UK union observers attend US trade union convention as it passes historic general strike resolution

By Daniel Randall, Assistant Chair, RMT Bakerloo branch Reposted from the RMT London Calling website Three activists from the RMT Bakerloo branch attended, via Zoom, the Saturday 21 November convention of the Vermont State Labour Council (AFL-CIO) as observers. The convention was attended by nearly 100 delegates and guests, from local union branches and campaign groups, asContinue reading “UK union observers attend US trade union convention as it passes historic general strike resolution”

The Democrats, Labour, and “secondary boycotts”

Keir Starmer has praised Joe Biden and urged Labour to learn from the Democrats’ victory in the US presidential election. Starmer should learn from the proposals on workers’ rights the Democrats made. The Democratic Party platform promised to “prioritize passing the PRO Act and restoring workers’ rights, including the right to launch secondary boycotts”. The US termContinue reading “The Democrats, Labour, and “secondary boycotts””

Oppose union busting at the Crick Institute: defend Cetin Avsar!

Security guard and union activist Cetin Avsar has been threatened with dismissal by his employer, Wilson James Ltd., who said in a letter that his opposition to outsourcing, and role in leading a strike for direct employment in his previous workplace, St. George’s University of south London, represent a “conflict of interest”. Cetin is currentlyContinue reading “Oppose union busting at the Crick Institute: defend Cetin Avsar!”

Government concedes right to picket during lockdown

Following a Unite legal challenge, the government has conceded the right to picket during lockdown. We repost the following from the Unite website: The government has been forced to confirm that workers taking lawful industrial action have a right to picket their workplace during the Covid-19 lockdown. In doing so they have vetoed the actionsContinue reading “Government concedes right to picket during lockdown”

Defend the right to picket during lockdown!

Free Our Unions opposes any attempt to use lockdown as a pretext for further restricting workers’ rights to organise and take action. Protests and pickets can be conducted safely, in appropriately distanced conditions. We support Unite’s judicial review, undertaken in defence of the right to picket, following police obstruction of a bus factory workers’ picketContinue reading “Defend the right to picket during lockdown!”

Northern Ireland Assembly Member proposes “Trade Union Freedom Bill”

Gerry Carroll, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has tabled a private member’s bill proposing the abolition of all Thatcher-era anti-union and anti-strike laws. The power to alter these laws is devolved to the Stormont Assembly. This is the first time any MLA has proposed amending them. Although many Free Our Unions supporters areContinue reading “Northern Ireland Assembly Member proposes “Trade Union Freedom Bill””

US trade unionists discuss strikes to stop a Trump coup

In both the US and the UK, political strikes are illegal. Nevertheless, US trade unionists are discussing the possibility of strikes to oppose attempts by far-right president Donald Trump to sabotage the upcoming election. We republish an interview with David Van Deusen, president of the Vermont State Labour Council, the local organisation of the AFL-CIO,Continue reading “US trade unionists discuss strikes to stop a Trump coup”

TUC agrees to organise a demo and conference to oppose anti-union laws

The annual congress of the TUC, which took place on 14-15 September, adopted a resolution proposed by the TUC Trades Councils conference, calling for renewed campaigning against anti-union laws, including a demonstration and a special conference for workplace reps. Free Our Unions strongly supports and welcomes this resolution, and looks forward to working with theContinue reading “TUC agrees to organise a demo and conference to oppose anti-union laws”

RMT disabled members say: repeal all anti-union laws!

The Disabled Members conference of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) has passed a resolution reaffirming opposition to all anti-union and anti-strike laws, and resolving to work with Free Our Unions to campaign against them. See the report on the RMT London Transport Region website here. The resolution says: “We deploreContinue reading “RMT disabled members say: repeal all anti-union laws!”

Striking for Black Lives: Trade Unions and Political Strikes

This is a discussion piece from a supporter of our campaign. To contribute a response, or an article of your own, please email At the end of August, players in the US’s National Basketball Association effectively went on unofficial strike in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the Milwaukee Bucks teamContinue reading “Striking for Black Lives: Trade Unions and Political Strikes”