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With the election of a hard-right Tory government promising new restrictions on the right to strike, it is more urgent than ever that the entire labour movement unites to resist anti-union laws.

Free Our Unions was initiated by The Clarion magazine and Lambeth Unison. It is now backed by dozens of unions branches, committees, and local Labour Parties. Four national trade unions – IWGB, FBU, RMT, and PCS – have supported the campaign via their Annual General Meetings and/or National Executive Committees. It was initially established to promote and amplify policies passed at Labour Party conferences calling for the abolition of all anti-union laws, not only the most recent, and to demand Labour fight for this policy in opposition and commit to enacting it in government. (For more background to the campaign, click here.)

Free Our Unions now plans renewed campaigning against the Tories’ proposed new laws, and is calling for united and coordinated activity between existing campaign groups currently active on these issues.


Open organising meeting, Tuesday 2 November, 6:30pm

Free Our Unions will hold our next open organising meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 2 November at 6:30pm. These meetings, which we hold roughly six-weekly, are open to all supporters of our campaign, and are the means by which we decide on and plan future meetings, activities, and initiatives. If you want to get involvedContinue reading “Open organising meeting, Tuesday 2 November, 6:30pm”

Black History Month: Martin Luther King on workers’ solidarity action

As part of our activities marking Black History Month 2021, we republish an article from 2008, originally published by Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack in Firefighter magazine. The article is of wider interest, but we would highlight the point Matt made about MLK’s call for other Memphis workers to take solidarity action in supportContinue reading “Black History Month: Martin Luther King on workers’ solidarity action”

Some critical notes on the “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper

A discussion article written by a supporter of Free Our Unions At the 2021 Labour conference a “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper was published by shadow secretary of state for employment rights Andy McDonald – who then resigned over the leadership’s opposition to a £15ph minimum wage and living-wage-level sick pay. The Green Paper is as good asContinue reading “Some critical notes on the “New Deal for Working People” Green Paper”

Public (Zoom) meeting for Black History Month, Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pm: The legacy of the Grunwick strike

Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pmLog in via Zoom here To mark Black History Month, and the 45th anniversary of the strike, Free Our Unions is hosting a public meeting on the legacy of the Grunwick strike. The strike saw a workforce mostly made up of Asian women migrant workers take on a viciously anti-union employer, asContinue reading “Public (Zoom) meeting for Black History Month, Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pm: The legacy of the Grunwick strike”

Free Our Unions @ #Lab21: conference reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws

Free Our Unions supporters have been active at the Labour Party’s ongoing annual conference, building support for motions which aim to reaffirm Labour’s opposition to all anti-union and anti-strike laws. The Socialist Green New Deal motion the conference passed includes the following text: “Resolves to support… Repealing all anti-trade union laws so workers can freely takeContinue reading “Free Our Unions @ #Lab21: conference reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws”

Read Andy McDonald’s “New Deal for Workers”

This article was originally published on the Momentum Internationalists website, here. Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights Andy McDonald has resigned, citing Keir Starmer’s office telling him to oppose a £15ph minimum wage and statutory sick pay at a living-wage level. The meeting Starmer wanted McDonald to oppose these demands at was a Labour Party conferenceContinue reading “Read Andy McDonald’s “New Deal for Workers””

Solidarity strikes means McDonalds workers in Denmark won £16/hour

This article, by the US journalist Matt Bruenig, was first published on 20 September on mattbruenig.com. We republish it here as it tells an important story: how solidarity strikes led to a group of low-paid workers winning significant wage increases. Strikes of this type are entirely illegal in the UK. Our campaign exists to resist,Continue reading “Solidarity strikes means McDonalds workers in Denmark won £16/hour”

Matt Wrack: “We demand the unshackling of our unions”

We reproduce below the speech given by Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), at the recent TUC Congress in support of the composite on defending the right to protest. The composite was passed, reaffirming TUC policy to demand the abolition of all legal restrictions on the right to organise and strike.Continue reading “Matt Wrack: “We demand the unshackling of our unions””

Unions and CLPs demand Labour commits to repealing ALL anti-union / anti-strike laws

Thirty motions have been submitted to Labour Party conference (25-29 September, Brighton) from trade unions and Constituency Labour Parties specifically demanding that the party commits to “repealing all anti-union laws”. In the workers’ rights section, three of the eight motions submitted go into detail on this and are modelled closely on text from Free OurContinue reading “Unions and CLPs demand Labour commits to repealing ALL anti-union / anti-strike laws”

TUC Congress reaffirms policy to “repeal all anti-trade union laws”

TUC Congress, which was held online again this year from 12-14 September, has passed a composite motion which “resolves to campaign for the repeal of all anti-trade union laws and for the positive legal rights for workers to take action”. The motion was proposed by Unite and seconded by the Fire Brigades Union. The text quoted was submittedContinue reading “TUC Congress reaffirms policy to “repeal all anti-trade union laws””

Get involved in Free Our Unions: organising meeting, 14 September, 6:30pm

Get involved in Free Our Unions by joining us at our next open organising meeting, at 6:30pm on 14 September, via Zoom. We’ll be making plans for our next public events, as well as discussing producing new materials and resources. Our organising meetings are open to anyone who supports the aims of our campaign. JoinContinue reading “Get involved in Free Our Unions: organising meeting, 14 September, 6:30pm”

Empower the Unions workshop at Extinction Rebellion: How Workers Can Fight Climate Change, Friday 27 August, 1pm

Empower the Unions, the new initiative launched by Earth Strike UK and supported by Free Our Unions, is holding a workshop at Extinction Rebellion’s ongoing protests in central London. The workshop, entitled “How Workers Can Fight Climate Change”, will take place on Friday 27 August at 13:00. It is currently scheduled to take place nearContinue reading “Empower the Unions workshop at Extinction Rebellion: How Workers Can Fight Climate Change, Friday 27 August, 1pm”