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Unions: Still here and needed more than ever

10 Apr 2013, By

Reading the tributes to the late Baroness Thatcher, it doesn’t take long to get to what her supporters clearly regard as one of her main achievements; standing up to and ‘defeating’ the trades unions. If you were unbiased and went purely on the statistics you might agree that’s exactly what she did.  Union membership in…

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Support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

04 Apr 2013, By

The TUC is supporting an E-Petition, set up by The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, on June 18th 1984. The petition says that Orgreave is part of a pattern of cover ups by the police from…

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TUC Young Workers call for jobs, fair pay and a future that works

27 Mar 2013, By

Over 100 young trade unionists came together in London at the weekend for the annual TUC Young Members Conference. In a week in which it was announced that youth unemployment had increased and is again nearing 1 million, the conference was dominated by the impact of the government’s austerity polices on young people.  In addition to…

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Defend facility time with new resources from the TUC

20 Mar 2013, By

Union reps in the public sector will need no reminding from me of the blatant politically motivated attack on the ability of reps to represent members individually and collectively.  A direct link can be made between the attacks from shady right wing front groups such as the Tax Payers Alliance and the Trade Union Reform campaign and the…

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Stronger Unions make work and society fairer. Period!

11 Mar 2013, By

This was my contribution to the Unions21 Fair Work Commission first report This short contribution has one aim; to clearly and unequivocally make the case for the ability of strong and effective trade unions to make work, and indeed society in general, fairer. This is a case that needs to be made because worryingly amongst…

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It’s membership and mobilisation that makes us a movement

19 Feb 2013, By

The excellent Unison Active blog has picked up on an interesting debate going on in the US labour movement that has some relevance for unions in the UK; to what extent is union density and membership linked to union power and influence? It’s obvious that to establish relevance and legitimacy unions need to increase membership,…

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