UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
There can be no argument in theory that UNISON political fund with its majority General Political Fund and minority Labour Link sections offersthe best possible combination of political levers. It is also broadly representative of the political will and allegiance of the UNISON membership. Approaching 17 years on from merger the union's political traditions remain deserving of respect.
It is not uncommon for The Economist magazine to overstate its case. But even by its usual standards of hubris, in this week’s edition a critique of the Canadian trade unions, ‘all struck out’, is very wide of the mark. http://www.economist.com/world/americas/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14660479&fsrc=rss
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
A sickening report in the FT about yesterday's announcement by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson that agency workers rights (and other employment rights) are to be delayed until the latest possible date of October 2011.
UNISON Active ANALYSIS - Public service transformation on our terms - or partnership with the bosses?
Questions are sometimes raised about UNISON's strategy of conditional co-operation with management to secure and improve the public delivery of public services. The concern is that by collaborating with management the union is effectively 'managing the pain for the bosses as they sack workers' as an article in Socialist Worker about Newcastle UNISON and the UNISON book 'Public service reform but not as we know it! (http://www.socialistworker.org.uk/art.php?id=18042)
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly analysis of millions ofonline job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards across the European Union, including Monster.co.uk. http://about-monster.com/sites/default/files/employment-index/EUMEI_UK_Sep09_FINAL.pdf
David Cameron clearly thinks that if he shouts loud enough about Labour, no one will ask him about his own policies for the poorest in Britain. It’s pretty amazing stuff from a man who wants to give £200,000 to those set to inherit millions while cutting tax credits and child trusts funds of ordinary families.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
The following email seeking information on time off for trade union activities appears to have been sent from the Sunday Telegraph to FoI contacts across English councils. "Now, why would they be doing that?", we ask. Perhaps councils will answer that there is no right to paid time off for 'activities' only 'duties' as per the ACAS code. But how would the Sunday Telegraph know that?
Come the elections, we have to face some very hard facts. And one of them is that, without dramatic action, the Tories seem on course to gain power with all that would mean for the destruction of public services, pensions and just about everything else – along with an NHS even more privatised than the worst of any of the current plans.
The consultation for the review of the political fund effectiveness is underway. Branches and other union bodies are being asked to feed in views by Friday 13 November. Here we give introduce a section of the consultation document and invite UNISONActive readers' views for publication.
In the FT letters, Prof Robert H. Wade argues rising national inequality since 1990 - not only in the US but in countries containing perhaps as much as 80 per cent of the world's population - was one of the main forces driving global financial fragility. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/68a4de1c-b6c5-11de-8a28-00144feab49a.html
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Private sector companies have a “massive” opportunity to take over running non-frontline police services as law enforcement budgets across the country come under severe pressure, according to the chief police watchdog, reports James Boxell in the FT