Tories Admit Guilt – But Continue Insecure Work Crimes

by Richie Venton When is a radical new package of workers’ rights nothing of the kind? When it’s announced by a besieged Tory government, increasingly bombarded by public anger at the horrendous insecurity of jobs and workplace rights in Britain. Theresa May is today trumpeting a package of measures that her spin doctors describe as […]

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The Battle Hardens as UCU Members throw out latest ‘Deal’

by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organiser Main photo: Max McKay – Richie Venton, USDAW NEC member addresses 200-strong trade union solidarity rally at Strathclyde University. “No capitulation!” “Reject the deal and sustain the strike!” That was the angry message from the ranks of striking university staff to their own UCU union leadership after […]

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Birmingham Bin Strike: An acid test for Labour

by Richie Venton In an important victory for all workers fighting austerity, the High Court has ruled (on 20 September) in favour of Unite the union and ordered Birmingham Labour city council to withdraw the compulsory redundancy notices they’d issued to 113 safety critical refuse collection workers. As part of the legal ruling, the union […]

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Unions should unite to win a charter of rights

Our workplace organiser, Richie Venton wrote a letter appealing for a united approach from trade unions – the published letter, printed in the Morning Star – is reproduced below. Unison’s John Stevenson is spot-on: union activists have a critical role to play, provided we reach out to the broader membership, connecting workers real life experiences […]

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Tribunal Fees SCRAPPED – Victory for Workers Rights!

by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser Victories for workers, their unions and their rights at work are all too rare in recent years. The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court (the top legal institution in the UK) that the government’s Employment Tribunal fees are illegal, is a precious rarity. It ends the criminal policy […]

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