Why we need to organise to defeat the anti-union laws

By Bernie McAdam 14 September 2015 Britain’s anti union laws are already the most repressive in the European Union. Thanks to the new Tory Trade Union Bill, they are now set to get much worse. Liberty, Amnesty International and the British Institute of Human Rights are the latest organisations to condemn the Bill as ‘a … Continue reading Why we need to organise to defeat the anti-union laws

Tory anti-union attack – organise to kill the bill

July 15 witnessed the first reading of the Tories' new anti-union bill – effectively a series of amendments to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act (1992). The Trade Union Bill aims to make what Tony Blair once called “the most draconian anti-union laws in Europe”, harsher still. David Cameron's “slip of the tongue,” … Continue reading Tory anti-union attack – organise to kill the bill

Tory anti-strike law aims to break the unions

By Jeremy Dewar 28 May 2015 Tory Business Secretary Sajid Javid’s anti-democratic measures to restrict strikes and legalise scabbing have the aim of breaking resistance to austerity. As TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady warned, they want to “make legal strikes close to impossible”. The new law’s aim is to weaken the trade unions ability to … Continue reading Tory anti-strike law aims to break the unions

Pentonville Five: when dockers fought the law and won

Forty years ago, four London dockers were arrested and held in north London’s Pentonville Prison. The next morning a fifth was arrested outside while protesting at their arrest. Yet within five days the Pentonville Five were freed by a wave of unofficial action and the threat of a general strike. Dave Stockton looks at the … Continue reading Pentonville Five: when dockers fought the law and won

Vince Cable makes veiled threat on anti-union laws at GMB conference

Con-Dem Business Secretary, Vince Cable, struggled to complete his speech today when he said coordinated strike action could result in more anti-union laws. John Bowman reports The chair had to step in to calm the conference as Cable was met by a storm of boos and heckles. Praising Britain’s low level of strike figures, Cable … Continue reading Vince Cable makes veiled threat on anti-union laws at GMB conference

“No one’s talking about a general strike”

There is a serious debate going on within the movement about how to beat the cuts, write Jeremy Drinkall and Richard Brenner. Different strategies are being proposed but there is one thing that the TUC and Tories certainly agree on - nobody is talking about a general strike (or are they?) The Tories' anti-union minister, … Continue reading “No one’s talking about a general strike”