Proud of our record standing up for Welsh workers, ambitious for our future
I am proud to standing for the Welsh Assembly in Delyn and it would be an absolute privilege to serve the North East Wales community that shaped me. As an active trade unionist, I am particularly proud to be a Welsh Labour candidate able to stand on the record of a government that has worked in partnership with trade unions to make a difference for working people and for wider Wales.
We all too often hear the popular refrain that politicians and governments are all the same. But if we look from the rhetoric to the reality of the political decisions taken in Wales under a Labour Government it is clear that this is simply not the case.
Whilst the Conservative government axed the Future Jobs Fund, scrapped EMA and hiked up tuition fees, a Welsh Labour Government protected Welsh students from higher fees (they pay around £17,000 less over the course of their degree), retained EMA and introduced the highly successful Jobs Growth Wales that has created 15,000 opportunities for young people.Read more
This week, we’ve been saying we ♥ unions and ♥ the labour movement.
We’ve heard from Tim Roache about the difference that union reps make up and down the country and from Angela Rayner MP about the threat our movement faces from the Trade Union Bill. Jeremy Corbyn has told us why he is so proud of Labour’s links with the unions. And unionstogether’s vice-chairs, Maria Exall and Mick Whelan, have written on why it is so important that working people have a political voice and why we must fight to protect that voice now it is under attack.Read more
I love unions and the labour movement because they stop ruthless businesses from treating their workers like slaves and paying them as little as they can get away with. Trade unions stand for human dignity and the common good and help make the world a better and more equal place.Read more
Free trade unions are at the heart of a civilised society. The right for us as working people to organise ourselves is essential to gain decent wages, fair terms and conditions, pensions and health and safety standards. It is Trade Unions that can challenge discrimination, bullying and workplace stress.Read more
The Tories aim to be in power for a generation, and are trying to fix the system to make that happen.
This Trade Union Bill is a deliberate attack on the labour movement, because we are the only opposition to the Conservatives. We prove that every day in our workplaces and in our communities – and that’s what the Tories don’t like.Read more
Not everyone gets what a trade unionist is.
That’s not surprising given that the right wing press have us pegged as a bunch of blokes with megaphones calling a strike every now and again to defend some unreasonable perk that the rest of the population don’t get (like a decent pension for instance).Read more
Labour’s Leader in the Lords, Angela Smith with some positive news from Peers debates on the Trade Union Bill
The old adage “the devil is in the detail” might have been invented for the House of Lords. Successive governments have learned – often the hard way – that Peers take the detailed scrutiny of legislation very seriously. As many ministers have discovered, just saying something is the case doesn’t make it so.
That’s a lesson that David Cameron’s government is yet to learn.Read more
We won a vote in Parliament yesterday. It’s not often I get to write that, and I’m enjoying the novelty.
So, what happened and what does it mean?Read more
Something's afoot in the House of Lords today. What is it?Read more
Happy New Year everyone. It’s Day 4 back in the office for the team here at unionstogether, and we’ve hit the ground running on the Trade Union Bill.
On Monday, the House of Lords debates and votes on the Bill for the first time. That’s not the end of the process. We still have Committee Stage, Report Stage, Third Reading and Ping Pong (yes, it’s actually called Ping Pong) before the Bill becomes law. That’s plenty of opportunities for us to make a difference.Read more