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The Tory "cap" that is not what it seems

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 699 views

Today was my first day back at work for an organisation facing the prospect of further redundancies following the loss of a thousand jobs since the last General Election. There are three things to be said about the Tory proposal…

Ed Miliband's dog's breakfast

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 780 views

The unseemly haste which has been the hallmark of the unnecessary interference with the Labour Party constitution initiated by the Leader’s July speech has been reasserted this weekend with the publication of Ed Miliband’s proposals, arising from the Collins Review,…

Transparency of the motives for the Lobbying Bill

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 627 views

It's a good thing more and more people are waking up to the potential implications of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. With the Electoral Commission describing its restrictions on political campaigning by non-Party organisations…

Attack on union link puts democracy at risk

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 612 views

Over two centuries working people have fought for our rights in the workplace and wider society. Among our victories have been those of the Chartists and the Suffragettes (and Suffragists) who won us the franchise. The right to choose who…

1%? No thanks!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 874 views

Today the national negotiators representing the employers of more than a million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (the largest organised bargaining group in the UK economy) made a final pay offer of 1% with no strings,…

Male violence and the abuse of power on the left – the view from a glass house

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,254 views

This morning readers of the websites of the liberal broadsheets can choose between a story alleging that the RMT have let down a female activist complaining of domestic violence by a senior official (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rmt-accused-of-dismissing-attack-claim-by-activist-8527208.html) and yet another chapter in the…

Don't let them pickle local government

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 970 views

With tremendous chutzpah, Eric Pickles is slating councils who dare to exercise their democratic right to increase Council Tax (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21226239). In so doing he makes clear the nature of the trap into which local authorities have walked by accepting Council…

From the archive: Trade unions need to toughen up

/ November 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM 1,411 views

I'm not sure if getting the headline on the letters page of the Grauniad necessarily signifies an upturn in the class struggle. However, a good UNISON comrade, George Binette, has managed to shame the paper into headlining his letter about…

From the archive: Unions need to answer UKIP

/ April 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM 1,387 views

Our Party is not where it needs to be now to win a General Election in 2015. Opposition to austerity is being drawn around Farage (our very own Poujade), and around the poisonous nostalgia of the populist right. UKIP is…