Labour MPs, union leaders, and grassroots activists say: free our unions!

Our new campaign statement was launched on LabourList today, bringing together Labour MPs, union officials, and rank-and-file activists to demand trade union freedom and the right to strike. Explaining the motivation for organising the statement, Free Our Unions co-organiser Daniel Randall said: “The pandemic has reinforced how much of a barrier Britain’s anti-union and anti-strikeContinue reading “Labour MPs, union leaders, and grassroots activists say: free our unions!”

Solidarity with Glasgow bin workers!

Free Our Unions sends our solidarity to refuse workers in Glasgow, who struck on 8 September in defiance of draconian balloting restrictions. The action was sparked by an attempt by council bosses to unilaterally increase workers’ hours. Like many workers across the country, Glasgow bin workers have been working reduced hours during the pandemic toContinue reading “Solidarity with Glasgow bin workers!”

Labour NEC elections: fight for free trade unions and the right to strike!

The Labour left organisation Momentum recently emailed its membership to canvas ideas for policies that Momentum-backed candidates in the elections for Labour’s National Executive Committee, standing as part of the “Grassroots Voice” slate, should advocate. We publish a response, below, from Labour Party member and Momentum supporter Riccardo la Torre, National Officer of the FireContinue reading “Labour NEC elections: fight for free trade unions and the right to strike!”

The Tories still plan new anti-strike laws

In May, Bloomberg journalist Alex Morales asked Business Secretary Alok Sharma at the Downing Street press briefing whether, in light of government rhetoric about “working with unions” and valuing essential workers, the government still planned to bring forward new laws to restrict transport workers’ right to strike. We can only assume Sharma’s non-answer means “yes.”Continue reading “The Tories still plan new anti-strike laws”

Sign the solidarity statement: no to strike-breaking in Tower Hamlets!

TO ADD YOUR NAME, COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM HERE. On 3, 6 and 7 July, thousands of Tower Hamlets council workers are striking to stop the council’s “Tower Rewards” plan to sack its entire workforce and re-employ them on worse terms and conditions. This attack on the workers is bad enough. But on 3 JulyContinue reading “Sign the solidarity statement: no to strike-breaking in Tower Hamlets!”

Police called on striking Tower Hamlets workers?

As Tower Hamlets council workers begin a three-day strike to resist mass sackings, reports are coming in suggesting bosses from the Labour-run council have called the police on one of the picket lines. This disgraceful action seems to have been a response to bin workers in Unite refusing to cross the Unison picket line, anContinue reading “Police called on striking Tower Hamlets workers?”

Labour Party members: vote for this policy submission!

Free Our Unions is encouraging supporters who are members of the Labour Party to vote for this submission to its Policy Forum. Please share the link in your local Labour Party and union networks. https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions/repeal-all-anti-union-laws Although successive Labour Party conferences have passed policy calling for the repeal of all anti-union laws, Labour leadership figures routinelyContinue reading “Labour Party members: vote for this policy submission!”

Tower Hamlets council workers to strike against sackings

Council workers in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets will strike on the 3, 6, and 7 July. They are fighting to stop the Labour-run council sacking its workforce and re-engaging them on worse terms and conditions. At an earlier stage of the dispute, the council had sought an injunction against one of theContinue reading “Tower Hamlets council workers to strike against sackings”

Labour Party Policy Forum proposal: repeal all anti-union laws

Supporters of Free Our Unions active in the Labour Party and in Labour-affiliated unions have been promoting the below text as the basis for a submission to Labour’s ongoing Policy Forum policy submission process. We encourage anyone who wants to see Labour take a strong stand against all anti-union legislation to adapt and use ourContinue reading “Labour Party Policy Forum proposal: repeal all anti-union laws”

Support Goldsmiths workers’ action

Education workers at Goldsmiths university in south London have launched a marking boycott, as part of a fight to resist job cuts. Workers in the Associate Lecturer and Graduate Trainee Tutor roles launched the boycott, and have since been joined by fixed-term teaching staff. Their action has been taken “unofficially”, in confrontation with the anti-unionContinue reading “Support Goldsmiths workers’ action”