UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) http://www.imf.org/external/about.htm is once again serving notice on the UK to ‘reform’ healthcare and pensions - to repair the long-term damage to public finances caused by the global recession.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Official talks are to take place on Monday 5 October between unions and the council to try to resolve the Leeds bin strike. Meanwhile, the GMB and Unison have announced that a benefit concert is to be held in Leeds on 18 October to raise money for the striking workers, reports the BBC news website
As measures to allow councils to borrow from the Treasury for equal pay settlements was extended to Scotland, one MSP has branded no-win no-fee lawyers as having "exploited these (low paid) women just as much as the councils or anybody else".
Thursday, 1 October 2009
In today's Guardian Seumas Milne assesses the Sun's repudiation of Labour. He describes Blair's mid-90's courting of the Murdoch empire as a 'calculated demonstration that the appeasement of corporate muscle and rightwing populism would be at the heart of New Labour politics'.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The Times reports that Ryanair has spent nearly €500,000 on advertisement and free flights, campaigning for a Yes vote in Ireland's Lisbon Treaty referendum on Friday.
Well at least in fighting this election the Labour Party will know who their enemies are. No sooner had Gordon Brown finished his speech than Daniel Finkelstein of the Times was in the BBC studio determined to rubbish the prime minister’s speech. Now The Sun has declared that it backs the Tories on its front page today. Well at least Rupert Murdoch is off the fence.
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Tuesday, 29 September 2009
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1590 The basic message was speak up for public services before its too late and they’ve ceased to exist – in other words everything solid will melt into ice (to paraphrase Marx)…..
Seeing headlines that Alan Milburn has called for the cancellation of Trident and ID cards as appropriate cuts for the Labour Government causes a certain frisson within the Left. Is there one more new labour sinner about to repent?
UNISONActive was probably as surprised as any other observers of the BBC to find that Andrew Marr used the blogsphere when preparing his questions for Gordon Brown the Prime Minister last Sunday. (on Sunday AM) The basis for his questions on the prime minister’s health on this occasion was the Guido Fawkes website, run by Paul Staines, quoted in the Guardian as hailing the inquisition with the words ”bravo Marr”. Presumably if preparing to question Barack Obama, Mr Marr would use Fox news as his preferred source.
A Brighton view: Observing Labour party conference is a bit like being at a family wedding. You know what’s going to happen during the ceremony, you recognise all the familiar faces, and you don’t need a detailed programme to be able to predict the notable events.
Monday, 28 September 2009
FT reports that UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis 'punctures bid to rally round Brown' at Labour Conference. "Too many in our party think the answer to the polls is to ape the policies of the Tories, to match their cuts pound for pound. To those who say this is the only way, I say you are wrong. It’s a recipe for defeat.”
The ITUC has described the results of the Pittsburgh G20 Summit as representing progress on the outcome of the April Summit in London, but has warned against complacency and highlighted crucial areas where little or no progress has been made.
UNISON has expressed concerns about proposals emerging in North Somerset Council to privatise in 2010 IT and finance support services, transport and a crematorium.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
In September 2007 Brendan Barber argued at TUC Congress "Now is the time to think again about employment agencies. It is time for another minimum wage moment - time to stop standing up for the bad agencies who undercut the good and threaten the reputation of all." http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/sep/10/politics.socialexclusion