Posts filed under ‘Unionism’
There are as many, if not more, approaches to creating change as there are people doing it. There aren’t really any right ways and there aren’t nearly as many wrong ways as people sometimes make out. To demonstrate one such difference in approaches, we shall, metaphorically, require a cat, a dog and a large ball of string or wool.
The coverage of the June 30th strikes has been more positive than I expected. Perhaps its the fact that teachers are seen as a different class of worker to “those pesky miners”, that teachers play an obvious role in all our lives. Anyhow, this blog post is part “what I said in my speech”, part reflection on the day.
I wrote the following for the Common Wealth Network blog, so it has a fairly specific set of recommendations at the end, but I also thought that many of you would be interested to read about my experience attending my first decision making council in London for the Coalition of Resistance, a major endeavour to unite people against cuts and privatisations.
As I have already written, these cuts could create strange bedfellows. Its odd to think I could defend the rights to work of a desk admin who has processed the stop and search forms from a demonstration I have attended. But is there a reason Cameron and Clegg might be happy to lose a front-line police that shows they have, in fact, learnt from the history of the 1980s and the miners’ strikes?
Today has been a big day at the TUC. So big that the York Press rang me for a quote from York Stop the Cuts – Right to Work campaign. My response on the spur of the moment was that I “welcome” this announcement, but actually, I think that was too weak, but Union action can only be one part of the picture, and must not prevent a critique of modern Trade Unions from being put forwards. (more…)
As you might imagine, the cuts aren’t just occupying a lot of my campaigning time, they’re also occupying some huge number of hours of discussions in pubs, cafes and at meetings. I really don’t think a good enough strategy has emerged for dealing with the cuts, and I feel that a lot of groups are far too hesitant to bring out a full scale debate in the public arena, despite a clear need to break the ideological consensus behind the program of cuts that is being unleashed.
As most of you will gather by now, the RMT Strike against Network Rail has been forcibly cancelled by a high-court injunction on account of supposed voting irregularities. The injunction might bring short-term relief to thousands of rail users, but as the strike was planned for working days, its a very short-sighted gain, and people simply shouldn’t be celebrating it. (more…)