At Labour Party conference last year, delegates voted unanimously for a motion to repeal not just the 2016 Trade Union Act but the anti-trade union laws introduced by the Tories in the 1980s and 90s – and to introduce positive legal workers’ rights. (For more, including the text of the motion, see here). However the party is not yet fighting for these policies. The task is to get them known and actively carried out.
Clarion activists are working to get discussion in the labour movement about the anti-union laws, how they are used, and what the next Labour government should do about them; researching the effect of the anti-union laws, documenting their use today, and delving into the history books to learn about previous campaigns against anti-union laws; and organising events around these issues.
On this page we will collate activities and articles about the campaign.
Support the statement
We are circulating a statement for union branches/organisations, Labour Parties, etc to discuss, sign and circulate to other branches, etc – see here for the text and updated list of signatories.
Invite a speaker
For more information or to invite a speaker to your union branch, Labour Party, etc, email Gemma Short at email@example.com
Articles about the anti-union laws
- The anti-union laws: acid test for a Corbyn government (January 2018)
- Repealing the anti-union laws: what Labour’s new policy says (December 2017)
- Bob Crow and John Hendy on why we must repeal the anti-union laws (December 2017, republished from 1998)
- Labour votes to scrap all anti union laws – build a campaign (November 2017)
- Young workers turned up for us – we must turn up for them (speech at LP conference, September 2017)
- Solidarity strikes and Labour democracy (April 2017)
More information soon.