UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
http://www.cwu.org/keep-the-post-public.html Throughout its long history, Royal Mail has provided a vital public service to isolated rural and urban communities alike across the length and breadth of the country, providing a unique one-price-goes-anywhere daily service.
As the Lib Dem Conference starts in Liverpool, the party risks of losing control of Sheffield City Council, the city of leader Nick Clegg's constituency. Lib Dem councillor Ben Curran's defection to Labour follows Sharron Brook in Barnsley, Ian Jobling in Liverpool and three Lib Dem resignations in Cheshire. Top that with Clegg’s announcement that the Lib Dems have no future as a left party, and we could be in for an interesting few days.
Friday, 17 September 2010
European Trade Union Day of Action on 29 September 2010: 100,000 workers to demonstrate in Brussels
Labour has retaken control of Blackburn with Darwen Council from a coalition of the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and For Darwen Party: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/8390789.Labour_back_in_control_of_Blackburn_with_Darwen/
The Government and employers have been urged to do more to address wage inequality after a report revealed that more than one in five UK employees earns less than a "living wage", reports Daniel Thomas in Personnel Today
Rally at Grey's Monument, Newcastle from 12:00 - 14.00
Rally at The Bottle of Notes, Centre Square, Middlesbrough at 17:00
For a PDF of the Newcastle Rally leaflet, click here: https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B4mGMLu_gab8MTIzOTA0ZDctOWFkYS00ZWJjLWEwZTMtYmNhODQxM2JmZDYx&hl=en&authkey=CJWsr50C
or go to http://www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/regions_info_northern.cfm?regional=3
Thursday, 16 September 2010
In response to the TUC continued boycott of Occupied Territory goods, Bill King has noticed that the Jerusalem post website contains an article from which these are extracts:
The Daily Mail joined in the media propaganda barrage against public sector workers with its divisive and hysterical headline claiming that ‘state workers get £136 a week more than private employees in pay and pensions’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1312079/State-workers-private-employees-pay-pensions.html
Yesterday Congress unanimously expressed its disgust at the decision of Birmingham City Council to issue redundancy notices to 25,837 employees. http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-18496-f0.cfm
The Royal College of General Practitioners has urged Andrew Lansley to put back his plans for GP commissioning, after the biggest survey of GPs to date showed fierce opposition, says the GP magazine 'Pulse'.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
TUC Congress yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed a motion on Palestine which instructed the General Council to work closely with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to actively encourage affiliates, employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish trade union centres met with the TUC at its annual Congress in Manchester today to discuss the impact of the Con Dem Government's economic policies. The proposed cuts in public spending will hit the devolved nations hard, as well as many of the most vulnerable areas and regions of England.
It is not surprising that the best debate at Congress took place at the Morning Star fringe at lunchtime today. Entitled the The Con Dem Cuts: The Trade Union Response – DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES , a packed hall heard speeches from trade union leaders across the movement.
As Edinburgh announces £28 million in cuts today, on top of £16m two weeks ago, councillors admit thousands of jobs and whole services could go. So how does the LibDem/SNP coalition plan respond to the unemployment and poverty they are about to visit on the city? They plan to sack welfare rights officers. More news to follow later today at http://www.unison-edinburgh.org.uk/
East Midlands UNISON blog argues public services are actually the answer to, not the cause of our economic problems and looks at backing evidence some independent experts. A really helpful mythbuster.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Cuba Solidarity Campaign and spoke of his address to its AGM this June.
Len McCluskey from Unite quoted Henry V, “he that have no stomach for this fight, let them depart” when in a powerful speech on employment rights he called on the whole movement to fight High Court judicial interventions on the bosses behalf.
both previewed here yesterday. Dave Prentis had congress on its feet (or at least the UNISON delegation) for a standing ovation after a speech in which his passion for the defence of public services was evident.
As predicted 'Mr Angry' Barber came, saw and told us bad things were about to befall us. Tories, he said, tell us 'insulting claptrap', as a 'demolition rather than a coalition government'. Barber defended the right of workers to take action in support of pay, pensions jobs and services. Unions, he said, have to win the intellectual battle, persuading people that Tory medicine was likely to kill the patient . Barber laid down the challenge of "mobilising in every community and every constituency".
Will Congress really pick up that gauntlet?
Will Congress really pick up that gauntlet?
The Scottish Sunday Herald yesterday added its editorial voice to thoseopposing the slash and burn policies of the Con Dem Government: 'If Osborne chooses to ignore Keynes's advice and continues to dismiss even the possibility that he is wrong, the price the Government pays could be high. Pushing the UK back into recession will lead to higher spending and more debt. The ideological debate on the state will also end there. And the only available remedy will be intervention by the state - or worse, the IMF.' http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/comment/herald-view/are-cuts-still-the-right-medicine-for-a-sick-economy-1.1054406
UNISON Reps at NHS Direct will meet (Tuesday) at UNISON headquarters, London to decide the next steps in their campaign to defend the popular 24 Hour health line NHS Direct, after forcing the Coalition to back track on axing the service.
The 2010 TUC Congress is a watershed says veteran NW Labour MP Michael Meacher: ‘will the coming job cuts, on top of 2.5 million already unemployed, sap union strength even further beyond the halving of union membership since the 1980s or will it finally catalyse a fundamental grass roots revolt restoring confidence in the collective strength of workers as the only bulwark against the steady decline of the last three decades?’ http://www.michaelmeacher.info/weblog/2010/09/make-or-break-for-the-unions/
The Con Dem coalition plans to complete the dismantling of the welfare state and penalise the vulnerable, according to ex-FT employment editor Robert Taylor writing in Red Pepper. http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Welfare-to-worklessness
Sunday, 12 September 2010
TUC 2010 Congress UNISONActive Preview - Are we ready to defend ourselves or going through the motions?