Starmer vs. workers’ struggle

By a Free Our Unions supporter With good reason, hundreds of thousands of labour movement activists feel contempt for Keir Starmer and little inclination to treat his pronouncements seriously. Nonetheless, it is an unfortunate fact that Starmer leads the only substantial political party based on the UK’s labour movement. When he uses pro-worker rhetoric –Continue reading “Starmer vs. workers’ struggle”

Pushing workers’ rights up the agenda: Labour Left Internationalists meeting, 5pm, 19 February

UCU activist Rhian Keyse will be speaking on behalf of Free Our Unions at a meeting on 19 February, organised by Labour Left Internationalists (LLI). LLI write: Unite, RMT, CWU, and the TUC passed resolutions in 2021 calling for a joint union demonstration for workers’ and union rights in spring 2022. Since then NHS workers,Continue reading “Pushing workers’ rights up the agenda: Labour Left Internationalists meeting, 5pm, 19 February”

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”

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”

Free Our Unions @ #Lab21: conference reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws

Free Our Unions supporters have been active at the Labour Party’s ongoing annual conference, building support for motions which aim to reaffirm Labour’s opposition to all anti-union and anti-strike laws. The Socialist Green New Deal motion the conference passed includes the following text: “Resolves to support… Repealing all anti-trade union laws so workers can freely takeContinue reading “Free Our Unions @ #Lab21: conference reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws”

Read Andy McDonald’s “New Deal for Workers”

This article was originally published on the Momentum Internationalists website, here. Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights Andy McDonald has resigned, citing Keir Starmer’s office telling him to oppose a £15ph minimum wage and statutory sick pay at a living-wage level. The meeting Starmer wanted McDonald to oppose these demands at was a Labour Party conferenceContinue reading “Read Andy McDonald’s “New Deal for Workers””

Unions and CLPs demand Labour commits to repealing ALL anti-union / anti-strike laws

Thirty motions have been submitted to Labour Party conference (25-29 September, Brighton) from trade unions and Constituency Labour Parties specifically demanding that the party commits to “repealing all anti-union laws”. In the workers’ rights section, three of the eight motions submitted go into detail on this and are modelled closely on text from Free OurContinue reading “Unions and CLPs demand Labour commits to repealing ALL anti-union / anti-strike laws”

Andy McDonald MP says: “Labour is committed to repealing anti-union laws”.

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections, has said “Labour is committed to repealing anti-trade union laws”. This is a welcome commitment; we urge Andy and the Labour Party to go further, and state concretely what this commitment means. Even under Jeremy Corbyn and even at the high point,Continue reading “Andy McDonald MP says: “Labour is committed to repealing anti-union laws”.”

Labour has clear conference policies on repealing ALL the anti-union laws. It should fight for them!

The Labour leadership is making a series of policy announcements about workers’ rights, coming out of the “Workplace Power” review overseen by Deputy Leader Angela Rayner and Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights Andy MacDonald. On Twitter, in response to a question from Momentum, and in an article on LabourList, MacDonald said that “LabourContinue reading “Labour has clear conference policies on repealing ALL the anti-union laws. It should fight for them!”