Tower Hamlets council workers to strike against sackings

Council workers in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets will strike on the 3, 6, and 7 July. They are fighting to stop the Labour-run council sacking its workforce and re-engaging them on worse terms and conditions. At an earlier stage of the dispute, the council had sought an injunction against one of theContinue reading “Tower Hamlets council workers to strike against sackings”

Support Goldsmiths workers’ action

Education workers at Goldsmiths university in south London have launched a marking boycott, as part of a fight to resist job cuts. Workers in the Associate Lecturer and Graduate Trainee Tutor roles launched the boycott, and have since been joined by fixed-term teaching staff. Their action has been taken “unofficially”, in confrontation with the anti-unionContinue reading “Support Goldsmiths workers’ action”

Solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter strikers!

As protests continue in the USA and worldwide against racism and police brutality, we are beginning to see organised labour take action as part of the movement. During protests in Minneapolis and New York, members of transport workers’ unions refused to drive buses for arrestee transport. On 9 June, members of the International Longshore andContinue reading “Solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter strikers!”

“Unions are back”? Let’s fight to free them!

We’ve seen some articles recently arguing that “unions are back”, pointing to trade unions’ role in speaking up for workers’ rights, and against any reckless back-to-work drive from the government, for examples in schools, during the pandemic. Many trade unionists might respond: “We never went away!” Union reps and activists in workplaces across the countryContinue reading ““Unions are back”? Let’s fight to free them!”

In the coronavirus crisis, do workers have the right to strike?

Image: a socially-distanced picket line of postal workers, during a wildcat strike for workplace safety. By Riccardo La Torre and Sacha Ismail Originally posted on the website of the Fire Brigades Union, here. Since the Covid-19 crisis hit, many workers, including those working in hospitals, libraries, construction and in the postal service, have taken unofficialContinue reading “In the coronavirus crisis, do workers have the right to strike?”

This May Day, support workers’ action for rights and safety

For International Workers’ Day (1 May) 2020, Free Our Unions is calling on labour movement activists and supporters to raise their voice – in support of workers taking action in the crisis to stand up for their rights and for safety, and for the abolition of the anti-union laws which constrain such action. We say:“Support workers’ action for rightsContinue reading “This May Day, support workers’ action for rights and safety”

Gregor Gall on Labour’s manifesto, trade union law and workers’ self-activity

Gregor Gall is a visiting professor of industrial relations at the University of Leeds and an affiliate research associate at the University of Glasgow. He supports the Free Our Unions campaign. Gregor spoke to Free Our Unions about the commitments on workers’ and trade union rights in the Labour Party manifesto, and the wider issues they raise.

Yes, we need to strike for each other

This article, by Gregor Gall, was originally published on Jacobin in November 2019. Find it here. In 1980s Britain, miners went on strike in support of nurses’ pay claims, throwing their industrial muscle behind under-pressure hospital staff. After decades of harsh anti-union laws, Labour’s manifesto promises a way to rebuild this culture of solidarity.