Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/686/12832

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 September 2011

Recognition won back - at a price

Rob Rooney, Plymouth Unison shop steward, personal capacity, and Socialist Party member.

Unison has won back recognition by Plymouth city council but only after agreeing to a cuts package which inflicts devastating losses on some workers.

The Tory administration summoned Unison, along with GMB and Unite, to talks in January on how to cut 18 million from the city budget over the next three years. When, in August, Unison refused to sign the deal, management took the unprecedented step of de-recognising Unison, by far the biggest union at the council.

With heavy hearts, the branch voted to accept a revised cuts package. I have always argued against accepting any cuts and consequently voted not to accept.

Management have made minor improvements and made it clear that, with the agreement of GMB and Unite in its pockets, they were set on imposing the cuts even if Unison refused to sign.

There's no getting round the fact that this is a defeat for all Plymouth city council workers.

The challenge for the branch is making sure every Unison member is prepared for the fact that management will try to come back for more.

In the battles ahead it is crucial that all three recognised unions act together, that a democratically elected joint shop stewards committee emerges and that a policy of no cuts of any kind is adopted. Unison is calling for a mass meeting of all three unions.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 September 2011:


Building for 30 November strike

We won't pay for the bankers' crisis!

30 November - the fight of all our lives


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Gloucestershire: Rage ignites against NHS privatisation

12th hour reprieve for Dale Farm

Protest at Lib Dem conference


Socialist Party news and analysis

Wales mine deaths: Privatisation comes under the spotlight

Private rail companies - a licence to print money

Fast news


Socialist history

Poplar 1921: 'Better to break the law than break the poor'


Socialist Party feature

2011 Labour Party conference - a debate: Can Labour be reclaimed?


International socialist news and analysis

Kazakhstan: Dictatorial regime threatens socialist activists

Floods devastate Sindh: Crisis worsens, hundreds killed


Socialist Party youth and students

Don't let the Con-Dems steal our future!

Save Devon youth service: "time for young people to stand up"

Jobs, homes and services, not racism

University - pay more, receive less

Youth protest movement grows in Israel


Socialist Party workplace news

Southampton council workers vote for more action

Remploy workers "will not go gently" - or at all!

Expelled from Unison for effective anti-cuts leadership

Bus workers force management climb-down

Protesting construction workers call for national strike ballot

Recognition won back - at a price

Workplace news In Brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 September 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Plymouth:

triangleSave Plymouth's libraries!

triangleThousands mobilising to #KeepCorbyn

triangleObituary: Simon Gomery 1968-2016

triangleTUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

triangleInvigorating and inspiring South West day school

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

triangleSurrey County Council staff on collision course over pay freeze

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2