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Unison’s rotten pay deal

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Simon Nelson

Unison members were shocked, or would have been shocked had they found the news buried on the Unison website (27 April), to find the Union has gone against the recommendation for strike action from the 2016/18 pay consultation and accepted the employers’ derisory offer.

The situation for national pay bargaining in Local Government is now incredibly grim.

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Don’t let the Tories recover!

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A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

Ian Duncan Smith resigned, demagogically spilling the truth that the Tories have been victimising the worst-off to benefit the rich. That was one of the side-products of the Tories’ splits over Europe, which have seen Tory right-wingers suddenly “discovering” that the NHS is underfunded and suggesting Britain’s EU budget contributions could fill the gap.

A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

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More concessions on Trade Union Bill

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Charlotte Zalens

After the news on 19 April that the government was dropping the changes to ″check off″ in the Trade Union Bill, it has now also rowed back slightly on changes to trade union funding of political parties.

After the news on 19 April that the government was dropping the changes to ″check off″ in the Trade Union Bill, it has now also rowed back slightly on changes to trade union funding of political parties.

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Industrial news in brief

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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

On Wednesday 24 February, workers in Further Education (FE) colleges in England will strike over pay.

University and College Union (UCU) members struck in November but this time they will be joined by workers who are organised by Unison. The dispute is in response to the imposition of a pay freeze by the employer organisation, the Association of Colleges. Imposing a pay award without union agreement is an unprecedented action by the employers, but to be expected given the confidence of the employers. Why are they confident?

FE college lecturers to strike; Tube workers vote on deal; E-ballots and the Trade Union Bill; ENO singers ballot over cuts;

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When printworkers took on Rupert Murdoch

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Cathy Nugent

In 1986, Rupert Murdoch, working closely with the Thatcher government, set out to smash the print unions. Knowing how Murdoch did that is essential to understanding how he became a feared and feted establishment figure.

Murdoch began his domination of media business in the UK with the acquisition of the News of the World in 1968, followed by the Sun (1969), then the Times and Sunday Times (1981). Soon after acquiring the Times/Sunday Times, Murdoch pushed through major staffing cuts and a wage freeze.

In 1986, Rupert Murdoch, working closely with the Thatcher government, set out to smash the print unions. Knowing how Murdoch did that is essential to understanding how he became a feared and feted establishment figure.

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Setback for Trade Union Bill

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Gemma Short

The House of Lords has taken issue with the parts of the Trade Union Bill which relate to party funding and have referred them for closer scrutiny in the committee stages.

The House of Lords has taken issue with the parts of the Trade Union Bill which relate to party funding and have referred them for closer scrutiny in the committee stages.

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Keep up the fight against Trade Union Bill!

The Trade Union Bill was getting a third reading in the House of Commons as Solidarity went to press on 10 November.

Campaigners with Right to Strike took a 17 metre long banner reading ″Don′t shackle our unions″ to hold in front of Parliament and leafleted the public. The Trade Union Coordinating Group organised a protest in Parliament Square, also supported by Right to Strike.

As the Trade Union Bill was getting a third reading in the House of Commons, campaigners with Right to Strike took a 17 metre long banner reading ″Don′t shackle our unions″ to hold in front of Parliament and leafleted the public.

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Fight for the Right to Strike!

On Monday 2 November, thousands of trade unionists joined the TUC lobby against the Trade Union Bill. Large delegations from the FBU, CWU and some lively Unison branches kept the mood up with chanting and music when not everyone could fit in the hall. In the evening a protest organised by the Trade Union Coordinating Group, and supported by Right to Strike, Unite the Resistance and the National Shop Stewards Network, gathered over 200 activists in Parliament square. The Trade Union Bill will have its third reading in the Commons on Tuesday 10 November before going to the House of Lords.

Thousands of trade unionists joined the TUC lobby against the Trade Union Bill.

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Defend our unions against Tories and the SNP!

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Ann Field

Unsurprisingly the recent Scottish Labour Party conference voted unanimously to oppose the Tories’ Trade Union Bill. But the motion, from Unison and three Glasgow Constituency Labour Parties, had its weaknesses, saying, for instance that trade unions are “good for business”. But if unions are good for business, why do so many employers derecognise them?

Nothing could better illustrate the poisonous divisiveness of the SNP that with the union-Labour link under full-scale assault from the Tories, the SNP is launching its own attack on it.

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