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Saturday, 17 March 2012
Today’s Guardian reports that in next week’s Budget the Con Dems will be announcing the introduction of regional pay rates, initially in some central government departments, and that ‘the Treasury intends to spread the reforms beyond the civil service across the public sector in the years ahead as staff come out of the public sector pay freeze’
Friday, 16 March 2012
A survey by Which has exposed serious deficiencies in the quality of home care services provided to older people. It reports that ‘agency staff, working through council contracts, were often in such a hurry to complete their tasks within allotted 15-minute “units” that they forgot even basic tasks’http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/9146796/Elderly-left-sitting-in-the-dark-by-stressed-to-tears-carers.html
Thursday, 15 March 2012
As the mainstream press reports of ‘demoralisation’ at Labour Party HQ, concerns are growing in the labour movement about the disproportionate influence in the party of the right wing, pro neo-liberal Progress faction. Socialist Unity blog reports on a recent decision of trade unions in Yorkshire, supported by UNISON, to ‘take all practical steps to oppose the organisational and ideological aims of Progress’ http://www.socialistunity.com/progress-a-party-within-a-party/
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
The action is designed to put pressure of the Scottish Government for a Scottish solution to all aspects of pensions changes. This includes the Year 1 increases to employee contributions of up to 2.4% - a pensions tax on health workers. http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
The Guardian today includes an obituary for one of the names, although possibly unknown to most trade union activists, that was one of the most influential in the UK in the world of employment law.
Monday, 12 March 2012
Sunday, 11 March 2012
The Anti Academies Alliance examines the credentials of those empire-building organisations taking over the schools branded in derogatory terms as ‘underperforming’ by Gove and finds that all that glisters is not gold: http://antiacademies.org.uk/2012/03/who-is-gove-giving-our-primary-schools-to/
I think of you,
through the streets of the town
I think of you,
when I look at the faces
through steamy windows
not knowing who they are, where they go...
I think of you
my love, I think of you
of you, compañera of my life
and of the future
of the bitter hours and the happiness
of being able to live
working at the beginning of a story
without knowing the end.