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Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
UNISON regional organiser Tony Pearson said: "It means that there is yet another delay to negotiating a fair and just settlement to this strike, but they are adamant that they have to seek top-level legal advice before they can respond to the unions' proposals on grading of posts in the service. Our members and the people of Leeds will just have to wait even longer to get this service back into operation and cleaning up our streets”
Thursday, 12 November 2009
"Any modern democracy that fails to keep at its core an essential state capacity to deliver will become quickly inept.": UNISON Active analysis of today's Guardian report on the future of public services following David Cameron's recent speech to the Institute of Governance. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/nov/11/gordon-brown-david-cameron-institute-governance-speech
The growing pay gap - particularly between middle income Britain and the super-rich - was a crucial but overlooked ingredient in the financial crash, according to TUC research published today (Thursday). http://www.tuc.org.uk/newsroom/tuc-17227-f0.cfm
The National Pensioners Convention, Britain's biggest pensioner organisation, GMB and a major charity tackling elder abuse have joined forces to respond to the government's green paper consultation on the future of care which ends today 13 November.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Nottinghamshire County Council recently announced savage budget cuts of £33m for 2010/11. Below is an a column by Ravi Subramanian, UNISON (East Midlands) Regional Head of Local Government published in The Nottigham Evening Post on 10 November 2009.
UNISON at the FORE: ‘Scotland United’ is holding a rally to celebrate multicultural Glasgow on Saturday 14th November in Glasgow Green with assembly at 12pm at Nelsons Column, followed by speeches then a march through our city centre at around 1pm. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and politicians representing all the main parties will speak in support.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Mon 9th Nov 2009 and today we get the first indications of what to expect in the next general election. Both the BBC and GMTV included in their headlines round up that Gordon Brown was “in the dock” over his letter to the mother of a fallen soldier. Mrs Jacqui Janes was said to be “furious” over the letter that she received.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/extras/speakingupforpublicservices.pdf This excellent resource, written by APSE, makes a compelling case against public spending cuts and explains the public sector’s vital role during the current recession and beyond.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Last week the High Court began hearing UNISON’s legal challenge, inthe form of a judicial review, to the independent regulatory body for NHS Foundation Trusts, Monitor.
Part and parcel of the ideological offensive accompanying the restoration of capitalism in eastern europe from 1989 onwards was the incessant stories of a surveillance society. Films such as ‘the lives of others’ by West German aristocrat Henckel von Donnersmarck were heavily promoted to discredit the positive reality of life for working people in countries such as the German Democratic Republic
Sunday, 8 November 2009
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the first talks since the strike started on September 7 took place last week between the trade unions and the political leaders of Leeds City Council. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Leeds-binmen-strike-Hopes-of.5800025.jp
Last week the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released an analysis of union density - the percentage of workers belonging to a trade union - in OECD member states.