After delegates carried a motion from the Prison Officers’ Association urging trade unions to mount campaigns and consider the “practicalities of a general strike", Prospect general secretary Paul Noon said: “This was congress rhetoric, not the reality of defending members against government policy. The way to change policies and governments is at the ballot box and not by industrial action. Our members would not support a general strike and I do not believe the majority of trade unionists would do so either. A general strike does not reflect the reality of where we are, either as a union or a movement. That’s not to say we won’t support industrial action where appropriate and where we have a legitimate trade dispute. We are not going to pretend that we are anywhere near a generalised public sector and private sector strike call. And there are profound doubts about whether a legitimate trade dispute even exists. Far from making our enemies and opponents tremble in their shoes, a call like this will be seen as a welcome stick to beat us with – a diversion from their failings." Unions representing teachers (NASUWT), airline pilots (BALPA), university lecturers (ATL) and shop workers (USDAW) backed Prospect in the debate. But the combined vote of the biggest TUC unions, including Unite, PCS, UCATT, CWU and RMT, ensured the motion was carried.
Recent amendments to the scope of the B1/B2 licence have been accepted
AEI issue warning about lack of consequences within aviation
Download the latest ALAE info leaflet and posters
An update on the Prospect merger discussions
Merger Press Release