PRESS RELEASE – Coventry Unison to Build and Support city wide Campaign against Trade Union Bill



Coventry City Branch of Unison is deeply concerned that:

  • For the first time, employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for strikers. This could have big safety implications, lead to worse public services, and will undermine the right to strike.
  • The Bill proposes huge restrictions on peaceful picketing and protests.
  • The Bill proposes attacks on union reps in the public sector, restrictions on how unions collect and spend our money and lots more unnecessary red tape.This week the chief executive of Thompson’s Solicitors told MPs the Trade Union Bill is “unlawful, unwarranted and unworkable” . In his evidence to the Trade Union Bill Committee, Steve Cavalier said it appeared the Bill had been designed specifically to make it difficult, if not impossible, to take the necessary steps to comply with its provisions. He said: “It is an unwarranted ideological attack on internationally recognised rights in this country.”UNISON Coventry City Branch spokesperson Richard Harty said. “Not only is this a moral outrage and direct attack on trade union members in the UK and workers’ fundamental human rights rights, we now have a definitive response from Employment Lawyers that this is unlawful”. Unison in Coventry will work with our sister unions in the City Council, the Coventry TUC, other trade unionists and the public to ensure the campaign against this Bill gathers momentum. For details of our campaign work and future events contact Coventry City Unison via the above address or visit on the web via, our Facebook page at
  • Follow @coventryunison on twitter.

Notification Of Industrial Action – NEW STRIKE DAY WILL BE OCTOBER 14TH 2014



Council and school workers voted for strike action for fair pay.

Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for action after rejecting the employers’ pay offer of just 1%. The first strike day took place on 10 July. Now a second strike will happen on Tuesday 14 October.

Once again. Unison is co-ordinating the action with the other local unions involved. We will be organising picket lines on all Council workplaces, to be followed up with a rally in Coventry City Centre (details to be confirmed).

Please ask all your colleagues to respect the democratic decision made by  Unison  members to take strike action and do not cross our picket lines on the day.

Anyone with questions about the action can speak to your local steward or phone Branch Office – 02476 550829 – email


Four Reasons to go on Strike 

  1. We can’t afford another pay and pension cut

The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of your life.

  1. We are worth fair pay for the work we do

Our pay and conditions are the worst in the public sector – from top to bottom.

  1. Taking another pay cut won’t save jobs and services

Despite a pay freeze, 1,000 further jobs cuts are planned by Coventry City Council. Services continue to be stripped to the bone, privatised or stopped all together. There’s no reason to believe a pay cut will stop this.

  1. All this will continue unless we act now

Low pay is bad for workers and bad for the economy. That’s why politicians from all parties are calling for an end to low pay. Many local government workers rely on benefits to pay bills. Right now, the taxpayer is subsidising local government to pay poverty wages.



Say No to Britain First



See below for info on Britain First and their links to the BNP etc.

Britain First came from a split from the equally fascist BNP. A sinister figure behind BF is Jim Dowson, former Bnp funder and longtime extremist. BF are aping the tactics of the EDL, in their aim to capitalise on Islamophobia. Their flash mob demonstrations and proposed ‘tour’ is reminiscent of past, brownshirted, stormtroopers. They are a tiny but provocative mob,.intent on hitting their way into the headlines. Their aims and intentions come amid a corrosive atmosphere of attacks on Muslims. At it’s extreme, such Islamophobia can lead to physical attacks on places of worship, as in Muswell Hill, last year. With many locals, Uaf rallied round to ensure that the community stayed united.
BF’s actions show what depths they will stoop to. Their claims to be on a Christian mission have brought strong criticism from Church leaders. BF are seeking to undermine our multicultural society. Instead of cherishing dialogue and tolerance between different communities, races and faiths, these fascists look to scupper it. Thus, defending Muslims and opposing Islamophobia is essential. Confronting the poison of BF is vital No section of our society should be scapegoated.
Uaf calls for the strongest possible action against such fascists. No Mosque should face a repeat of BF’s threats. Their politics and tactics are in direct opposition to our multiculturaL society. We reject their politics of hate and stand full square with all who BF target.

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