Posts Tagged ‘ Trade unions ’

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.



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?