Trade unions

Remembering the Matchgirls’ strike

Lyn Brown MP  |  8 March 2017

All children should learn about the hidden story of the Matchgirls’ strike, argues Lyn Brown MP The received wisdom is that the heroic London dockers of 1889 led the way towards social justice, greater equality and spurred the foundation of the Labour movement. In fact it was London’s working class women, a year earlier, who were the vital …

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United we stand

Esther Lynch  |  14 February 2017

The European Trade Union Confederation are determined to ensure that British workers do not pay the price of Brexit, argues Esther Lynch Unions are about uniting people. Alone we may be powerless but together, organised in our unions we can achieve great things. Being organised in a union means being connected with other workers not …

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Proud to be union

Lee Barron  |  14 February 2017

Heart Unions week presents us with an opportunity to shape the trade union movement of tomorrow, writes Lee Barron Over the past week, tens of thousands of trade union members and activists have been joining together to celebrate the positive impact unions have on workplaces where they have members and the communities to whom they serve. …

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A grubby bid to reduce workers’ rights

Steve Reed MP  |  25 January 2017

By using Southern Rail strikes as a precept to attack workers’ rights, the Tories have once again put party politics ahead of the people, argues Steve Reed MP Yesterday parliament voted down a grubby Tory bid to reduce workers’ rights that used the recent Southern Rail strikes as a pretext. Chris Philp, Tory member of …

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Uber challenges

Joe Jervis and Oliver MacArthur  |  8 December 2016

It is time for Labour to lead the debate on the digitalised economy Labour, and the liberal left more widely, have been dealt a series of hammer blows. Crushing election defeats in 2010 and 2015 illustrated a lack of trust in centre-left economics. The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory suggest voters are turning against elements of a wider liberal …

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David Coats  |  24 September 2016

Trade union and Labour party politics are ever more intertwined – David Coats —Sidney and Beatrice Webb literally wrote the book on trade unionism in the 1890s and identified three elements of what they called the trade union method: collective bargaining, mutual insurance and legal enactment. Founding the Labour Representation Committee, and subsequently the Labour party, was …

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‘Politics is sometimes a long game’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  20 September 2016

Labour is healthier when it is a broad church, says Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves sees her decade on the National Executive Committee come to an end at this Labour party conference. At 25, she was the youngest person to be elected to the constituency section – ‘no one has beaten that record since’, she tells …

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A desire to put our values into action

Danny Hackett  |  12 August 2016

As a Labour councillor in Conservative-run Bexley, I know the damage the lack of real leadership is doing to our reputation and electability in the areas we seek to represent. Areas desperately need a Labour council, a Labour government, areas that have voted for Labour in the past and with the right plan, will vote …

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No trade unionist wants year after year of Tory rule

Paul Richards  |  11 August 2016

It is nauseating to watch people who have been in the Labour party for a matter of months, and who probably didn’t vote Labour last year, denouncing the GMB, Britain’s third biggest trade union, for backing Owen Smith. The manner of their denunciation follows the well-trodden Momentum-inspired path: there was a conspiracy to stop members …

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Usdaw cares about carers

John Hannett  |  18 May 2016

Every year Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union, organises a campaign to raise awareness of the pressures members are under when they are juggling work with looking after someone. This year’s campaign day is being held today, Wednesday 18 May, and it is all about carers, with the theme ‘Usdaw Cares About Carers’. Usdaw is encouraging as …

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