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Support Jon Rogers for general secretary

15 January 2005
BALLOT PAPERS for the election for the general secretary of Britain’s biggest public sector union, Unison, are sent out on 25 January. Socialist Worker spoke to United Left candidate Jon Rogers.

Support needed in crucial strike

18 December 2004
SOCIAL WORKERS from Liverpool’s children and families team are set to start their fifth month on strike on Christmas Day. The action by 140 members of the Unison union is one of the longest all-out strikes in the last decade.

Teaching assistants’ strike wins support from parents claim che

04 December 2004
More than 40 schools across Brighton and Hove were closed on Thursday and Friday of last week as around 700 teaching assistants from the Unison and GMB unions struck over low pay.

In brief

04 December 2004
Scottish workers say no to racism Up to 1,000 people attended the Scottish TUC annual demonstration against racism and fascism in Glasgow last Saturday. Trade union delegates included firefighters, print workers and several Unison and EIS (Scottish teachers’ union) branches.

Lib Dem assault on national agreement

20 November 2004
THE DISPUTE between Liverpool council and the Unison union has escalated, with the council withdrawing from a national agreement over facility time for shop stewards.

Unison election

20 November 2004
Jon Rogers’ campaign for Unison general secretary has received a boost with the votes of Oxford Health branch and Oxford City branch to nominate him.


13 November 2004
AROUND 70 members of the Unison United Left met last Saturday in Liverpool after the march in support of striking social workers.

Nominate Jon Rogers

06 November 2004
‘UNISON IS not delivering on its potential as a union. It has allowed the government to set the agenda.

All away to Liverpool this Saturday

06 November 2004
UNISON UNION members from around Britain were set to show their support for social workers in Liverpool on all-out strike on Saturday of this week.

London backs Rogers’ election bid

30 October 2004
THE CAMPAIGN for a new left leadership in the Unison union got off to a flying start last week when the union’s London regional council voted to back Jon Rogers for general secretary.

Vote against—don’t leave anyone behind

23 October 2004
BALLOT PAPERS have gone out to Unison union members in the NHS for the vote to decide whether to accept Agenda for Change—the government’s plan for sweeping changes to health workers’ terms and conditions.

Liverpool: a chance to show workers’ solidarity

23 October 2004
STRIKING SOCIAL workers in Lib Dem controlled Liverpool council are appealing for wider support and backing for a national demonstration in the city called by their union, Unison.

Council workers

13 October 2004
Swansea IT workers have suspended their strike action pending negotiations between the Unison union and management.

A stronger organisation

13 October 2004
HEALTH WORKERS in the Unison union met last week to decide whether to recommend Agenda for Change—the government’s sweeping reorganisation of NHS pay and conditions—in their ballot which starts this week. Karen Reissmann, a member of Manchester Community and Mental Health branch, was one of those calling for a "no" vote. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the conference.

Taking on the Lib Dems

25 September 2004
THE ALL-OUT strike by Swansea IT workers in the Unison union is now in its sixth week. They are protesting against the Liberal Democrat dominated council’s outsourcing plans.

Council workers

18 September 2004
SOME 150 social workers in the Unison union are continuing their indefinite strike action in Liverpool. We have been getting good support from Unison, branches and other unions such as the PCS and FBU.

A key moment for all health workers

18 September 2004
IN OCTOBER 450,000 health workers in Unison will be balloted on Agenda for Change following a special conference on 7 October.

999 staff meals row

17 July 2004
AMBULANCE workers in the Unison union in the north east of England are still in dispute with their management over changes to their meal breaks.

Growing anger at NHS pay agenda

03 July 2004
HEALTH WORKER, the rank and file paper for workers in the NHS, held a packed fringe meeting at Unison conference attended by over 100 people.

‘We won’t keep our gobs shut for Blair’

03 July 2004
THE ANNUAL conference of Unison, Britain’s biggest union, last week showed that the disillusion with Blair and New Labour runs very deep.

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