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Rebellion over Unison local government pay sellout grows in strength

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2432

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis promised to smash pay freeze

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis promised to smash pay freeze

The revolt inside the Unison union against the leadership’s sell out of members in local government over pay is growing.

Union activists are on the brink of forcing a recall conference.

Bosses are pushing through a savage assault on jobs and local services. 

But the union leadership has cobbled together a rotten pay deal and called off strikes. This has fuelled deep anger.

Under union rules 25 percent of the membership must support a recall conference through their branches. This figure has now been reached—only the second time in the union’s history. An official announcement could come this week.

Unison members are fed up with a leadership arguing workers can’t fight back. 

They want their interests put before those of the Labour Party.

There is a desire to see the leadership challenged. Meetings are taking place across the union’s regions to discuss taking forward a united left challenge.

But holding the leadership to account is not just about elections. 

Many workers are arguing for the need to build rank and file networks between branches and different sectors.


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