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What is the future of the Labour-union link? Print E-mail
Friday, 21 March 2014


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by Peter Willsman

After Collins, what of the future? Of the collective link between the Labour Party and the trade unions as organisations representing the organised working class? The composition of theimplementation committee is quite encouraging, and its actions may avert our worst fears in the immediate future. For example, Labour Uncut have suggested that the implementation committee  might change the basis of the London mayoral primary, and any early leadership election so that union members can be fully involved. They, of course. wish to prevent that. So the battle continues to preserve effective union involvement in party decision-making.

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CLPD Annual General Meeting 2014 Print E-mail
Friday, 21 March 2014
Saturday 29 March
11.30am –4.30pm

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Lunch provided

Speakers: 
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Ken Livingstone
Martin Mayer
Claire McCarthy
Kate Osamor
Christine Shawcroft

 
Eight reasons still to vote against the Collins report Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Special conference

by Jon Lansman

At the special conference on 1 March, Ed Miliband may well have the “Clause IV moment” his advisors sought, though Labour’s enemies are saying unions will have too much power as they probably always will. His proposals, made in the wake of a Falkirk “scandal” that never was, have lost their rationale.

If he wins the day, as now looks almost certain, it is not because trade unions and constituency parties are enthusiastic about them, or even agree with them. Nor is it because the consultation responses – which have been totally ignored in the report – favoured them… they didn’t. It is because the trade unions and constituency parties are instinctively loyal to him and want him to win in 2015. But this is not the way to make the most radical changes ever in the relationship between the trade unions and the party they founded over a century ago, so here are eight reasons still to vote against the Collins report.

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