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Health pensions

08 July 2006
The Unison union health service executive voted last week to recommend a pensions deal which for 90 percent of health workers would involve an increase in contributions from 6 percent to 6.5 percent.

Unison conference: growing anger over health and pensions

01 July 2006
The Unison union national conference, held in Bournemouth last week, was marked by a left mood among delegates and warnings addressed to New Labour.

The future of the pension struggle for local government workers

24 June 2006
‘The pressure is on the leaders of Unison. They can be under no illusion that they only got away with not reinstating strike action by the skin of their teeth.

Unison local government conference pay debate

24 June 2006
The Unison union local government conference, also had a significant discussion of pay for local government workers, which took place in the wake of chancellor Gordon Brown’s declaration of his intention to clamp down on pay in the public sector.

Unison debates pensions battle

24 June 2006
Members of Britain’s biggest public sector union have challenged their leadership’s stance on pensions negotiations, and came within a narrow margin of reigniting strike action to press their claim.

Crucial debate on pensions at Unison conferences

17 June 2006
The Unison union’s local government conference was set to start this weekend, followed by the union’s national conference.

Unison mulls pensions deal

10 June 2006
The Unison union’s local government service group executive was meeting this week to consider key issues in the fight over pensions.

Pensions round-up

03 June 2006
The Unison union is asking its branches to consult members on the next steps in the fight to defend the local government pensions scheme (LGPS). But the consultation is very narrow.

Reports round-up

20 May 2006
Health Service lobby Over 1,000 nurses from the Royal College of Nursing and Unison took part in a mass lobby of parliament on Thursday of last week to protest against job cuts in the NHS.

Health workers debate strikes that could take effect in three days

06 May 2006
Paul Harper is the branch secretary of Unison at the NHS Logistics depot in Maidstone, Kent

Unison union activist responds to the pensions talks

15 April 2006
Dear Colleagues,


15 April 2006


08 April 2006
Should Unison give money to New Labour? As a member of the Unison union and the Labour Party, I wholeheartedly welcome the decision by Unison Labour Link to suspend support for the Labour Party pending the outcome of the dispute over the local government pension scheme (Socialist Worker, 1 April).

The strike around the country: our action rocked Labour

01 April 2006
Cardiff: Pickets were out in force. Jane Moore, a Unison member at Cardiff Town Hall, said, "I and both of my daughters work for local government. If we didn’t do our jobs the public would be screaming.

Health managers undermine ambulance agreement

11 March 2006
Ambulance workers in Bristol and the wider Avon region are to ballot for strike action over the agenda for change pay and conditions deal. The ballot involves 350 members of the Unison union.

Stroud council workers

18 February 2006
More than 250 council workers, members of the Unison union, picketed Stroud district council, Gloucestershire, on Wednesday of last week for their second one-day strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Pensions round-up

11 February 2006
About 100 people lobbied the Welsh assembly on Wednesday of last week over the threat to public sector pensions. Among those taking part were members of Caerphilly, Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf local government branches of the Unison union.

Council workers: 'We’re sick of bosses treating us so badly'

11 February 2006
Council workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, walked out on a one day strike on Tuesday of this week. The workers, members of the Unison union, are protesting against the imposition of changes in the council’s sickness policy.

A step closer to pensions strike

04 February 2006
A massive strike over pensions at the end of March, involving 1.5 million workers, came a step closer last week after important moves by the Unison and the GMB trade unions.

Pensions round-up

04 February 2006
Lies over the rule of 85 The government says the rule of 85 must go because it breaches European Union (EU) anti?discrimination rules. But Socialist Worker has learned that the EU has denied that there is any need for this. Unison is aware of the EU’s advice.

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