Pass our motion

Dozens of trade union branches are now backing the Free Our Unions campaign, alongside a number of local Labour Party branches. Please pass our motion and get your branch on board with the campaign!

Motion for trade union branches

FREE OUR UNIONS – REPEAL THE ANTI-UNION LAWS

Notes
1. The increasing number of trade union struggles scuppered by the anti-trade union laws, including recent national ballots over pay by PCS and UCU.
2. That the anti-union laws – not just the 2016 Trade Union Act, but multiple laws going back to 1980 – continually undermine workers’ ability to organise and campaign. They mean our movement is fighting challenges of low pay, insecurity and lack of rights with our hands tied behind our backs.

Further notes
1. That Labour Party conference 2017 conference voted unanimously to “repeal the Trade Union Act, but also anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s”. Labour conference 2015 voted unanimously for the introduction of strong workers’ rights including “strong rights to… strike, picket and take solidarity action”. The 2018 conference voted for the next Labour government to “abolish anti-union laws”.
2. That these policies have not yet fed through into the party’s campaigning. The emphasis on promoting collective bargaining is welcome, but “collective bargaining without the right to strike is collective begging” (Institute of Employment Rights).
3. The Free Our Unions campaign and statement endorsing and elaborating the Labour conference policy and calling for it be put into action – initiated by Lambeth Unison and The Clarion and now supported by union organisations across the country, including the national unions FBU, RMT and IWGB.

Resolves
1. To sign the Free Our Unions statement and support the campaign.
2. To circulate the statement, this motion and information about the campaign and its importance, with links, etc, to members.
3. To invite a speaker from the campaign.
4. To buy copies of the Free Our Unions pamphlet to distribute.
5. To circulate the statement as widely as possible to other branches and sections of the union, and to nearby branches, trades councils [and, as appropriate, Labour Parties], etc, asking for support.
6. To organise a photo supporting repeal of the anti-union laws and the right to strike at an upcoming meeting.
7. To write to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell about this.


Motion for CLPs

FREE OUR UNIONS – REPEAL THE ANTI-UNION LAWS

This Labour Party notes
1. The increasing number of trade union struggles scuppered by the anti-trade union laws, including recent national ballots over pay by PCS and UCU.
2. That the anti-union laws – not just the 2016 Trade Union Act, but multiple laws going back to 1980 – continually undermine workers’ ability to organise and campaign. They mean the labour movement is fighting challenges of low pay, insecurity and lack of rights with our hands tied behind our backs.

This Labour Party further notes
1. That the conference 2017 conference voted unanimously to “repeal the Trade Union Act and anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s”. Conference 2015 voted unanimously for the introduction of strong workers’ rights including “strong rights to… strike, picket and take solidarity action”. Conference 2018 voted for the next Labour government to “abolish anti-union laws”.
2. That these policies have not yet fed through into the party’s campaigning. The emphasis on promoting collective bargaining is welcome, but “collective bargaining without the right to strike is collective begging” (Institute of Employment Rights).
3. The Free Our Unions statement and campaign endorsing and elaborating our conference policy and calling for it be put into action initiated by Lambeth Unison last year and now supported by a growing number of union branches and organisations across the country, including the national unions FBU, RMT and IWGB.

This Labour Party resolves
1. To call for party policy on repealing all the anti-union laws and replacing them with strong workers’ rights, including strong rights to strike and picket, to be actively campaigned for; and write to the NEC, Leader’s Office and Shadow Chancellor’s Office.
2. To add our endorsement to the Free Our Unions statement (see below).
3. To invite a speaker from the campaign.
4. To organise a photo supporting repeal of the anti-union laws and the right to strike at an upcoming meeting.
5. To buy copies of the Free Our Unions pamphlet.



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