Author Archives: tradeunionfutures

Precarious work and contemporary capitalism

Jonathan White Scarcely a week goes by at the moment without some press story about precarious work in Britain and it’s undeniable that something profound has happened to Britain’s labour market. The full-employment boasted by Tories is in truth closer … Continue reading

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Time to root out the ‘New Public Management’

It’s beyond doubt that our public services are in crisis: the winter emergency in the NHS; a retention crisis in the school system and the failure of more academy chains, another rail franchise scandal on the East Coast line; the … Continue reading

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Small unions and big leaders, or why we might need to ask some different questions….

In November last year, the Huffington Post ran an article by Professor Gregor Gall about the emergence of ‘new, radical, independent unions’ like the IWGB. In it he declared that “more than any other union” the IWGB has led the … Continue reading

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Brexit and Public Services

As TUC Congress kicks off the headlines have been dominated by Frances O’Grady’s defence of Single Market membership. This is the culmination of months of recent debate in the labour movement around the commencement of the government’s Brexit negotiations and … Continue reading

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Missing the movement

Zoe Williams’s call for ‘fresh thinking’ shows an ignorance of what’s really happening in the unions Zoe Williams is a highly skilful, highly intelligent writer who considers herself a progressive and who has done much good work to promote progressive causes. She … Continue reading

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Making the case for New Unions

Jake Burns asks if the left should consider breaking with historical union structures if they inhibit the ability to organise workers in unorganised workplaces: We cannot ignore the fact that union membership has been falling steadily from its zenith in … Continue reading

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Strikes and industrial militancy after the Trade Union Act

There are arguably two urgent questions facing the Marxist left in the trade union movement: how to provide leadership in assisting the movement to organise in the real labour market of today and how to raise the tempo of struggle … Continue reading

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