Author Archives: Tony Burke

Norway Oil Workers On Strike

350 oil workers all members of the Industri Energi union, are on strike after wage talks broke down with the Norwegian Oil Industry Association. “We are on strike because the Norwegian Oil Industry Association did not show any willingness to … Continue reading

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Early Reflections on Labour Conference 2016

The portents were not good a few weeks ago – the conference was expected to expose a giant chasm and split the party; Ian McNichol was for the chop; they were struggling to find a new security company and the … Continue reading

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Speech at EU Life Long Learning Project Final Conference – London, 23rd September 2016

Unite is the biggest manufacturing union in the UK and we also have a unique relationship with our fellow trade unionists and workers in the EU.  Unite’s elected workplace representatives represent members in some of the biggest manufacturing companies in the EU … Continue reading

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Speech at the TUC on the Trade Union Act.

Tony Burke: Unite the Union Composite 16  – 2016 Trade Union Act Congress, we have been calling for repeal of anti-union laws for 30 years – a call that has continued to fall on deaf ears. But with the change … Continue reading

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Trade unions must be represented in Brexit negotiations

By Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Minister Without Portfolio   Many Labour politicians will head to Brighton this week to meet up with trade union colleagues and take part in the debates at this year’s annual meeting of the TUC. Brexit … Continue reading

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1st Congress – International Workingmen’s Association – Sept. 3rd, 1866.

150 years ago today – on September 3rd, 1866 – the First Congress of the International Workingmen’s Association convened in Geneva, Switzerland. Karl Marx, who was unable to attend, wrote the following lines on the future of the trade union … Continue reading

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Why TTIP & CETA Are Running Into Trouble In Germany

By  Hans Von Der Burchard, Politico Europe The fate of EU trade policy hangs on the next four weeks in German politics. The European Commission can only look on anxiously from the sidelines as its most prestigious core competency — … Continue reading

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Automation And The Workforce

Click here to download ‘Automation and the Workforce’ This is a short paper setting out future developments in Robotics/Cobotics and their application in UK industry and services. Interesting facts: Germany has 176,000 industrial robots compared to the UK with just … Continue reading

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The Future Of Trade Unions – September 3rd

Notwithstanding a truce during the EU Referendum campaign, the Government’s relationship with trade unions has reached rock bottom with more restrictions aimed against them through the new Trade Union Bill 2016.  Trade union membership has remained fairly static over recent years and … Continue reading

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Brexit is a warning shot: time to abandon ‘business as usual’ in trade talks and we should start with CETA

By Jude Kirton Darling 26 August 2016 After the intensity of the EU referendum campaign with all its highs and lows, and a proper summer break to recharge empty batteries, the UK’s MEPs will be heading back into the European … Continue reading

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