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?
Christine Shawcroft On the outside What happens to radical women as they get older? Emmeline Pankhurst joined the Tory Party. Shirley Williams left Labour with the Gang of Four. God knows what Aung San Suu Kyi is up to in Burma these days. And Germaine Greer, responsible for converting thousands of women to feminism in… Continue reading Welcome to Labour Briefing online