Posts Tagged ‘ Trade unions ’

Halting the Unions’ Decline

Mar 29th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Trade unions are in a spot of bother, according to SHEILA BANKS. And Labour is partly to blame. The party needs a new way of connecting to union members that taps directly into their workplace experience.

Throughout my working life, I have been an active trade unionist and representative, so I want to look at Labour Party democracy from that standpoint. It pains me to say it but trade unions in this country are in bother. Only six million people belong to a trade union out of a working population of 31 million.



The Trade Union Bill and Beyond

Jan 19th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

With the government’s ideological and damaging Trade Union Bill currently being debated in the Lords, Class are holding a public meeting to discuss the undemocratic nature of the Bill and the next steps for the trade union movement.



New Pamphlet: Homage to Tom Maguire

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead, News

The ILP have re-published EP Thompson’s celebrated 1960 pamphlet on Leeds ILPer, poet, propagandist and photographer Tom Maguire with a new introduction by Labour historian David Howell and an additional profile by former Labour MP, John Battle.

Maguire was, according to Howell’s introduction, “the personification of the marginalised”, a radical organiser who played a vital role in the Leeds gas strike of 1890 but died in poverty five years later at the tragically young age of 29.



Living for That Better Day

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Keir Hardie dedicated himself to ‘constant agitation’ and left a singular political legacy in the form of the Labour Party. David Connolly reviews What Would Keir Hardie Say?, a book of essays published last September to coincide with the centenary of Hardie’s death.

Keir Hardie is an iconic figure in the history of the Labour Party. He was a political visionary and an outstanding organiser, a socialist radical who recognised the need to build a bridge to the wider working class even if that meant some compromises along the way, most notably in the broad nature of the Labour alliance itself.



Trade Union Bill to Hit Hope not Hate Funds

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Hope not Hate is calling on supporters to help offset some of the losses it expects to suffer as a result of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill.



Dark Times for the NHS

Nov 30th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Although it was called off at the last minute, the junior doctors’ strike showed just how close to the edge Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pushed the medical profession. Final-year medical student DAN SELLWOOD explains why his colleagues were prepared to put down their stethoscopes in favour of a one-day walkout.

Doctors and the British Medical Association (BMA) are hardly ‘militants’, so what drove a profession of 50,000 to vote unanimously (98%) in favour of strike action?



Chartist Propose Model Motion Against Syria Strikes

Nov 30th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Chartist editor Mike Davis has drafted a model motion for adoption by local Labour Parties and trade unions, opposing air strikes in Syria and supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a political settlement to the conflict.



Challenging the Welfare Myths

Nov 18th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

GERRY LAVERY of Unite Community Leeds reports from a conference in Birmingham set up ‘to challenge the myths around welfare and build a coalition to fight for our safety net’.

The well-attended conference on Saturday 31 October was called by Unite Community (Unite the Union’s community wing) and the Public Services and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents workers in the Department of Work and Pensions, and attended by members of groups concerned with social security problems and reform.



Make the Living Wage Compulsory

Nov 12th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

While recent rate increases are welcome, the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary approach to employers is not working, says ERNIE JACQUES.



Osborne’s ‘Astonishing Attack’ on Working People

Oct 6th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Chancellor George Osborne’s attempt to present himself as the champion of labour at the Conservative Party conference has come under attack from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady after he reiterated his commitment to cutting tax credits for low-paid workers.