Public policy

Potential repeal of the Human Rights Act

Position introduced July 2015

The IWGB resolves to form a sub-committee of interested members and volunteers, which will identify and work with other groups that are campaigning against the repeal of the Human Rights Act (1998) and which will inform and educate members and the general public about the consequence of the government’s policy in this regard

European Union Referendum

Position introduced August 2015

The IWGB's position is:

  1. To publicly state opposition to the UK’s exit from the European union
  2. To call for support from left leaning organisations that either support or are currently ambivalent about the UK’s exit from the EU
  3. To publicly state its desire for reform as an alternative to exit from the EU
  4. To publicly state support to countries such as Greece, who have been negatively impacted by the EU’s economic policies

Anti-union laws

Position introduced February 2018

We need the right to organise and strike – free our unions

We need abolition of the anti-trade union laws, which hamstring workers organising and taking action, and their replacement with strong legal workers’ rights. We applaud the 2017 Labour Party conference’s unanimous call for repeal of not just the 2016 Trade Union Act, but also the “anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s” by the Tories and maintained after 1997; and for a “strong legal charter of workers’ rights”. “For unions to be effective workers need an effective right to strike”. This builds on the unanimous 2015 decision that the next Labour government should “legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action”.

We will campaign for:

  • Complete and speedy repeal of all anti-union laws.
  • Strong legal rights for workers to join, recruit to and be represented by a union; strike/take industrial action by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with any other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
  • The right to reinstatement for workers found to have been sacked unfairly. A complete ban on dismissal for industrial action, however long it lasts. Full rights from day one of a job.
  • Strong rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition, and establish collective bargaining, including sector-wide bargaining.
  • Unions’ right to decide their own policies and activities, determine their own structures and rules, and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with ILO Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.