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Saturday, 12 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
At UNISON North West Regional Council last Tuesday, Paul Nowak of the TUC gave a well received presentation on the challenges facing the labour movement. Paul highlighted a key contradiction in recent opinion survey in that most people thought austerity cuts were damaging the economy but at the same time most thought the cuts were required. This presents an interesting (and concerning) problem.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
As a committed republican, and grand-daughter of committed republicans, (one RoI, the other ILP) I grew up regarding the pomp of the Queens Speech as little more than a particularly funny pantomime. Grampa H taught a fine contempt for the upper classes including wee Lizzie and Phil the Greek, encouraged the idea that the costumes and ceremony were ridiculous, and later introduced me to the thought that a hereditary monarch speaking on behalf of a democracy was ironic at the very least.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
UNISON, GMB and Unite are lodging a claim today for a £7.20 living wage and £1,000 flat rate rise in Scottish local government. Based on £500 for this year and last year, the unions say the claim is affordable. UNISON's Dougie Black said: “The lowest paid have been hit the hardest and while the cost of living has risen sharply, their pay has stayed the same. Families are already struggling to make ends meet and if their pay is frozen for a second year and costs remain high, whole families will be pushed further into poverty." http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/news/2012/mayjune/0805.htm
Monday, 7 May 2012