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Saturday, 17 September 2011
The Herald newspaper quotes a union socurce as saying "There are literally hundreds of thousands of workers’ pensions in Scotland which the SNP has a remit over and it can’t say ‘a big boy increased the contributions and ran away’.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Organised by the National Clarion Cycling Club 1895 (NCCC), the IBMT-supported ride will mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of the International Brigades in October 1936 to fight General Franco’s fascist-backed revolt against the Spanish Republic. http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/
30 November. The date has been named for a nationwide "day of action". Massive and historical joint union action against pensions cuts. Start working for the ballot now. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14907909
Following Dave Prentis’ announcement that UNISON would be balloting 1 million workers, Congress came alive this morning, as union after union joined the debate on the pensions composite.
"UNISON represents one million public services workers and the campaigns we are fighting aren’t just about pensions
They aren’t just about jobs and pay
They are about the kind of society we leave to our children
#TUC11 The GMB and the EIS have just told Congress they will also ballot on 'long and hard' action on pensions. This follows UNISON, Firefighters, Unite and PCS all pledging "unprecedented" joint action in the "fight of our lives". In an historic morning, union after union is stepping up to the rostrum to announce ballots.
#TUC11 UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis' has called for co-ordinated joint union mass action against pensions cuts. The announcement was met with a standing ovation at the TUC Congress in London this morning. A further joint union statement is expected later. Check back with UNISONActive for more details.
#TUC11 ‘Britain’s problem isn’t unions threatening strikes. The problem for Britons is unions aren’t stronger. If they were, living standards wouldn’t be falling so fast’ writes Kevin Maguire in today’s Mirror, on the Labour leader’s unhelpful comment yesterday that ‘while negotiations were going on, I do believe it was a mistake for strikes to happen. I continue to believe that’.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Contributions came from the wide variety of health service unions, including some newcomers to the TUC tent, like the Hospital Consultants and Specialists, now TUC affiliated. Welcome to the struggle brothers and sisters. Eleanor said:-
Monday, 12 September 2011
#TUC11 The President spoke. Congress listened. There were two votes of thanks. Someone mentioned that Michael Leahy was once the youngest ever shop steward in his union at the age of 17. And that was that. Except...
Thus delegates were greeted #TUC11 as they arrived for the first morning of Congress, by the massed ranks (all seven of them) of the hecklers who felt the the TUC was not taking a militant enough stance.
We have to “stop apologising when we say that cutting public services is NOT the way out of this current economic mess. Cut Trident, cut the use of consultants. Cut out privatisation”, she said.
Sunday, 11 September 2011