UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Union News reports that UNISON is to ballot its 450,000 health members over the government’s proposals for a new NHS pension scheme. The ballot will begin on the 11th April and close on 27 April and health workers including nurses, therapists, paramedics, cooks, cleaners and porters will be asked if they want accept or reject the proposed pension agreement as the best that can be achieved through negotiations. http://union-news.co.uk/2012/03/unison-to-ballot-health-members-over-pensions/
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
UNISONActive instant reaction: Don’t believe the hype – this is a budget by the wealthy for the wealthy
Today’s Guardian has a headline that the “Osborne budget is a Showcase for Coalition Values". Indeed it is. It is a budget based on the values of greed and avarice, displaying the economic sense of the proverbial dead parrot and ignorance of the devastating consequences of Tory policy on millions in this country.
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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Bad news this morning from the Court of Appeal which has backed the 2-1 High Court ruling against the joint union case that the Con Dem government had acted beyond its powers granted by the Social Security Administration Act in introducing the revised indexation formula as part of its austerity measures. The BBC reports that the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that ‘the government would have made the switch, even if the UK's economic situation had been discounted’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17444656
Why regional pay bargaining is bad for trade union organisation, bad for women and bad for employers
The drive to regional pay is nothing new as UNISONActive warned in 2010 in its critique of a report by think-tank CentreForum which claimed that national pay systems ‘ignore local differences; handicap struggling regional economies; and make it impossible for public sector managers and institutions to cope sensibly with economic difficulties'.
Monday, 19 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
The liberal think tank Centre Forum has been a prime mover in pushing the reform of pay bargaining up the agenda of the Coalition Government. Back in February 2010 it published a report by Professor Alison Wolf, ’More than we bargained for‘, which called for the abolition of national pay bargaining using arguments which are bound to feature in the Chancellor’s Budget speech next Wednesday: http://www.centreforum.org/assets/pubs/more-than-we-bargained-for.pdf
The fact that national pay bargaining survived 18 years of Tory rule between 1979 and 1997 can be attributed to the strength of public sector unions at that time rather than any lack of ideological commitment on the part of the Tories to break up pay bargaining in general let alone national pay machinery in the public sector.