Trade Unions

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Dear Harriet, what about Labour’s employment practices?

25 July 2013 9:27

Harriet Harperson has written to the editors of seventeen national newspapers with a vast list of questions intended to discover…