UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
In London Review of Books, a postal worker lifts the lid on how the Royal Mail is run and questions whether it is being deliberately run into the ground to soften it up for privatisation. An interesting insight into incompetence at the top. Response to Roy Mayall's article in LRB. See also UNISONActive 25 October.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
UNISON Active Exclusive: Strikebreakers TNT touting for Royal Mail work - Fortress Wapping re-visited
See below a TNT circular to customers in the English regions making it clear that picket lines will be disregarded and that they are hand in glove with Royal Mail bosses. No surprise given that company's previous involvement in a high stake strike. http://eastlondonhistory.com/fortress-wapping/
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/features/Being-realistic-in-struggle This is sound advice for union activists and emphasises the importance of industrial struggle.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Given public sector workers’ propensity to strike, a pay freeze will lead to industrial action unless something is done. The Tories need a plan, says Liberal Democrat Tim Leunig in the FT - http://www.libdemvoice.org/author/tim-leunig/)
New ITUC report - "Jobs - the Path to Recovery: How employment is central to ending the global crisis"
ITUC has produced a new publication that highlights trade union actions to fight the crisis in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe and explains the steps needed to achieve a decent work-led recovery and build a fairer and more sustainable world economy for future generations.
Over 140 activists and organising staff came together at the annual regional conference to promote Million Voices for Change – Defending Public Services.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
In an interesting but provocative move a local council imposed the use of C-Tracking Satellite systems in their vehicles in such departments as Refuse and Cleansing. UNISON opposed the use of such systems on the basis that the prior knowledge of the driver is required and that the information would be used by unscrupulous managers to effectively have staff electronically tagged.
In response to Bill King's post on the Welsh Labour Leadership contest: UNISON Labour link will be fully behind Carwyn Jones the Counsel General and UNISON member in the forthcoming leadership election. Brian Griffiths disagrees....
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Using the Conservativehome website as a platform for its usual anti public service, anti union vitriol, the self styled and shady Taxpayers Alliance reaches new depths in calling for pay cuts in local government:
In a stark example of the public services industrial complex modus operandi, the CBI employer’s organisation has called for an extra £120bn public spending cuts in order to bring the public finances into balance by 2016. The call is made in the lobby organisation’s pre-Budget report submission to the Chancellor: http://www.cbi.org.uk/pdf/20091015-cbi-pbr-submission.pdf