UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Professor Keith Ewing writing on the Guardian website gives an overview of recent landmark decisions of the european court of human rights.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Go to 38 mins on this BBC IPlayer recording of yesterday afternoon’s PM news programme to hear the instant reaction of UNISON members in Manchester to yesterday’s announcement of £6.2bn public spending cuts.
The oddly delivered Treasury report announced to the press before Parliament and in advance of the Queens Speech (how rude are they?) was littered with cuts for local government. http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/press_04_10.pdf
Well the Coalition of Con Dems have fulfilled their first promise. They said they would cut, and by god they have done it. Over 6 billion cut from public spending, but Laws, who up until three weeks ago did not see the need for cuts “immediately” stood proudly beside George Osborne as the statement was made.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Breaking news from the FT which reports that in “announcing an initial £6.2bn of cuts for the current financial year, Mr Osborne said it was important to cut the deficit urgently so that debt repayments did not “spiral out of control.” Those departments taking the brunt of the cuts include business (£836m), communities and local government (£780m), transport (£683m), work and pensions, (£535m), education (£670m), the chancellors’ departments (£451m) and the devolved administrations (£704m).”
Its easier to pretend to be angry for others than to get of your knees yourself. As a trade unionist I don't waste much breath on little groups that have no bearing on normal people with normal jobs and normal lives. The population ignores them and so should we.
Ahead of the new Government's massive £6bn year-one cuts in public spending, yesterday's Observer carried an analysis of the likely impact on the working class heartlands of north east England.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Real world trade unionists are acutely aware that we secure maximum leverage in a dispute when the threat of industrial action is bearing down on the employer. This is particularly the case in the long running high stakes British Airways dispute where cabin crew workers have been on the receiving end of ruthless victimisation, redolent of Murdoch at News International and McGregor at the National Coal Board. And efforts by the union to secure a negotiated settlement have been hamstrung by the anti union laws.