August 29, 2019
The grassroots trade union movement is in revolt over Boris Johnson’s bombshell decision to shut down parliament in the face of a no-deal Brexit. 
Union Reps Threaten Immediate Direct Action Over No-Deal Brexit Suspension Of Parliament
More than 100 leading reps have broken ranks with union bosses to argue for immediate direct action “despite legal restrictions” placed on their organisations. 
A joint statement signed by 110 reps, in a personal not an official capacity, has been shared with HuffPost UK. 
One trade union source signalled the move could herald mass civil disobedience, wildcat strikes and stoppages. 
The reps, whose membership spans Unite, NEU, GMB, Unison and other unions, promise to “urgently mobilise direct action, including protests, strikes, and occupations”. 
It comes after the prime minister’s shock decision to prorogue parliament between September 9 and October 14, sparking fears remain-backing MPs are being silenced as the country heads towards a no-deal Brexit on October 31. 
Thousands of protestors flooded the streets around Westminster on Wednesday night chanting “stop the coup” after news spread that the Queen had consented to the prorogation. 
One trade union source told HuffPost UK: “Boris’ Brexit plans are a massive attack on workers and working class people.
“Across the Labour movement, the mood is rising. If there is a mass movement of civil disobedience, there is no reason why we shouldn’t see wildcat strikes and stoppages.” 
Johnson has insisted suspending parliament allows him to set out a fresh domestic agenda in a new Queen’s speech on October 14. 
But a petition to stop the suspension of parliament had almost 1.5 million signatures on Thursday. Trade union reps’ statement in full: “As workers and trade union activists, we oppose Boris Johnson’s attempted coup and sabotage of democracy. “A no-deal Brexit will wreck working-class living standards and trash migrants’ rights. For an Etonian millionaire, elected by only a tiny handful of Tory activists, to force this through by asking our unelected head of state to suspend parliament is an affront to democracy and a lurch towards authoritarian nationalism. “Despite legal restrictions, we believe our unions, the Labour Party, and the whole working-class movement must urgently mobilise direct action, including protests, strikes, and occupations, in opposition to this development. We commit to arguing for this within our unions.”Full list of signatories John Moloney, Assistant General Secretary, PCS unionPatrick Murphy, National Executive Committee, NEU Daniel Randall, Assistant Chair, RMT Bakerloo Line branch Simon Murch, NEU National Executive Committee and Joint Sheffield District & Branch SecretaryRiccardo La Torre, Eastern Region FBU SecretaryMark Boothroyd, Joint Branch Secretary, Unite, Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital BranchHenry Chango-Lopes, President, IWGBKaram Bales, National Executive Committee, NEURuth Cashman, Joint Branch Secretary, Lambeth UNISONSimon Hannah, Joint Branch Secretary, Lambeth UNISONMurray Sackwild NEU National Executive; West Essex District NEU General Secretary; Essex Branch NEU Deputy Secretary.Nadia Whittome, Nottingham GMBTom Harrington, Education Officer, IWGB Couriers and Logistics BranchZack Murrell-Dowson, Treasurer, Bristol Couriers’ Network, IWGBAndrew Berry, Islington UNISONYousaf Hassan, Waltham Forest UNISONDan Jeffery, Lambeth UNISONTracy McGuire, NEU Darlington.Michelle Watts, NEU Workplace RepJoshua Lovell, Cambridge UCUPete Gillard, UniteDarren Cogavin, UCU Workplace RepChris Bright, Islington UNISONTony Harrison, President, Oldham NEU.Mandy Hudson Ealing NEUAlex Blenkhorn, UNISON Workplace StewardIan Townson, Lambeth & Southwark Unite Community.Rob Marsden, Leicester UNISON HealthAlena Ivanova, UniteJohn Medhurst, London GMB memberTom Harris, PCS workplace rep.Louis Bayman Southampton Uni UCULen Arthur UCU retired memberAndrew Coates, Chair Unite  LE/1860 (Suffolk)Janine Booth, RMT Piccadilly & District West Branch, Trade Union Liaison Officer Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP Christie Neary, NEUTracy McGuire, Darlington NEULisa Crane, Birmingham NEUAlison Treacher, Secretary, Unite, Greater Manchester Social Action Branch NW389Jamie Green, Membership Officer & Steward, UNISON at LSESam Greenwood, Branch Labour Link officer, Wakefield District UNISON Matthias Kispert, IWGBDavid Ball, workplace rep, Barnet Unison & Barnet NEUPat Markey, Secretary, Northampton District NEUKieran Miles, UniteStephen Wood, Night Tube Officer, Finsbury Park RMTCharlie Hore, UNISON.Sue Sparks, UniteMaisie Sanders, UniteKelly Rogers, United Voices of the World unionMike Thompson, Unite workplace repDave Roberts, Leicester UnisonBrian Cairns, Wandsworth NEU OfficerBenj Eckford, GMBHazel Croft, UnisonGeorge Buskell, UniteCaroline Powls UnisonGill George, UniteJohn Stuttle, Father of the Unite chapel at the Guardian and Observer, Political Officer, Unite National Publishing and Media BranchSusan Pashkoff, Chair, East London Unite CommunityAmanda Bentham, workplace rep, Tower Hamlets NEUDaniel Davison-Vecchione, Cambridge UCUJames Doig, workplace rep, NEUTim Cooper, Nottingham Unite CommunityBelinda Washington, NEU & UniteKevin Saint, UniteMartin Goodsell, Branch Secretary, East London Unite CommunityTim Martin, UCUGary Whiting, Branch Chair, Lambeth UNISONSteve Eason, NUJNik Barstow, Unite Greater Manchester Social Action Branch & Trafford TUCRoland Rance, Treasurer, East London Unite CommunityRobin Starey, UniteDuncan Robinson, NEUAndy Warren, PCS DWP London Region Young Members’ officerDave Parks, Devon County UNISONDave Kirk, UniteNalini Amichund, Workplace Rep, Croydon NEUBob Sutton, Unite ConstructionDebbie Brown, Swindon NEUFiona Ogilvie, UnisonSuzanne Gannon, NEUGareth Murphy, Branch Secretary, Camden Unite Community Camden Alison Lord, UCUGill McCall, Unite CommunityPaul O’Brien, Unite CommunityJeanette Fletcher, Unite CommunityIan Fletcher, Unite CommunitySam Gisagara, Equalities Officer, Camden Unite CommunityVino Sangarapillai, Camden UNISONTerry Clarke, UCURoderick Cobley, UniteNeil Rogall, UCURoger Welch, UCURichard Brenner, UniteFran Springfield, Lambeth UNISONRoberto Mozzachiodi, UCUAnne Cooper, Lambeth Unite CommunityJuliet Sherratt, NEUJenny Cooper, Brent NEUJon Rogers, Lambeth UNISONLucy Cox, NEULinda Sayle, Camden Unite CommunityClaudia Ferreira, Camden Unite CommunityAndrea Egan, Bolton UNISONPaul Renny, Schools Convenor, Haringey UNISONRyan Hebbs, Branch Political officer, Enfield GMBCraig Farlow, UniteDan Rawnsley, Sheffield NEUSteven Carver, Tower Hamlets Unite CommunityRelated... 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