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Strike to defend key union activists in Sefton

10 September 2005
Some 2,000 council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. They were demanding the reinstatement of two leading trade union activists suspended by Sefton council on trumped-up disciplinary charges.

The battle continues to defend Sefton reps

03 September 2005
Council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, were set for a 48-hour strike this week over the victimisation of activists in their Unison union branch.

‘Health cuts are destroying lives’ — voices from the front line

20 August 2005
Steve Sweeney member of Cambridge Health Unison

Unison conference — rocky road for the right wing

02 July 2005
Unison's national delegate conference, held in Glasgow last week, saw the union commit itself to a series of tough policies over privatisation, pensions and opposition to the Labour government’s domestic agenda.

Unison conference in brief

02 July 2005
On Friday of last week Unison made history by becoming the first union to pass policy over climate change. Conference voted to work with the Campaign Against Climate Change and support demonstrations urging that governments take action to curb carbon emissions.

Hundreds hear Respect's alternative on national speaking tour

02 July 2005
About 500 people crowded in to an electric fringe meeting organised by Respect and the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) at the Unison union conference in Glasgow last week.

Signs of clashes to come at Unison conference

25 June 2005
Local government workers in the Unison union met in Glasgow earlier this week for their annual conference.

Defend Sefton activists

25 June 2005
Two Unison union activists who have been suspended for opposing council house privatisation in Sefton on Merseyside spoke out at the launch of the MPs’ report and made an appeal for solidarity from other trade unionists.

Unison elections

11 June 2005
The results of Unison’s national executive council (NEC) elections were disappointing for the left.

Coventry council workers fight back in single status dispute

21 May 2005
Thousands of council workers in the Unison and T&G unions at Coventry City Council were set to strike on Thursday this week in a dispute over pay. This will be followed by a

New Labour flatlines at Unison health sector conference

05 May 2005
The health sector conference of the Unison union met in Plymouth last week and delegates voted to ballot for industrial action if the pension age was raised from 60 to 65.

Defend these Liverpool Unison activists

23 April 2005
Over 60 people attended a meeting last week in support of five Liverpool social workers who were suspended following strike action which ended in January.

Backing for G8 demo

23 April 2005
The Scottish council of the Unison public sector union has passed a motion supporting the protests against the G8 summit which are due to take place in Scotland this July.

Ambulance crews in Unison could dump deal

16 April 2005
Ambulance workers in Britain’s biggest health union have threatened to withdraw from Agenda for Change, the national pay and conditions scheme for health workers.

Unison elections

16 April 2005
Ballot papers are going out for the Unison national executive elections. Unison United Left is standing a number of candidates.

Unison round-up

09 April 2005
Walsall branch attacked Local government managers in Walsall, West Midlands, have launched an attack on the Unison union — effectively suspending branch officers and padlocking the union office.

Keeping up the local pensions links

02 April 2005
Despite last week’s strike action over pensions being called off, Wakefield Unison local government branch and Wakefield trades council went ahead with their planned lunchtime rally.

Unison general secretary election result

19 March 2005
Members of the Unison union have voted to re-elect Dave Prentis as their general secretary. Prentis won 76 percent of the vote. The two left wing challengers for the leadership, Jon Rogers and Roger Bannister, won 8 and 17 percent of the vote respectively.

Not so Liberal in Liverpool

12 February 2005
FIVE UNISON union members in Liverpool council are still fighting to overturn suspensions handed out to them by council managers.

The numbers involved in TU pension action plans

12 February 2005
Some 1.25 million union members could strike on 23 March. The civil service workers’ PCS union and Unison local government members are balloting for discontinuous action — which would allow a series of strikes — so they could join education unions for futher strikes in April without reballoting

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