Campaign to Defend Trade Union Rights

A major campaign to defend trade union rights will be launched at the weekend with a rally in central London. Twenty-five national trade unions will unite on Friday to launch the Campaign For Trade Union Freedom (CTUF) organisation. Thatcher-era anti-trade union legislation has left trade unions with their hands tied while the coalition launches unprecedented assaults on workers’ pay, conditions and rights with fierce cuts to health and safety and public services. Labour failed to repeal the draconian legislation and in some cases actively tightened the laws. Recent years have seen bosses exploit the law to prevent unions from taking […]

With no increase in the base wages, Japan won’t get out of deflation

Major auto and electronics makers in this year’s spring labor offensive have offered an increase in annual income, as requested by corporate unions, but no increase in the base wage because these Rengo-affiliated unions shelved a request for an increase in the base wage for four consecutive years. To their corporate unions, carmakers, including Toyota and Nissan, on March 13 answered that they will grant an increase in seasonal bonuses. Leading electronics manufactures also answered on the same day that they will increase bonuses, though less than the amount their corporate unions requested, and will maintain automatic pay increases. The […]

Statement by the Belfast and District Trades Union Council On the sad death of the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez

The Belfast & District Trades Union Council expresses its condolences and solidarity with the family and comrades of President Hugo Chávez, and with the people of Venezuela. A leader of great courage, Hugo Chávez defied the rich and powerful across the globe by choosing to dedicate his life and the policies of his government to the working people and the poor. Where cowards flinched, Hugo Chávez stood proudly declaring himself a socialist, a man of the people, standing for real democracy, equality and justice. Taking this position earned President Chávez the wrath of the world’s wealthiest, their crony governments’ and […]

Anti-Austerity Protest – Be Angry But Get Active!

Be angry but get active The Trade Union Left Forum calls on all workers to join the Irish Congress of Trade Unions organised protests on Saturday, 9th February, and make clear their opposition to the corporate debt imposed on Irish people and the ongoing attacks on the working class being perpetrated by Irish and European governing elites. Protests have been organised in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Sligo, to commence at 1.30 p.m. It is vital that workers, students and their families make their voices heard at these events. The clear demand of workers’ should be for the repudiation […]

Inez McCormack, Trade Unionist and Human Rights Activist, Born Derry 1946, Died 21st January Derry 2013

Inez McCormack was the first woman president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions from 2000 to 2002, Born into a Protestant working class family in Derry, she left school aged 16 and studied social work at Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. As a student she took part in the early Civil Rights demonstrations and was at Burntollet when they were attacked by B Specials and Loyalists. It was there she met her future husband, Vinney, a catholic from Belfast – on the barricade so to speak. As the first female trade union official for the National Union […]

HMV Workers

The Trade Union Left Forum extends its support and solidarity to the workers at HMV who are facing unemployment, loss of wages, and reduced redundancy pay. The TULF supports these workers, who are occupying their buildings in anger at the way they have been treated, and the union members trying to achieve a better outcome for all involved. But these last-minute occupations, which we have seen before, are not enough to challenge the fundamental injustices of the system today. We can no longer afford to leave struggle to the last minute, otherwise we will continue to merely have these heroic […]

Death of Joe Deasy, Socialist, Trade Unionist and Historian

Joe Deasy was born on 12th July 1922 opposite the Railway works in Inchicore, Dublin. His father was an active Labour and Union man and influenced the subsequent career of Joe. He began his working life as a railway clerk in 1941 and in those poverty stricken war years saw the need for strong trade unionism and for spreading socialist ideas. He held elected positions in what are now the TSSA and the Trades Council. Active in the Labour Party Joe was elected a Counsellor in 1945 and at the age of 22 the youngest one in the country. He […]

Death of Sean Redmond, Former Connolly Association General Secretary, Irish Trade Union Official and Historian

Sean Redmond

Sean Redmond, former General Secretary of the Connolly Association, died on Saturday 15 December at his home in Drumcondra, Dublin, at the age of 76, having been ill for some time. Sean and his brother Tom grew up in Dublin and they emigrated to London in 1956, where their parents also lived for some years. Both became very active in the Connolly Association, which around that time had launched its campaign to expose the iniquities of the Stormont Unionist regime in British labour, trade union and liberal circles. This campaign was based on the concept that the movement to end […]

Statement of Solidarity with the Greek Trade Union Movement

As members of the Irish Trade Union Left Forum, we would like to express our solidarity with the Greek trade union movement and to all the Greek working class people who are striking against the austerity measures being imposed upon them by the European Union and the IMF in alliance with the Greek ruling class parties. These austerity measures are about making workers pay for the massive debt, a debt, which is not theirs; it is about the massive transfer of wealth from Greek workers to the European and global finance houses. We admire your courage and tenacity in defending […]