Trade Unions

Commuters wait behind barriers to ender the underground at Victoria rail station during a one day strike by bus drivers in London on Janurary 13, 2015

Today’s strikes in London highlight why we need trade union reforms

13 January 2015 15:53

Londoners were not a happy bunch this morning. Aside from the cold, wet weather, two-thirds of the capital’s buses were not running — thanks to a strike arranged by trade union Unite.… Continue reading


Five reasons why winning in May won’t be that much better than losing

8 January 2015 14:28

Defeat in May would be dire for either Cameron or Miliband. It would end their political career in ignominious failure. But winning would not be much better: they would be… Continue reading

'Red Ed' is the creature of Len McCluskey. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Ed Miliband’s union bosses would change Britain for the worse

31 July 2014 15:40

Trade unions have an important role in any decent society, but their stranglehold on the Labour Party is something we must fight against. I will never forget walking the streets… Continue reading

Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

Blame it on the bankers’ boogie

12 April 2014 11:30

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling after Easter. Meanwhile, Labour’s irritatingly smug business spokesman Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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France – worker’s paradise or Steynian Dystopia?

11 April 2014 14:12

Un autre jour glorieux dans la lutte contre réalité économique. France’s major employers’ federation and two unions have signed an agreement whereby employees not subject to the country’s 35-hour labour… Continue reading


Bob Crow, 1961-2014: An old-fashioned trade unionist

11 March 2014 10:45

Bob Crow’s death is a shock – he was only 52 – but it also signals the end of old-school style union operating. Crow was a real old-fashioned union boss.… Continue reading

Michael Levy–Labour's Lord Cashpoint–has urged Ed Miliband to seek donations from the super-wealthy. Image: Getty

The inconvenient truth at the heart of Miliband’s union reforms

6 March 2014 10:49

At a special Labour conference last week, Ed Miliband pushed through his much-trumpeted reforms to the party’s relationship with the unions. But, much as he is laying claim to be… Continue reading

Stratford station this morning. Photo: @symeonbrown.

Sorry RMT, there’s no proof the public support the Tube strikes

5 February 2014 8:19

Statistics can be used to prove anything, a wise man (Homer Simpson) once said. It looks like the RMT union are trying to do just that, with a new poll they’ve… Continue reading


Tube strike shows how Bob Crow is losing his power

4 February 2014 16:49

Just over two years ago, London Tube drivers negotiated a package that took their pay to £52,000 – around £10,000 more than the average Londoner. And yet tonight these drivers,… Continue reading

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey. Picture: Getty

Labour’s NEC backs ‘historic’ union link reforms

4 February 2014 16:01

The Labour party’s National Executive Committee has backed Ed Miliband’s plans to change the party’s trade union links by 28 votes to two, which marks a resounding victory for the… Continue reading


Ed’s tough message to the unions?

24 September 2013 16:57

If Ed Miliband wanted to use this speech – rather than the one he gave two weeks ago to the Trades Union Congress – to set up a confrontation with… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey’s speech at the Labour conference – full text and audio

23 September 2013 12:29

listen to ‘Len McCluskey: ‘If our party is to have a future it must speak for working people and organised labour’’ on Audioboo Harold Wilson once said that if Labour… Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: friend of the unions?

11 September 2013 14:10

When Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 election, she was helped into Downing Street by what many of today’s politicians would regard as an unlikely group of Tory voters. The votes… Continue reading

Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party Harriet Harman Meets With Labour's Candidate For The Eastleigh By-election John O'Farrell

Who donates what to the Labour party?

10 September 2013 19:43

Who donates to Labour? It’s a question asked countless times since Ed Miliband began to reconsider his party’s links with the trade unions but there has been much confusion over… Continue reading

Ed Miliband Speech At The TUC Annual Conference

Ed Miliband avoids a showy showdown with the unions

10 September 2013 17:24

When Ed Miliband peaks, he really knows how to do it. His speech at last autumn’s Labour conference was magnificent. Given the pressure on him to convince the unions to… Continue reading

Ed Miliband Speech At The TUC Annual Conference

Labour must make itself a movement again

10 September 2013 16:32

‘As you enter the dock the sight of the forest of masts in the distance, and the tall chimneys vomiting clouds of black some, and the many coloured flags flying… Continue reading

Trade unions

Ed Miliband vs the Trade Unions (and why Tories should hope the Unions win)

10 September 2013 15:45

There is something distasteful about the latest Tory assault on the Trade Union movement. I hold neither candle nor torch for Len McCluskey and am, generally speaking, opposed to the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s speech to the TUC: full text

10 September 2013 11:54

Listen to Ed Miliband give his speech at the TUC here:- listen to ‘Ed Miliband’s TUC speech: Labour has a ‘historic opportunity’ to change’ on Audioboo Ed also answered questions… Continue reading

Trade unions have a greater influence beyond the Labour party. Photo: Warrick Page/Getty Images

The malign influence of trade union extends beyond the takeover of Labour

10 September 2013 10:00

Money passes hands. Allegations are made. A would-be MP is suspended, only to be pardoned once evidence is mysteriously withdrawn. Such is the murky world of Labour’s relationship with the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband: Cameron wants to write trade union members off

10 September 2013 8:56

Ed Miliband thought he’d delivered the speech of his life at last year’s Labour conference. But though it knocked the socks off everyone in the conference hall, it wasn’t enough:… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Visits Worcester

Ed Miliband’s zero hours gesture to the trade unions

9 September 2013 11:46

Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman are keen to encourage unity at the TUC conference this week, while giving the impression they are determined to forge ahead with reforming the union… Continue reading

Ed Miliband talks immigration in a party political broadcast.

Miliband has to win the fight that he’s started

8 September 2013 16:51

When Ed Miliband was booed at the TUC in 2011, there was quiet delight among many of his closest aides. They thought that this jeering would help put some distance… Continue reading

Michael Gove giving his speech at CCHQ this morning. Photo: PA.

Michael Gove’s not-so-gentle reminder to Ed Miliband

27 August 2013 14:46

Surprise, surprise — Michael Gove doesn’t think much of Ed Miliband. To keep up the momentum on Labour’s summer of discontent, the Education Secretary gave a speech at Conservative HQ… Continue reading

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey. Picture: Getty

Party donations highlight risk to Labour of union link reform

13 August 2013 12:19

The Electoral Commission’s latest release on donations to political parties in the second quarter of 2013 are quite handy for the Tories. Firstly, there’s the caveat that no party really… Continue reading

Commuters have survived the advent of the Oyster card. But Labour says that the onset of more ticket machines will have a ‘devastating effect’ on commuters.

Ignore Labour’s rage against the machines

13 August 2013 12:01

Two months ago I walked into the railway station at Biarritz. Without thinking I headed to the ticket machine on the concourse, pressed the small Union Jack on the touchscreen,… Continue reading