UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Friday, 13 January 2012
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) has published a useful briefing which demolishes the myths about PPP's - in a nutshell they don't supplement public spending they absorb it: http://www.epsu.org/a/8193
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Conservative MP Jesse Norman has assumed the mantle of premier trade union basher from his discredited parliamentary colleague Aidan Burley MP. Yesterday, as part of an orchestrated campaign by the Tory Party's far right, Norman put his name to a Private Member's Bill seeking to force unions to refund employers the pay of union representatives who carry out union duties at the workplace. Thankfully, Labour MP's mobilised to defeat the Bill by 79 votes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9675000/9675068.stm
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Last November Tory Chancellor George Osborne announced a review of public sector pay with a view to introducing regionalised pay bargaining. Yesterday the proposals were debated in Westminster Hall and a number of MP's made impressive interventions including Labour's Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) who said 'we should remember that salaries at the lower end of the public sector, as in the private sector, are not those on which a family—or often even an individual—can live.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
UNISON's lay representatives covering members in the LGPS met on 10th January to consider the next steps in the campaign. Each of the Service Group Executives (SGE) separately agreed a motion to proceed with detailed negotiations.
UNISON's health care Service Group Executive (SGE) voted decisively to put the NHS Pension Scheme Heads of Agreement to the membership. By a margin of 5 to 1 the SGE rejected calls to throw out the agreement and take immediate and sustained industrial action.
Sunday, 8 January 2012