Trade Unions

Another voice: It is time for new trade unions

16 June 2012 15:00

The attack on Progress by the GMB union at its annual conference is odd and reflects the uncertainty of trade…

The doctors’ strike

30 May 2012 19:15

No public sector strike is easy to sell to the public. I recently did a stint of jury service and…

Gove takes on private school dominance and trade union opposition

10 May 2012 17:59

The Education Secretary gave a very pugnacious speech this morning on the need to improve the country’s state schools. ‘It…

The politics of taking big money out of politics

15 April 2012 12:40

Ed Miliband is nothing if not persistent. Party funding has been a running theme of his leadership, necessitated by his…

Ambulance Crews: The Enemy Within

7 January 2012 13:36

I know no-one is allowed to say that public sector workers are “cosseted”. And of course no-one can ever say…

Unions hit government on pension changes

5 January 2012 17:52

The coalition’s plan to leave the Public and Commercial Services Union isolated in its opposition to the proposed changes to…

In the middle of the march

30 November 2011 17:31

Walking through Parliament Square this afternoon, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether some kind of bomb threat had been made…

Ed Miliband’s Strange Political Judgement

30 November 2011 15:46

I know Ed Miliband isn’t trying to persuade me or, for that matter, many Spectator readers but I still don’t…

A day of disruption

30 November 2011 9:08

Another testing day for the government, as we shift from the autumn statement to a national strike. It will certainly…

The paymasters’ conference

28 September 2011 18:15

What a lot of unions there are. I walked around the exhibition stands at the Labour conference yesterday afternoon and…

Alexander’s balancing act

28 July 2011 9:52

Remember that merry dance between the government and the unions over public sector pensions, a few weeks ago? Expect a…

Boris takes on Dave over London’s strikes

5 May 2011 16:13

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup has already highlighted Boris’s suggestion, yesterday, that the coalition is being “lily-livered” over strike laws. But,…

Miliband is marching to the wrong drum

26 March 2011 15:46

Ed Miliband’s decision to address today’s anti-cuts march is a strategic mistake. It makes him look like the tribune of…

Marching with no alternative

26 March 2011 10:51

Thousands have converged on London today, to march against the monolithic evil of ‘cuts’. They have not stated an alternative,…

The threat of a general strike increases

10 March 2011 11:12

As expected, John Hutton’s review of public sector pensions has recommended that final salary schemes end. Hutton was across the…

Tackling the last great unreformed public service

2 March 2011 18:30

The Home Office has an ambitious police reform agenda and is overseeing challenging budget reductions, but they are also forging…

Unite turns back the clock

21 November 2010 16:21

Len McCluskey has won the race to lead Unite, Britain’s largest union. McCluskey will therefore have a major role in…

Miliband’s New Generation draws the line under donor peers

20 November 2010 10:57

Patronage remains a strong statement of leadership, and an indication of a leader’s competence. As James noted yesterday, Ed Miliband…

Ed Miliband needs to make some noise

18 November 2010 18:24

Today’s press will not have made happy reading for Ed Miliband and his supporters.Alan Johnson’s comments to The Times about…

From the archives – striking matters

5 November 2010 14:30

This week, there have been calls for certain public sector strikes to be made unlawful, Tube strikes and, today, the…