From Pentonville to P&O: union rights & Tory wrongs – campaigning for free trade unions
Conference Saturday 3 December 11am
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD
Frances O’Grady, TUC
Dave Ward, CWU
Kevin Courtney, NEU
Jo Grady, UCU
Mark Serwotka, PCS
Mick Lynch, RMT
Mick Whelan, ASLEF
Barry Gardiner MP
John McDonnell MP
Professor Keith Ewing
Lord John Hendy KC
Ben Chacko, Morning Star
Matt Foot, Lawyer & writer
Andy Green, CTUF & Unite EC
Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour
Laura Pidcock, Peoples Assembly
Chairs: Tony Burke, CSEU & Sarah Woolley, BFAWU.
Hosted by the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom. Supported by the Institute of Employment Rights.
Register for free here
Information from the organisers
Our trade union rights are under assault from the Tories and their billionaire backers. Now is the time to be part of the fightback – join us at this free Conference.
In the dying days of the Johnson government the Tories pushed through changes to the law that allowed employers to use agency labour to break a strike and up the amount of statutory damages that could be awarded against a union for backing its striking members.
The TUC is already pursuing a legal route to challenge these measures as they threaten what remains of our right to strike.
Now, the Tory government is intending not only to abolish the Working Time Directive but to impose on striking unions a minimum service requirement, a legal obligation on unions to ensure that sufficient of their members are at work to provide a minimum service; in other words to undermine their own industrial action.
Come and join this free conference, to hear the case for why unions should be free of anti-union laws – free to protect their members, free to bargain on even footing, free to do as their members democratically choose, free with a right to strike.
We need to ensure a full implementation by Labour of the New Deal for Working People as agreed at Labour Conference.
But over and above this, we will focus on the need to mobilise and support a major trade union campaign to fight against attacks on workers’ and union rights.