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Progressives want to mend, not end, the link

First published on LabourList

Update: Unite’s Jennie Formby replies on LabourList

Last week, I – and 2,000 others – were followed by a new Twitter account, Break the Link. Using Progress branding, it claims to represent the views of members of the organisation of which I am the director. It purports to be for those who want to sever Labour’s relationship with the unions.

However, I suspect that Break the Link – which was last active at the time when Aslef and the GMB were attempting to ban Progress – is actually a false flag: a none-too-subtle attempt to detract from our analysis of how Labour comes back from its devastating election defeat by painting Progress as somehow anti-union. Perhaps those behind Break the Link were also the authors of the anonymous dossier about Progress, full of smears and inaccuracies, which somehow found itself in the hands of every CLP secretary and many councillors in early 2012? (more…)

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Unions21 annual conference 2011

Chairing the session: Progressive unions - how do we make work place advances under a Tory government?

Chairing the session: Progressive unions – how do we make work place advances under a Tory government?

Progressive unions – how do we make work place advances under a Tory government?
Fringe at Unions 21 annual conference 2011

18 March 2011

Lord Tony Young, Shadow minister for business
Johanna Baxter, Labour NEC
Nita Clarke, director, IPA
Paul Moloney, Vice Chair Unions21
Chair: Richard Angell, deputy director, Progress


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Photo: Dan McCurry

Playing down the record

First published on Progressonline in the Young progressives column

Judging by David Cameron’s performance at PMQs, the union movement must be braced for a forthright attack if the Tories were to win the next general election.

Yesterday at the Unions 21 annual conference there was much debate about the last 13 years and the improvements for working people. A number of comrades at the Compass fringe were in full flow as they attacked Labour for doing too little and playing down the excellent advances that have been made for people at work.

Yesterday – the day of the conference – was the tenth anniversary of statutory recognition brought in by the government. We have also seen the UK sign up to the social chapter, four weeks’ paid holiday plus bank holidays, increased maternity and paternity rights, union recognition at GCHQ and tribunals strengthened. Not to mention the rafts of equality legislation and protection from victimisation for being a trade union member. (more…)