Corbynism and the drought of workers’ struggles

Published 3rd April 2019 Despite some important developments in workplace struggle, and despite the political framework of the growth of the Labour Left, strikes are at a historic low and trade unions face a historic crisis. Professor Gregor Gall, an affiliated research associate at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor at the University ofContinue reading “Corbynism and the drought of workers’ struggles”

What’s in the Institute of Employment Rights manifestos and what does Labour say about them?

Published in November 2018 John McDonnell has said in several recent interviews that one of a Corbyn government’s priorities in its first hundred days will be to “restore” trade union rights. What rights are we talking about?

Angela Rayner was right about the anti-union laws

In September 2014, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner (then a UNISON official, not yet an MP) spoke at a Manchester Trades Council public meeting about the need to repeal the anti-trade union laws introduced by the Tories in the 1980s and 90s. She wrote a summary of her speech for Unison North West, expressing the case brieflyContinue reading “Angela Rayner was right about the anti-union laws”

Labour conference commits to “abolishing anti-union laws” (again)

Published on The Clarion website, on 27th September 2018. Following the policy on repealing the anti-union laws and re-establishing the right to strike passed at Labour Party conference in 2015 and 2017, this year’s conference again resolved (in the Brexit composite!) that: “Labour will form a radical government; taxing the rich to fund better public services, expanding commonContinue reading “Labour conference commits to “abolishing anti-union laws” (again)”

Matt Wrack: Labour must vow to scrap all anti-union laws

This article, by FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack, was orginally published on Labour List, in September 2018. Find it here. Our Tory anti-union laws represent one of the foremost constraints preventing working-class people from winning better conditions at work and making gains in wider politics. That’s why at this year’s Labour Party conference I’ll beContinue reading “Matt Wrack: Labour must vow to scrap all anti-union laws”

Labour must get the anti-union laws off workers’ backs!

By Mark Osborn, NEU rep at City of London Academy (Southwark). Published on 23rd October 2018. The National Education Union at CoLA took three days of strike action in March. We took one day of action on the first week, two days the next week and the union told our Head we would be outContinue reading “Labour must get the anti-union laws off workers’ backs!”

John McDonnell’s TUC speech and the right to strike

Published on 11th September 2018 John McDonnell’s speech to the TUC on workers’ rights comes in the context of new figures showing falling unemployment and rising real earnings. But higher employment does not automatically mean better conditions and rights for workers; and the marginal increase in real wages comes after a decade of the most severe fallContinue reading “John McDonnell’s TUC speech and the right to strike”