Tag: trade unions

The Magpie: Can we get a political voice?

In a new column, The Magpie discusses working class political representation The feeling that working class people in Britain have no effective political voice was everywhere even before Syriza won. It is shared by followers of...

Historical Materialism 2014: Reversing the decline

In the third of three articles, UNITE union activist Ian Allinson reports from four very useful sessions learning from the North American Labour movement at this year's Historical Materialism conference. Several speakers presented evidence of...

Historical Materialism 2014: Migration, the Labour Market and Social Reproduction

The second of three articles by UNITE union activist Ian Allinson, reporting from four very useful sessions on learning the North American Labour movement at this year's Historical Materialism conference. We're all busy fighting to...

Historical Materialism 2014: Mobilise or organise

This year's Historical Materialism conference included four very useful sessions reflecting on the North American Labour movement.  In the first of three articles, Unite activist Ian Allinson reports on discussions about alternative organising strategies. Workers...

Inside the NHS: why workers are taking action

Tomorrow healthcare workers from across nine unions are taking action over defence of pay at the NHS. The strike is for four hours between 7am and 11am. The rs21 leaflet in support of the...

Review: Casualisation at work

Ian Allinson reviews the recent Labour Research Department guide for trade union reps. The rs21 magazine and web site have carried a number of articles exploring the efforts of casual workers to organise, including sparks,...

Fighting back against victimisation

Pat Mollins is a private sector care worker who ended up victimised by management for union organising in his workplace. Here is his story of how they fought back – and won. This...

Egypt: from revolution to repression

Anne Alexander, from the MENA Solidarity Network, is the co-author, with Mostafa Bassiouny, of the forthcoming book Bread, Freedom, Social Justice. She spoke to Amy Gilligan about workers' movements and revolution in Egypt. Originally published...

Review: Strike for America

Tomorrow over a million public sector workers will go on strike. Amy Gilligan reviews Micah Uetricht's recent book Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity which looks at how teachers in Chicago organised and...

The upturn/downturn debate: an introduction

Ian A summarises a debate on the development of capitalism since 1968, and how this has impacted the working class and its struggles, in a attempt to address the question of what revolutionaries should do.