Author Archives: Tony Burke

Global Union Warns Volkswagen To Stop Union Busting

For the first time in its history, IndustriALL Global Union (consisting of unions – including Unite – worldwide in manufacturing, energy and mining) has warned a transnational company that its relationship and a Global Framework Agreement they hold with an … Continue reading

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James O’Brien On The Murder Of Jo Cox MP

James O’Brien of LBC (the guy who nailed Nigel Farage) on the murder of Jo Cox perfectly captures the state of debate in Britain today The LBC presenter James O’Brien gave a monologue on his radio show this morning, perfectly … Continue reading

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Unite to fight ‘buy American’ procurement policy

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has serious questions to answer about the UK’s secretive procurement policy – the latest controversy being the decision to buy nine maritime patrol aircraft from America. See Mail On Sunday June 7th article The deal to … Continue reading

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Ross Pritchard Essay Competition

The Annual Essay Competition, is open to all trade unionists, first prize £750, closing date Saturday 22nd September. The RPMF was established to commemorate the life of one of the Graphical, Paper & Media Union’s best known rank and file … Continue reading

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Trade union members should vote to stay in the EU

Letter in The Guardian June 6th As general secretaries who represent a large part of Britain’s trade union movement, we are writing to make our position clear and urge our collective membership, which reaches over 6 million people, to vote … Continue reading

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ETUC General Secretary Says Scots Should Vote Remain

Luca Visentini General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation writes in the Scottish Daily Record, May 29th The people of Scotland are no strangers to momentous decisions and on June 23rd they will be asked to make another. As … Continue reading

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No Coup In Brazil Campaign : Please Help

The campaign to oppose the coup in Brazil is gathering pace. Reports from Brazil say the initiators of the coup are beginning to crack as evidence of attempts to stop corruption investigations into the instigators of the coup unfold. Please … Continue reading

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Obituary: Ken Cameron

By Peta Steel Ken Cameron, the stalwart socialist General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union who has just died at the age of 75 was one of the most charismatic and effective figures in the trade union movement as it … Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: Labour’s fresh thinking on investment will lead to a stronger economy

Labour must put the brakes on the `Sports Direct economy’ caused by a discredited political dogma which has down-graded industrial strategy, rejected the investment that is vital to growth and has assisted the inequality now raging through the UK, the … Continue reading

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Why The EU Must Not Grant China Market Economy Status

The decision by the European Parliament recently to oppose granting Market Economic Status (MES) to China is very welome. It follows extensive lobbying by Unite and our global union with the US Steelworkers, Workers Uning (read statement) along with the … Continue reading

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