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Saturday, 26 September 2009
UNISON members employed as caterers, cleaners and porters in Neath Port Talbot hospital are moving towards industrial action in a struggle to secure an entitlement to 4 years back pay. Neath Port Talbot is one of the few flagship PFI hospitals in Wales and under the terms of the deal in 2002 staff were transferred to the private employer Keir FM.
Government's green paper on the future of social care in England. Public policy on social care has massive implications for service users and UNISON members in health and local government.
In a speech to the 2004 TUC Congress the then Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "Over the weekend I got out the first speech I ever made to a Labour party conference not as leader but as Employment spokesman back in 1990. I said: a Labour government would introduce a minimum wage; a legal right to union recognition; sign the social chapter; restore trade union rights at GCHQ; improve maternity leave; introduce paid holidays; end blacklisting; and remove the power of automatic dismissal for those lawfully on strike. We have done every one of those things. But we only did them by being in government not in permanent opposition."
Friday, 25 September 2009
FT analysis suggest that the Tories risk alienating the C1 ('lower middle classes') with a small drift of 1% back to Labour. The C2s - the skilled working class - also seem less convinced by the Tory agenda. Is there a 'clear calls divide' on spending issues.
leftfootforward analyses an ONS report today.
Repeat Referendum 2 Nov: New poll has Yes side in lead in Ireland's Lisbon Treaty debate; A new poll for the Irish Times shows that 48% of people plan to vote Yes, 33% plan to vote No, and 19% are undecided in Ireland's Lisbon Treaty referendum next week. This represents a 2 point increase for the Yes side, and a 4 point increase for the No side since the last Irish Times poll in early September.
People's Movement chairperson Patricia McKenna has slammed Europe for Ireland, a Brussels-based Yes campaign group, which has sent an email to EU officials in Brussels, offering them free flights to Ireland to campaign for a Yes vote. The name of the campaign is: "A Day in Ireland to Work for Europe - Free Flights".
John's Labour Blog
Thursday, 24 September 2009
This short film salutes UNISON's first plinther, Anna Berry, who promoted our 'Million Voices for Change' campaign this morning in Trafalgar Square. Anna was taking part in Antony Gormley's art project 'One and Another'. Kevin O'Neil is on the plinth on Monday
UNISON has slammed proposals from the NHS 'advisory panel on competition' that hospitals should not be allowed to bar their consultants from working for private providers of NHS care in their own time.
Fifty union general secretaries from around the world – including the TUC general secretary – will be lobbying world leaders in Pittsburgh over the next two days, urging them to put jobs centre stage during Friday's G20 Summit.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
The Government’s programme Transforming Community Services is about introducing wholesale competition, contestability and privatisation of NHS services. UNISON has been campaigning against the proposals, and engaging with activists to challenge privatisation threats locally.
http://video.stv.tv/bc/news-090923speirsfull/ See also STUC
Please circulate widely the below details (pdf leaflet) of the Venezuela fringe meeting at Labour next week (Wednesday lunchtime.) As well as speakers on 10 years in social progress in Venezuela, we will also now be hearing from a speaker on the emergency situation developing in Honduras following Manuel Zelaya's retun to the county.
The ILO forecasts that continued labour market deterioration around the world in 2009 would produce an estimated increase in global unemployment of between 39 and 61 million workers relative to 2007, which could result in global unemployment ranging from 219 to 241million - the highest level ever on record.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Jacob Zuma, the South African President received a standing ovation from over 2000 delegates at yesterday’s opening session of the 10th congress of COSATU – South Africa’s national trade unioncon federation.
Monday, 21 September 2009
On 17 September, a day after an 'early doors' meeting leading health trade unionists in Liverpool, Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health, had another breakfast engagement. This time he was at the think tank The King’s Fund where he set out latest Government thinking on health policy for England:
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Scotland's FoI chief, Children's Rights Commissioner and many more have lined up to oppose SNP Scottish Government plans to allow ministers to change or abolish independent watchdogs without recourse to Parliament, says a Sunday Herald. report.
TUC: An under reported but highly significant policy decision was made in one of the final debates of Congress. The PCS amendment to motion 83 on ‘democratic renewal’ (from the FDA civil service union) was carried on a show of hands.