Suddenly in this dream I was printer’s ink
Poured through the presses, patterned in every man’s
UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Local government pension schemes will be free to reform the fund without imposing a 3.2 percentage point increase on employees' contributions, the government has announced. The LGPS has been granted autonomy to formulate its own package of reforms while still helping deliver additional 'savings' of £3.8bn required for all schemes across the public sector by the Treasury: http://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/news/2095677/lgps-freed-contribution-increase-rule#ixzz1Skjq5TeG
Aris Hatzistefanu and Katerina Kitidi are the directors and researchers of “Debtocracy” a full length documentary on the Greek Crisis (74 mins) and can be viewed with the English subtitles button (top right). It's distributed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license and has had over 1 million views so far. http://www.debtocracy.gr/
In an open letter to The Herald newspaper in Scotland, Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary questions potential attacks on the human rights organisation, B'Tselem, which has been supported by UNISON.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
In the phrase "Greek bail out" "Greek" means " Banks in France, Germany and the UK". "Bail out" means "collecting on a bet even though the horse was shot". Austerity means this http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,775301,00.html
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Local Government Pension Scheme pensioners have had £15billion stolen from them since April 2011. Why? Because the imposed change to CPI to increase their pensions had the effect of reducing payments to them by around £15 billion going forward to 2013.
What links David Cameron to a murder in a South London pub in 1987 the year the News International dispute at Wapping ended? And could this be one of the reasons he will be forced to quit? Pressure is mounting.
The third session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine is to convene in Cape Town in November to answer the question whether the treatment of Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories fits the international legal definitions of the crime of apartheid.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
More than 200 senior activists and UNISON staff from across the UK, will gather in London today (19 July), to draw up a fighting strategy for the next stage in the union’s pension campaign. http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=2372
The Coalition of Resistance is calling on all its supporters who can get there to join today's protest against the Murdoch empire, its corruption of our democracy, and its relentless attacks on working people, public services, and the welfare state – at 1.30PM Portcullis House Westminster http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/2011/07/protest-when-murdoch-comes-to-parliament-19-july/
Monday, 18 July 2011
The Guardian reports that ‘Unite will offer students, single parents and the jobless 50p per week "community memberships"’: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jul/17/unite-start-reduced-membership
Sunday, 17 July 2011
‘Uniting those inside the workplaces with those outside them but who use the services provided from the workplaces can be a powerful alliance’ writes Gregor Gall in an assessment of how local struggles against Con Dem cuts can be generalised into a campaign of resistance: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/107069