Online meeting – 7pm, Tuesday 20 July (REARRANGED) – 1871 and the fight for free trade unions

Join the Free Our Unions campaign and the Fire Brigades Union for a meeting and discussion marking the 150th anniversary of the 1871 Trade Union Act, to draw lessons from the 19th century struggle for our fight against anti-union laws and for free trade unions for today. This meeting has been rearranged from 29 June.Continue reading “Online meeting – 7pm, Tuesday 20 July (REARRANGED) – 1871 and the fight for free trade unions”

Online meeting, Tuesday 20 July, 7pm: 1871 and the fight for free trade unions

Join the Free Our Unions campaign and the Fire Brigades Union for a meeting and discussion marking the 150th anniversary of the 1871 Trade Union Act, to draw lessons from the 19th century struggle for our fight against anti-union laws and for free trade unions for today. Speaker: Simon Hannah, Lambeth Unison branch secretary, author,Continue reading “Online meeting, Tuesday 20 July, 7pm: 1871 and the fight for free trade unions”

Fight is on to kill the Bill

This article is reposted from the Labour Research Department Publications website, here. Unions say the draconian Police Bill threatens trade union activity — by restricting the right to protest and placing further restraints on picketing. Opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSCB) has been growing as the Bill has been making its wayContinue reading “Fight is on to kill the Bill”

‘Solidarity at Work: The Case for Free Trade Unions’: a pamphlet from Thames Central CWU branch, 1997

Free Our Unions is proud to recirculate this pamphlet, written by Communication Workers Union (CWU) activists Maria Exall and Paul Moore, and published by the Thames Central branch of the CWU in 1997. The arguments within it still have resonance today, and give historical context for ongoing debates about how the labour movement should approachContinue reading “‘Solidarity at Work: The Case for Free Trade Unions’: a pamphlet from Thames Central CWU branch, 1997”

Online meeting, Tuesday 18 May, 6:30pm: Disabled people for free trade unions

Tuesday 18 May, 6:30pm Log in via Zoom here. Britain’s anti-trade-union legislation makes it harder for unions to fight for the rights of disabled workers and disabled people more generally. They require unions to follow inaccessible voting procedures. They put hurdles in the way of striking for disabled people’s rights. They restrict unions’ campaigning onContinue reading “Online meeting, Tuesday 18 May, 6:30pm: Disabled people for free trade unions”

Has picketing been banned in the new lockdown?

In November 2020, Unite pursued a legal challenge over the right to picket during lockdown, after a picket of bus workers was broken up by police. That challenge was successful, clearly establishing the right to picket in lockdown. Exception 22 of the “Coronavirus: The Health Protection (Coronavius, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020” clearly statesContinue reading “Has picketing been banned in the new lockdown?”

How the Free Our Unions campaign has developed

Published 30th June 2019 In June the RMT became the third national union to back the Free Our Unions campaign, after the FBU and IWGB. Free Our Unions is a campaign The Clarion has been central to developing. This article explains what it is, how it has developed and what it has done so far.