UK Trade Unions

Labour Unionism In The Age Of The 'Gig' Economy

Gregor Gall | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

As the Trades Union Congress (TUC) meets in Brighton this week for its 148th annual gathering, it faces in one way or another essentially the same challenge that it has done since it was first founded. Jobs, work and employment take place as ever under capitalism but capitalism is constantly re-configuring the way jobs, work and employment are organised.

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

We Are Striking in Defence of Higher Education

Nick Cartwright | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

I am taking part in industrial action because by asking us to do more for less our employers are ruining the experiences of our students and because I can see the unfairness of my employer employing the majority of men (52%) on permanent, full-time contracts, whilst the majority of women (56.4%) are in casualised employment. I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with colleagues and students in defence of higher education and to make it clear that casualisation and pay inequality are not acceptable.

The Trade Union Act - How to Fight It

Gregor Gall | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

So they are an array of tactics open to unions over and above the open defiance of striking officially where the new thresholds have not been met. But it will mean unions thinking outside their comfort zones and boldly stepping into unchartered territory. Whether they will do so or not will be a key test of their mettle and ingenuity.

They're Loading the Dice, We're Telling It How It Is

Byron Taylor | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Byron Taylor

Well the unionstogether campaign has certainly hit the headlines! As the Trade Union Bill commenced its Second Reading in the House of Lords, the Guardian newspaper ran our campaign against the silencing of the trade unions' political voice across its front page.

Mick Cash's Daily Politics Rant Makes It Clear He Won't Be 'Lectured By Millionaires'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Any TV debate that faces off Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi against secretary of the RMT workers union, Mick Cash, promises fireworks, and today's enco...

Protecting Our Voice In Politics

Byron Taylor | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Politics
Byron Taylor

The Government is pushing a Trade Union Bill through parliament. It's a really nasty piece of legislation that has two aims - to give free reign to employers by rendering strike action ineffective, and to stifle political opposition by slashing trade union political funds.

David Cameron's Proposed Changes For Trade Unions Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Comedy

In light of the recent Tube strike, David Cameron's government have announced their intention to make fundamental changes to the laws surrounding trad...

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

Nigel Farage Is After Workers as Well as Immigrants

Rebecca Winson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

The legislation Farage wants to get rid of wasn't put in place by an overpaid quango who had nothing better to do, but by working people campaigning and protesting for over a century. When someone leading the third biggest party in the country can dismiss that history so casually, there is more need for these laws and protections than ever.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Cable Mocks Ukip For Opposing Controversial US-EU Trade Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has hit out at Ukip for opposing a controversial EU-US trade deal that the party fears would lead to "widespread privatisation" of the NHS...

Trade Unions Have a Key Role to Play in the Transformation of Our Broken Economic Model

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

In general, unionised workers are better off than non-unionised. Even in Britain, home to the toughest anti-union legislation in Western Europe, unions make a difference; strong unions make a bigger one.

We Need Democratic Trade Unions (Even if they sometimes make the trains late)

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

One may disagree with the tube strike, but that isn't an argument against Unions. But banning strikes or condemning strikers is suppressing legitimate democratic expression. And that's much worse than making the train late.

Unite's Leverage Squads Are Both Legal and Necessary

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Unite the union, with over three million members, remains a repository of pride in working class solidarity and the collective ethos that has come under sustained assault for the past few decades as the free market has ridden roughshod over anything and everything that dare stand in its path.

The Rise and Rise of Precarious Work

Thomas Prosser | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK
Thomas Prosser

I shall not here divulge the employer, but whilst a student I was employed as a cash-in-hand worker in a small firm in the food service sector. Every morning in the holidays I would rise at four and commence work half an hour later; invariably greeted with the frenetic work schedule common in the sector and occasionally with threats of violence to my person.

Time for More Public Value, Fewer Markets

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

This week the TUC has an opportunity to set out a new agenda for public services. It can and should challenge the Coalition Government's obsession with market based approaches. It also has to be ready to challenge some of the trade union movement's own prejudices.

'Ed Must Condemn The Beer Strike'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is under pressure to condemn strike plans by the Unite Union, the Labour Party's biggest backer, which would disrupt the beer supplies for...

Anti-Royal Mail Sale Petition Delivered To No. 10

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

A petition protesting against the coalition's part-privatisation of the Royal Mail will be handed in at Downing Street today. Over 120,000 of the 1...

Boris Calls For 'Thatcherite Zeal' To Crackdown On Trade Unions

PA/ The Huffington Post | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK

Tories, including Boris Johnson, have demanded a clampdown on trade unions in a show of "Thatcherite zeal" aimed at stopping a wave of industrial unre...

'The Medicine Is Not Working'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The new leader of the TUC has launched a strong attack on the Government for its "vicious spiral" of spending cuts which are hitting low-paid workers ...

Burton Roll Out 'Arthur Scargill-Inspired' Clothing Line

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK

Menswear chain Burton have launched a new clothing range with an odd inspiration - the northern miners of the decades past and their leader Arthur Sca...

Living Wage To Rise By 25p

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

London's Living Wage must increase by 25p an hour, to £8.55, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced, worth an extra £4.5m to workers on low wages. The...

Bob Crow Blasts 'Blacklist' Of Trade Union Activists

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Union activists have demanded action against a murky "blacklisting" website, which purports to show employers whether their potential employees are un...

Tories To Target Civil Service Unions

PA | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Politics

Trade union representatives in the Civil Service are to face new curbs on the amount of time they can devote to union activities during work hours. ...