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28 July 2021

Unite to fight Tory pay insults

The Tories' 3% pay offer is a direct attack on the NHS. It shows the contempt the government has for the health service and its staff. 3% is simply not enough, and makes it clear that the government does

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23 July 2021

New left NEC meets - Organise the fight back now

The left members of Unison's NEC must maximise use of their majority.

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22 July 2021

Public sector pay - Prepare for action!

Health workers have been told that they are only worth a 3% pay rise. Teachers have been told they are worth nothing in terms of a pay rise this year. Hundreds of thousands of civil servants face a pay freeze. A million and a half council workers have already been told they are only worth 1.5%.

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23 June 2021

Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member

Hospital worker Naomi Byron speaks (pc) to the Socialist following her election

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24 March 2021

Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power

In 2011, trade unionists demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and then took strike action in defence of their pensions and against public service cuts

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3 March 2021

Public sector workers respond to the budget

"The financial outlook is volatile." This (under)statement, in Essex County Council's budget document for 2021, could be the strapline for the future of all local government services.

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2 December 2020

Unions must resist return to austerity

Chancellor Sunak's spending review should be a wake-up call to the trade union leaders. Even from the capitalists' point of view there was no immediate need to impose a pay freeze on 1.5 million public sector workers.

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2 December 2020

Napo kickstarts fight against pay freeze

At my first meeting on the national executive committee (NEC) of probation union Napo, I put forward an emergency motion to launch a campaign against the pay freeze.

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25 November 2020

Covid crisis: "We won't pay the price"


After giving Covid contracts worth billions to their cronies, the Tories announced yet another pay freeze for millions of public sector workers, and the scrapping of the planned increase in the minimum wage

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Hugo Pierre, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

Hugo Pierre, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

22 November 2020

Hugo Pierre, a candidate in Unison's general secretary election, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

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4 November 2020

Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

On the 28 October, 1.4 million ballot papers will go out to Unison public sector union members to decide who should be the new general secretary and lead the union.

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7 October 2020

Germany: "Heroes" strike to demand a pay rise

Public sector workers in Germany's hospitals, kindergartens, civil service, refuse operations, as well as public transport workers, have started 'warning strikes' in support of their wage demands.

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24 June 2020

South Africa: Building jobs and living wage campaign

On 17 June, hundreds of workers marched in Johannesburg, South Africa, demanding permanent jobs and a monthly living wage of R12,500 (580).

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3 April 2019

PCS elections: Support socialist candidates

National elections in the PCS civil servants' union start on 16 April and finish 9 May. They are for the national executive committee (NEC), which is elected annually, and the assistant general secretary (AGS) position - elected for a five-year term

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3 April 2019

Probation privatisation failure

"Irredeemably flawed" is the verdict of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation, five years on from the break-up and part-privatisation of the service.

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20 March 2019

PCS: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

125,000 PCS members across the civil service and related public bodies are being asked to vote Yes in the national ballot on pay.

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6 March 2019

Trade union action to end low pay now!

Poverty pay for 1.2 million public sector workers. 2.7% pay rise for MPs: More than one million public sector workers are paid less than the minimum amount needed to make ends meet, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. They calculate this as 9 an hour, or 10.55 in London.

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20 February 2019

Harrowing accounts of austerity at Unison women's conference

Delegates at the women's conference of public sector union Unison gave harrowing accounts of living their lives in debt, and how they have been reduced to choosing between eating and heating while trying to put food on the table for their families.

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24 October 2018

Health services in meltdown - fight to save our NHS

In the last two years, infant mortality rates in England and Wales have risen for the first time in over a century.

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29 August 2018

NHS: Mass fightback is needed

NHS services are showing the strain of cuts, privatisation and insufficient funding.

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