Good TUC brief about Middle England (ME) here. New Labour still go on about Middle England but the ME they knew in the 90s has changed dramatically.This is an area now where Unions could clear up for support. If only we had a political party that could match ME interests.
Why arent the Government involved in the discussions to keep Vauxhall jobs in the UK?
Seumus Milne comments about strikes here in the Guardian. Gregor Gall highlights how employers are using the recession as an excuse to have a go at Terms and Conditions. The GMB has been having a go about the expenses row while the Tories are just as bad if not worse as Labour when it comes to expenses claims.
Interesting paper here about the enforcement of awards from Employment Tribunals. While the days lost by stike action is at a low point individual action through the ET system doesnt guarrantee an award. In my view Union members should not rely on the courts but rely on strong work place organisation. Unfortunately many workers still have great illusions in the law. As long as individualism is encouraged by employers and governments there will be a lot of workers let down by the ET system.
Apparently the Government are going to do something about it.
Lastly Unite Convenor Rob Williams has been boosted by 88% in favour of Strike Action at the Linamaar Factory in South Wales where Rob was blatantly dismissed for Trade Union duties. Just heard the news so will post a link later.
Here is the link!!