Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/940/25025

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 March 2017

Unison HE conference: Delegates give the bureaucracy a lesson in democracy

A Unison member (right) striking alongside a UCU member at the University of East London 31.10.13, photo P Mason

A Unison member (right) striking alongside a UCU member at the University of East London 31.10.13, photo P Mason   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Party delegates

Unison delegates to the higher education conference on 2 March reminded the service group executive (SGE) who's in charge by defeating them on a number of questions.

The overwhelming mood of conference was one of defiance, with many still visibly angry about the leadership overturning a 55% vote for strike action in the summer of 2016, using low turnout as an excuse to derail any chance of a fightback.

This decision not only meant that members were forced to accept a further derisory (1.1%) pay rise but demoralised activists who had confidently campaigned to win the vote for action.

One delegate explained that he was the only person from his branch at the conference as others had given up, but that he'd be back next year to continue fighting.

Delegates lined up to condemn the lack of a fighting strategy and demand more accountability, passing a motion which committed the SGE to publish voting information on all important decisions.

One motion calling for an independent inquiry into the lack of effective action over pay was opposed by the SGE, but by the time it was heard they couldn't find anyone to speak against it! It was passed with a handful of votes against.

Socialist Party delegates argued for a strategy to win a meaningful victory on pay in 2017 and were instrumental in conference passing a motion committing the SGE to support the 10 an hour minimum wage demand.

Unison members who want a fightback against privatisation, outsourcing and casualisation of higher education services should support and campaign for Unison Action candidates Kath Owen and Sandy Nicoll.

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


In The Socialist 15 March 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scotland 'indyref2' for socialist independence not the capitalist EU

State surveillance of unions: PCS assistant head demands inquiry

TUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales


Save our NHS!

NHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

Glenfield heart unit: "Children will die" angry parents tell NHS England


Socialist Party congress 2017

Socialist Party Congress 2017 reports


Socialist Party workplace news

2,000 workers on three rail networks strike against driver-only operated trains

Derby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Unison HE conference: Delegates give the bureaucracy a lesson in democracy


Fighting racism

Fight racism and austerity


International Women's Day

International Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Disabled workers deserve a living wage

'Nurses are angry and we are ready for action'

Women's struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 March 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Unison:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Democracy:

triangleSocialism would extend democracy

triangleSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

triangleSpain: clear win for left at Podemos conference!

Bureaucracy:

triangleWhat went wrong in Russia?

triangleTrotskyism: what is it?

triangleHilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy

Pay:

triangleOver 1,000 march with TAs against 23% pay cut

triangleJoin the 31 March PCS pay protest

Education:

triangleForest Hill school in Lewisham fights back

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

29/3/17

May Day

May Day greetings in the Socialist

29/3/17

Plymouth

Save Plymouth's libraries!

29/3/17

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrate three years of fighting

29/3/17

Tower Hamlets

"Save our Nurseries", Tower Hamlets campaigners tell the council

29/3/17

Fylde

GMB union should support anti-fracking campaigners in Fylde

29/3/17

Bradford

Angry march against Bradford council-approved incinerator

29/3/17

Ireland

Jobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest

29/3/17

Durham

Over 1,000 march with TAs against 23% pay cut

29/3/17

Merseyrail

TUSC backs RMT struggle against Merseyrail

29/3/17

Terror

No to racist scapegoating: oppose the far right

29/3/17

Leeds

Deliveroo victory in Leeds

29/3/17

Mental health

Dispute against backdoor privatisation of mental health services

29/3/17

Lewisham

Forest Hill school in Lewisham fights back

29/3/17

Bridgend

Bridgend Ford overtime stoppage in sourcing dispute

29/3/17

PCS

Join the 31 March PCS pay protest

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle29 Mar Over 1,000 march with TAs against 23% pay cut

triangle29 Mar April 1917: how the Bolsheviks reorientated

triangle29 Mar Top banks post 67% of profits in tax havens - nationalise the banks!

triangle29 Mar Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

triangle27 Mar Unite against terror, racism and war

triangle24 Mar Doncaster: snap strike by posties pushes bully bosses back

triangle23 Mar Jobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

More ...

triangle30 Mar Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Building a campaign against cuts in Tower Hamlets

triangle30 Mar North London Socialist Party: Stop the education cuts

triangle30 Mar Bradford Socialist Party: The French election campaign

triangle31 Mar Lambeth Socialist Party: Marking the anti-poll tax campaign

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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