Motion on anti-union laws to CWU conference 2019

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The following motion has been submitted to this year’s Communciation Workers’ Union conference (28 April-2 May, Bournemouth) by Greater London Combined telecoms branch.

We note the successful CWU campaign for agency workers rights ‘Close the Gap’ and the #endgame campaign against the outsourcing of BTFS employees. We also note the strikes by those in ‘precarious work’, in the delivery sector, for better wages, union recognition and secure employment.

We welcome the Labour leadership support for workers in dispute and their confirmation that a Labour Government will legislate for rights for all employees from day one, whether they have permanent or temporary contracts, work for agencies or in the ‘gig’ economy; and to bring in improved rights for union recognition and collective bargaining.

Labour in Government must implement positive legal rights including a right to strike, to take solidarity action including political action, and for a right to reinstatement for reps who are victimised. We call for Labour to follow through the motions passed at their 2015, 2017 and 2018 conferences to repeal all the anti-union laws from the Thatcher, Major and Cameron era as a matter of urgency when they are in Government.

We instruct the NEC to submit a motion to this years TUC Conference calling on a Labour Government to prioritise these demands and a new deal for workers that includes the repeal of all the anti-union laws and positive legal rights for all workers.

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