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Saturday, 25 June 2011
Speaking at Labour’s National Policy Forum today Ed Miliband called on local Labour Party organisations to reach out to the almost 3 million union political levy payers who are not Labour Party members: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/06/party-members-labour-policy
Hard right elements in the Con Dem ranks along with the Tory newspapers have declared open season on trade union facility time over the past 12 months.
Friday, 24 June 2011
#uNDC11 Wednesday’s debate on Palestine hinged on a recommendationfrom a recent UNISON delegation to Palestine that the union adopts astance of critical engagement with the Israeli trade union centre Histadrut: http://www.unison.org.uk/file/reportDelegation02010.pdf
Thursday, 23 June 2011
The head of the world's largest public debt traders, Pimco, has warned that Greece is still likely to default on its debts, despite prime minister George Papandreou winning a crucial vote of confidence late on Tuesday night: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jun/22/greece-default-likely-says-top-bond-investor
#uNDC11 To celebrate Conference coming to Manchester, UNISON NorthWest Region commissioned a performance of a new play by James Douglas. James and UNISON have collaborated in other ventures over the years and his new play was eagerly awaited.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
#uNDC11 "We need to nail the lies and the myths peddled by the Tories and their backers in the right wing press if we are to make the case for the defence of public services" said NEC member Jane Carolan moving Composite E on economic policy immediately following the General Secretary's speech:
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
|Dave with City of Liverpool LG delegation after his speech|
"When Dave Prentis says he intends to bring "huge swaths of the public sector to a halt", he isn't making idle threats. #uNDC11 He can, and he will’ writes Dan Hodges on the New Statesman website. Hodges responds to recent media attacks on public sector unions: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/dan-hodges/2011/06/needs-union-members-rights
Monday, 20 June 2011
#uNDC11 Well you have packed the mac and the wellies, reset the Sat Nav for the North rather than the South, (or less far south for some of us) and packed the supplies of paracetamol and gaviscon. It can only mean one thing. UNISON is meeting in Manchester.
'NATO is not a benign force for peace in the world but a coalition whose leaders take military action for their own political and strategic ends. We must challenge such imperialism, not legitimise it’ writes John Hilary in Red Pepper about hypocritical justifications for the escalating violence in Libya: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/here-we-go-again/
Sunday, 19 June 2011
#uNDC11 It is safe to assume that Ed Balls MP has never taken a day’s strike action in his working life. And like most of his colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party his union membership is largely a symbolic line on his political CV.
The Observer reports that the Treasury is "backtracking" on the pensions announcements made on Friday by the lightweight Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jun/18/pensions-reform-unions-public-sector-treasury