Union conferences

Discontent grows in NUT

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Gemma Short

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

A wrecking amendment (delete most) to a Lanac proposal on union strategy passed only by 53% to 47%.

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

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Coordinate in Unison

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which, as previously reported in Solidarity, voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

The Executive conceded many criticisms in advance, not opposing critical motions, choosing to stand firm solely over re-submitting a pay claim for this year.

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

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Challenge to Unison leaders

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Ed Whitby

On 24 March local government workers from the largest union in that sector, Unison, will meet to debate the decision to call off the strike action over pay.

Activists were angry that the dispute against the employers' pathetic 1% pay offer was called off in favour of an even more pathetic 2% over 2 years, not just compounded the difference between pay rise and inflation, but also preventing members taking action in the run up to national and local elections.

Unsion activists in local government are angry that the dispute against the employers' pathetic 1% pay offer was called off in favour of an even more pathetic 2% over 2 years.

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RMT rule changes

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

The Executive will be submitting its own proposals arising from the review of the union’s structure - but rank-and-file members can also submit proposals through branches.

Eight branches need to submit any particular proposal for it to get on the agenda. Off The Rails is promoting five proposals: see the insert in the zine for the full wording.

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

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Industrial news in brief

Power control workers on London Underground began an eight-day strike on Tuesday 1 July.

Workers are resisting attacks on terms and conditions, and want conditions for formerly-outsourced workers to be levelled-up. Members of the RMT, TSSA, and Unite unions are participating in the strike.

London Underground power control and cleaning workers take action; RMT AGM; Ritzy workers call for Picturehouse boycott.

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“Law” used to gag debate

The ill-defined threat of legal jeopardy dominated speeches at Unison conference (15-20 June), far more than the subject of the national pay dispute.

At Local Government Conference two emergency motions on the pay dispute were ruled out of order on the ground that they might place the union in legal jeopardy.

Given they were not printed on the agenda and no detail was allowed in appeals to the Standing Orders Committee from submitting branches, delegates were left with no idea what legal jeopardy the union was facing.

The ill-defined threat of legal jeopardy dominated speeches at Unison conference, far more than the national pay dispute.

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Industrial news in brief

Tube cleaners in the RMT union have faced a lock-out as managers sent them home for refusing to use “biometric booking-on” machines.

The machines are intended to replace the existing system of booking on by signing in with station supervisors, and by phone. They require cleaners to enter a fingerprint.

Rail cleaners and college workers' struggles; posties boycott Sun; Unison conference rules out debate.

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Workers' Liberty bulletins for Unison conference

AWL bulletins for the Unison Local Government and National Delegate Conferences which take place from 15 June in Brighton.

AWL bulletins for the Unison Local Government and National Delegate Conferences which take place from 15 June in Brighton.

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Unison to discuss pay fight

The Local Government sector conference of public sector Unison takes place on 15-16 June in Brighton, with the union’s National Delegate Conference immediately following from Tuesday 17 June to Friday 20 June.

Workers’ Liberty members and supporters will be in attendance as delegates and observers, distributing our bulletins and fighting for greater democracy and more focused industrial militancy across the union.

The conference of public sector Unison will discuss ongoing pay fights in Local Government and Health.

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Unite policy conference to debate Labour and Europe

No merger with the PCS this side of a General Election. And maybe never.

Although they do not put it as bluntly as this, that’s the substance of two of the motions submitted to the Unite Policy Conference being held in Liverpool late June and early July.

The biennial policy conference of Unite, Britain's largest union, will debate the union's relationship to the Labour Party, amongst a host of other issues.

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