Anti-union laws

Campaigning to repeal the laws that restrict effective trade unionism

ConDems Declare War On Trade Union Movement

REPORTS THIS morning that the ConDem Government are planning to rig the anti-union laws even further in favour of the employers have been slammed as a "declaration of war" on the Trade Union Movement as the administration seeks to prevent workers from fighting back against attacks on jobs and working conditions and against public spending cuts.

John McDonnell launches Bill to restore the right to strike

Press release from John McDonnell MP ...John McDonnell, supported by the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group, presents his Private Members' Bill to parliament today which if adopted would significantly improve unions' ability to defend their members and would be the first step towards the full restoration of trade union rights.

After coming first in the Private Members' Ballot and in consultation with the trade union movement and leading trade union lawyers, John McDonnell MP is sponsoring the "Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill" to tackle the increasing practice by employers of using minor technical errors in the balloting process - which have no material effect on the outcome - to take unions to court in order to prevent them from taking industrial action.

John McDonnell to Propose Bill to Stop Employers Getting Strikes Banned on Technicalities

Press release from John McDonnell MP ...

As one door closes another one open: John McDonnell tops the poll in the Private Members' Bill Ballot.

John McDonnell MP has been drawn first in the Private Members' Bill Ballot today and has opted for a Bill to tackle abuse of trade union ballots by employers.

John McDonnell said:

Video: RMT Launches Legal Challenge To Anti-Union Laws

The RMT have released a video explaining their reasons and methods of attempting to get anti-union laws repealed. The union will present its case to the European Court of Human Rights. There are numerous examples of bosses using technicalities, such as calling engineers engineers or not informing members of eleven spoilt ballot papers, which have deemed a strike illegal in UK courts.

You can see more RMT videos at RMTv.

RMT Challenge UK Anti-Trade Union Laws In European Court of Human Rights

TRANSPORT UNION RMT announced today that it is launching an unprecedented challenge to the UK’s anti-trade union laws in the European Court of Human Rights.

Papers on behalf of RMT will be lodged with the European Court today by the union and its solicitors. RMT will argue on behalf of its members that its ability to organise industrial action to protect its members is restricted by UK law.

The Law Versus the Trade Unions? A Discussion Between Lawyers

An interesting and informative discussion is to take place on thursday 27th may. Reps and activists could benefit by attending. It may provide interesting ideas on how to solve problems in their workplaces.

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the Institute for Employment Rights invite you to hear Lord Wedderburn QC and Jim Mortimer (former Labour Party General Secretary) in conversation with John Hendy QC

"The Law Versus the Trade Unions? Reflections on the Past and Strategies for the Future".

Why You Have to Vote Again

In April, RMT members returned a massive YES vote for industrial action to oppose LUL’s pay cuts, job cuts and mistreatment of staff. Over 83% voted for strikes; 94% for action short of a strike. This result sent a clear message: We will not stand by while you cut staff, attack our living standards and bully us into working when we’re sick.

COWARDS! LUL management run to the courts

RMT members working for LUL recently returned a massive YES vote for industrial action to oppose the company's insulting pay offer, it's job cut proposals, and it's complete disregard of agreements such as the Attendance at Work Policy. With a good turnout, over 83% of members voted for strike action and 94% for action short of a strike. The message sent out by this result could hardly be clearer: We will not stand by while you cut staff, attack our living standards and bully us into working when we're sick.