Category Archives: trade unionism

NHS in crisis :: Unpatriotic militants? No, Jeremy Hunt – doctors are just fighting to be able to care for us all.

Clare Gerada on the strike by junior doctors.   Unpatriotic militants? No, Jeremy Hunt – doctors are just fighting to be able to care for us all. Being a doctor – or any public sector worker – shouldn’t be such … Continue reading

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UK politics review – the lurch towards Fascism

UK political events combine into a lurch towards Fascism. The gagging law is passed. Called the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act it has nothing to do with transparency of lobbying and everything to do … Continue reading

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Commentary and analysis of recent political events

That Conservative, illiberal Nick Clegg is keen to do the Tories’ work Clegg leaves the door open to further welfare cuts George Osborne has made it clear that he plans to introduce “billions” more in welfare cuts if the Tories … Continue reading

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David Cameron orders inquiry into trade union tactics

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/17/david-cameron-inquiry-trade-union-tactics Review condemned as ‘a Tory election stunt’ by Unite union, while coalition tensions emerge over remit David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the tactics of the trade unions in the wake of the bitter industrial dispute which almost … Continue reading

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The lobbying bill is a gift to union bashers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/11/lobbying-bill-gift-to-union-bashers-blacklisting Given what we know about blacklisting, the lobbying bill’s demands on union membership lists pose a sinister threat The government’s lobbying bill may be in trouble, but its attack on the confidentiality of union membership records continues in the … Continue reading

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Privatisation, a very British disease

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/joe-guinan-thomas-m-hanna/privatisation-very-british-disease JOE GUINAN and THOMAS M. HANNA Britain is an extreme oddity regarding privatisation: nowhere else in the advanced world is there such a willingness to sell everything that isn’t nailed down. Time and again the British public is ripped … Continue reading

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Firefighters to hold fourth strike over pensions

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/05/firefighters-union-fourth-strike-pensions Union members to walk out on 13 November in ongoing row with government over impact of rise in retirement age Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a fresh strike in their row with the government over pensions. … Continue reading

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The women who sparked the Labour movement

http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2013/nov/04/women-who-sparked-labour-movement The Match Women of Bryant and May formed Britain’s first women’s trade union and won the right to better conditions. So why do so few know about their achievement? by Lyn Brown, Labour MP for West Ham. … Hearing … Continue reading

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Postal workers’ strike: Royal Mail should expect a battle royal

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/16/postal-workers-strike-royal-mail-cwu-privatisation It’s been a case of third time unlucky for the postal workers’ union (CWU). It defeated the privatisation of Royal Mail in 1994 under the Tories and again in 2009 under Labour. Despite employing similar tactics of political lobbying … Continue reading

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Royal Mail offers £300 to postal workers to cross picket lines

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/15/royal-mail-cross-picket-lines-strike   The Royal Mail is offering a £300 bonus to any of its 150,000 staff who cross the picket line in any forthcoming nationwide postal strikes. Moya Greene, its chief executive, wrote to all employees before Wednesday’s strike ballot … Continue reading

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Postal workers push ahead with strike plans over pay and conditions

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/13/postal-workers-strike-ballot-pay-conditions Postal workers union says staff concerns are about longer term issues not Friday’s 38% rise in the price of free shares Royal Mail staff are pushing ahead with plans for strikes in the run up to Christmas as the … Continue reading

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Royal Mail warns thousands will lose jobs after sell-off

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/09/royal-mail-warns-thousands-job-losses Company spokesman indicates substantial job losses following controversial privatisation of 500-year-old institution Royal Mail has warned that thousands of postal workers will lose their jobs following its controversial privatisation. On Tuesday the 500-year-old national institution saw unprecedented demand for … Continue reading

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