Socialist Worker

TUC debates Tory policies

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2471

Union delegates at the TUC conference in Brighton debated how to oppose the Tory government on Monday of this week. One motion supported the aims of the Fast Foods Rights campaign. 

Bfawu general secretary Ronnie Draper said, “McDonald’s is the second biggest employer of young people in the world. But it is also the biggest exploiter of young people in the world.” He attacked Tory George Osborne’s new living wage rates for young people. 

But the Unite union would only support it “with qualification”, arguing that the TUC should look wider than the fast food industry. 

But the motion was overwhelmingly passed. 

Congress passed a motion on tackling the housing crisis. NUT rep Jan Nielsen slammed the Tories’ social cleansing, “There are those known as ‘disappeared’ in our schools—they’re kids forced to leave because of the bedroom tax.”

She added, “Neoliberalism has meant that homes for need have been replaced by houses for greed. But if they could build social housing in 1945—we can do it now.” 

In a debate on the Education and Extremism motion NASUWT’s Kathy Wallis argued Islamophobia “is now endemic”.  David Muritu from the UCU opposed it saying it was “not strong enough on Prevent”. “That’s why the UCU Congress voted to boycott it.” The motion passed.


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