This briefing itemises anti-trade-union legislation since 1980. It then looks further back into history, and examines some of the key issues in Britain's anti-union laws.
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Transport union RMT announced today that it is backing a “Bury Thatcherism – Join a Union” initiative which will officially launch next Wednesday, the day of the former Prime Ministers funeral.
The initiative is designed to use the frenzy and polarisation that has developed since Margaret Thatcher’s death to encourage the angry and disaffected to do something positive on Wednesday, that is join a trade union and if you are already a union member encourage others to join and get involved.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
From London Transport Region Secretary John Reid
RMT Members are invited to a political event to commemorate the victims of Thatcherism and neo liberalism.
Celebrate the heroic resistance of the Miners, Print workers,anti poll tax movement, and all the working class communities who resisted Thatcher during the dark days of her vicious anti working class reign as Prime Minister.
Meeting and refreshments at the Exmouth Arms on Wednesday 17th April 1900 hours.
Linda Wiles - President of the Region
The RMT's General Secretary Bob Crow & President Peter Pinkney have written to the "Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign" to voice the unions solidarity with the campaign to get all charges against Bob Carnegie dropped.
Bob Carnegie faces several charges after organising a 'community protest' at a construction site in Australia. You can read details of the case on the campaign website here.
Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign
An interesting article from The Institute of Employment Rights on a topic which was much discussed at the Global Labour Institute Summer School 2012 which some RMT young members attended.
Days of Action: http://www.ier.org.uk/blog/days-action
"As the TUC opens its discussion for 2012, this IER Briefing from Keith Ewing and John Hendy argues that increased protest action against government austerity measures are defendable in Court with reference to the European Convention on Human Rights.
London Undergrounds Engineering Branch invite you to to the 40th anniversary meeting to celebrate the liberation of the Pentonville ﬁve, a landmark victory in the history of our movement.
Speakers: Bob Light; Striking Docker, 1972.
Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary
The meeting will be held at the Exmouth Arms, Tuesday 4th December at 5pm. This crucial event is invaluable to us all. Please make every effort to attend and encourage others to do the same.
The date of this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival is the weekend of 13-15 July. This is an excellent and very popular event commemorating some of the pioneers of trade unionism. The procession and rally will take place on the Sunday 15 July.
More details here.
Have a look at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum website too, it has lots of information and details about the event.
President of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) selected to lead new trade unionist and socialist electoral challenge for Greater London Assembly Elections in May 2012
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has selected Alex Gordon President of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to lead its list for the London Assembly elections due to take place on 3 May 2012.
The Trade Union Reform Campaign chairperson, Tory MP Aiden Burley, has been sacked from his government post following a stag party he attended where another guest wore a Nazi SS officer uniform. It has been reported that Burley hired the uniform for his friend himself.
The union busting group TURC which Burley heads is campaigning against union officials getting paid release and for 'a greater element of democratic legitimacy.' Effectively aims that would make it impossible for unions to represent members or to successfully ballot for industrial action.
Commenting on Vince Cable’s threat to make Britain’s already draconian anti-union laws even more repressive, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today:
“Cable is effectively telling us that the right to strike is something we can have only if we choose not to use it.
He is trying to come across as the nice cop of the ConDem coalition, but the truth is that he wants us to sit back and watch as his government destroys our jobs and wrecks our services.