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Saturday, 4 September 2010
We've got the argument. We've got the alternatives. We've got the vision - get out and organise for it
The 270 delegates united behind a call from Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, to build "Our vision of a good society. A society based on fairness, solidarity, and democracy. A society in which public services are there to enable everyone to participate.
Friday, 3 September 2010
The USA was once the great engine of world capitalism but an addiction to banking and finance has laid the economy low. A new report shows that the bosses are still raking it in and that the most highly paid executives are those who've laid off most workers: a bitter irony before Labour Day.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
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of great strike posters
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11161276 Also click here for a pdf of great strike posters
BBC management has been facing the biggest staff revolt in years over proposals to cap final salary pension benefits for existing members from April 2011 and to close the scheme to new employees. Changes proposed in late June include breaking the link between final salary and pension benefits by capping pensionable salary growth at 1% a year, whatever pay increases an employee received.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Political Scrapbook's attack video: David Cameron's "pure and simple lies" to pensioners is well worth a look. Thanks to Chris Bartter for the nod. http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/09/david-cameron-pure-and-simple-lies-video/#cameron-lies-video
UNISON is joining a protest tonight against plans to axe up to 1,400 jobs in Bolton Council. Trade unionists and members of the public will join the Trades Union Council rally outside the Bolton Council meeting. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/districtnews/districtatog/8361689.Protest_against_town_hall_jobs_axe_in_Bolton/
"Market extremists argue that the private sector can do almost everything better than governments. The most extreme do not concede the qualifier "almost" and argue that even the police and army should be privatized. The growth of private security companies (PSC) is generally seen as a result of the success of extreme market arguments. Less commented upon is a parallel growth of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in healthcare, education and social services development, especially in the Third World, that was once provided by public institutions", writes Yves Engler in counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/engler08262010.html
Despite UNISON urging Norfolk County Council to rethink plans to cut £2.8m from its Connexions careers service, council leaders look set to press ahead with the plans. http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/eveningnews24/norwich-news/story.aspx?brand=ENOnline&category=News&tBrand=ENOnline&tCategory=xNews&itemid=NOED31%20Aug%202010%2008%3A13%3A32%3A703
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The FT reports on proposals from the influential London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) for ‘sweeping changes to local government workers’ pension arrangements’.
After 13 days on strike, over one million striking South African public servants will vote today on a revised Government offer. Reuters reports that the government ‘increased its offer to 7.5 percent from 7 percent - compared to the union demand for 8.6 percent’. As well as the proposed wage increase, the government raised its offer for a monthly housing allowance to 800 rand. Unions have been demanding 1,000 rand. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE67U05Y20100831
Monday, 30 August 2010
The makeup of the next Australian Government remains uncertain following the recent Australian elections. With both major parties requiring the support of key independents in order to form a minority Government, both parties continue to negotiate to garner support. The situation has gone very quiet on the ground with both major parties locked in negotiations to form the next Government.
A $112bn pension fund that invests the savings of 12.3 million Malaysian workers has launched a £1bn property spending spree as Far East pension money comes into the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/malaysian-workers-savings-fund-launches-1631bn-spending-spree-2064627.html
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Rarely has there been a more self indulgent internal political process than the extended leadership election taking place within the Labour Party. The PLP nomination process started on 24 May and the result will not be announced until 25 September.