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Vote for a fighting union

29 January 2005
BALLOT PAPERS for the Unison general secretary election went out this week. National executive member Jon Rogers is standing as the candidate of the Unison United Left. He told Socialist Worker, "The campaign is going well—we’re demonstrating that we have an alternative network inside the union.

Now back the battle against victimisation

22 January 2005
SOCIAL WORKERS in Liverpool’s families and children department went back to work on Tuesday of last week after a heroic four month all-out strike was ended by regional officials in the Unison union. Before the dispute ended, we warned that the Liberal Democrat controlled council was intent on victimising us.

Unison general secretary election

22 January 2005
THE ELECTION for the new leader of Unison, Britain’s biggest public sector union, begins on Tuesday of next week. Jon Rogers is the United Left candidate for Unison general secretary. The debate in the elections will centre on the union’s relationship with New Labour.

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.

Brighton and Hove

15 January 2005
OFFICIALS FROM the Unison and GMB unions were due to meet Brighton and Hove council for talks this week about the dispute over pay for teaching assistants. Teaching assistants in Brighton and Hove struck on three days last year against council plans to cut the number of weeks they work, effectively wiping out a promised pay rise.

Bitter anger at end to Liverpool strike

15 January 2005
THE Lengthy all-out strike by more than 100 social workers in Liverpool’s adoption, fostering and at-risk children’s units came to an end this week as strikers reluctantly accepted a return to work. The return to work deal, which sells the strikers disgracefully short, was negotiated last month by regional officials of the Unison public sector workers’ union. Unison’s industrial action committee then voted to recommend the deal and withdraw support for the strike.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Council workers

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

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.

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