Anti-union laws slow down NHS pay fight

A Free Our Unions supporter working in the NHS writes… Another year, another pay cut. NHS staff have suffered 10 years of pay cuts and lost about 15% off the value of our pay. We’ve now got over 100,000 vacancies and record high demand. The 3% “rise” this year is a pay cut when adjustedContinue reading “Anti-union laws slow down NHS pay fight”

Public (Zoom) meeting, 7pm, Thursday 9 December: How postal workers maintained a tradition of unofficial action

7pm, Thursday 9 DecemberLog in via Zoom here The UK’s restrictive anti-strike legislation, which requires unions to ballot members individually, by post, and to give significant notice periods to employers prior to ballots and prior to any action, is consciously designed to render strikes less effective and impactful. Workers in the postal service have retainedContinue reading “Public (Zoom) meeting, 7pm, Thursday 9 December: How postal workers maintained a tradition of unofficial action”

UCU versus the anti-union laws

By a Cambridge UCU member The University and College Union (UCU) last week announced the results of two national ballots. Higher Education (HE) sector members were balloted on two disputes: the long-running “USS” pensions issue, and on the “Four Fights”: pay, workload, casualisation, and inequality. Pensions in HE have been systematically attacked over the pastContinue reading “UCU versus the anti-union laws”

Empower the Unions leaflet for use on climate protests

In advance of mobilisations across the UK this Saturday to demand radical climate action, we’ve turned our recent joint statement with Earth Strike: Empower the Unions into an A5 leaflet for distribution at protests. Please feel free to print off some copies for actions in your local area!

For a national demo against anti-union laws!

In recent months, three major labour movement bodies – the TUC Congress, Unite’s policy conference, and the RMT AGM – have passed policies calling for a protests, including a national demonstration, against existing and proposed anti-union and anti-strike laws. RMT’s policy resolved: • To call a national demonstration to resist the law.• To approach otherContinue reading “For a national demo against anti-union laws!”

RMT says: we won’t comply with new anti-strike laws

The recent AGM of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers passed several motions on resisting anti-union laws. These reaffirmed RMT’s strong opposition to all legal restrictions on the right to organise and strike, both existing and proposed, and committed the union to continue working with campaigns including Free Our Unions. Crucially, inContinue reading “RMT says: we won’t comply with new anti-strike laws”

Free Our Unions at the COP26 People’s Summit

Free Our Unions is co-sponsoring a meeting at the People’s Summit running alongside the COP26 climate conference. Check out the Facebook event here. The meeting, entitled “Workers’ action for the climate and the fight for free trade unions” takes place on Tuesday 9 November, at 11:45am, in Screen 3 at the Glasgow Film Theatre, 12Continue reading “Free Our Unions at the COP26 People’s Summit”

Unite reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws

Unite’s policy conference passed a comprehensive composite on the anti-union laws, committing the union to organising a demonstration and conference against the laws, and breaking the laws where necessary. We reproduce the motion in full below. Unite has previously taken a similarly strong stance against anti-union laws; earlier this year, Free Our Unions supporters inContinue reading “Unite reaffirms opposition to all anti-union laws”

What Unite’s climate change policy says about the anti-union laws

On 18 October, the national policy conference of the Unite union passed a comprehensive motion on climate change. We reproduce the motion in full below, but highlight in particular its sections on anti-strike laws. The motion commits Unite to producing “guidance on what climate-related demands to include in collective bargaining, including ones which could beContinue reading “What Unite’s climate change policy says about the anti-union laws”

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”