DISAFFILIATE FROM

THE LABOUR PARTY

The Labour Party is now firmly opposed to employees in Britain having any effective trade union rights. As Tory Blair bragged when writing of minor changes in trade union law proposed by the Labour Government: "The changes that we do propose would leave British law the most restrictive on trade unions in the Western world."

The trade union leaders and other pro-Labour elements in the unions have not pressured Labour politicians to repeal the anti-trade union laws. On the contrary, they collude in upholding this anti-working class legislation. All the time these laws are in force it is very difficult for employees to defend their pay and conditions. This will not change while the primary role of trade unions is to keep their members under control so as to appease the New Labour Government and the bosses.

A Trade Union Disaffiliation Campaign is a concrete way of challenging the influence of collaborationist and capitulationist elements in the unions.

The aim is to bring about the disaffiliation of trade unions from the Labour Party, both at local and national levels. The objectives are to:

To effectively bring about disaffiliation, it is necessary to form campaigning groups in each union. A TU Disaffiliation Campaign can bring together people together to get organised. Donít delay, get in touch today!

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To: CASO, Box 2, 118 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3HL.

Please keep me informed about further developments in the TU Disaffiliation Campaign.

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WHITE PAPER DIVERSION

The Labour Governmentís recent White Paper on trade union law is an attempt to focus attention way from the real issues. Whether or not an employer recognises a trade union is a question of the industrial strength employees are prepared to assert and not a matter of ballots. Employers have no choice except to recognise trade unions that take really effective action against them. As for changing the terms under which unfair dismissal actions can be brought to Industrial Tribunals, this is an attempt to further individualise the position of employees and weaken our collective solidarity and action in defence of our rights..

 

WHAT REALLY MATTERS

The real problem for trade unionists in Britain today is the maze of legal requirements which have to be gone through before even the most minor industrial action can be taken. This considerably weakens the bargaining position of employees with respect to employers - as many of us know to our cost. It is these laws which should be repealed but the Labour Government has made it clear that it will retain this anti-trade union legislation. The only way to get rid of it is to ignore it, as the postal workers have done successfully on a number of occasions - and without any adverse repercussions.

 

THE LABOUR PARTY: A SCAB ORGANISATION

In the meantime it is outrageous that trade unionists are donating money to the political organisation which upholds laws which make normal trade union activity impossible. Right from its beginnings, the Labour Party and most leaders of its affiliated trade unions have always been eager to render trade unions harmless to capitalism.

The first Labour Government in 1924 used the draconian Emergency Powers Act to deal with industrial disputes. They wanted to show the ruling class that a Labour government posed no threat to capitalism. Then in 1926 the Labour Party did not even support the General Strike! The Labour Government elected in 1945 kept the wartime emergency order banning industrial action in force up until 1951. When the dockers defied this ban on strikes troops were sent in as strikebreakers. The fact of the matter is that although the Labour Party was founded by trade unions it has always sought to control workers in order to maintain capitalism.

 

DISAFFILIATE FROM THE LABOUR PARTY!

These Labour scabs have had too much of our hard-earned pay. Donít allow them to carry on robbing us. Campaign in your branch to sever links with this anti-trade union organisation. Get in contact immediately with the Trade Union Disaffiliation Campaign so that you can work with like-minded colleagues in your union.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!.

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