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Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Without a shadow of doubt, the two highlights of conference for me were the address by the General Secretary, Dave Prentis and Eleanor Smith’s historic address to conference as the first elected Black Vice President of UNISON.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
The ILO has published its annual Global Employment Trends report. It states that the number of jobless worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009 following an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the global crisis.
In her regular column on the Public Finance blog UNISON national secretary for local government Heather Wakefield lambastes the “sick making and unjustifiable” 0% NJC employers pay ‘offer’ for council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
The Next Left blog analyses the implications of the latest British Social Attitudes Survey: "...the great guilty secret of those rather unpopular populists of the Taxpayers' Alliance, Guido Fawkes and every other right-wing group banging the less spending and tax cuts drum has always been what a small niche of public opinion they represent." http://www.nextleft.org/2010/01/british-social-attitudes-survey-reports.html
It comes as no surprise that a ‘class action’ is being lodged by the so called NHS Partners Network. It is an insult to call this a class action – it is a challenge to the decision by Andy Burnham to support the delivery of healthcare in the public sector – something which is overwhelmingly supported by the public at every poll.
Today’s UNISON Annual Leadership seminar heard General Secretary Dave Prentis call for the union to face up to the tough times that we face - and represent the working people of this country.
Monday, 25 January 2010
On a visit to a hospital the Prince of Wales goes up to a bed and asks the patient how he’s doing. The patient whispers “We sleekit cowerin, timourous beastie”. At the next bed, the patient answers, “A man’s a man for a’ that”. Puzzled, the Prince of Wales moves on to the next bed and the patient says, “My luve is like a red red rose”.
Schwarzenegger's proposals would cut the size of the union workforce, reduce pay, shrink future pensions and roll back job protections won through collective bargaining. Labor and the unions' Democratic allies are already girding for battle, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
We know that large amounts of oil had been discovered in Cuba as reported in a Guardian article on Saturday, October 18th 2008. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/18/cuban-oil.
Valentine Ackland’s poem is a moving and powerful indictment of the British Government’s non-interventionist policy in the Spanish Civil War - during which Ackland heroically worked for the Red Cross.
We have reported previously about the savage and unjustified £33m cuts proposed at Notts County Council. The East Midlands region's Local Government Matters blog reports here about the success in getting this hardline Tory council to reverse £4.6m of their proposed cuts. It's not the full £33m but it means that some jobs have been saved and some services to vulnerable people will be protected.
With the ‘big freeze’ melting and grit no longer like gold-dust thoughts start wandering towards spring. But as local government members get back to normal working after battling the elements to keep services running they are faced with another big freeze. A pay freeze. And this one could well last several years.