On behalf of the Executive Committee of Solidarity I want to wish all our members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It will be great for our members to take a short break from our everyday concerns before returning to the fight to protect workers’ pay and conditions in the coming year.
In the past year we have seen a considerable rise in living costs, but British workers’ pay continues to lag behind. Many workers have received no pay increase at all, or only small incremental wage or salary rises since the financial crisis of 2007. The growth of zero-hours contracts, and attempts by the Tory government to erode workers’ rights remain causes for concern.
There have been some bright moments in the past year. Workers with grievances against unfair, cynical or unscrupulous bosses can once again take their case to a tribunal without having to pay a small fortune to obtain justice. We congratulate our brothers and sisters in Unison who won a Supreme Court ruling declaring the fees imposed by the Tory-LibDem coalition in 2013 to be unlawful. Our own union has continued to fight and win cases for our members’ rights all over the country.
British workers face an uncertain future as our country looks forward to life outside the European Union. Let’s all enjoy whatever Christmas break we have and come back in the New Year. There are opportunities and potential pitfalls ahead, but whatever happens, Solidarity will be there to defend you.
President of Solidarity Union