Trade Unions

Labour has abandoned workers. Trade unions must avoid doing the same

13 April 2017 13:01

I’m not a member of a trade union, but I should be. As a freelance journalist, my employment situation is…

Union leaders vow to help Corbyn fight Labour coup – ‘the Blairite virus is spreading again’

29 June 2016 9:12

After a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn passed at 172 votes to 40, a Labour leadership election looks…

Why Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘out’ campaign’s secret weapon

24 February 2016 14:29

Europe has opened up an unbridgeable chasm in the Conservative party. Labour remains, near as dammit, united. On the EU…

David Davis: Labour has to accept issues with trade unions monopolies

14 September 2015 19:11

David Davis has one of the few Conservative opponents of the Trade Union Bill. The second reading of the bill…

Could a strike by Poles bring down Britain?

19 August 2015 14:36

Britain’s Poles go on strike tomorrow to protest the widespread anti-Polish xenophobia across the country, which is literally everywhere. There…

Trade unions should foot the bill for any economic damage they cause

5 August 2015 18:00

As of 6.30pm this evening, Londoners will (once again) suffer miserably at the hands of the transport unions, which have…

The Tube is an essential service and should be protected from strikes

5 August 2015 11:20

Today, London feels on edge. For the second month in a row, militant transport unions will shut down the Underground system…

Trade unionists are putting themselves on the path to obscurity

31 July 2015 9:01

Jeremy Corbyn is the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader. From the more militant folks at Unite to the…

Another union backs Corbyn as the antidote to a Blairite ‘virus’

30 July 2015 13:44

Jeremy Corbyn is stormin’ his way through the trade unions affiliated to the Labour party. The Communication Workers’ Union has…

How the trade unions make it more difficult for Labour to win back Ukip voters

6 July 2015 17:37

Do unions like Unite want Labour to win the next election? A fair few people, including a number of Labourites,…

Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike…

Len McCluskey and the trade unions need Labour as much as the party needs them

18 May 2015 9:19

Can Labour’s links with trade unions survive the leadership contest? This morning, Harriet Harman will outline in a speech at…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…