Articles by Jon Rogers
Jon is a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of UNISON, the public service union (www.unison.org.uk). He is a socialist, a member of both the Labour Party and the Labour Representation Committee (www.l-r-c.org.uk).
Transparency of the motives for the Lobbying Bill
“As political parties continue to shrink and atrophy, … [c]lumsy attempts to clamp down on non-party campaigning won’t drive people back into party membership.” Jon Rogers examines the political intentions and implications of the Lobbying Bill.
Attack on union link puts democracy at risk
Over two centuries working people have fought for our rights in the workplace and wider society. Among our victories have been those of the Chartists and the Suffragettes (and Suffragists) who won us the franchise. The right to choose who governs us is an essential element of democracy. Our rulers have never been comfortable with […]
Unions need to answer UKIP
Our Party is not where it needs to be now to win a General Election in 2015 (http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/05/local-elections-labour-isnt-where-it-needs-be-win). Opposition to austerity is being drawn around Farage (our very own Poujade -http://m.guardian.co.uk/news/2003/aug/28/guardianobituaries1), and around the poisonous nostalgia of the populist right. UKIP is clearly an “English” manifestation of the anti-political feeling expressed elsewhere is support for […]
1%? No thanks!
Today the national negotiators representing the employers of more than a million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (the largest organised bargaining group in the UK economy) made a final pay offer of 1% with no strings, effective 1 April. Perennial optimist, and lead negotiator for the GMB, Brian Strutton, says there’ll […]
Male violence and the abuse of power on the left - the view from a glass house
This morning readers of the websites of the liberal broadsheets can choose between a story alleging that the RMT have let down a female activist complaining of domestic violence by a senior official (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rmt-accused-of-dismissing-attack-claim-by-activist-8527208.html) and yet another chapter in the unfolding tragedy of the Socialist Workers Party (http://m.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/09/socialist-workers-party-rape-kangaroo-court). In the former case the CPS are […]
Don’t let them pickle local government
With tremendous chutzpah, Eric Pickles is slating councils who dare to exercise their democratic right to increase Council Tax (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21226239). In so doing he makes clear the nature of the trap into which local authorities have walked by accepting Council Tax freeze grant which, taken together with the requirement for a referendum even for a […]
Owen Jones once more makes constructive use of the platform he has as a columnist to call for “a movement uniting all those desperate for a coherent alternative to the tragedy of austerity” and, in so doing, throws down a challenge to all those of us who believe that we are trying to build such a movement. […]