Already in the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve seen examples of workers taking industrial action, often to improve workplace safety. Outsourced cleaners, caterers, and porters at Lewisham Hospital walked out to demand the payment unpaid wages. Workers in Lambeth libraries took action to demand the closure of their workplaces. Postal workers in Bridgend struck, after bosses refuseContinue reading “Covid-19 crisis: Protect the right to strike!”
In his government’s first Queen’s Speech, Boris Johnson has announced that he plans to introduce new laws to restrict strikes. There could be little clearer indication of the class loyalties of his government than this.
Published 13th November 2019. The High Court injunction granted to Royal Mail to prevent postal workers from striking, despite their overwhelming vote to do so, highlights the profoundly undemocratic nature of Britain’s anti-trade union laws, and the urgent need for the whole labour movement to renew our fight for their abolition – including by demanding that theContinue reading “Royal Mail’s anti-strike injunction is an affront to democracy”
This article, by Daniel Randall, was originally published by Workers’ Liberty on 5th July 2019. Find it here. The call for a general strike against climate change, now gaining traction across much of the climate movement and taken up by prominent figures such as Greta Thurnberg, has a meaningful latent power. School climate strikers are callingContinue reading “The fight against climate catastrophe needs free trade unions”
Published 30th June 2019 In June the RMT became the third national union to back the Free Our Unions campaign, after the FBU and IWGB. Free Our Unions is a campaign The Clarion has been central to developing. This article explains what it is, how it has developed and what it has done so far.
Published 3rd June 2019. At the recent TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference, civil service union PCS submitted a motion about electronic balloting for industrial disputes, with the RMT adding text, calling for campaigning to repeal all anti-trade union laws. Janine Booth, who was a member of the RMT delegation, explains why this is crucial for theContinue reading “Disabled workers and the anti-union laws”
Published 3rd April 2019 The following motion passed at RMT annual conference (23-27 June, 2019) after being submitted by East Ham branch.
By Sean Hoyle, (at the time of writing) RMT National President. Published on 26th September 2018. My union and others have learned through years of experience that the most eﬀective way to win for our members is to take strong industrial action. We have also learned that the anti-union laws are designed to stop usContinue reading “RMT President Sean Hoyle on why you should buy our union rights pamphlet”