Trade Unions

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.

The Great Post Office Decline And Deception

Terry Pullinger | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Terry Pullinger

Despite massive media deception to try and cover up much wider failings in services to the people of this country by challenging the democratic right of trade unions to protest. We voice our concerns yet again and warn everyone that Post Office services, revenues and product offerings will suffer and continue to decline without a change of direction. The current business plan really is akin to the classic 'rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic' analogy... Whatever your political persuasions, make no mistake this most cherished of national treasures is seriously in danger of becoming a buried national treasure and that is why we are protesting.

I Am Standing On My Record

Len McCluskey | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

Trade unionism matters more than ever. With the economy still in a slump, the Tories in power and the shadow of Brexit hanging over millions of jobs, unions are the only line of defence for working families. So the future direction of Unite, the biggest trade union in Britain and Ireland, is vital. It is far too important to be reduced to an extension of the rows in the Labour Party. I am standing for re-election as Unite's General Secretary for two reasons: My record - and my vision.

Diane Abbott Is Channelling Thatcher - Only She Doesn't Realise It

Paul Embery | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Abbott isn't a Thatcherite, of course. Anything but. She is, on virtually all things, on the side of the angels in a head-to-head with Thatcher. Yet it is weird how, when it comes to the subject of immigration, she and so many others on the Left are willing to suddenly embrace the philosophy of a woman they have spent their lives opposing.

Amazon Should Face An Inquiry After 'Exploitation' Claims, Veteran Labour MP Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK

Amazon is facing calls for an inquiry into working conditions in its warehouses after a series of damaging revelations prompted accusations of “abus...

Fantastic Support Helps Me Work While Waiting For A New Heart

Mark Serwotka | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

For me, living as normal a life as possible is very important. This week, for the fourth time I got the call to say there was a donor heart available and, for the fourth time, the operation was cancelled because the organ wasn't suitable. People who know me know I'm a resilient character, but there would be no point pretending I don't feel the strain of dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions that throws up  -  and particularly the impact it has on my family.

If The Prime Minister Wants To Govern For Ordinary Working People, She Must Open Up Britain's Boardrooms

Frances O’Grady | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Speaking to business leaders today she now appears to be back-tracking on this commitment: "I can categorically tell you that this is not about mandating the direct appointment of workers or trade union representatives on Boards." If this turns out to be the case, it represents a huge missed opportunity to put in place a different model for British business.

Free Movement Has Failed - Labour And The Unions Must Recognise It

Paul Embery | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Few things have corroded the relationship between working-class people on the one hand and their leaders in the Labour party and trade union movement on the other than the obstinate refusal of those leaders to treat concerns over unlimited immigration with the legitimacy they deserve, and to instead resort to boilerplate and patronising slogans.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: How My Union Were My Rock Through Transitioning As A Teacher

Dr Debbie Hayton | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Dr Debbie Hayton

On Transgender Day of Remembrance we remember trans people who have lost their lives in the face of ignorance, oppression and violence. I remember Lu...

It's Young Workers Month! Here Are Some Key Reasons Why Young Workers Should Join Trade Unions

Lee Burkwood | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lee Burkwood

Given the events of the past week, it would be easy for us in the UK to ignore what's going on here because of our fear of what lies ahead under a Trump presidency. However, imagine waking up one morning and getting a text from your employer saying that you didn't have work that day. Well for over 300,000 young workers this is sadly too often the case.