trade unions

8 Jul 2016

Why electoral reform is a trade union issue

This is an article from Rory Scothorne and Josiah Mortimer ahead of the Unite union's policy conference starting this weekend. The text is from the ERS' new trade union leaflet ' Trade Unions and Electoral Reform ', and follows an overwhelming vote at last year's TUC conference to look again at the need for electoral reform. The image, from the British Library, is of a Chartist meeting held at […]
28 Apr 2016

4 positive changes the government have made to the Union Bill

It’s taken a lot of campaigning, but this week the government made some major concessions on the Trade Union Reform Bill - which had its Consideration of Lords’ Amendments stage in the House of Commons on Wednesday. It’s welcome news that the government have listened and made some much-needed and substantial changes to the Bill. Here are our four top Union Bill concessions: 1. The government have […]
15 Mar 2016

The government should let union members choose how they vote

Tomorrow, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it’s not the only important thing happening: though it won’t be dominating the headlines, the government’s controversial Trade Union Bill will reach one of its final stages in the House of Lords. What is represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position on some seriously contentious parts of the Bill […]
15 Sep 2015

TUC Congress: A historic moment for electoral reform

Yesterday may well be remembered as a historic day for the campaign for electoral reform. At the TUC Congress in Brighton, trade unions voted by a large margin to consider electoral reform - just two days after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour leader. It’s an important move because unions were some of the main opponents of change in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. Now they […]
4 Apr 2012

Bargaining on equality: a challenge to the trade unions?

“If we want to see women in positions of power in society - how do we achieve it?” This was the challenge we set to the audience at the Unions21 debate: Women, Power and Trade Unions . The debate, part of the Unions 21 conference on Friday, was convened to discuss a new piece of research by the Electoral Reform Society, conducted in partnership with Unions21, examining the role of women within […]