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Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

28 January 2015

Book review: Unison bureaucracy unmasked

I recently read Unison Bureaucracy Unmasked: The Defend the Four Story, a restrained account of a shameful episode in the history of Unison, writes Maurice Sheehan, Ex-staff member, Unison.

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10 September 2014

Unison Bureaucracy Unmasked

At Unison's 2007 conference, the union's standing orders committee ruled out of order a third of branch motions, including ones questioning union strategies and the union's link with Labour

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14 May 2014

Striking out against bullying

Occupational Therapists in Greenwich are striking on Wednesday 21st May

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19 June 2013

Workplace news in brief

Croydon/Bromley bins: An industrial action ballot of Unite members employed as refuse workers in Bromley and Croydon has returned a majority in favour of strike action in both boroughs

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Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

12 June 2013

Unison conference - time to reclaim the union

How socialists fought off the witch-hunt: After six years, Unison's national leadership has thrown in the towel over a vicious witch-hunt against four Unison activists, all Socialist Party members

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1 May 2013

Unison: Defend the Four

On 3 May, after nearly six years of a tortuous fight with the Unison bureaucracy, an employment tribunal remedy hearing is to be held...

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25 January 2012

Greenwich Unite members oppose cuts, privatisation and racism

Unite members in Greenwich, south London, were out in force for the second Saturday running on 21 January, fighting to stop the council privatising the library service, writes Onay Kasab, Greenwich Unite.

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13 October 2011

Greenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services

In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service

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7 September 2011

Unison expulsion

Socialist Party member Onay Kasab has been informed by the Unison leadership that his appeal against expulsion from the union has failed...

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7 September 2011

Workplace News in brief

NSSN lobby of the TUC: On 11 September the National Shop Stewards Network is organising a lobby of the TUC, demanding they call a one-day public sector general strike...

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Youth against Racism in Europe protest against the BNP in 1993, photo by The Socialist

Youth against Racism in Europe protest against the BNP in 1993, photo by The Socialist

1 June 2011

18 years since Stephen Lawrence murder

We still need to fight racism... and cuts: Two men are now to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the black teenager who had ambitions to become an architect but was killed in a vicious racist attack in 1993, writes Onay Kasab.

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9 March 2011

Unison expulsion

Disgracefully Onay Kasab, a Unison member for 17 years, has been expelled from the union. Kaz explained to the Socialist that this follows a ban from office after a witch-hunt against him and three other Socialist Party members in Unison by the leadership.

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3 March 2011

Unison witch-hunt: Reinstate the Four!

Four Socialist Party members, unjustly suspended from office by Unison, have won a major victory at an employment tribunal...

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23 February 2011

Council workers face pay freeze

Local government employers are imposing another year's pay freeze on local authority workers. They are also saying they can't afford to give the paltry 250 one-off payment for public sector workers...

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28 January 2011

Britain's biggest public sector union found guilty in court

Witch-hunt ruled illegal: UNISON's leadership has spent three years and tens of thousands of pounds witch-hunting some of its most effective fighters. Today an Employment Tribunal has ruled that campaign of bullying to be unlawful

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Onay Kasab, TUSC candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich

Onay Kasab, TUSC candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich

29 July 2010

Onay Kasab, TUSC candidate

Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich in general election

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28 April 2010

"That makes real sense to me"

The Socialist Party's TUSC stall in Woolwich has now become a regular feature for shoppers. Less familiar was the Labour Party stall that made its debut appearance last week. As the TUSC candidate I wasted...

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Defend the Four protest lobby against Unison outside Congress House, photo B. Severn

Defend the Four protest lobby against Unison outside Congress House, photo B. Severn

17 March 2010

Unison leadership's "scorched earth policy"

EIGHTY PEOPLE from Unison branches across London took part in a protest against the appalling actions of the union's leadership in the witch-hunt against four Socialist Party members.
Outside Congress House, where the London region of Unison has its offices, Unison members burned letters from the regional secretary, Linda Perks.

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Unison protest in Huddersfield, photo Huddersfield SP

10 March 2010

Fight the cuts, not union members

Dawn raids on Unison branch offices: Fifteen unelected Unison trade union officials raided the Unison offices in Bromley and Greenwich in south London and the Tenant Services Authority in central London in the early morning of Friday 5 March, writes Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party secretary.

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