Swedish Free Schools – a failed model By Jonathan Clyne in Sweden In 1995, just after the so called ‘free schools’ were introduced in Sweden, my eldest son started school. We had heard and read much good about Montesorri pedagogy, so when a new school opened nearby that was going to follow Maria Montesorri’s methods, we enrolled him. We had our misgivings. These schools were privately run, but government financed. But we thought we should not be ‘ideologically blinkered’ at the expense of our son. [continue...]
Co-op Bank: a tragedy By Mick Brooks The co-operative movement, together with the Labour Party and the trade unions, is the third wing of our labour movement. Co-op Bank customers learned with dismay in October 2013 that the Bank has just fallen into the hands of predatory hedge funds. 10,000 Co-op Bank workers tremble for their jobs. The Bank’s ethical policy, such a striking and pleasant contrast to the rapacious greed and social irresponsibility of the commercial banks’ lending, is likely to be torn up. [continue...]
Why is Labour silent on this viciously anti-migrant bill? On the day the Home Secretary announced she was abandoning the Government’s racist “Go home” vans - trialed in Brent this summer to a huge public outcry - the Labour frontbench decided to sit on their hands in the vote on the second reading of the new Immigration Bill. [continue...]
INEOS: Grangemouth threatened with closure By Mick Brooks Last week boss Jim Ratcliffe ordered Grangemouth oil refinery to be closed. He did so despite Unite calling off their threat of strike action due to take place on Sunday 20th October. This is a lockout of nearly 1,400 workers which could soon bring large parts of Britain to a standstill, with millions of jobs potentially under threat. Grangemouth supplies Scotland and Northern England with petrol and diesel, is in a supply chain with a myriad of subcontractors and is a key link in bringing North Sea oil onshore through the Forties pipeline. Ratcliffe seems determined to take on the union. On October 23rd he made a shock decision announcing the permanent closure of the plant. [continue...]
Keith Henderson and the GMB. Earlier in October we published material about the dispute between Keith and the GMB leading to his dismissal from a full-time position with the Union and the resulting Employment Tribunal decision. Here Keith puts his case in a letter to LRC members: [continue...]
Keith Henderson: the complete correspondence between John McDonnell and Paul Kenny [continue...]
No More Witch-Hunts In The GMB Union, Reinstate Keith Henderson Essex LRC member and former Regional Organiser of the GMB Union was dismissed from the GMB last December, Keith has always believed that the real reason for his dismissal was because of his socialist beliefs and the manifestation of his beliefs. [continue...]
Unite dispute at INEOS, Grangemouth: what’s it all about?
Readers may have read about the victimisation of the Senior Shop Steward at Grangemouth because he has been involved in the selection process for the Labour Party candidate for the Falkirk constituency. What the hell is that to do with INEOS management? This account by local Shop Stewards shows that it’s all part of a provocation by Jim Ratcliffe to seek a confrontation with the work force and its union, Unite.
By Unite Shop Stewards Committee [continue...]
Royal Mail sell-off: Guardian gets it right Royal Mail: your cheque is in the post [continue...]
Blacklisting – the beginning of justice? Blacklist Support Group [continue...]
Labour Councils should be clear in opposing Bedroom Tax evictions Statement by Labour Councillors and other anti-Bedroom Tax activists [continue...]
Be prepared: the right are preparing all-out war By Owen Jones [continue...]
Rebuild the NHS! Lobby Labour conference!
Leading party activists, trade unionists and health campaigners challenge Labour on future of NHS
Posted on September 21, 2013by labournhslobby [continue...]
Labour Party Conference 2013
Michael Calderbank, Brent Central CLP and Jon Lansman (CLPD) look at the issues likely to come up at Labour’s annual conference. [continue...]
Hovis Pickets Pile on the Pressure! Bakers’ Union members striking against the use of agency workers on zero hours contracts at the Hovis Bakery in Wigan piled pressure on the company in the early hours of this morning with some of the most effective picketing of their campaign so far. [continue...]
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