“We will not be bullied” – Glasgow workers defy council’s threat of anti-union laws

Published 24th October 2018. In response to Glasgow refuse workers, street sweepers and parking attendants refusing to work in solidarity with striking home care, cleaning and catering workers, Glasgow city council has threatened their union, the GMB, with legal action under the anti-union laws.

Women’s strike shakes Glasgow, male workers take solidarity action

Published on 23rd October 2018. At this stage, The Clarion can’t report anything much about the Glasgow “women’s strike” by thousands of home care, cleaning and catering workers that you won’t get from the GMB and from the bourgeois press. We do however want to note the strike and express our solidarity. We hope to find opportunities for practical supportContinue reading “Women’s strike shakes Glasgow, male workers take solidarity action”

Labour conference commits to “abolishing anti-union laws” (again)

Published on The Clarion website, on 27th September 2018. Following the policy on repealing the anti-union laws and re-establishing the right to strike passed at Labour Party conference in 2015 and 2017, this year’s conference again resolved (in the Brexit composite!) that: “Labour will form a radical government; taxing the rich to fund better public services, expanding commonContinue reading “Labour conference commits to “abolishing anti-union laws” (again)”

RMT President Sean Hoyle on why you should buy our union rights pamphlet

By Sean Hoyle, (at the time of writing) RMT National President. Published on 26th September 2018. My union and others have learned through years of experience that the most effective way to win for our members is to take strong industrial action. We have also learned that the anti-union laws are designed to stop usContinue reading “RMT President Sean Hoyle on why you should buy our union rights pamphlet”

Matt Wrack: Labour must vow to scrap all anti-union laws

This article, by FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack, was orginally published on Labour List, in September 2018. Find it here. Our Tory anti-union laws represent one of the foremost constraints preventing working-class people from winning better conditions at work and making gains in wider politics. That’s why at this year’s Labour Party conference I’ll beContinue reading “Matt Wrack: Labour must vow to scrap all anti-union laws”

Labour must get the anti-union laws off workers’ backs!

By Mark Osborn, NEU rep at City of London Academy (Southwark). Published on 23rd October 2018. The National Education Union at CoLA took three days of strike action in March. We took one day of action on the first week, two days the next week and the union told our Head we would be outContinue reading “Labour must get the anti-union laws off workers’ backs!”

John McDonnell’s TUC speech and the right to strike

Published on 11th September 2018 John McDonnell’s speech to the TUC on workers’ rights comes in the context of new figures showing falling unemployment and rising real earnings. But higher employment does not automatically mean better conditions and rights for workers; and the marginal increase in real wages comes after a decade of the most severe fallContinue reading “John McDonnell’s TUC speech and the right to strike”

Unite conference demands repeal of all anti-union laws

Published on 15th August 2018. Last month’s Unite the Union policy conference voted for a motion committing Unite to campaign for the repeal of all anti-union laws – not just the 2016 Trade Union Act – and their replacement by strong legal rights for workers and unions, including a strong right to strike.

IWGB supports call to repeal anti-union laws, establish strong right to strike

This statement was originally published on the IWGB website. Find it here. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is backing the call supported by a growing number of trade union branches and organisations for repeal of all anti-trade union laws and their replacement with positive legal rights for workers and unions to organiseContinue reading “IWGB supports call to repeal anti-union laws, establish strong right to strike”