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”

Mobilise Unite against the anti-union laws!

By Free Our Unions supporters in Unite We publish this article in a spirit of a debate and discussion. We welcome responses from other activists. During Unite’s recent general secretary election, Free Our Unions supporters in the union campaigned to raise the issue of the anti-union laws and the right to strike – primarily throughContinue reading “Mobilise Unite against the anti-union laws!”

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”

VIDEO: Discussing anti-strike laws with the Green Party Trade Union Group

On Friday 20 August, Free Our Unions co-organiser Daniel Randall addressed the Green Party Trade Union Group’s monthly meeting. A video of Daniel’s presentation, and the subsequent discussion, is below. Scroll down for an edited transcript of Daniel’s opening speech. My name’s Daniel Randall, I’m a railway worker and a rep for the RMT union.Continue reading “VIDEO: Discussing anti-strike laws with the Green Party Trade Union Group”

Andy McDonald MP says: “Labour is committed to repealing anti-union laws”.

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections, has said “Labour is committed to repealing anti-trade union laws”. This is a welcome commitment; we urge Andy and the Labour Party to go further, and state concretely what this commitment means. Even under Jeremy Corbyn and even at the high point,Continue reading “Andy McDonald MP says: “Labour is committed to repealing anti-union laws”.”

Labour has clear conference policies on repealing ALL the anti-union laws. It should fight for them!

The Labour leadership is making a series of policy announcements about workers’ rights, coming out of the “Workplace Power” review overseen by Deputy Leader Angela Rayner and Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights Andy MacDonald. On Twitter, in response to a question from Momentum, and in an article on LabourList, MacDonald said that “LabourContinue reading “Labour has clear conference policies on repealing ALL the anti-union laws. It should fight for them!”

Support the Bexley refuse workers – rally at Bexley Civic Offices, 21 July, 6pm!

Picture taken from the Justice for Refuse Workers and Cleansers Facebook pageUnite reports “heavy handed policing” of the strike by refuse workers in Bexley, South East London, over the living wage, pay progression and back pay. Unite’s Ruth Hydon says: “We want to be very clear to the police that their heavy-handed approach to aContinue reading “Support the Bexley refuse workers – rally at Bexley Civic Offices, 21 July, 6pm!”