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Activists organise to beat back Tory attack on unions

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Issue 2458

Trade unionists and activists are getting organised to build opposition to the Tories’ latest attack on trade union rights.

The Tories want to make strikes illegal unless over 50 percent of union members entitled to vote back them. 

In Scotland nearly 90 people came to public meeting in the Glasgow City Unison union’s offices last Thursday on defending trade unions. They showed solidarity with Glasgow homelessness caseworkers, Dundee porters and victimised Unison rep Robert O’Donnell. 

Trade unionists in Sheffield joined a meeting organised by the trades council and backed by Unite the Resistance on Thursday of last week. 

NUJ union rep Phil Turner had just won his job back after bosses backed off from a redundancy notice under the threat of a strike. Phil told Socialist Worker, “There was a good mood in the room because of our victory”.

He spoke alongside a steel worker and a UCU lecturers’ union member involved in a local dispute. 

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet is set to join other trade unionists at a public forum in London, hosted by Unite the Resistance, on organising to fight the Tory attacks.

Defend our unions – build solidarity now, Thurs 2 July, 6.30pm, The Venue, London, WC1E 7AY. Hosted by Unite the Resistance. Speakers include PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, Bfawu bakers’ union national president Ian Hodson, NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, sacked PCS union rep Candy Udwin, Chris Stephens MP, more tbc.



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