Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 14/09/2016 - 12:50

Simon Nelson, Gemma Short and Peggy Carter

Unison is organising a strike ballot among its members in the Higher Education (HE) sector to oppose this year’s pay offer. The offer of just 1.1% for the majority of staff, with some additional payments at the lower end of the scale, is not adequate to meet rises in the cost of living and compensate for rises in taxation.The union is recommending rejection of the offer and demanding a 5% rise, and the independent living wage for those on the lowest pay.

Although there is a financial squeeze on the HE sector, those at the top are trying to make those at the bottom suffer all of the pain. In

Unions must fight for a workers’ Europe!

Published on: Wed, 27/04/2016 - 08:35

Maria Exall

Maria Exall of the Communication Workers’ Union explains why unions must campaign for a vote to

At CWU conference (24-28 April) we voted overwhelmingly to campaign with other unions for a distinctive workers voice in the debate on the EU referendum.

This decision was not based on any defence of the indefensible about the EU but because a “remain vote” is in CWU members’ interests. The EU is in many ways a capitalist club with a neoliberal agenda, but so is this UK Conservative government. The EU certainly needs democratic reform so that our voice in the elections of our representatives

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Fri, 20/11/2015 - 13:00

Gemma Short, Darren Bedford and Peggy Carter

Tim Roache has been elected General Secretary of the GMB, Britain’s third largest trade union. He succeeds Paul Kenny, who has stepped down after 10 years in the position, and who courted controversy recently by accepting a knighthood.

Roache won with 57% of the vote to his opponent Paul McCarthy’s 43%. Both men are former Regional Secretaries, powerful positions in the GMB which are appointed, rather than elected. Other candidates initially put themselves forward but later dropped out. Neither candidate would have represented any profound change of direction for the union, although Roache is

Hayes beaten in CWU election

Published on: Tue, 21/04/2015 - 17:16

The election of Dave Ward as General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union is a step backwards.

Liberalisation of the postal sector and privatisation of Royal Mail should mean the priority for the CWU is building the union across the communication industry, but this has happened very slowly. In telecoms, where privatisation and competition arrived 30 years ago, workers with union recognition are a minority. More focus and resources need to be put into this work to take the Union into unrecognised areas.

Though under Hayes the union could have done more, he at least recognised the need


Published on: Wed, 10/09/2014 - 21:54

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General strike in Israel (Rhodri Evans
A new workers' party in Israel? (Eric Lee)
Two Views of the postal dispute
Who supports Netenyahu? (Adam Keller)


Published on: Wed, 10/09/2014 - 12:33

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Scotrail workers take on union bosses
Glenroy Watson, rank and file challenge
The GMB's friends in the north
Chinese dissident jailed
London Hospital crisis
Postal workers: don't throw the vote away!
German trade unionists say 'we are not alone'
Class struggle in Germany
Racist backlash in Australia
US labor builds

The industrial front

Published on: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 20:28


Determined to win: diary of a postal worker
'We must dig in for a long dispute': London postal workers' leader speaks out

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The Monthly Survey

Published on: Thu, 04/09/2014 - 17:31


Postal workers can win
New Labour is nothing new
Solidarity reborn
A peace process without the IRA? (Jack Cleary)

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Published on: Wed, 30/07/2014 - 15:49

Scottish postal workers' strike
For a Labour government in '96!
The arms merchant rules – ok?
Scargills 'Socialist Labour Party' – a stillborn stalinist sect
Organising the socialists

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