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Saturday, 20 July 2013
Friday, 19 July 2013
Thursday, 18 July 2013
24 hour general strike against austerity on Tuesday. But the Greek parliament scraped through a vote on Wednesday for on mass sackings of public sector workers as a condition of securing bail out funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
1. An out-of-work family is never better off than an in-work family
2. It will punish large families and increase child poverty
3. It will likely cost more than it saves
4. It will increase homelessness and do nothing to address the housing crisis
5. It will encourage family break-up
Monday, 15 July 2013
Sunday, 14 July 2013
We should never forget our collective history, whilst looking to change the future - the 'Big Meeting' is a political event which reminds us of our collective strength.
Speakers including TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Mirror journalist Kevin Maguire hammered home this point in well received speeches. A contingent of UNISON strikers from Future Directions in Rochdale received great support on the march:
The complexities of union political funds have come under the microscope over the past week. Both Union News and Socialist Unity websites make a ludicrous claim (based on an erroneous Government Certification Officer report) that 35.2% or 35.3% of UNISON members have opted out of paying the political fund. This is utter nonsense. Far from UNISON having the largest opt out of affiliated unions, the reverse is the case. The opt out figures for (or exemption to be legally precise) as declared by each of the ‘Big 4’ Unions are as follows: