Analysis from the TUC shows that real wages in Britain today are worth £24 a week less than they were in 2008. By the time wages are forecast to return to their pre-crash level in 2025, real wages will have been in decline for 17 years - the longest period since the beginning of the… Continue reading Wage squeeze worst in 200 years
John Stewart Hackney North CLP The Rail Maritime & Transport Union (RMT) decided against re-affiliation to the Labour Party at its Special General Meeting on 30th May. Instead the union voted for its NEC recommendation to ‘align’ itself with Labour without taking the full step of affiliation. General Secretary, Mick Cash, said: “Our consultation has… Continue reading RMT ‘alignment’
The national conference of the Trades Union Councils met in Manchester on 9th and 10th June and Doug Holton, Equity delegate to Hackney TUC, was there. The Trades Councils conference debated the expected and entirely necessary motions addressing issues and challenges facing the trades union movement in its 150th year. It also held a number… Continue reading An axis between the movement and the community
Government figures show that in 2017 the long-term decline in trade union membership finally came to a halt. Overall union membership in Britain rose 19,000 and increased in the private sector, from a low base, by 70,000. The government estimates that there are now 6.23 million trade union members in the UK, 3.5 million in… Continue reading Union membership – an end to decline?
Pat Edlin Looking back on his time in the hotel catering industry and the struggles that took place. On 6th June a huge fire tore though the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's posh Knightsbridge. Over 120 fire-fighters fought the blaze and all occupants and staff escaped unhurt. I used to work at the formerly… Continue reading Class struggles in catering
Jim Mackechnie Glasgow Kelvin CLP Little did the 50,000 demonstrators who marched through Glasgow on May 5th. under the ‘Independence Now’ banner know what the SNP had in store for them a couple of weeks down the line. For May 25th. saw the much delayed publication of the SNP’s long awaited Growth Commission report. Aiming… Continue reading Return of the Tartan Tories