unions

Books for a renewed American workers movement, 1 of 3: "The Blue Eagle at Work"

A review by Life Long Wobbly of The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace.

Fighting for #Justice4JohnPearson

Former PCS rep with a placard reading 'why won't PCS support victimised reps?'

Next week, the PCS union holds its annual delegate conference in Brighton. One of the most important issues on the agenda is that of whether the union will support its reps when they face victimisation. Unfortunately, the answer to that question remains uncertain.

So, the government got in…

The election results are in. The Tories can form a majority government to rule for the next five years. Now what?

On the union debate

A collection of articles, responses and replies to a debate on unions in 2013.

Five reasons "red" Len won't break the law

“Red” Len McCluskey is once more rattling his sabre ahead of the General Election. But don’t expect it to ever be drawn. Here’s five reasons why.

The Civil Service Rank & File – a belated post-mortem

An analysis of the Civil Service Rank & File Network, which emerged in late 2012, and its impact during its brief existence.

Government union busting and the PCS response

The PCS union is facing concerted union busting activity from the government. However, despite its rhetoric it has fallen into a retreat that helps nobody

“The harsh reality of capitalism”: Low wages, zero-hours contracts, and self-organisation in London’s Everyman Cinemas

London's cinema workers march through central London

An interview-essay detailing the experiences of cinema worker Eve Ryman and her involvement in a self-organised wage/contract dispute and subsequent union drive.

Victimised reps forced to lobby their union in fight for support

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka holding a megaphone

Two union reps sacked by their employer for their trade union activities are lobbying the National Executive Committee of the PCS union tomorrow. In two very similar cases of union busting and victimisation, the union has failed to offer adequate support in quite different ways.

“Every action was done collectively”: An interview with newly unionised TEFL workers

Faced with an attack on their working conditions, TEFL workers in Dublin formed a union, threatened to strike, and beat back a pay cut!