‘Trade Union Rights’ campaign news

FEATURE: Building community trade unionism

At LRC annual conference in November, motion 14 was passed which committed the LRC “to support Unite’s policy of building community trade unionism”. Below, Unite NEC member and chair of Unite United Left, Martin Mayer, sets out why Unite has launched community membership and what the benefits are to those joining as well as to the whole of the trade union movement. [continue...]

FEATURE: Sex work is work

“Within the LRC I don’t need to apologise for who I am”, says LRC member and sex worker, Thierry Schaffauser [continue...]

PRESS: Government attacks civil service workers’s rights

The Government intends to cut the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) - affecting hundreds of thousands of public sector workers – by scrapping the requirement to obtain the agreement of staff representatives before changes can be made to accrued rights. [continue...]

PRESS: John McDonnell launches Bill to restore the right to strike

John McDonnell, supported by the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group, presented his Private Members’ Bill to parliament today. If adopted, the Bill would significantly improve unions’ ability to defend their members and would be the first step towards the full restoration of trade union rights. [continue...]

PRESS: As one door closes another one opens. John McDonnell tops the Private Members’  Bill ballot

John McDonnell MP has been drawn first in the Private Members’ Bill Ballot today and has opted for bill to tackle abuse of trade union ballots by employers. [continue...]

PRESS: Over 100 Labour MPs sign motion opposing Government attack on civil servants

Over 100 Labour MPs have now signed an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to think again on its “unfair proposals” which would tear up the terms and conditions of civil and public servants.  [continue...]

PRESS: Labour MP calls for full public inquiry into Construction Industry

The OFT has today fined 103 construction companies for rigging bids for contracts. This follows the scandal of construction companies abusing its workforce through blacklisting practices, and increasing concerns about the practices of gangmasters in the industry and health and safety standards. [continue...]

PRESS: LRC welcomes solidarity action with Lindsey dispute

Over 3000 workers are taking action in support of the Lindsey workers who have walked out of the Total oil refinery in Lincolnshire. The unofficial walkouts in solidarity are in breach of the Thatcherite anti-trade union laws which outlawed secondary action.  [continue...]

PRESS: London MPs call on Mayor to keep London Living Wage promise for tube cleaners

London Labour MPs will today hand in a letter to Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall, calling on him to fund the London Living Wage for all London Underground cleaners. MPs will also be tabling an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons demanding “urgent remedial action from the Mayor as Chair of Transport for London to improve cleaners’ working conditions”. [continue...]

PRESS: Solidarity with SOAS occupation

The LRC has welcomed the occupation of the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in Bloomsbury, London. Students have occupied in a protest over the detention of nine cleaners arrested by immigration officers and deported. The cleaners were involved in a “living wage” campaign. [continue...]

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