Britons First campaign

Brexit crisis poses disintegration of United Kingdom

By Steve James, 29 June 2016

The Scottish National Party is sounding out the EU and its member states to explore whether Scotland could retain EU membership if the UK leaves.

Brexit referendum: Remain camp backs European Union of austerity and militarism

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 10 March 2016

The support of the dominant sections of Britain’s financial and business elite for remaining in the European Union is based on maintaining trade links within the world’s largest single market.

UK generals intervene to oppose Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2016

The letter by 13 military officials is testament to the role of the European Union in the militarist agenda of the main European powers.

Nationalism and “Brexit”

By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2016

The first responsibility of a socialist in the referendum on “Brexit” is to reject all appeals for working people to fall in behind one or another faction of the bourgeoisie fighting over which strategy best upholds the interests of British imperialism.

Cameron continues EU negotiations amid deepening inner-party divisions

By Simon Whelan, 30 January 2016

Forty Conservative MPs wrote to the prime minister calling for a meeting to discuss concerns that he is not asking for sufficiently radical changes in return for the UK’s continued EU membership.

Britain: Behind the disciplinary action in the Unison trade union

By Julie Hyland, 28 September 2009

The disciplinary action taken by the public sector union Unison against several of its members raises important issues of political perspective.

Britain: Nationalist campaign by Unite union bureaucracy over Vauxhall-Opel takeover

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 25 September 2009

The sell-off of General Motors’ European operations, Opel and Vauxhall, to the Canadian-Russian consortium Magna has elicited a poisonous “us first” response by the trade unions involved.

Britain: Total Oil sacks 647 striking workers at Lindsey Oil Refinery

By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2009

On June 19, 647 construction contractors were sacked at the Lindsey Oil Refinery construction site, in Lincolnshire, England.

The Unite trade union “March for Jobs”

A PR stunt in the defence of British economic nationalism

By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2009

On Saturday, Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, organised a demonstration in Birmingham in the West Midlands which was attended by about 5,000 people.

Lindsey refinery dispute: A reply to the GMB union

9 March 2009

An exchange between the press office of the General, Municipal and Boilermakers (GMB) union and WSWS correspondent Robert Stevens over the “Briton’s first” dispute.

Britain: An opportunist defence of the union betrayal at BMW Cowley

By Niall Green, 26 February 2009

The Socialist Unity web site has come out in defense of the trade union’s complicity in the mass sackings at BMW, Oxford.

Report exposes false claims of British unions’ “Britons First” campaign

By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2009

A report from the industrial tribunal ACAS into the dispute at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire has exposed union claims that British workers’ wages and conditions were being undercut.

Trade unions extend nationalist campaign to defend “British jobs”

By Robert Stevens, 18 February 2009

Recent unofficial strikes at power stations and oil refineries across the UK and an official walkout on February 11 were conducted on the basis of the nationalist demand of “British Jobs for British workers.”

The “Britons first” dispute: What constitutes a progressive defence of jobs?

7 February 2009

The Socialist Party and Morning Star have claimed victory in the “Britons first” refinery dispute. But at what cost?

Nationalism and the British trade union strike

5 February 2009

The strike at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire, Britain, on the basis of a nationalist program of defending “British jobs for British workers” raises fundamental issues for the working class internationally.

Britain: Refinery dispute becomes focus of shift to protectionism within Labour

By Julie Hyland, 5 February 2009

The refinery strikes over jobs for “Britons first” have become the focus for a shift to protectionism by the trade union bureaucracy, which is also finding expression within the Labour government.

Socialist Party offers yet another apologia for “Britons first” refinery dispute

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2009

The Socialist Party’s demand for “Union controlled registering of unemployed and locally skilled union members” is only window dressing for a “Britons first” policy.

Stalinists and Socialist Party defend “Britons first” refinery protest

By Julie Hyland, 3 February 2009

The Stalinist Communist Party and the Socialist Party are seeking to defend the demand for “British jobs for British workers” at the centre of the oil refinery dispute.