Union conferences

FBU strength is in the rank and file

Jane Clarke from the Bedfordshire FBU spoke to Jill Mountford just before the union's conference on Wednesday 19 March

The strength has been the membership, ordinary firefighters and fire control operators, who voted overwhelmingly, nine to one, in favour of strike action for better pay. The people who do a difficult and stressful job, for a wage that is not enough to keep a family on, have remained the strength of this dispute.

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NUT conference: No to 'remodelling'!

By Patrick Murphy, Divisional Secretary, Leeds NUT

The largest teachers' union, the NUT, meets in Harrogate at a time when it is under pressure within the TUC for its insistence on the principle that only qualified teachers should teach.

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UNISON Conference: Organise now to stop Agenda for Change!

By Anita Downs (Guy's and St Thomas's) and Nick Holden



There is mounting evidence that the proposed new NHS pay scheme, 'Agenda for Change', is bad news for health workers, and possibly unworkable.

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Firefighters suspend conference

By Nick Holden

The conference of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) was suspended on its first day (11 May), following the collapse of talks between the FBU leadership and the employers over the implementation of the latest stage in the deal which brought the firefighters' strike to an end a year ago.

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Organise to stop Agenda for Change!

By a conference delegate

Agenda for Change (AFC), the proposed new National Health Service pay system, dominated Unison's health conference, in Glasgow, 26-28 April, although the key decisions were scheduled for a special conference later in the year.

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Life on Unison fringe

On the fringes of the annual conference of the public services union Unison (from 22 June in Bournemouth), there will be opportunities for both local government and health activists to get together and debate attitudes to the current pay offers, and a meeting to launch an exciting new campaign to raise support for the newly emerging trade union movement in Iraq.

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Unison in Bournemouth

By Kate Ahrens

A key issue coming up on the agenda of Unison local government conference in Bournemouth on 21 June will be the Workforce Remodelling agreement in schools which Unison and most other education unions signed up to last year, but which the NUT has maintained opposition to.

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CWU to back Labour Representation Committee?

By a CWU member

At the General Conference of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) (14 June) the European Working Time Directive will be discussed.

At present, different sections of the union have different policies on whether individual opt-outs should continue.

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CWU debates relationship to Labour

By a CWU member

The conference of the postal and telecoms workers' union, the CWU, discussed the relationship of the union to the Labour Party in the context of the expulsion of the the RMT, and an expected disaffiliation of the FBU.

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UNISON: leadership defeated on schools debate

By a delegate

At UNISON's local government conference on 21 June delegates overturned last year's decision to take part in the 'remodelling agreement' for schools. Delegates spoke about how the government had not stumped up the funding necessary to make the agreement a success: this was teaching on the cheap.

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