Jack Jones speaks

Jack Jones explains his role in the Labour movement in the 1970s, and how the battle to bring in Industrial Democracy was fought and lost, making something like Thatcherism almost inevitable.  An interview with Jack Jones, conducted by Labour and Trade Union Review magazine L&TUR We’d like to begin with the experience of the seventies. As … Continue reading Jack Jones speaks

Trade Union Diary

Industrial Democracy A new book has just been published:  "Our trade unions, what comes next after the summer of 2022?" By Nigel Flanagan, Manifesto Press. The book is vigorously written and addresses the question of the immense weakness of the trade union movement today without flinching.  It rightly addresses the question of how it came about as … Continue reading Trade Union Diary

Minimum Service: “a Ludicrous Bill” (2)

Minimum Service Bill debate in the House of Commons 22nd May 2023 [The Government moved against the amendments voted by the Lords.  See reproduced below a selection of extracts of contributions by Labour, LD and SNP members; note how some are sceptical of Angela Rayner’s promise that Labour will repeal this Bill when in power.] The Parliamentary … Continue reading Minimum Service: “a Ludicrous Bill” (2)

The Minimum Service Bill : ‘a ludicrous bill’

https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2023-04-26/debates/61E83113-0B2D-40D2-9CD1-ED34E7C7CC17/Strikes(MinimumServiceLevels)Bill 26 April 2023, Debate in the Lords on amendment 3.  This amendment would prevent an employee being sacked for refusing to cross a picket line.  This is in the event of an employee being issued with a work notice, forcing them to work during a strike. A Conservative argument in favour of the amendment: Lord Balfe … Continue reading The Minimum Service Bill : ‘a ludicrous bill’


ASLEF REJECTS RISIBLE PAY OFFER AND SETS MORE STRIKE DATES https://aslef.org.uk/publications/aslef-rejects-risible-pay-offer-and-sets-more-strike-dates ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has rejected a ‘risible’ pay offer from the 16 train companies with whom we are in dispute – our drivers not having had an increase in salary at these companies since 2019. ‘Our executive committee met this morning [Thursday] … Continue reading ASLEF REJECTS RISIBLE PAY OFFER AND SETS MORE STRIKE DATES

School Meals in the Lords

Children’s school meals Debate in the House of Lords  27/03/23 https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2023-03-27/debates/EAB74562-AB3E-4799-95CE-49E7A40FAD65/Children’s SchoolMeals Question  Asked by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe  To ask His Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review and revise the children’s school meal regulations to reduce the levels of processed sugar and to provide incentives to encourage the use of alternatives such as stevia. … Continue reading School Meals in the Lords

Strikes (Minimum Service) Bill

Strikes (Minimum Service) Bill, discussed in the Lords 21 February 2023 Parliament Notes https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2023-02-21/debates/14076655-2C38-4D27-8875-CEE79DE5BF74/Strikes(MinimumServiceLevels)Bill?highlight=strikes%20minimum%20service#contribution-654EA241-DA24-4405-8A05-0D52F05FEFED [Extracts, starting with the speech of Frances O’Grady and ending with the speech of a Conservative Peer against the proposed government bill.] Frances O’Grady (now Baroness of Upper Holloway) Could workers who are required to work during a strike but who … Continue reading Strikes (Minimum Service) Bill

Working Conditions: the Case of the Müller Drivers

Working Conditions: the case of the Müller drivers Eamon Dyas Members of the Unite Trade Union are currently picketing supermarkets in London to highlight an industrial dispute that has received little coverage in the media although it touches on a subject that is becoming a growing concern for workers generally – the erosion of working … Continue reading Working Conditions: the Case of the Müller Drivers

Mick Lynch In His Own Words

(The image above is by water colour artist Inga Bystram) Transport Committee meetings 11/1/23 https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/12513/pdf/ The three witnesses are Mick Lynch (RMT), Mick Whelan (ASLEF) and Frank Ward (TSSA).  One of the Committee members is the SNP Gavin Newlands, whose later intervention in the House of Commons we quote below. Extracts.   Question. [There have been three … Continue reading Mick Lynch In His Own Words