Trade Union

Unison vows to fight £31m cuts by Carmarthenshire Plaid council

Carmarthenshire Unison branch has attacked the decision of Plaid-led Carmarthenshire County Council to impose £31 million cuts on the county. Mark Evans, secretary of the Carmarthenshire Unison, also slammed the sham consultation that Carmarthenshire and other councils are employing. Speaking to the Western Mail Evans said: “This is a sham consultation where most of the decisions have already been made ...

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Brum bin workers great victory against Blairite Labour council

By Ian Leech and Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party The Socialist Party salutes the marvellous campaign of Birmingham’s bin workers. Birmingham council have backed down in their battle with the city’s bin workers on the eve of a High Court hearing to determine whether their 106 threatened redundancies were lawful. The council have agreed to withdraw the redundancies and give the ...

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After the budget – unions must launch pay fight

By Rob Williams and Glenn Kelly Millions of public sector workers will be vainly sifting through Hammond’s budget for details of any pay rises. The reality is that most of them will be looking down the barrel at a full decade of Tory pay caps, maintaining the catastrophe of the fall in living standards. Two million local government workers and half ...

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We’re Still Here

A Production by National Theatre Wales and Common Wealth The future of Port Talbot steelworks, the last big steel making plant in Wales is hanging by a hair.  A year ago owners Tata Steel  threatened to close the plant, throw six thousand workers out of work and destroy the only large employer in Port Talbot. Their main complaint was the ...

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ThyssenKrupp / Tata Steel Merger

Pensions, jobs and conditions cut but no guarantees for the future!  By Alec Thraves Whilst the signing of a ‘memorandum of understanding’ between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp was given a ‘cautious’ welcome by steel union leaders, there is still massive uncertainty over the future of the Port Talbot plant and others across the UK and Europe who will make up the ...

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Carmarthenshire union leader slams Welsh Labour and Plaid cuts

The secretary of Carmarthenshire Unison has hit out at cuts being carried out by Labour and Plaid politicians while claiming to be anti-austerity. In a letter to the Western Mail Mark Evans takes up the claims of politicians from both parties referred to in an article by Martin Shipton. We republish the full article below. The abridged letter published in ...

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Tories start to retreat on pay cap

By Steve Score The government has caved in. It has agreed to lift the 1% public sector pay cap from next year, reflecting the pressure the Tories are under and their real weakness. Police and prison officers, the last groups to have pay decided this year, will have the cap lifted immediately – although their raises are still below inflation. ...

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Bron Afon victory

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have ended their strike after accepting a much-improved offer from management. The Unison members were set to lose an average of £3000 a year but after 9 days of strike action, forced management to agree to hand over an extra £1500 a year per worker, consolidated, as well one-off cash payments. ...

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