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A Trade Union Agenda for Labour

A Trade Union Agenda for Labour John McDonnell MP Articles from the LRC TUC 2014 special [continue...]

Blacklist Support Group latest

Blacklist Support Group latest Big developments in the last few days and expected in the next week or so: [continue...]

Unite rep victimised – show your support

Unite rep victimised – show your support Bryan Kennedy, lead Unite representative at One Housing Group (OHG) has been sacked. [continue...]

Blacklist workers occupy employment agency

Blacklist workers occupy employment agency Report from Blacklist Support Group [continue...]

Zero hours contracts

Zero hours contracts
– promoting a climate of fear in the workplace By Martin Wicks [continue...]


Following the devastating news of the death of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow on Tuesday 11th March the union is able to confirm arrangements for both Bob’s funeral and the commemoration of his life and work on Monday 24th March.
Bob Crow’s family have asked all media to respect the fact that Bob’s funeral service itself will be a private affair. Any invasion of that privacy will be taken up by the union through the press and broadcasting regulatory and complaints bodies. [continue...]

Bob’s Legacy

...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...]

Blacklisted worker: justice denied

Blacklisted worker: justice denied A High Court judge had accepted a UCATT safety rep blacklisted for his safety activities was treated unjustly, but has no legal redress because he was an agency employee.  Dave Smith was repeatedly dismissed and refused work after his name appeared on The Consulting Association blacklist.  [continue...]

Unite dispute at INEOS, Grangemouth: what’s it all about?

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...]

Blacklisting – the beginning of justice?

Blacklisting – the beginning of justice? Blacklist Support Group [continue...]

PRESS: Target Starbucks: Tax justice and justice for workers!

The LRC is taking part in the UK Uncut Day of Action tomorrow (Saturday 8 December). We will be meeting outside The Rocket (corner of Euston Road and Chalton Street, NW1) at 2pm – before proceeding to the Starbucks branch at 93 Euston Road. [continue...]

FEATURE: LGBTQ people decide future for Pride

Anton Johnson of Left Front Art reports on how trade unions and LGBTQ organisations are setting a new agenda for Pride [continue...]

FEATURE: Fighting for pensions justice in Unison

Marsha-Jane Thompson, Chair of Unison United Left and LRC national committee member, looks ahead to Unison conference, which starts on Sunday 17 June. [continue...]

FEATURE: Cleaners say ‘yes’ to living wage! No to a cut in hours!

Chris Ford, IWW London Regional Secretary, reports on a hard fought campaign for the living wage for cleaners at St Georges, London. [continue...]

FEATURE: Victory! How the sparks burned the construction bosses

Steve Kelly (Unite London Construction) and Russ Blakely (Unite Portsmouth District 0750) report on the inspirational campaign by construction workers against attempts by construction bosses to impose new terms and conditions across the industry. [continue...]

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