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Saturday, 23 October 2010
"The coalition say we are all in this together. Voters of Manor Castle have already worked out some of us are more in it than others", said Cllr Terry Fox after holding the Sheffield Manor Castle Ward for Labour with 75 per cent of the vote and a 17.5 per cent swing from the Lib Dems. http://www.thestar.co.uk/headlines/Overwhelming-byelection-result-as-support.6594744.jp
Friday, 22 October 2010
The poorest ten per cent of households will be hit 15 times harder than the richest ten per cent as a result of service cuts announced in the comprehensive spending review (CSR), according to a new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC.
Nick Clegg was yesterday trying to rubbish the Institute of Fiscal Studies' evidence that, with the exception of the richest 2% of the population, the least well-off would be hit the hardest, and families with children would lose out the most due to ConDem cuts.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
“Although we welcome stronger protection for pregnant workers and working mothers, we are disappointed that the vote in the European Parliament on the Maternity Protection Directive would not lead to a fully paid maternity leave in all Member States” said John Monks, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
http://www.unison-northern.co.uk/ or at http://www.youtube.com/user/NorthernUNISON#p/a/u/1/-FCwN4RS9pQ
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The mask has slipped- the full horror of the Neo Con government has now been revealed. Those commentators who claimed to see a sleight of hand and predicted that the leaks surrounding the Review were to lay a false trail, so that the actual announcements would not seem so bad should never have a shot at the lottery- their predictive skills would not see a closed door before they bumped into it. At a later date UNISONActive will fully review the economics of the announcement. Today we will concentrate on the politics. http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/2010SpendingReviewAnalysis1.pdf
From UNISON's Housing News: UNISON has reacted angrily to the housing announcements included in the spending review. Although the details are still emerging, it seems clear that new social tenancies will cease. Whilst rents and tenancies will be guaranteed for all those currently in the sector, future tenants will pay rents at 80 per cent of the market rate. The coalition have also announced a £4 billion cut to the social housing budget.
Responses from the labour movement to the savage cuts announced by The ConDems today has been swift and unanimous. UNISON's immediate statement that: "George Osborne has condemned the country to decades of hardship and the people to unnecessary wholesale unemployment, with his “ideologically driven, no hope, no ideas, cuts CSR” has been followed by similar reaction elsewhere.
Over 300 attended last night’s vigil at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square London in an impressive show of support for the Miami 5 – Cuban citizens incarcerated in the USA. An impressive line up of speakers included UNISON DGS Keith Sonnet and London Regional Secretary Linda Perks. Irma Gonzalez, daughter of the imprisoned Rene Gonzalez reported on progress in the campaign to free the 5 and read out a moving message from her father. Many of those at the vigil had come direct from the House of Commons where they had attended the TUC lobby and rlly against public spending cuts. An interview with Irma was published yesterday in the Morning Star and can be read in full on line: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/96563
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
http://tinyurl.com/challengingcutspamphlet The 40 page e-pamphlet includes articles by Dave Prentis, Frances O’Grady of the TUC as well as a range of economists and leading trade unionists.
Monday, 18 October 2010
The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Diego Arria, has claimed that no coup d'etat took place in the country in 2002 during his current visit to London, despite almost every government in the world recognising a coup had taken place
Last year plain Simon Wolfson addressed Tory Councillors at the Conservative Councillors Conference and with pseudo guru status was applauded for his analysis of how efficiencies could be delivered in the public sector. Sounding very familiar with Philip Green both men seem to think that their capacity to sell cheap clothes, often made in poorer countries with poor working conditions, somehow gives them inter-galactic powers to understand and ‘fix’ UK public services.
http://tinyurl.com/34fs8vw Next time the Conservative Party (or any other governing party) fails to implement maternity leave or agency worker employment rights or, alternatively, tightens up trade union laws on strike ballots or union recognition, this same group and the organisations which represent them, will be calling the shots.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
UNISONActive readers will not have missed the irony of Sir Phillip Green advising the government how to save money while quite legally depriving it of the very millions in taxes that could avoid cuts in the first place.