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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.

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

Vote for Jon Rogers and a union that defends us

05 February 2005
Ballot papers for the Unison general secretary election went out to the union’s 1.3 million members last week.

Superbug thrives when the profit virus is on the loose

05 February 2005
HOSPITAL CLEANERS tore into health minister Lord Warner, at a conference organised by their Unison union in London last week.

Union mergers

05 February 2005
"This is a huge move that could lead to a union of two million members. It lays the basis for British unions to be grouped around two centres — public sector workers in Unison, private in T&G-Amicus. It’s being done at great pace. The rumour before the T&G executive meeting was that the timetable is: executive decision now, conference decision in the summer and a ballot in the autumn.

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.

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 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.

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.

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