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Saturday, 10 October 2009
Cardiff council UNISON is set for a showdown with senior officers over a controversial plan to bring in a private company to run the city’s IT department. UNISON has issued an ultimatum to the top brass at County Hall, saying: “Talk to us or you will lose our co-operation when you need it most.” http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/10/09/cardiff-council-and-union-set-to-clash-over-it-91466-24887966/
UNISON has expressed concern over draft proposals to outsource many services provided by Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8299475.stm
Friday, 9 October 2009
The Leeds refuse collectors dispute is about to enter its sixth week of continuous action. Today’s Morning Star reports on a strike rally held yesterday and addressed by GMB leader Paul Kenny:.
Well after their conference in Manchester, one thing is perfectly clear. The Tories have a good conceit of themselves. They are fit for government, ready to be tested, and prepared for the way ahead. Every speech had some variation of that self reverential boasting.
Caterers 'upbeat' with healthy portion of public sector work A multinational catering firm remains upbeat about its public sector work,despite the squeeze on government finances, reports LocalGov.co.uk
The move to slash public spending is based on a faulty reading of economics. "... we are about to dramatically slash our public spending – in a way that will cause real harm, rather than the phantasms conjured by Cameron", says Johnann Hari in the Independent.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Revealed: NHS secretly wooed private firms over polyclinics 07 Oct 09 By Steve Nowottny Exclusive: The NHS secretly courted private companies at a series of high-level meetings to encourage them to compete for the new wave of polyclinics and GP-led health centres, Pulse can reveal. See Pulse
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
It was only a matter of time before a bidding war commenced on holding down or cutting the pay of public service workers. We now appear to be heading into a frenzy of self styled 'austerity measures'. UNISON’s NEC meeting today is confronted with an unprecedented and rising onslaught against our members.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
New Report Finds IMF Agreements Have Included Policies That Could Worsen Economic Slowdown in 31 of 41 Countries
We’re all in this together’ says George Osborne Shadow Chancellor. Our pay and our pensions are in the firing line. Bullingdon boy George insists that he doesn’t want to put the poorest on the line. Oh really!
Andrew Lansley, Tory Health Secretary, yesterday gave a conference speech which faces both ways on the NHS. Of course if there was a genuine commitment to support the high quality healthcare delivered by the NHS it would be welcomed. The reality is that if you look closely at his speech it was littered with criticisms of what is widely seen as a world class healthcare system.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Three European-based NGOs -- Solidar, Eurodad and the Global Network --today released a report on the compatibility of current IMF loans with decent work objectives. The 32-page report examines three recent loan programmes in El Salvador, Ethiopia and Latvia.
Scottish Left Review again with this piece by Andy Cumbers that explodes the myth about the private sector being the only 'wealth creators' when there is no evidential base for 'crowding out'. http://www.scottishleftreview.org/li/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=263&Itemid=1
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has slammed plans by the Tories to cut sickness benefits for hundreds of thousands of claimants.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The UNISON branch which organises the Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) in the South West of England has voiced concerns at the absence of trained paramedics on front line ambulance services. Instead the employer has relied on emergency care assistants who cannot adminster drugs unlike a paramedic or technician.
The Health Service Journal reports that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has called on primary care trusts to review out of hours services over widespread concerns that some private GP companies do not meet basic standards when working in England under NHS contracts.