‘Happy Birthday Öcalan’: Trade unionists press British ambassador on jailed Kurdish leader
GMB and Unite campaign to free Kurdish leader imprisoned in Turkey sends ‘birthday greeting’ via British ambassador
MARKING THE 69th birthday of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, a UK trade union campaign calling for his freedom has sent a birthday card and pointed letter to British Ambassador to Turkey, Sir Dominick Chilcott.
BiFab workers marched on Holyrood amid the “biggest industrial dispute in a generation”
An estimated 1000 people joined the march in Edinburgh, organised by GMB and Unite the Union
BURNTISLAND FABRICATIONS LTD (BiFab), an engineering company which makes equipment for the oil and gas sector as well as the renewable energy industry, has said it may have to close its yards due to contract issues with Dutch-owned contractor, Seaway Heavy Lifting.
GMB Scotland will not ballot members on Labour leadership due to party “decline”
Scottish Labour CLPs begin voting on future UK party leader, but GMB says it won’t ballot members
THE SCOTTISH branch of the GMB trade union has said it will not be balloting its members on the leadership contest in the Labour party due to the state of “decline” in the Scottish party.
The membership ballot would have been necessary for Scottish GMB to take a position on who should lead the Labour party.
Steve Topple: Trade Unions - the serpents eating their own tails
CommonSpace columnist Steve Topple questions how much unions in the UK today are really representing workers' interests
IT WAS an interesting weekend for the debate surrounding the renewal of Trident.
A massive/average (delete depending on which side of the fence you sit on) demonstration took place in London on Saturday, with political leaders and campaign groups occupying Trafalgar Square in a show of unity regarding supporting its abolition.
Robin McAlpine: Silence will not help trade unions when they're wrong
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine questions how much unions are representing the wider interests of the people
HOW would my friends in the trade unions respond to me taking the following position:
"I support independence. One of the biggest barriers to independence is the opposition of the Labour party and its networks. The Trade Union Bill will seriously weaken the Labour party and its networks. And since self interest comes before consideration of right and wrong, I support the Trade Union Bill."
GMB trade union faces backlash from within over equal pay dispute
Trade union finds itself at the centre of wage dispute
ONE of the largest trade unions in Scotland is facing a legal backlash at the hands of its own membership following a long-standing battle concerning equal pay.
Hundreds of women working on low wages for a local authority have accused the GMB union of making them miss out on years of backdated pay.
The conflict arose following an agreed upon settlement by the GMB over equal pay that proved significantly less than the settlement reached by other trade unions and legal firms.