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Crucial battle after two activists sacked

12 November 2005
Sefton council on Merseyside has thrown down the gauntlet to the country’s biggest public sector union by sacking Nigel Flanagan and Paul Summers, two full time activists with Sefton Unison.

‘We need unity across the public sector to stop this divide and rule’

29 October 2005
Mladen Maric, assistant branch secretary Brent local government Unison

Eileen Short wins big support

15 October 2005
Members of the communications team at Tower Hamlets council are being balloted in the coming week by both the National Union of Journalists and the Unison union over the council’s treatment of Unison shop steward and Defend Council Housing campaigner Eileen Short.

New industiral action in Sefton council

08 October 2005
Members of the Unison union in Sefton council on Merseyside were set to start an escalating programme of selective industrial action on Wednesday of this week.

Sunderland council workers

08 October 2005
Council workers in Sunderland council are set to be balloted over a pay review that would lead to wage cuts for at least 2,700 staff. The Unison and GMB unions are recommending that members reject the deal.

Tower Hamlets victimises DCH campaigner

01 October 2005
Unison shop steward and Defend Council Housing campaigner Eileen Short is facing redundancy after her bosses at Tower Hamlets council in east London attempted to push her out of her job as press officer.

Selective strike action to start in Sefton

01 October 2005
Council workers in the Unison union in Sefton, Merseyside, are to start an escalating series of selective actions in their battle against the victimisation of two union reps.

New moves in Sefton

24 September 2005
The North West regional committee of the Unison union has launched an urgent financial appeal for members in the Sefton branch on Merseyside. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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