UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
'Councillors might have put Cornwall's privatisation on probation. But the council had already begun acting as a joint venture partner with BT. They voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend a proposal to put up to £800m of public services into a company in which BT would own a majority stake' writes Mark Ballard on the Computer Weekly Public Sector IT blog. http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/10/cornwall-already-doing-deals-w.html
Friday, 26 October 2012
Mo Baines, a UNISON activist in the North West, writes on the Public Service Europe website, about the implications of the emerging Savile scandal and other abuse cases for the effective governance of public service providers where the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children is concerned: 'within the public sector, there has to be a recognition that while we have statutory responsibilities for the care of vulnerable people - we also have responsibilities to support a culture of openness where staff, service users and relatives of those being cared for feel able to raise concerns; to be believed and supported, and to have effective lines to report their concerns. A culture of openness costs little but could bring great riches when it comes to safeguarding our most vulnerable members of society'
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
co.uk/news/uk/politics/g4s-in-the-running-to-take-control-of-privatised-probation-8221943.html UNISON has over 5000 members employed in probation services and, alongside NAPO, is steadfastly campaigning against privatisation: http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/unpaid_Work_flyer.pdf
The Con Dem Government's Open Public Services white paper asserts that going back to purchaser/provider splits will enhance public services. We know from the experience of our members In health and local government since the 1980's that falsifying public services to act as ‘clients and contractors’ is playing a game of shop and does nothing to enhance service quality or cost. Instead it introduces marketization into public services to ripen them for privatisation. This APSE briefing explains why splitting off public services along market driven lines is simply bad practice and one that sensible public service providers reject.
Monday, 22 October 2012
These days the notion of a Tory trade unionist is as contradictory as a meat eating vegetarian. Yet it wasn't always the case, as UNISONActive recalled in a 2011 blog post http://unisonactive.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/lost-world-of-tory-trade-unionism.html
The NJC pay claim for 2013/14 (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) can be read here:
http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/B6085.pdf and the SJC (for Scotland) here http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/localgovt/pay2012/index.html#1
Sunday, 21 October 2012
..The Mirror follows the London March in words and pictures at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/a-future-that-works-live-blog-from-tuc-1388672 The UNISON story is at http://www.unison.org.uk/20102012/ and http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/oct20/