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Yunus Bakhsh campaign

10 March 2007
The campaign to defend leading Unison union and health service activist Yunus Bakhsh is driving those who are attempting to witchhunt him from the union to desperate measures.

Defend Tony Staunton campaign

10 March 2007
Tony Staunton, Plymouth branch secretary and leading Unison union activist in the south west of England, has been informed that he cannot stand for election to the union’s national executive committee.

Unison special local government conference fails to support fight on pensions

10 March 2007
A special conference to discuss the government's new pension scheme met on Tuesday of this week. After 90 minutes of contributions the conference voted to accept the government's proposals by a sizeable majority. All the regions voted for acceptance, except Yorkshire and Humberside and Greater London.

Reject local government pensions deal, back strikes

03 March 2007
The long running dispute over the Local Government Pension Scheme, affecting over a million workers, reaches a defining moment next Tuesday when the Unison union holds a special conference.

Manchester dispute at crucial stage

03 March 2007
The battle to defend jobs and services by Unison union members at Manchester’s mental health and social care trust was at a crucial stage as Socialist Worker went to press.

Attempt to stifle debate in Unison

03 March 2007
Attempts to silence supporters of leading Unison union and NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh took a new turn last week.

Care workers strike in Southampton

24 February 2007
Some 240 care workers in the Unison and T&G unions at Southampton council struck for 24 hours on Wednesday of last week. The strike involved home care workers, care assistants, cooks and laundry assistants.

Blair’s blood money should be spent on NHS

24 February 2007
Becca Kirkpatrick, a Unison union shop steward at the National Blood Centre in Birmingham, will be joining the anti-war demonstration in London this Saturday.

Manchester health dispute goes on

24 February 2007
Talks between management and the Unison union at Manchester’s mental health and social care trust over a proposed package of cuts were to continue this week.

Southampton care workers to strike again

17 February 2007
Care workers are set to strike again on Wednesday of this week in their dispute with Southampton council over enforced pay cuts. Some 240 Unison and T&G union members were set to take industrial action this Wednesday.

Backing for Yunus Bakhsh in Unison

10 February 2007
The continuing campaign to defend leading health union activist, Yunus Bakhsh, from victimisation by his employer has received shocking evidence that management were able to use material produced by the Unison union to undermine support for him.

Local government pensions: Unison must organise action

27 January 2007
The ongoing dispute over the local government pension scheme (LGPS) is set to reach another important stage over the next few weeks. Proposals by the government show it has not listened to the unions.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

20 January 2007
The campaign to defend Yunus Bakhsh, a leading activist in the Unison union, is gaining momentum.

Yunus Bakhsh suspended from office in Unison

20 January 2007
On Tuesday 16 January Yunus Bakhsh, one of the best known left activists in Unison, was suspended from office in the union.

Local government pensions strike decision postponed

20 January 2007
The Unison union’s local government service group executive decided last week that new proposals over pensions were unacceptable.

Unison branch secretary Tony Staunton wins support

20 January 2007
This month’s meeting of the South West regional council of the Unison union took place last Saturday.

Unison must take action to defend Yunus Bakhsh

13 January 2007
Yunus Bakhsh, a leading activist in the Unison union, has been suspended from his job as a health worker in Newcastle since September.

Surrey council strike wins £1,000

06 January 2007
Local government workers across Surrey struck on Thursday 21 December as part of their campaign over pay. The one-day strike was the second organised by the Unison union.

Coventry cash collectors banking on action

06 January 2007
Cash collectors at Coventry City Council struck between Christmas and the New Year over single status. The Unison union members in the exchequer banking took action as part of an ongoing wave of strikes that have hit the council.

Greenwich Unison threatens single status 'new year of discontent'

06 January 2007
The Unison union is threatening Greenwich council in south east London with a "new year of discontent" over single status.

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