Does a “New Deal for Workers” mean scrapping the Tories’ anti-union laws?

By Sacha Ismail On 1 May a “May Day manifesto” by John Hendy and Keith Ewing was published in the Morning Star, under the headline “A New Deal for Workers”. (Read it in text format here.) A New Deal for Workers is a slogan that has been used by the TUC and various unions, particularlyContinue reading “Does a “New Deal for Workers” mean scrapping the Tories’ anti-union laws?”

Solidarity strikes with NHS workers?

A contribution to discussion. Picture above shows NHS nurses in front of a union banner held by South Wales miner, on strike in solidarity to demand higher pay for NHS staff. Free Our Unions activists report discussions at work about supporting NHS workers’ pay demands, and colleagues saying they would be willing to strike in supportContinue reading “Solidarity strikes with NHS workers?”

Know your enemy!

A discussion paper written by right-wing lobbyist Nicholas Finney arguing for further restrictions on strikes, and discussing how these restrictions could work, has been uploaded to the Academia website. Although the paper is undated, and appears to be unfinished, it has clearly been written in the last few years, since the imposition of the 2016Continue reading “Know your enemy!”

A letter to the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs

Dear comrades, We’re writing in response to your recent pamphlet Winning the Future: Socialist Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis. Well done on producing it – it’s a contribution to the urgent task of raising the labour movement’s ambitiousness and confidence in difficult times. In the spirit of your call for the pamphlet to be “widelyContinue reading “A letter to the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs”

Labour policy on the anti-union laws: build back better!

By Sacha Ismail At a recent meeting organised by the Labour Representation Committee, I asked speaker Laura Pidcock, former shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights, about Labour’s policy on the right to strike during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. I asked why, in terms of scrapping anti-strike laws, the party generally limited itself to repealing theContinue reading “Labour policy on the anti-union laws: build back better!”

A Trade Union Freedom Bill in Stormont: interview with Gerry Carroll MLA

Gerry Carroll is Northern Ireland Assembly Member (MLA) for Belfast West, and a member of People Before Profit (PBP). He spoke to Free Our Unions about PBP’s “Trade Union Freedom Bill”, which aims to reform legislation in the north of Ireland to make it easier for workers to organise and take action. For more infoContinue reading “A Trade Union Freedom Bill in Stormont: interview with Gerry Carroll MLA”

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””

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”