Actions and Detail Panel
Building Fighting Unions: in the era of Jeremy Corbyn
Sat 12 November 2016, 11:00 – 17:00 GMT
John McDonnell MP, shadow chancellor
Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president
John Hendy QC, Institute of Employment Rights
Sean Hoyle, RMT President
Hannah Lawson, PCS National Museums Wales
Megan Charlton, Durham Teaching Assistants
Dave Smith, joint secretary Blacklist Support Group
Candy Udwin, PCS National Gallery
Ben Weich, FOC NUJ Newsquest South London
Pippa Allen-Kinross, MOC NUJ Newsquest South London
Dr Lucia Pradella, Free Movement of Labour Campaign
Jane Aitchison & Sean Vernell, Unite the Resistance
Axel Persson, CGT French rail worker
Niki Fitzgerald, BMA junior doctor
Stephen Thomas, NICO Unite rep Fawley Oil Refinery
Graeme Boxall, London Construction branch secretary (Unite LE/0555)
Dean Thwaites, RMT Southern Rail striker
Anthony Johnson, student nurse #BursaryOrBust
Liz Lawrence, UCU past president BMA junior doctors
Ritzy cinema striker
All speakers in a personal capacity
The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has the potential to transform
the possibilities for the trade union movement in Britain.
Pledges to scrap the Tory Trade Union Act, bring in a bill of workers rights and introduce a £10 an hour living wage are signs of what could be possible.
The call for £10 an hour will chime with millions of low paid workers across Britain.
The workers at Uber and Deliveroo who struck recently are a sign that the low paid and the unorganised can
But our movement also faces massive challenges.
The junior doctors fight inspired the movement, but the BMA has now retreated from action.
Although there are inspiring examples of resistance the level of industrial action in Britain is very low.
• How do we raise the level of organisation and action to the political potential Jeremy Corbyn has opened up?
• How do we organise with the Trade Union Act’s anti-union legislation in place?
• Can we build on the examples of Sports Direct, Deliveroo and elsewhere, organised the unorganised and defend workers rights?
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