Trade Unions

Scrap The Public Sector Pay Cap

Mark Serwotka | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

The PCS consultative ballot runs until the November 6th. While we know it is most effective to campaign against the pay cap across the public sector, PCS members must show our employers, ministers and the chancellor that we are prepared to fight to end the cap. We urge other public sector unions to become ballot ready too. We are stronger together.

Overpaid Public Sector Pen Pushers Need To Pipe Down Over The Pay Cap!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

One thing which really bothers me are scandalmongers who look to do nothing but cause trouble. I call them busybodies, and the trade unions calling for strikes across the board over the 2013 1% pay cap are the personification of busybodies.

Is Labour's Gain Is The Unions' Pain?

Simon Sapper | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

Tim Roache of the GMB summed it up well. "We no longer look like the members we need to recruit. And more of the same is not an option. It isn't "one more heave"". He's right. We need to be different. We need to be daring. We need to be brave. Frankly, what's the alternative? What's left to lose?

Workers Forced To Skip Meals To Make Ends Meet Can't Afford To Wait For Action

Frances O’Grady | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Frances O’Grady

If you work hard, you should be able to feed yourself and your family. In 21st Century Britain, that shouldn't be up for debate. But a shocking new TUC/GQR poll shows that one in eight workers in this country are skipping meals to make ends meet. And 44% - almost half - are worried about meeting basic household expenses, such as food, transport and energy.

Labour Conference Urged To Back EU Free Movement

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics

The organiser of a Labour pro-immigration group has warned the party needs to “have an argument” with some of its working class voters over the be...

Archbishop Warns Economy Is 'Broken' As Report Reveals Longest Period Of Wage Stagnation For 150 Years

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics

Economic growth is boosting company profits not worker’s wages, a dramatic report finds today as the Archbishop of Canterbury declares the UK econom...

Inside The British McStrike - How Workers Organised To Take On McDonald's

Gregor Gall | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

Workers in two McDonald's restaurants in Crayford, south east London, and Cambridge made history on Monday 4 September when they became the first ever McDonald's workers in Britain to go on strike.

We Need Better Jobs For Young Mums And Dads

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

When Becky's daughter became very ill on a Saturday evening, she brought her to A&E. The nine-month-old was diagnosed with tonsillitis and an infection in both ears. The next day, which happened to be Father's Day, Becky had to miss work to look after her little girl. But when she went back on Monday her manager accused her of lying so that she could take Father's Day off. Becky is one of thousands of young parents who simply aren't getting the support they deserve at work.

McDonald's Workers Historic Step, In Their Fight For Fairness

Ian Hodson | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Ian Hodson

This strike is a call for change. Our members demand to be listened too - they have a right to get their voice heard. Hopefully, senior figures at McDonald's will be listening, because this voice is not going to go away, and this behaviour can go on no longer.

ET Go Home - Trade Unions, Workers Rights And The Modern Economy

Joe Dromey | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Dromey

If the decline in union membership and collective bargaining has been in part due to government action, then the solution to addressing and reversing the decline must also - in part - lie in government action.

Is Is Time For Trade Unions, Charities And The VCS To Find Common Cause?

John Tizard | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There could be strength in and to be gained exploring how to develop a shared and joint approach to shared challenges and issues including social injustice. Has the time come to explore? I think that it has.

Mr Fox Goes To Washington. Why?

Frances O’Grady | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

We'd have more confidence in Mr Fox's trade strategy if he was more open to trade union concerns and voices. But the fact that neither of our trade union movements have been consulted about this trip suggests it's not a real trade mission at all. Business organisations that we regularly engage with know nothing more than we do. And that really does imply that this visit is more of a public relations stunt than serious trade talks.

Paying The Price: Ten Years Of Human Toll Following The Financial Crisis

Gregor Gall | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK
Gregor Gall

Only full and proper state regulation of our financial and economic systems can prevent such a calamity from happening again. But it will also need state intervention in employment matters to protect workers' interests and to support the creation of stronger unions to help in doing so. For a book that unfortunately will be beyond the financial reach of many, consider getting your union branch or public library to order a copy.

It Is Time For A New Kind Of Trade Unionism

Dave Ward | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Ward

As general secretary of the CWU, I fully accept our own union must do more in the industries and sectors where we organise. But I also know no union can win by acting alone. This is why the CWU has consistently called for a concerted campaign to shift the balance of forces in the world of work and bring an end to insecure employment models and in-work poverty. Specifically, we say this means unions must come together like never before to deliver a new model of trade unionism.

Ministers Are Ducking Responsibility Over Pay

Mark Serwotka | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

This government is far from the strong and stable one we were promised by Theresa May. And while we are not there yet, with more of a concerted and unified campaign from the unions, I believe we can bring an end to the pay cap. But it must mean an end for all public servants and the pay rises that would follow must be pay rises across the board. Nothing else will be acceptable.

Tory Public Sector Pay Cap Could End, No.10 Hints

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics

The Tories’ seven-year public sector pay freeze could finally be over after Downing Street declared Theresa May had “heard the message” from vot...

The Unarguable Case For Ending The Squeeze On Public Services And Pay

Mark Serwotka | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

It is no longer possible to successfully argue that you can't make these ideas popular. The public understand they are not only possible, they are inevitable. The only question now is, how long will it take the government to catch up?

Radical Reform Of Collective Labour Law In Scotland - Looking At The Options

Gregor Gall | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

The scale of this challenge is on a par with that facing the British-wide unions supporting the Manifesto and seeking its implementation throughout Britain.

Education Critical For Post-Brexit Success

Chris Keates | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Chris Keates

Teachers and school leaders from across the country are gathering in Manchester this Easter weekend for the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the large...

The Scandal Of 15-Minute Social Care Visits Must End

Dave Prentis | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government provided £2billion in the recent budget for social care, but that's still painfully inadequate when council budgets have been cut so deeply and for so long. Instead what's needed is a long-term funding solution to fix social care for good, and end the cost-cutting that leads to the national scandal of 15 minute care visits and elderly people left alone, frightened, hungry and unwashed.

Bob Crow - Six Lessons To Remember His Fighting, Militant Legacy By

Gregor Gall | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

Bob Crow, the former RMT union general secretary, died at the tragically young age of 52 three years ago this week. In some ways, the world has moved on apace since he died on 11 March 2014 - with the arrival of the Trump presidency, the Brexit vote, Corbyn as Labour leader and so on.

I Will March For NHS Staff, I Owe Them My Life

Mark Serwotka | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

On Saturday I will be speaking at a protest rally. It feels good to be able to say that again, as it's something I've really missed over the last few months and this one is particularly special -- you might say it's close to my heart.

How To Organise In 2017

Rohan Natashka Kon | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rohan Natashka Kon

ACORN: taking the fight for change out of the workplace and into the community. Unionism is changing in the 21st century. With the fall in industry h...

Slavery Hasn't Ended, It Just Takes Different Forms - That's Why Unions Still Matter

Gerard Coyne | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Gerard Coyne

One of the most difficult challenges unions face after they win the right to organise is to convince employees to become workplace representatives. But when we asked workers at Shirebrook to volunteer, a queue of people came forward. It was inspirational. They had gone from frightened workers to emboldened individuals who understood the power they had to demand change. And they won. That's why I get so angry when people say unions don't matter. They do.

Online Voting For Trade Union Ballots, Moving Beyond The Security Debate

Ian Brook | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Brook

Following this year's Trade Union Act, which included a requirement for a minimum 50% turnout on ballots for industrial action, the UK Government recently announced the start of an independent review into whether trade union members should have access to electronic voting alongside traditional paper-based methods.