affiliation SGM at the end of May RMT members came together in central London on 25 April to debate the issue.

Hosted by “The RMT Campaign for Labour Affiliation” (TRCFLA) and the South West and South Wales regional council, it featured John McDonnell MP, Steve Hedley AGS and Paul Jackson branch secretary LU Engineering branch.

Kicking off, John McDonnell described the delicate balance of forces within the party and how he could really do with the RMT throwing its institutional weight into the struggle with the right wing.

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Why some people in the labour movement act like managers
Management
martinSun, 29/04/2018 - 12:12

The latest official returns to the Certification Office show these salaries for General Secretaries: Sally Hunt of the UCU on £142,000; Len McCluskey of Unite, £100,000; Dave Prentis of Unison, £131,000; Mick Cash of RMT, £150,000; Tim Roache of GMB, £126,000; Kevin Courtney of NEU, around £160,000; Mark Serwotka of PCS, £120,000.

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CWU conference debates free movementSJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 12:50

The Communication Workers′ Union (CWU) conference met on 22-23 April, with sector conferences following.

At the general conference one of the big issues debated was the Windrush scandal, and the union overwhelmingly expressed its solidarity with Windrush migrants and their families.

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Support the Polish socialistsSJWTue, 10/04/2018 - 19:33

On 23 March — the day that has been dubbed “Black Friday”— tens of thousands of predominantly young activists descended on the centres of Poland’s major cities demanding the far-right Law and Justice government drop its plans for abortion reform.

Abortion law in Poland is already one of the most restrictive in the western world. The only exceptions under which a woman can obtain an abortion are in the case of a threat to the mother’s life, severe foetal abnormality or where conception is as a result of a crime (incest and rape).

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