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12 July 2017

The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

Who controls the Labour Party remains unresolved. The pro-capitalist right wing uses the structures established under years of Blairism to preserve its position while plotting its next move

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31 May 2017

Certification officer confirms that Unison did break the rules in general secretary election

The complaint that right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis's team breached the rule that forbids the use of union resources to campaign for any candidate in the election was upheld

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31 May 2017

Gains for left in Unison executive election

Unison Action increased the left's vote to 29 seats. The Socialist Party increased our numbers on the NEC to seven

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17 May 2017

Unison must back Corbyn's pledge to abolish zero-hour contracts with action

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to abolish zero-hour contracts if elected on 8 June. And last year, Unison northern region co-convenor Nicky Ramanandi joined in the condemnations of Blairite North East Labour local authorities' use of casual labour.

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1 March 2017

Hearing into alleged rule-breaking by Unison ends

The hearing into rule breaking by public sector union Unison during the 2015 general secretary election ended on 22 February

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11 January 2017

Unison legal battle looks into allegations 'Team Dave' broke rules during general secretary election

For years Unison activists have suspected that there has been illegitimate interference from unelected officials in the union elections in breach of the rules. As such the 2015 general secretary election was no different, except this time they got caught red handed.

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23 November 2016

Lessons of the 'N30' 2011 pension strike

The fifth anniversary of the public sector pension strike allows an opportunity to reflect on the most significant and defining trade union struggle of the recent period.

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16 November 2016

Durham teaching assistants strike: 2,000 walk out

Almost 2,000 teaching assistants (TAs), Unison and ATL members, in County Durham struck on 8 and 9 November against the Labour council that is proposing to cut their wages.

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Jeremy Corbyn

28 September 2016

Consolidate the Corbyn victory

Many Corbyn supporters hope Labour can unify around an anti-austerity programme to defeat the Tories. It was soon clear, however, that the right won't accept the democratic will of Labour Party members.

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29 June 2016

Unison conference 2016: Major turning point in the union

This year's Unison national delegate conference marked a major turning point in the union. On its final day the conference was rocked by the Brexit result and subsequent resignation of Cameron. Many delegates entering the conference on 24 June were either jubilant or confused, but that mood was not matched by the right-wing leadership of Unison.

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15 June 2016

Unison conference 2016: fighting leadership needed more than ever

While member-led initiatives for strike action are thrown in the dustbin, democracy at the very top of the union now has massive question marks hanging over it following the scandal surrounding the recent general secretary election.

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9 March 2016

A chance for the trade unions to lead the EU referendum debate

The majority of trade unions support the idea of a so-called 'social Europe', but have often opposed, at least on paper, the reality of EU policies

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Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

24 February 2016

Unison at a crossroads

Industrially and politically, Britain's largest public sector union is under siege from the Tories' relentless austerity agenda. Meanwhile, Unison's right-wing leadership and bureaucracy resort to dirty tricks to hold the struggle back.

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9 December 2015

Unison general secretary election in crisis

The Unison general secretary election, and the union itself, were thrown into disarray last week with the release of a secret recording of a meeting of the London regional staff. In the meeting, held on 21 October, regional secretary Linda Perks can be heard organising staff to campaign for general secretary Dave Prentis.

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2 December 2015

London ambulances in special measures due to underfunding

London Ambulance Service has become the first in the country to be placed in special measures. Failings have led to the NHS Trust Development Authority taking it over.

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25 November 2015

"I'm voting for Roger because I believe we need change in our union"

Unison members have been leafleting workplaces

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Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

19 August 2015

Socialist challenges for Unison leadership

Rank-and-file socialist Roger Bannister is standing for general secretary of Unison

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24 June 2015

Prentis pushed to talk up action

Delegates to public sector union Unison's national conference on 16 to 19 June underlined the need for a fighting strategy.

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18 March 2015

We need a fighting, democratic union

Unison recall conference: For only the second time in its history, the Unison union has convened a special delegate recall conference

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Unison health workers in Mid Yorks on strike, photo by Iain Dalton

Unison health workers in Mid Yorks on strike, photo by Iain Dalton

15 May 2013

Unison leader 'gets it wrong' over action on pay

Local government workers have had three years of pay freeze, as well as facing cuts in pay and conditions of service and massive job losses...

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