Unison’s General Secretary, Dave Prentis, announced today that the union would be supporting the 1st July People’s Assembly Against Austerity demonstration against the government.
The general election result, which bucked the polls which suggested a Tory landslide, showed that there is in fact a significant level of support for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s anti-austerity policies. The loss of their overall majority means that the Conservatives do not have a mandate to rule for the next parliamentary term, and may have to make an unseemly agreement with the Northern Irish Protestant religiously-conservative DUP.
As a mark of respect for the victims of last night’s horrific atrocity in Manchester, Camden NUT and UNISON have called off the ‘Big School Assembly’ at Talacre Gardens, which had been organised as a protest against threatened cuts in school funding. In the meantime, Camden UNISON extends its gratitude to healthworkers and others in the emergency services – many of them UNISON members – who have had to respond in the aftermath of the bombing with compassion in caring for the injured and bereaved.
Your union has started to consult members across councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland about the pay claim to submit to the local authority employers for the next financial year. Here is how you can have your say. Continue reading
The Mirror has an article up this morning revealing policies in Labour’s draft manifesto for the 8th June general election. They include more funding for the NHS and social care, a return to free higher education, taking the railways and the postal service back into public ownership, a repeal of the draconian 2016 Trade Union Act and an increase in workers’ rights.
There is a need to strengthen workers’ bargaining power as Britain is one of the few countries in Europe (other than Italy and Greece) to have seen a fall in average wages over the past decade after taking inflation into account.
The increase in spending on public services will be funded by reversing the cuts in tax on company profits which the government has made since 2010, and there will be an increase in income tax on earnings above £80,000 (which will only affect the top 5% of earners).
These are policies that trade unionists and many other members of the public can get behind – as these will benefit the British public as workers and as citizens.
Unison Teaching Assistants in Derby fought back against downgrading and pay cuts that the City Council were trying to impose on them. After 73 days, a settlement has been reached in the dispute. We would like to thank members who donated to their hardship fund, for which there was a collection at our AGM.
As people will be aware, a general election has been called for 8th June. UK, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged over 18 will be eligible to vote. If you believe you or anyone you know is eligible to vote and not registered – or if you have moved home recently and believe you have not been registered at your new address, then please do so by 22 May.
The online link to start the process is here.
A reminder that the Unison NEC elections began on 3rd April and will close on 28th April. Members should have received their ballot papers in the post by now and, if not, they should contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0857857 to ensure they get replacements.
Elections for all of the seats on your union’s National Executive Council (NEC) start on Monday 3 April and run until Friday 28 April. Continue reading