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Activist 64: #CorbynWins Special

October 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Special issue of the Activist on the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader

Activist 63: Labour leadership special

August 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Special issue of the Activist about the Summer 2016 labour leadership election

Sunday Trading Extension Defeated

March 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Retail workers up and down the country will be celebrating the government’s defeat of its plans to devolve Sunday Trading to local authorities. A majority of 31 voted down the government’s plans including 27 Tory MPs.

Cameron’s reaction to the vote has been to declare that the plans are “dead in the water”, but a number of Tory MP’s have argued that the votes of the SNP, who opposed the changes, should not count given the new English votes for English laws provisions. Scotland already has longer Sunday Trading.

This factor, means that despite the Tories saying they will not reintroduce these proposals, if the government brings in limitations on Scottish MPs to vote on ‘English’ matters and with pressure from big business, may yet appear again. The vote on 9 March was, after all, the third attempt by the Tories to introduce such measures in the last five years.

Clearly the vote is a great result for Usdaw members’ hard work in campaigning and lobbying in opposition to this vote. But given the vast majority of the big, urban local authorities are controlled by Labour, then serious opposition at that level, a refusal to use powers if granted to extend Sunday trading, could have made this ‘dead in the water’ before now.

The task now is to use this victory to give confidence to organise retail workers to halt the attacks on terms and conditions, particularly premium payments that were stepped up in advance of this legislation possibly coming in. Mobilising an active campaign for the TUC demand of a £10 an hour minimum wage, while defending hard won premium payments and campaigning for a minimum of time-and-half for all working on Sundays, must be the goal of Usdaw and other retail unions.

Activist 58: Corbyn special

September 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Special issue of the Activist on the labour leadership election

For further analysis, visit the Socialist Party website http://www.socialistparty.org.uk

Activist 57

Includes articles on ADM 2015, Dunnes Stores Dispute, People’s Assembly demonstration, Labour leadership election, Clerys’ lockout and mailbag

Activist 55

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Includes articles on Usdaw EC elections, Minimum Wage, Scottish Labour Party, Tesco crisis, ADM £10 an hour proposition, John Hannett interview in Progress

 

Activist 54: TUC Demo 2014 Special

October 17, 2014 1 comment

Includes articles on ‘We Need a Payrise Now – We Can’t Wait Until 2020’ and Usdaw EC & Presidential elections