UNISON

400 meeting at new Unison leftSJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 13:30

Unison conferences met between 17-22 June in Brighton.

There was a Unison Action broad left meeting on Tuesday 19 June, which had about 400 people.

The organisation is relatively new and has little organisation so far, but the large meeting was a good start. We want a movement which can challenge the leadership for NEC positions and build a rank and file base. We don’t have it yet.

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Striking against NHS outsourcingSJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:52

Workers in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trusts struck for 48 hours on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May over outsourcing plans.

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Shoddy and divisive pay offerSJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 12:49

The main discussion at the Unison Health conference (16-18 April) was the current pay offer.

24 hours before delegates debated the issue, the ballot was sent out to members with a recommendation from the leadership for acceptance. After this undemocratic move the debate was fairly meaningless, but anyway, a 65:35 majority stuck with the position of the executive.

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Recycling workers strike for sick paySJWTue, 10/04/2018 - 20:24

Workers at FCC Environment in Hull are striking for 14-days (starting 29 March) for decent sick-pay.

This follows a previous week-long strike in March. FCC is a subsidiary of a Spanish company that describes itself as “a worldwide leader in citizen services, specialised in environment, water and infrastructure”. It reported a 12.7% increase in earnings in the first quarter of 2017, totalling $188 million globally.

The Unison Hull City branch has been campaigning for a better sick-pay scheme, with the company refusing to include this in the latest pay negotiations.

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Public sector pay: make the unions move!MatthewWed, 31/01/2018 - 10:58

Local government workers have been offered pay rises of 2% in each of the next two years.

Further flat rate rises are promised for workers on the lowest pay, but the effect of existing top-ups which bring some of those workers up to the government’s National Living Wage is that some of them will get no pay rise at all.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 13/12/2017 - 12:24

The local government employers have proposed a two year pay offer for council and school support staff workers of 2% in 2018 and a further 2% in 2019.

Unison, GMB and Unite, as the largest unions representing local government workers, will now put the offer to their respective committees for consideration.

Initial statements from the three unions suggest they at least partially welcome a wage rise that is above the 1% pay cap, but it is well below the level needed to restore anywhere like the 20% cut that workers have faced since 2010.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 06/12/2017 - 13:29

After twelve weeks of strikes, Unite members have agreed a deal to settle a long-running dispute over changes to waste management services in Birmingham. On balance, this has to be considered a victory for the workers. The Labour council have agreed to withdraw proposed redundancies in exchange for giving the affected workers new job titles and duties.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 11/10/2017 - 11:55

Workers’ Liberty school workers met on 7 October 2017 to discuss our plans in our workplaces and in the new National Education Union, formed on 1 September by the merger of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. The new union is making a recruitment drive, offering membership free to trainees and students, for £1 to newly qualified teachers, and for £10 for the first year to all teachers and all school support staff.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewMon, 03/07/2017 - 13:51

As Solidarity goes to press, the annual general meeting of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers (RMT) is debating a series of motions at its annual general meeting on its relationship with the Labour Party. The RMT, whose predecessor union helped found Labour, effectively had its affiliation cancelled by the New Labour leadership in 2004, after the RMT leadership refused to censure Scottish branches which wanted to back candidates of the Scottish Socialist Party, then an active and growing force.

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