The Dictators by Pablo Neruda
An odor has remained among the sugarcane:
a mixture of blood and body, a penetrating
petal that brings nausea.
UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
As Professor Keith Ewing said at UNISON's national pay seminar on Wednesday "Labour filled its parliamentary programme with constitutional issues and criminal justice. The Tories are not interested in the constitution so an easy win would be employment rights.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Tuesday 19 January 2010 - 7pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL, London: Organised by PSC, STWC, CND and BMI. Reporting back from the Viva Palestina / PSC Aid convoy just back from Gaza!
Thursday, 14 January 2010
The truly horrendous scenes of devastation, destruction and death in Haiti cannot fail to touch our hearts. The first large earthquake in 240 years, this enormous richter scale 7.0 quake's effects are only barely understood at this time. Thousands have though been killed and tens of thousands left homeless. Nothing could be more worse for a country with problems of poverty on a grand scale.
Helping my daughter at newly joined senior school with a homework project for geography I was tasked with looking for internet history links to the local area. Despite its now ‘village’ status (which probably stretches the imagination of the most ardent estate agent!) this suburban nirvana was in fact originally a coal mining area set at the foot of the Pennines and deliberately populated to provide labour for the cotton mills and the local coal mining industry. Dig a bit deeper and it was commonplace for children as young as eight to work in the mills and by 12 many boys were fully fledged miners.
UNISON member Jeremy Corbyn MP uses his Morning Star column to condemn ‘the unseemly auction between the leaders of the three parties on who will cut the most, where and how fast’
"We simply cant go back to business as usual economics. The old ways of doing things have simply failed and there is no point in repeating those same mistakes because, as sure as anything, we will suffer the same consequences", Roger McKenzie's blog reports on the union's 2010 pay seminar. http://rogermckenzie.blogspot.com/2010/01/economic-recovery-or-relapse.html
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The outrage about this year's banker bonuses is on the boil, even the parents of Stephen Hester, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said his package was worth a potential £9.6m and that even his parents thought he earned too much. Vince (cut public sector pensions to pay for the bankers bail out) Cable is once again bleating about the bankers, he claims breaking up the banks and extra tax on banks profits will end the feasting.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Communication - the balance between accountability and risk-taking and Knowledge - especially political education - are the key to organising, says young member Graham Smith on his blog at http://grahaminunison.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-is-organising.html
Monday, 11 January 2010
I think that Clare is spot on in putting motivation at the top. This is really the key to being a good organiser. The really effective organiser will work with workers to help them answer the 'Why' question.
As if running through the mud over Health Care Reform was bad enough, progressives in the US are now facing a similar experience over proposed legislation to make it easier for trade unions to organise.
Former Labour Cabinet member James Purnell MP sets out his policy alternative in today’s Guardian – in a damning critique of Labour Party political inertia he asks ‘where is the vision and vitality to win?’
The Western Mail reports that the weather chaos affecting Welsh roads would have been even worse if council services had been privatised, according to a senior officer at a Conservative-controlled authority. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/01/08/privatised-council-services-wouldn-t-have-been-able-to-cope-says-senior-officer-91466-25551745/
Scotland's major roads have become more dangerous for motorists since contracts for gritting services were privatised, Les Gray, chair of the Scottish Police Federation tells Scotland on Sunday. http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/news/Police-warning-over-road-gritting.5969641.jp
Sunday, 10 January 2010