UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The Con Dem Employers' Charter, launched in January by Business Secretary Vince Cable, is not the fundamental attack on workers' rights we expected writes Gregor Gall. Instead the Government is prioritising its attacks on the welfare state: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/104873
Friday, 20 May 2011
While as a union our main focus has been on the threat to our occupational pensions, there is a wider context to the debate that is around the state pension. UNISONActive recommends http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2011/05/more-broken-promises-women-and-the-state-pension-age/ to keep up with the debate
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Amidst all the coverage of the Arab Spring, equivalent developments on the Palestinian question have perhaps received less attention. In this Guardian article Karma Nabulsi highlights how a new generation of Palestinian refugees trying to make "the right of return" more of a reality than a slogan: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/19/nakba-day-palestinian-summer?INTCMP=SRCH
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
With fury mounting from EU bankers over the lack of progress the recession-hit country has made in implementing reforms in return for loans, the government said on Tuesday that it would forge ahead with mass layoffs in the one million strong state-sector.
In Cardiff last weekend, about a hundred young members came together for UNISON's national young members weekend. In a change to the normal workshop format, delegates this year had the chance to put theory into practice there and then - out in the streets!
On the afternoon of Wednesday 18 May the UK Government will announce their plan to spend several billion pounds over the next five years on new nuclear-armed submarines. The statement will be made to MPs in the House of Commons.
The co-operative ideals of mutualism and fairness allowing affordable food, local distribution and the payment of a dividend (the famous co-op ‘divvy’) have long been held in warm regard by the left across the UK and indeed in Europe. But perhaps it is time for the left and the Blairite caucus (aka David Miliband's resurgent acolytes) to take off their rose tinted glasses and look at this latest development from Co-ops UK: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/41983
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
UNISONActive has previously analysed the elections results in Scotland pointing out that the electors voted against the cuts by supporting the party making them, the SNP, and fell for “The SNP’s unashamedly populist fib that we can have public services without paying any taxes (latterly borrowed by Labour)”.
Monday, 16 May 2011
UNISON has produced a new report that warns about the high cost of PFI. The report shows that PFI is not value for money but the Coalition and the Scottish Government are both continuing the “chronic waste of public money”, despite strongly criticising it in opposition.
This weekend saw nearly 100 UNISON young members on the streets of Cardiff spreading the word about the union's Million Voices campaign, and getting members of the public to sign up in support.
Chris Wright, writing on the TUC’s Touchstone blog, argues for an economic strategy based on increasing wages to help stimulate demand: http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2011/05/collective-bargaining-and-wage-driven-growth/
The FT reports on UNISON criticism of the Con Dem Government for pressing on with billions of pounds worth of private finance deals for public projects - despite a Tory manifesto commitment to dump PFI. UNISON's critique of PFI has been supported recently by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d8d0c36-7f25-11e0-b239-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1MSJVZ29a
Sunday, 15 May 2011