Thursday, 21 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Today is the TUC Day of action against blacklisting. Thousands of workers were condemned to unemployment by being put on a blacklist in an ongoing travesty of justice. We observed the similarities of their struggle when I was suspended from work this year with two of my colleagues.
The LRD have an interesting article giving some background to the Blacklist.
On the second anniversary of legislation intended to control blacklisting, Labour Research finds that the law is failing to deliver proper redress to those whose lives have been devastated by the practice — which, campaigners say, continues.
Electrician Alan Keyes had not been able to get work in the London construction industry since working on London Underground’s Jubilee Line extension in 2000. In 2009 he found out why — an 18-page file kept by the infamous blacklisting service The Consulting Association (TCA).
Entries on his file included “do not employ”; “militant” and “strikes at the drop of a hat”.
TCA’s blacklist of more than 3,200 construction workers — overwhelmingly trade unionists — was uncovered following a raid by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in February 2009.
UNISON (and other affiliated union) members can read the full article online if signed in. And make sure you affiliate to the LRD if your branch hasn't already done so - we need them now more than ever. The article has a copyright to the LRD so do not reproduce it without their permission.
Good luck to the Blacklist support group - their fight is our fight.
Monday, 18 November 2013
'Raw interviews with striking staff at LSHTM, Senate House, UCL, SOAS and LSE' by Adrian Cousins See here for more.
UnionNews reports from Glasgow as university staff take strike action against the imposition of a sub-inflation 1% pay rise. It comes after the value of take-home pay among university workers across the UK has fallen by nearly 15% in four years. http://union-news.co.uk/
Sunday, 3 November 2013
I was invited to speak at the UCU Left National Conference and immediately agreed as I firmly believe we need to build stronger links with academics at such an important time for our sector. UCU Left have now opened their event out to UNISON left activists in Higher Ed as well.
This is very welcome, as we've had real unity in action lately and taken successful nationally coordinated strike action together only last week, so it's crucial we are well organised and we build stronger ties for the future. I think this is also a good opportunity to share experiences and learn lessons from each other about how we have worked as a left in our different unions.
So maybe I'll see you there? Book your place here: http://uculeft.org/2013/10/ucu-left-national-conference/