Posts Tagged ‘ Trade unions ’

Jack Lawson: A Man’s Life

Oct 31st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Harry Barnes’s review of Jack Lawson’s autobiography, A Man’s Life, has been re-published on the North East Labour History website. Like many of his era, Lawson first became politically active through the ILP which he joined in 1904.



‘Common Sense’ and Benefit Sanctions

Apr 27th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

In an extensive discussion paper, Unite Community member GERRY LAVERY considers how Antonio Gramsci’s ideas could help challenge popular attitudes towards benefit claimants and the fight to end government sanctions. Here, he provides a brief introduction.



Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

Apr 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID CONNOLLY.

Plans by the Labour controlled Durham County Council to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then ‘re-engage’ them with term-time only contracts, involving a 23 per cent wage cut, has led to a long-running and bitter dispute…



The Strike that Changed the Rules

Dec 12th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER reviews the second edition of Jack Dromey and Graham Taylor’s book about the Grunwick dispute which has been republished by Lawrence & Wishart to mark the strike’s 40th anniversary.

Forty years ago an amazing trade-union struggle took place in Brent in north London. Beginning very locally at the Grunwick Photo Processing Plant in 1977, the strike soon hit the national headlines. It lasted more than 18 months and sadly ended in defeat.



Orgreave: Still Waiting for Justice

Nov 10th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The news that there will not be a public inquiry into the events at Orgreave during the 1984-85 miners’ strike was described by Labour’s Andy Burnham as ‘an estabishment stitch-up’. GERRY LAVERY recalls what happened 32 years ago and reports on the campaigners’ fights for justice.

The news that there will not be a public inquiry – or even a review – into the events of Orgreave in 1984 was described by Barbara Jackson, secretary to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), as “devastating and shocking”. In a defiant message to the government, members of the campaign made it clear that they would carry on until they get justice.



Refugees, Women and the Grunwick Strike

Nov 8th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The co-author of a seminal account of “the strike that changed the rules of the game” will be giving a special one-off talk at Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands on Sunday 27 November to mark the publication of a second edition of his book about the dispute, Grunwick: The Workers’ Story.



Finding a Progressive Future in Post-Brexit Britain

Oct 20th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Leading thinkers and key figures in the Labour movement will come together with grassroots organisers and activists at a conference in London on Saturday 5 November to “take stock, discuss policy solutions and map a progressive path forward for Britain” post-Brexit.



Jayaben Desai and the ILP Tradition

Aug 30th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Saturday 20 August 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when Jayaben Desai walked out of the Grunwick photo-developing company in London, igniting a strike which drew support from thousands. GRAHAM TAYLOR remembers the woman whose dignity in dispute recalled the ethical traditions of the ILP.

For Jayaben Desai, the Grunwick strike was about low pay, compulsory overtime, trade union recognition and the inferior social status of women and immigrants – but it was also about human dignity. Tired of being humiliated, she said: “I want my freedom.”



Celebrating Radical Women

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The battles and achievements of working-class women in the drive to achieve a fairer and more balanced society will be celebrated in a one-day conference at the Working Class Movement Library on Saturday 17 September.



Labour’s Nuclear Question

May 10th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Can Labour find a way to bridge its divisions over Trident? Or will a policy to scrap the nuclear warheads strike a final nail into the party’s electoral coffin? BARRY WINTER calls for a national debate and a Labour-led referendum on the issue.