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Saturday, 2 April 2011
Fundamental union rights are being denied to Egyptian workers in a draft law which would make participating in protests and strikes that "hinder the work of public institutions or authorities during a state of emergency" illegal. http://amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19366
The much publicised and scandalous pay freeze in the public sector has obscured poor trends in pay settlements in the much larger private sector of the UK economy: http://www.lrd.org.uk/issue.php?pagid=1&issueid=1446
Bury Council in the North West is now back pedalling on outsourcing plans with the Council’s Chief Executive claiming in a recent radio interview that everything was ‘on the table’ but there were no plans to simply outsource everything. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1416887_bury-council-in-u-turn-over-outsourcing-services
Friday, 1 April 2011
The government is imposing huge changes on the NHS. These plans, set out in the Health and Social Care Bill, will change our National Health Service beyond recognition. Patients and staff will be the losers. If you are concerned about these changes, please send a letter to your MP asking them to vote against this damaging piece of legislation that could break up our NHS for good. http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
In the middle of a civil war the 'rebels' have had time to create a newoil company and a central bank! Their 'advisers' are no doubt the UK andothers to follow the model of banking and oil production that has been the basis of economic success for the elites in the West.
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011
The Guardian reports on radical reforms in Labour Party democracy being advocated by Peter Hain MP. A move to extend voting rights in internal elections to labour supporters as well as members and affiliated union members could have mixed consequences for unions:
As part of its support for the US trade union movement's campaign todefend collective bargaining rights for public sector workers - the TUC has published an article by a US academic Prof William B Gould IV- which argues that 'collective bargaining is the essence ofdemocracy'. http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-19357-f0.cfm
John Lister gives a stark warning that the Health and Social Care Bill could kill off the NHS, Health Minister Lansley's 'dream for the NHS is every thinking person's nightmare. GP practice reception staff and secretaries would be replaced by remote, indifferent privatised callcentres.' http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/102784
Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government, writing for the Public Finance blog, reviews Saturday’s mammoth demonstration in London: ‘Carnival-like marches might win the short-term psychological battle, but they won’t win the political war. For sure, they keep spirits high, build solidarity and remind us that there are millions out there who want an end to Coalition cuts, but alone they are not enough. There is much more to do.’
Monday, 28 March 2011
Global trends since the economic crisis have shown a general decrease in real wage growth. In his Global Labour Column, Patrick Belser argues that there has been a long-term convergence in wages throughout the world, notwithstanding this decrease. http://column.global-labour-university.org/
Clare Williams, UNISON's Northern Regional Convenor and NEC member was interviewed yesterday in the North East Sunday Sun about the impact of Con Dem austerity measures. The region is the hardest hit of English regions with women 'being hit the worst of all ' - potentially in breach of equalities legislation: http://bit.ly/eRkjOo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhKhkkXAIok "Today is one day. Today is a magnificent day. Tomorrow we march on."
Sunday, 27 March 2011
The attack on the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers in Wisconsin has triggered a debate in the US media on union rights. Here Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times answers question from readers on the evolution and decline of trade unionism in the World's largest economy, where private sector union membership is perilously low at 7% of the workforce: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/answers-about-labor-laws-and-unions/