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Conference criticises Unison leadership over local government pay deal

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2446

Over 500 Unison union members debated their leadership’s role in last year’s rotten local government pay deal at a special one-day conference on Tuesday of this week.

Union leaders in England and Wales cobbled the deal together with the Labour leadership of the council employers. 

They suspended strikes for a two-year deal little better than the 1 percent pay offer that was overwhelmingly rejected. 

Workers were furious that it left many worse off. 

Where Unison branches fought for rejection of the deal they won the argument. 

It was a revolt of members that forced Tuesday’s special conference, only the second in Unison’s history. 

Well over the third of branches required backed the call for the conference.

There was substantial opposition from the conference floor with delegates angry over the union’s failure to lead a real fight over pay.

Over 40 percent opposed an early leadership motion.

As Socialist Worker went to press the vote on reopening negotiations and fighting for a better pay deal was unclear.

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Tue 24 Mar 2015, 16:15 GMT
Issue No. 2446
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