RMT says: we won’t comply with new anti-strike laws

The recent AGM of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers passed several motions on resisting anti-union laws. These reaffirmed RMT’s strong opposition to all legal restrictions on the right to organise and strike, both existing and proposed, and committed the union to continue working with campaigns including Free Our Unions. Crucially, inContinue reading “RMT says: we won’t comply with new anti-strike laws”

Free Our Unions at the COP26 People’s Summit

Free Our Unions is co-sponsoring a meeting at the People’s Summit running alongside the COP26 climate conference. Check out the Facebook event here. The meeting, entitled “Workers’ action for the climate and the fight for free trade unions” takes place on Tuesday 9 November, at 11:45am, in Screen 3 at the Glasgow Film Theatre, 12Continue reading “Free Our Unions at the COP26 People’s Summit”

Unite reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws

Unite’s policy conference passed a comprehensive composite on the anti-union laws, committing the union to organising a demonstration and conference against the laws, and breaking the laws where necessary. We reproduce the motion in full below. Unite has previously taken a similarly strong stance against anti-union laws; earlier this year, Free Our Unions supporters inContinue reading “Unite reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws”

What Unite’s climate change policy says about the anti-union laws

On 18 October, the national policy conference of the Unite union passed a comprehensive motion on climate change. We reproduce the motion in full below, but highlight in particular its sections on anti-strike laws. The motion commits Unite to producing “guidance on what climate-related demands to include in collective bargaining, including ones which could beContinue reading “What Unite’s climate change policy says about the anti-union laws”

Open organising meeting, Tuesday 2 November, 6:30pm

Free Our Unions will hold our next open organising meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 2 November at 6:30pm. These meetings, which we hold roughly six-weekly, are open to all supporters of our campaign, and are the means by which we decide on and plan future meetings, activities, and initiatives. If you want to get involvedContinue reading “Open organising meeting, Tuesday 2 November, 6:30pm”

Black History Month: Martin Luther King on workers’ solidarity action

As part of our activities marking Black History Month 2021, we republish an article from 2008, originally published by Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack in Firefighter magazine. The article is of wider interest, but we would highlight the point Matt made about MLK’s call for other Memphis workers to take solidarity action in supportContinue reading “Black History Month: Martin Luther King on workers’ solidarity action”

Some critical notes on the “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper

A discussion article written by a supporter of Free Our Unions At the 2021 Labour conference a “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper was published by shadow secretary of state for employment rights Andy McDonald – who then resigned over the leadership’s opposition to a £15ph minimum wage and living-wage-level sick pay. The Green Paper is as good asContinue reading “Some critical notes on the “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper”

A workers’ guide to climate strikes and the law

We republish below a guide to striking for the climate and the law, written by the socialist and trade union activist Ian Allinson. Thanks to Ian for giving us his permission to republish it. This version was updated in June 2021. A live link for the document can be found here. What climate issues canContinue reading “A workers’ guide to climate strikes and the law”

Public (Zoom) meeting for Black History Month, Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pm: The legacy of the Grunwick strike

Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pmLog in via Zoom here To mark Black History Month, and the 45th anniversary of the strike, Free Our Unions is hosting a public meeting on the legacy of the Grunwick strike. The strike saw a workforce mostly made up of Asian women migrant workers take on a viciously anti-union employer, asContinue reading “Public (Zoom) meeting for Black History Month, Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pm: The legacy of the Grunwick strike”