Right to Strike campaign responds to Trade Union Bill

July 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm (posted by JD, solidarity, Tory scum, unions, workers)

Say no to anti union laws!

Union branches call for huge mobilisation against Trade Union BillTrade unionists in branches across different unions have come together in a ‘Right to Strike’ campaign which aims to defeat the government’s Trade Union Bill, and fight for the repeal of existing trade union legislation.

Branches of unions including Unite, Unison, and PCS have signed up to the campaign, which is urging the TUC to call a national demonstration against the bill.

The government’s bill proposes turnout thresholds for strike ballots, an ‘opt-in’ system for union political funds, tighter picketing restrictions, and limits on time reps spend on union duties.

“Trade union rights are democratic rights,” said Ruth Cashman of the Right to Strike campaign committee. “No other voluntary organisations in society face as much interference in their internal affairs as trade unions. It is the height of hypocrisy for a government elected by just 24% of the public to tell us that we need a minimum turnout to carry out our democratic decisions.”

“This is an ideological move designed to push legitimate trade unionism outside the law. We need to start talking about what our responses to this law will be, starting with a huge trade union mobilisation to defeat it,” said Edd Mustill, a branch official in the Unite union. “We are working with others in the movement such as the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom to make sure the unions take a real stand.”

The Right to Strike campaign is organising regional meetings and local actions against the bill in the coming days and weeks.

The Right to Strike campaign was launched by a number of union branches in June 2015 to campaign against the government’s proposed Trade Union Bill. It has received rank-and-file support from across the trade union movement and its Facebook page, ‘Right to Strike,’ reached 1000 ‘likes’ in a week.

The campaign can be contacted at ourrighttostrike@gmail.com and by the following phone numbers: 07455158249, 07930845494, 07505514610, 07784641808.

6 Comments

  1. Steven Johnston said,

    Do anti-trade union laws work? In the long run this one didn’t

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combination_Act_1799

    One for the SWP/SPEW/et al to get their knickers in a twist over.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Looks like the Tories will have to train people to sit idle then employ them to break strikes when required. A large pool of idle labour just waiting to do their duty for the Tories.

      • Political Tourist said,

        Sounds like a job for the fash and general Brit Nationalists.
        They were also good for crapping over the working class

    • Mick O said,

      We’re more compliant now. The working classes of 200 years ago didn’t have celebrity culture and reality tv. The old bread and circuses idea still holds.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        Apart from you that is Mick O, you’ve seen through it all. Are there any others like you?

  2. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    PT. Are you aware Pluto has been discovered and mainly by Orangemen? Maybe some Orange women.

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