UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
As privatisation of the national blood service still looms, it is worth remembering that the founder of the service did so to ensure blood was donated for the common good, rather than money.
Friday, 27 May 2011
For the ultimate in weasel words read Nick Clegg’s speech yesterday in which he attempted to distance his flailing Liberal Democrat Party from the Coalition Government’s proposals to fragment the NHS: “It’s not the same as turning this treasured public service into a competition-driven, dog-eat-dog market where the NHS is flogged to the highest bidder” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2011/05/27/major-coalition-rift-over-nick-clegg-nhs-speech-115875-23159565/
Thursday, 26 May 2011
The Swazi trade union movement is emerging as an important player in the campaign to promote democracy, good governance and the rule of law and has strengthened its capacity to lead civil society and engage with the Government on crucial issues affecting the Swazi people. See here for a training and education initiative funded by the TUC that is supporting the process. http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-19603-f0.cfm
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Plans to close two Leeds day centres for people with mental health problems have been put on hold after a campaign by UNISON and service users. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/leeds_day_centre_closure_plans_put_on_hold_1_3408990
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report stating that spending on long-term elderly care in advanced economies such as Britain is set to double, even triple, by 2050, driven by ageing populations. Governments need to ensure they provide better support for family carers and social care workers: http://www.oecd.org/document/2/0,3746,en_21571361_44315115_47904908_1_1_1_1,00.html
Monday, 23 May 2011
The Daily Telegraph responds to last week’s unanimous decision of PCS conference to hold a ballot on national strike action by posing the question – is union talk about a fight back against attacks on jobs, pay and pensions more bark than bite?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/8529350/Britains-unions-may-struggle-to-find-support-for-a-summer-of-discontent.html