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How I won union recognition in my workplace.

Firstly, be under no illusions, union organising is a slow and frustrating process. You will need to have a strong will to see it through, including, biting your tongue, watching your back, being prepared to stay with your company, even … Continue reading

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Inoculation Against Bosses’ Lies

The first time I went on strike, there had been no strikes in my workplace for decades and none of the union activists had first-hand strike experience. As we prepared to ballot, a rumour circulated that the workplace would close … Continue reading

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Social media in disputes: learning from the electricians’ BESNA win

In any campaign the power of social media should not be underestimated. This became apparent during the construction workers BESNA dispute of 2011. Facebook groups such as “Sparks Against De-skilling and 35% Pay Cut” were set up and were used … Continue reading

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Migrant solidarity for a strong and democratic union

Activists want to organise workers, helping them realise their power in the workplace. The employers use every trick and device to prevent us from achieving the unity that allows us to achieve this aim. For example. racism exists within unions … Continue reading

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Keeping flexibility after a ballot, with members in control

When union members are asked to vote in an industrial action ballot, they want to know what action they are voting for. This presents a dilemma. Propose too little action at the start, and it might not be enough to … Continue reading

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