The Fiddler saws the strings,
His light brown hair he tosses and flings.
He carries a sabre at his side,
He wears a pleated habit wide.
UNISONActive is an unofficial blog produced by UNISON activists for UNISON activists. Bringing news, briefings and events from a progressive left perspective.
Friday, 6 May 2011
Many council election results in England are yet to declare but the emerging picture is that Labour can’t afford to be complacent. So far there have been some Liberal Democrat scalps claimed in places like Hull and Sheffield, with losses to knock the Liberal Democrats off overall control in places like Stockport and Bristol.
With the SNP winning an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament - the thing no party was ever meant to be able to do - what will this mean for Scotland’s public services and for public sector unions trying to defend those jobs and services?
'The best measure of union power is the union density figures... The level of density approximates the level of power because the higher the proportion of the workforce that is represented, the more influence we are seen to have’ writes Michael Crosby in his book ‘Power at Work’.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Yesterday’s decision of the RMT to mount strike action on London Underground in defence of two victimised union members, has triggered another outpouring of anti union bile from Norman Tebbit wannabee Dominic Raab MP http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/2011/05/dominic-raab-mp-its-time-to-get-tough-with-bob-crow-and-the-rmt.html
Quoting poet Edwin Morgan, Mike Kirby urges UNISON members in Scotland to vote for public services in today's Scottish Parliament elections.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
The heroism of workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been honoured by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC): http://www.psac-afpc.org/news/2011/messages/20110502-e.shtml
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Amidst the flim-flam of the electoral reform debate and the play station triumphalism following the USA’s elimination of its self created nemesis, the UK newspapers appear to have woken up to the determination of public sector unions to resist the Con Dem onslaught against, jobs, pay and pensions:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8488924/Unions-warn-of-massive-protests-over-government-cuts.html
Monday, 2 May 2011
The BBC reports that a group of investors worth £13bn are holding a rally today to push major companies into paying a "living wage" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13253547
Sunday, 1 May 2011