Trade union issues

Remploy closures

Submitted by AWL on 7 December, 2007 - 10:42

Remploy workers have vowed to fight the government’s plan to close 28 out of 83 factories in the publicly-subsidised network employing disabled workers. A few weeks ago government minister Peter Hain was promising sincerely to look seriously at the trade unions’ plan to improve the running of the factories in order to stay within their £111 million subsidy.

But at the end of November Hain took out his axe and brought it down on a third of Remploy’s factories and the jobs of 2,000 workers.

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Defend Karen Reissmann

Submitted by AWL on 22 November, 2007 - 10:05 Author: Bruce Robinson

The strike to get sacked UNISON steward Karen Reissmann reinstated is continuing. Karen was sacked for speaking out against cuts. A massive show of support on the demonstration in Manchester on 24 November will show the employers and government that we are not prepared to let trade unionists be gagged or disciplined for carrying out the job of representing their members.

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Defend Karen Reissmann!

Submitted by Anon on 9 November, 2007 - 10:51 Author: Bruce Robinson

On Monday 5 November psychiatric nurse and chair of the Manchester Community and Mental Health branch of UNISON, Karen Reissmann, was sacked by the local mental health trust. Karen’s crime was to have spoken out publicly as a trade unionist against a reorganisation of mental health services that would have led to cuts.

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The Price of Inequality

Submitted by Anon on 12 October, 2007 - 10:36 Author: Maria Exall

It is estimated that the potential cost of equal pay claims in the public sector is in the billions. This is money that the Government insists must be found from existing NHS, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies’ budgets. The Unions involved have asked the Government for funding directly to sort out the inequality.

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Royal Mail Goes for Broke

Submitted by AWL on 27 September, 2007 - 2:02 Author: Sacha Ismail

GREG Charles is branch secretary of South West London Postal Communication Workers’ Union.

SI: With the attacks on pensions, Royal Mail management seems to be stepping up the fight.

GC: Once new dates for action were announced, we knew this would happen — the intensity of our action in October has obviously alarmed management, and they are striking back. They have retaliated not just through the attack on our pensions, but with executive action to push us harder on a number of fronts — start times, night duties, workload and so on.

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The 1984-5 Miners' Strike, the Miners Who Scabbed, and the Fate of the Pet PigAnonMon, 09/04/2007 - 19:17

In Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, there is a strange, affecting scene, in which the butchering of a hand-raised pig is described. It is told with great sympathy and empathy from the pig’s point of view.
(Parables for Socialists-5)

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Industrial round up: Central Trains, NCP

Submitted by cathy n on 23 February, 2007 - 10:23

Central trains

Guards on Central Trains are due to strike on Saturday 24 February in their continuing campaign against the imposition of a computerised rostering system called Crewplan. The next stage of the campaign was supposed to have been a ban on collecting revenue. However management threatened a 50% reduction in wages for anybody not collecting fares. They declared that there would be no rest day working or overtime for guards. This forced the guards to re-think their strategy.

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Pensions White Paper: Government tells workers: Work Longer, Save More, Pay More Tax and Cross Your FingersAnonSun, 04/06/2006 - 12:09

By Mike Fenwick, UNISON

Trade union leaders in the TUC have welcomed the Government’s White Paper on pensions, published on 25 May.

Only the week before, the TUC had set out its “bottom-line” five tests for the White Paper. Even on a generous reading, the White Paper passed only one of the five tests.

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