How anti-union laws harm the fight for disabled people’s rights

By Janine Booth, Secretary, RMT Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee Britain’s anti-trade-union legislation makes it harder for unions to fight for the rights of disabled workers and disabled people more generally. How? Limiting issues on which unions may lawfully take action Trade unions may take lawful industrial action only in pursuit of ‘bona fide trade disputes’.Continue reading “How anti-union laws harm the fight for disabled people’s rights”

Free Our Unions public meeting, Tuesday 2 March, 6:30pm

CONFRONTING ANTI-UNION LAWS Tuesday 2 March, 6:30pm-8pm Log in via Zoom here. How have recent and ongoing workers’ struggles confronted restrictive anti-strike and anti-union legislation, and what effect would it have on those struggles if those restrictions were removed? We’ll hear from speakers involved in disputes and campaigns about how they’ve dealt with these issues,Continue reading “Free Our Unions public meeting, Tuesday 2 March, 6:30pm”

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”

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!”

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!”

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!”

Free Our Unions online forum, 24 June, 6:30pm

Workers’ action in the pandemic: organising against and around the anti-union laws An online forum organised by Free Our Unions Wednesday 24 June, 18:30-20:30. Log in via Zoom here. Facebook event here. Britain’s anti-union legislation exists to prevent workers taking swift and effective action. Workers’ action during the pandemic has either simply ignored that legislation, orContinue reading “Free Our Unions online forum, 24 June, 6:30pm”

Refusing unsafe work, industrial action, and the law: a briefing for workplace activists

This is a briefing for workplace activists on the differences between refusing unsafe work, as defined under health and safety legislation, and “industrial action”, under the terms of existing legislation including the anti-union legislation Free Our Unions fights to abolish. In legal terms, “refusing unsafe work” and “industrial action” are not the same thing! TheContinue reading “Refusing unsafe work, industrial action, and the law: a briefing for workplace activists”