The Fight for Rank and File Democracy in the Trade Unions

By Andy Yorke THE rejection of proposals to democratise the selection of MPs and the nomination of candidates for the Leadership at Labour's Liverpool conference threw a spotlight on the role of the unions in deciding party policy. Many first time delegates were shocked, and many more were infuriated, when, despite overwhelming support from the … Continue reading The Fight for Rank and File Democracy in the Trade Unions

Labor Notes 2018: successes pose new challenges for union activists

By Jeremy Dewar, Lambeth Unison delegate (pc) and Marcus Otono, Workers Power USA. THREE THOUSAND trade unionists assembled in Chicago for Labor Notes’ biennial conference on 8-11 April. Many there claimed it was the biggest Labor Notes conference ever. But numbers alone cannot convey the energy, the diversity, the militancy on display. Workers’ struggles At … Continue reading Labor Notes 2018: successes pose new challenges for union activists

Fighting sexism in the labour movement

COMPLAINTS of sexual harassment and discrimination by women officers and activists often go unresolved in the unions and the Labour Party. This is a shameful record and one that must be corrected immediately. The campaign group LabourToo, has submitted a dossier of complaints about such behaviour in the Labour Party. It consists of 43 anonymised … Continue reading Fighting sexism in the labour movement

Germany: IG Metall pay settlement, workers’ victory or bureaucratic showpiece?

By Frederik Haber THE results of the metal-workers' pay campaign in Germany have attracted a lot of attention not only at home but internationally. The workers' union, IG Metall, is widely recognised as the strongest trade-union in the industrial sector globally. It is almost certainly the wealthiest and it is centrally involved in the actual … Continue reading Germany: IG Metall pay settlement, workers’ victory or bureaucratic showpiece?

Reinstate Ian Allinson – support the Fujitsu strike

IT GIANT Fujitsu are the latest company to step up their union-busting campaigns, which have been on the increase - with Grangemouth and Picturehouse disputes just two high-profile examples that saw trade union reps victimised for organising workers. On 12 January Fujitsu Manchester sacked Ian Allinson, chair of Unite At Fujitsu, recent left candidate in … Continue reading Reinstate Ian Allinson – support the Fujitsu strike

Strikes and solidarity needed to scrap pay cap

By Jeremy Dewar TORY CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond is a modern man. He believes that driving a train is so easy that “even a woman could do it”. He also believes that 5 million public sector workers are “overpaid”. And he certainly believes that the 1 per cent public sector pay cap should be retained. He’s … Continue reading Strikes and solidarity needed to scrap pay cap

Glasgow Labour scabs on strikers

By Chris Taylor UNISON RECENTLY announced that striking Glasgow City Council IT workers have accepted an offer from the council and returned to work. Having secured guarantees that they will continue to be council-linked employees and suffer no redundancies or relocation, the strike has been called off. This brings to an end a dispute which … Continue reading Glasgow Labour scabs on strikers

Labour supporters in PCS have one year to convince members of the need to affiliate

By Rebecca Anderson The Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) took two important votes on the Labour Party this week. In one, it decided to review its political strategy and consider the possibility of affiliation to the Labour Party with further decisions to be taken next year. In the … Continue reading Labour supporters in PCS have one year to convince members of the need to affiliate