Keep Osbourne’s hands off our Pensions!

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Tory Chancellor George Osbourne is trying to plunder the local government pension scheme (LGPS).

The government is seeking powers to direct Council pension funds to pay into their pet infrastructure investment schemes and make them only invest in accordance to the current UK Government’s foreign policy. British foreign policy is questionable in regard to totalitarian regimes. Such regimes are often economically unstable and any investment would therefore be unsafe for our pensions.

Local government pension funds should be the ones making investment decisions, since they will have to carry the responsibility if it all goes wrong. There is no protection for these schemes if they make the wrong investments decisions and the schemes collapse as a result .

Since there has been no debate in Parliament on this “nationalisation” UNISON is encouraging its members to sign this Parliamentary Petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125475 to get a debate in the House on this matter.

Social Work Action Network Conference – 4th June

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The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) national conference will take place on Sat 4 June in Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London. The day is made up of four sessions: racism, refugees and Prevent; privatisation of social work and mental health.

Details of the conference are here: www.socialworkfuture.org
Tickets for the conference can be booked on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-work-action-network-conference-2016-tickets-21466241105

The next day, Sun 5 June SWAN are holding a Social Work Day of Solidarity With Refugees. From Britain social workers intend to travel to Calais and Dunkirk on 5 June. Email Michael on michaellavalette1962@gmail.com for more information

WE ARE COV UNITY STATEMENT

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We condemn the threat by the English Defence League (EDL) to bring ‘protest’ to Coventry on May 21st. Fascist organisations such as the EDL and Britain First are trying to use the fear over terrorism and war to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslim people.

 

Coventry is a city which has a very proud tradition of promoting peace and unity. Our city was built on tolerance and respect for the huge contribution made to our city by people from many different backgrounds. Coventry has a proud history of combating racism in all it’s forms. Coventry is a great city, because it is built on immigration and by refugees finding sanctuary here. We must not give a quarter to those who would judge an entire religion, race or nationality by the actions of a few.

The EDL have no solutions for real problems in our society. They have nothing to offer on jobs, housing, young peoples services, education or the economy. The EDL offer no future for Coventry people of any background. The EDL want only to see Muslims attacked and a race war on our streets. We condemn them and oppose their attempts to call “demonstrations” to exploit these issues.

Jewish, Sikh and Hindu organisations have all spoken out publicly to condemn the EDL and have refused to be used by the racists and fascists. When EDL supporters tried to whip up Islamophobia under cover of a supposed LGBT ‘pride’ event in east London, local LGBT organisations refused to let the racists hijack the traditions of pride. We need to show we are not complacent. We will not allow the EDL to use our city as a platform for their agenda of hate. It is the EDL who are the outsiders and the violent threat to all in Coventry.

We also call on the media and politicians to stop using inflammatory language that feeds the fascists and racists. We must reject those who want to divide our communities and set them against each other, and stand fast to the ideals of anti-racism, multiculturalism and respect for all. We will therefore be supporting the #wearecov peaceful protest against the EDL in Coventry to celebrate our proud city and show that fascists will not be welcome here. We urge as many people as possible to support us and attend.

 

Please give your backing to this statement. Email to coventryunite@yahoo.co.uk or text 07503 668346

 

CALLED BY

Unite against Fascism – Coventry

SUPPORTED BY

Coventry Against Racism

Coventry Trade Union Council

Coventry and Warwickshire Peoples Assembly

PCS – Midlands Region

Unison – Coventry City Branch

Unite – WM6050 Coventry & Warwickshire Local Tom Mann Branch

Love Music Hate Racism – Coventry

Download the statement below:

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Unions Press for Further Pay Talks

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The Employers’ Side of the NJC met on 1 April to discuss the proposal by the three unions for a one-year deal and agreed timetables for implementation of the reviews of term-time  working and the pay spine.

 

In response, they said that they are not prepared to make a one-year offer and have only offered a Joint Secretaries meeting to establish a timetable for the reviews. The Employers ’letter is attached.

 

UNISON’s NJC Committee met yesterday to consider the Employers’ response. After a lengthy discussion, the Committee voted to continue to pursue the option of taking industrial action later this year.

UNISON’s Industrial Action Committee will consider the Committee’s request for a ballot for all-out strike action on 13 April

For more Dowload  bulletin number 11

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Local Government Service Group Election 2016 – Why we nominated Richard Harty

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We are proud to support Richard who has dedicated much of his working life in serving our union and its members, defending their interests. He represents a mainly female workforce in Coventry’s Education service schools. He leads negotiations with the Trades unions side with dignity. He has been unafraid to stand up for members who have been discriminated against and continues to campaign for fair pay and fair funding for local government, which can improve the life chances of our members and citizens alike.