Tag Archives: union organising

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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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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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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NEW RESOURCE: How to build left power in the unions

How do Marxists, as a minority within the trade union movement, operate to provide effective leadership? How have they done so in the past? How can they do so again in a situation where union power has been greatly weakened? … Continue reading

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The best antidote to the Trade Union Bill is stronger activism

In the House of Lords second reading debate on 11 January 2016, former TUC General Secretary Lord John Monks warned that the Trade Union Bill ’is a mortal threat to some unions’. It is a point of view that cannot … Continue reading

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