UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
If you can judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens, you have to wonder what it says about ours that nearly four million of our children – one in three - are living in poverty.
Friday, 18 February 2011
The UNISON 2011 Women’s Conference, meeting in Harrogate Yorkshire, yesterday heard a fighting speech from UNISON President Angela Lynes.
While the Government U turn on the privatisation of forestry caused much hilarity yesterday, matters probably of a much deeper concern to UNISON members were being debated.
While pay for workers who actually contribute to society, public service and manufacturing is cut back, pay at Europe’s four largest investment banks rose by a total of nearly £2.4bn ($3.8bn) in 2010, as more employees were taken on and fixed salaries largely wiped out any savings from lower bonuses. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/da9928a8-3abc-11e0-9c1a-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss&ftcamp=crm/email/2011218/nbe/GlobalBusiness/product#axzz1EIGDkmwY
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Italian economics minister Giulio Tremonti emerged from a meeting of EU finance ministers, which included Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, last December to announce that "budget policies in European countries cannot be national policies any more".
Staff at St Georges Hospital, South London have acted with growing shock and anger at the announcement that 500 posts ( almost 10% of the workforce) at the hospital are to be axed as part of the Governments £20 billion NHS cuts programme.
The inflation figures released by the Bank of England on Tuesday are a grim warning for all public sector workers. UNISONActive still believes that the only figure that counts is that for the retail price index, and the RPI has now hit 5.1 %. This figure is the measure of how much the prices of the goods that we all rely on are increasing- the increase in the price of housing, the price of food, the price of energy, the price of transport, whether in the increased costs for petrol or diesel or the increase in the price of public transport.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
You probably haven't heard of the Social Security Benefit Uprating Order being laid before Parliament tomorrow 17- 02 -11 . Remember one thing - this order is part of the change that will cut your pension by changing the uprating mechanism from the RPI to CPI. Every public sector pensioner will be robbed in perpetuity by this measure. Contact your MP today and make your voice heard. Use the "they work for you" web site at http://www.theyworkforyou.com/
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
The Big Society means in simple terms that the state should pull back from delivering public services and communities should do more for themselves. A stark reminder of what this means is as follows:
Monday, 14 February 2011
Reuters is reporting that Egypt's ruling Higher Military Council is intending to ban 'meetings by labour unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes': http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFNWEB867320110213
Sunday, 13 February 2011