Dave Prentis: A Credible Union Leader?

A few days ago, I was disappointed to hear that Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison – my trade union – has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Bank of England. As the leader of one of the UK’s largest trade unions, Prentis is involved in ongoing negotiations over proposed changes to […]

UCU votes to suspend action over pensions.

Yesterday the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) held a special conference to determine where we go next in our pensions dispute. For those who haven’t been following the intricacies of it all I’ll attempt to briefly lay out where we were going into this meeting. UCU represents academic and what’s known as academic related staff […]

Don’t give up the pensions fight

Today Unison signed a heads of agreement with the government over changes to NHS pensions. The agreement still needs approval from Unison’s health committee (and potentially the membership directly) and the full details aren’t yet public, but the guardian report: Unison’s head of health, Christine McAnea, said the offer contained some concessions from the government, […]

5 things about pensions

Wednesday’s strike isn’t just about pensions. Unions like the PCS have been clear from the outset – anti-worker laws mean we can’t go on strike against government policies. So unions couldn’t ballot for action against cuts in general. Instead they chose the one direct issue between employers and workers – one cut – which applies […]

Nov 30: Greens call Holyrood out on strike

“Pick a side,” urged the Green members of the Scottish Parliament, Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone, as they voted against scheduling business during the multi-union pension strike.

On Strikes, Action Short of a Strike and the Meaning of Solidarity.

Today staff in the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) begin a campaign of action short of a strike as the first phase of an attempt to force universities management back to the negotiating table over changes to pension plans. The dispute (which, earlier this year, already resulted in several days of strike action) concerns the […]

Unions and students step up fight to save education

The fight to save public education in the UK took a step forward this week as two more unions declared ballot results in favour of strike action this Autumn. Yesterday the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) announced a programme of escalating action short of a strike beginning on October 10th over attacks on pensions. In […]

Strike day – London

By Anna Mason Strike Day in London was a beautiful show of solidarity; public sector workers and supporters coming together to stick it to the Government’s punishing new pension policies which will see public sector workers working longer, contributing more but receiving less. The mood at the start of the march was great. Union leaders […]

Strike day in Oxford.

We will have brief write-ups of strike and protest activities across the country from today – first, Oxford, by me. At seven thirty, in glorious sunshine, about 50 local residents turned up outside Oxford’s central job centre to bring love and breakfast to striking workers. For some of us, it had been a brief wink […]

Strike!

So, here we are. Today we will see the biggest day of action yet against the cuts. The average civil servant recieves a pension of £5023. It’s no wonder public sector workers are fighting against massive cuts to this entitlement. And so it’s no wonder that 48% support them, while only 36% don’t. This is […]

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