Ian recalled that his union recommended that Jeremy Corbyn, because of his support for the strike, invite Wigan MP Lisa Nandy to join the shadow cabinet after his election as Labour leader in 2015. She was duly named and was one of the main protagonists of the “Chicken Shot” of 2016 with Lord Mandelson in a few months with Chris Leslie. My co-workers were also members of the RAD and ready to go on strike if I was not reinstated, which prompted my employer to think. Letting the DWP tell the world that they have been told that there is a no-strike agreement is not indisputable proof that there is one, but it certainly goes strongly in that direction. This Congress calls on the SAR to work to renegotiate the existing recognition agreement with G4S Secure Services to remove the “No Strike” clause in it. It is certainly a refusal, but in view of the recognition and collective agreements that have a lifespan well over four years, the assertion that Tim Roache did not approve a non-strike contract is not the same as saying that there is no agreement, when that means that an unfortunate violation of the fundamental principles of the union – the protection of the right to return to work – did not occur directly on his watch. I think this is conclusive evidence that there was a non-strike agreement with G4S, because without it, the proposal would never have put it on the agenda as imprecise. It should also be noted that this conference took place in June 2015, before the election of Tim Roache as Secretary General in a few months. Given the release of the update three months after the target date of “March 2016,” it is clear that no new agreements have been negotiated on that date. The fact that in October 2019, dWP again told that they had been told that there was a non-strike agreement, which strongly suggests (although it is not definitively proven) that there is indeed a No Strike agreement with GMB and G4S and that its existence was known at higher levels within the LLP after Congress gave the union the order to remove the clause.
As such, the concerns are clearly not a certain. As a union for the vital private security industry, we welcome this new agreement as a milestone. The security sector is changing, with the impact of legal authorisation and working time.