Ukraine: no Russian tanks or Western banks Statement of the LRC Executive Committee [continue...]
The LRC extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tony Benn. RIP 14th March 2014 [continue...]
...from John McDonnell
Bob Crow’s death has come as a shattering blow to the RMT, the whole of the trade union movement and to the many progressive causes he supported.
Loved by his members and respected across the transport industry, Bob’s most significant role was to demonstrate by example to every trade union member that the trade union movement could be as effective today in securing better pay and conditions of employment as at any time in its history.
From the 1980s, trade union membership and influence had been in decline for over 20 years when Bob came onto the national scene alongside a new generation of radical trade union leaders with Mark Serwotka at PCS and Matt Wrack at the FBU. They transformed their individual unions and created a new unionism, thoroughly democratic and willing to mobilise and back their members, no matter how hard the fight and no matter what the employers and media threw against them.
The result has been not just a reversal of declining membership, but a substantial increase in size of the RMT and its expansion into new sectors such as the offshore oil and gas industry, buses and taxis. People joined the union because they knew that Bob Crow would never shy away from a fight on their behalf and brought a tactical genius and negotiating skill to secure victory in negotiated settlements and, when necessary, in industrial action.
The 21st century trade unionism that Bob Crow espoused was rooted in a thorough understanding of what his members were experiencing every day at work. Improving their pay and working conditions was what he cared about and nothing would stand in his way of winning for them.
It also didn’t matter what the right wing media reported, as his members knew whose side he was on and every headline increased the profile of the union and, as a result, its membership.
His trade unionism came from his socialism. In his stirring table thumping speeches he was able to inspire with a vision of a world living in peace and free from poverty and want. There wasn’t a progressive internationalist cause that didn’t receive his support, from Castro’s Cuba to Chavez’s Venezuela.
His legacy will not only be a strong and effective RMT but the reversal of the near terminal decline of trade unionism in this country and, of course, the next generation of young trade unionists that he inspired and who are now taking up his torch. [continue...]
Hull and E. Yorks Labour Representation Committee
Public Meeting: “What Now For Local Government? [continue...]
Crisis in Ukraine: Revolution or reaction? Labour Representation Committee [continue...]
Solidarity with the Greek people By Barbara Humphries The first AGM of the Greece Solidarity Campaign (GSC) took place at the UNITE headquarters on Saturday 1st March. The GSC was set up a year and a half ago in response to an appeal to Tony Benn on behalf of Greek people facing austerity measures, by veteran Greek political activists – Manolis Glezos and Mikis Theodorakis, for support from the British labour movement. Glezos is a national hero who, as a young man, tore down the swastika flag from the Acropolis. Theodorakis, apart from being a well-known songwriter, was a staunch campaigner against the dictatorship of the Greek unta from 1967-74. [continue...]
Grim toll of government’s fit-for-work tests Letter to Guardian Tuesday 4th March [continue...]
Labour’s Special Conference Round One to the anti-union forces, but a lot to fight for Pete Firmin, Political Secretary, LRC [continue...]
Victory over debate on disabled PRESS RELEASE 28/02/2014 Following a historic debate in the House of Commons, the first time in its history people with disabilities have secured a debate on a motion of their choosing, John McDonnell MP calls on the Government to implement a full cumulative impact assessment of the effects of welfare reform on sick and disabled people. [continue...]
Reject Miliband’s ‘reforms’: a ticking time-bomb which could destroy Labour as we know it, warn critics on the left [continue...]
ATOS Protests February 19th Report from Suffolk People’s Assembly On February 19th people from across the country gathered outside over 140 Assessment Centres run by ATOS, to protest against their discredited Work Capability Assessments. The protest was led by disabled activists in Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), who have been suffering from cuts made by the Coalition government. [continue...]
The Floods and the Tories A report from the GMB David Cameron was asked 3 times by Miliband at Prime Minister’s Questions if he would now reverse the job cuts at the Agency and 3 times he ducked the question. You can conclude clearly his intentions, but it is getting increasingly more difficult to justify and defend such a position and we will continue applying the pressure and calling for a reversal. [continue...]
Recommended slate for Labour’s NEC In view of their votes to accept the Collins Report at the meeting of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee on 4th February, the Labour Representative Committee is no longer willing to support Ken Livingstone and Ann Black in their campaign for re-election to the NEC. [continue...]
Reject the Collins Report! Statement by the LRC EC Ed Miliband wants the proposals of the Collins Report to be agreed at the recall Labour Party Conference on March 1st unchallenged. He claims that a vote in favour would be a big step forward for democracy within the Labour Party. He declares that the proposals, “are about opening up the Labour Party so that more people from every walk of life can have more say on the issues which matter to them most.” [continue...]
Solidarity, not hostility By Mike Phipps It’s always satisfying when a government minister is forced to resign on grounds of hypocrisy. This applies particularly to Immigration Minister Mark Harper, the man who brought us last summer’s “Go home or face arrest” vans in multicultural areas of London. He was forced to quit after admitting employing a cleaner without checking her documents as demanded by the law. She, on the other hand, has been handed over to the Home Office enforcement teams, presumably to be removed as soon as possible to spare the government any more embarrassment. Cleaners, after all, do wash dirty linen, and might do it in public. [continue...]
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