Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Mike Cooley, the militant trade unionist, Marxist intellectual and highly skilled technologist, has died. He will be best remembered for his leading role in developing the Lucas Plan - a proposal for avoiding redundancies by converting Lucas Aerospace production from arms to social useful products. John Palmer (who knew Cooley personally) has written an excellent … Continue reading Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

Above: a shop steward negotiates with a foreman Guest post by Johnny Lewis As with UNISON, both Unite and the GMB will soon face a General Secretary Election - what marks them out as different is they are the last two unions with a private sector membership of any size. As such they are our … Continue reading Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

RMT crisis: Lynch stands down amid allegations of bullying by NEC members; thug takes over

A serious conflict has broken out within the RMT leadership, covered by the Union News website here:  https://www.union-news.co.uk/mick-lynch-stands-down-as-rmt-ags-amid-allegations-of-bullying-by-nec-members/) RMT assistant general secretary Mick Lynch (pictured above) has stepped down after accusing members of the union’s national executive of bullying and harassment. Lynch, who has been acting general secretary while general secretary Mick Cash was off work with stress, … Continue reading RMT crisis: Lynch stands down amid allegations of bullying by NEC members; thug takes over

“Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

Above: Belarusian workers protest against Lukashenko By Eric Lee (02 Sept 2020) A week ago, at the request of independent trade unions in Belarus and supported by global union federations, LabourStart launched a campaign demanding an end to state repression in that country. The campaign title was “Stop the violence – defend democracy and human … Continue reading “Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

Report says GMB guilty of ‘institutional sexism’, bullying and racism

Karon Monaghan QC's report into allegations of bullying, sexism and other unacceptable practices within the GMB - commissioned following the sudden resignation in April of General Secretary Tim Roache (supposedly for "chronic fatigue syndrome") - is now available (PDF here). It makes for damning reading: “Bullying, misogyny, cronyism and sexual harassment are endemic within the … Continue reading Report says GMB guilty of ‘institutional sexism’, bullying and racism

Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!

Above: striking miners protest against disputed presidential election results in the mining city of Soligorsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020 (Sergei Gapon/AFP) By Omar Raii (of Workers Liberty) Belarus has been gripped by protests and strikes following the fraudulent “re-election” of dictator Alexander Lukashenko on 9 August. On 22 August Another Europe Is Possible held a … Continue reading Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!

Belarus: strikes against Lukashenko continue

Photo: Dmitry Brushko, TUT.BY Читать полностью:  https://finance.tut.by/news697304.html What is happening in large enterprises, whose employees came out in solidarity actions 21 August 2020 at 2:30 Alexandra Kvitkevich / Dmitry Bobkov / FINANCE.TUT.BY  Workers are continuing their actions of solidarity, and some are going to go on strike if they do not fulfill their demands. The main ultimatum of the workers of "Naftan", … Continue reading Belarus: strikes against Lukashenko continue

Belarus: “eight out of ten of the largest enterprises are on strike”

Workers of the Minsk Tractor Works Plant leave the plant after their work shift as activists with old Belarusian national flags greet them in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Workers in Belarus are joining a growing strike, turning up pressure on the country's authoritarian leader to step down after winning an election they say … Continue reading Belarus: “eight out of ten of the largest enterprises are on strike”

Solidarność: the Polish workers’ movement and the Gdansk occupation and strikes of August 1980

By Amina Saddiq Forty years ago, Poland’s Stalinist police-state system was rocked by a massive wave of working-class action. In just six weeks the Polish workers built Solidarność (Solidarity), a trade union movement of 10 million workers that had the potential to be much more. The period from August 1980 to December 1981, when the … Continue reading Solidarność: the Polish workers’ movement and the Gdansk occupation and strikes of August 1980

Balarus: enter the workers!

Above: workers from many of Belarus' most famous companies have gone on strike calling for Lukashenko to leave and fresh elections to be held The organised working class has entered the struggle for democracy in Belarus. There may even be the beginnings of a general strike. This could prove to be the decisive turning-point in … Continue reading Balarus: enter the workers!