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SALFORD STRIKES NOVEMBER 30TH
 

Star date: 4th November 2011

UNISON VOTES FOR STRIKES AGAINST THE CONDEM GOVERNMENT

Public sector trade union UNISON is backing a national strike on November 30th, as its members nationally voted overwhelmingly to support action against the ConDem Government's plans for pension `reform'.

In Salford there is going to be a march from Bexley Square to protests in Manchester, and on November 17th there's a pre-strike rally and fundraiser.

Full details here…


Salford's nurses, teaching assistants, social workers, care assistants, paramedics, police staff, dinner ladies, probation workers and cleaners have voted to support strike action in protest at the ConDem Government's plan for pensions, which will basically see people pay more and get less.

Nationally, 76% of Local Government UNISON members and 82% of NHS workers voted in favour of action to protect pensions, as the Government tried to resolve the dispute yesterday.

"The decisive yes vote in the ballot, reflects the deep concern that our members have over Government ministers' proposals for their pensions" says  Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON
.
"Yesterday's statement in Parliament was a marked improvement on earlier
proposals. But, it is important to understand that the statement has to be translated into offers in the scheme specific talks. We still have had no offer in those negotiations, where such an offer can legitimately be made. "We support the TUC day of action on 30th November, but will be negotiating right up to then and beyond to get a fair deal for our members."

The Day of Action on November 30th, called by the TUC, will see national strikes and in Salford there is a planned match from Bexley Square into Manchester to join protests happening there.

"With this ballot result UNISON members have clearly showed a willingness to defend their pensions" says Steven North, Branch Secretary of Salford City UNISON

"Salford City UNISON will now make preparations for Industrial Action on November 30th along with the other trade unions that are committed to the TUC  Day of Action" he adds "We are assured by our national negotiators that they will continue to try and talk to the Government until that date and we hope that through negotiations a fair settlement can be reached.  However, if no fair settlement can be reached, we are prepared to fight."

Meanwhile, on Thursday 17th November Greater Manchester TUC, supported by Salford TUC, Salford City UNISON and Salford Against The Cuts, are having a Pre-Strike Rally and Fundraiser at Saffron Restaurant, Cheetham Hill with a three course meal, music, entertainment and guest speakers. All money raised will go towards the North West Pensioners Convention.

Pre-Strike Rally and Fundraiser
Thursday 17th of November, 7pm.
Saffron Restaurant,
107 Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester, M8 8PY
0161 834 1222 ‎

£8 Unemployed/Low waged/Student; £15 Waged
£20 Solidarity

To book in advance or to add your branch/organization name to the list of those supporting the event, please phone Steve 07817434240 or email salfordtuc@hotmail.co.uk

 

Jon Whittaker wrote
at 19:56:29 on 13 November 2011
I find it is always good to have balance in your life. Today I am 50% comedic and 50% insane
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 19:56:22 on 13 November 2011
Mr Whittaker, I refer you to my previous post concerning the utter mess created by 18 years of Conservative government the last time they were in power. You are right on one count the Conservatives in power do roll their sleeves up & get stuck into something, kicking the living shit out of the working class.
 
Fudge wrote
at 10:17:51 on 13 November 2011
Jon Whittaker . You are either a comedian , or insane . Which is it ?
 
Jon Whittaker wrote
at 05:27:25 on 13 November 2011
This is what Conservatives do in government. We roll our sleeves up. We get stuck in. When the Right are in power the Left go on strike, when the Left are in Power the Right get to work and we deliver. And we could not do it without people like you, look at all these jobs we’ve created you lucky lucky people. Salford is really on the map now with Media City, Port Salford etc. We said we would be a pro-business, pro-enterprise government, getting behind those who could create wealth and jobs in our economy, and just look what we've done. Cutting corporation tax. Scrapping Labour's jobs tax. Promoting enterprise at home - and British business around the world. So remember next time you vote, vote Conservative *thumbs up*
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 12:31:22 on 08 November 2011
James privatisation has left in ruins industries, that although not perfect were working. Energy companies have given us a new phrase 'fuel poverty' strange how this has only come about since utility companies were privatised & saw fit to charge what they like leaving some of us to decide whether to eat or keep warm. Rail, if you can afford to use the rail network you would know that it is massively over crowded, again something I personally do not recall from pre privateisation days. If you think that between 25000 & 30000 deaths are caused by the cold in this country, that's more than in Siberia, is a small price to pay I pity you.
 
James wrote
at 09:30:49 on 08 November 2011
@Nachtsleppper I look at one piece from your quote "The disaster that was privatisation affects every man, woman & child in this country." If you believe this you are naive. Isn't it funny the countries with the biggest problems in Europe are those with the largest public sectors. Italy and Greece are great examples of why what Britain did was right as much as it was hard. Sure privatisation upset the job for life and ruined lives in the plenty but compared to the other option of an unsustainable public sector and future bankrupty this would lead to it seems like a small price to pay.
 
Mark Krantz wrote
at 19:11:05 on 07 November 2011
Jon wine as much as you want, there will be millions striking on N30 Union bosses are not bankers they are not part of the 1%
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 19:11:00 on 07 November 2011
James, is it not unreasonable to ask private investors to use thier own money & not other people's? The fact is that everything Hilda's lot did is now coming back to bite us all. The disaster that was privatisation affects every man, woman & child in this country. Yet private companies still want to pick the tax payer's pocket. If you think that this is a good thing in any way, shape or form I suggest you immediately seek help.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 19:10:20 on 07 November 2011
Mr Whittaker, if we follow your logic then only elections with a 100% turn out would be valid. As for union officials pay, yes it's much too high, but I dont hear you shouting too much about the £14 billion, yes that's billion, paid out in bonuses to the paople who dropped us in it from a great height. I guess your bosses would not want you to mention that though.
 
James wrote
at 05:52:21 on 07 November 2011
Bloated public sector in cuts shocker. Suprisingly it isn't good economics to keep Northern towns and cities running at 65-75% public sector/total GDP. The strange thing is Fadge talks about wage control from the government and the desire to keep wages low from central government but I find it hard to balance this with the levels of public sector job creation over the last decade in the North. The north needs private sector investment if it is every to work. People like Peel Holdings provide sizeable investment in our city and should be welcomed with open arms. Fadge doesn't want Peel, the BBC, Government or anything it seems. So who will provide the jobs Fadge????? Are we to move everything back into state ownership and re-live the "glory" days all those of you with goldfish memories hark on about all the time?
 
Fadge - THE HANGMAN wrote
at 13:12:22 on 06 November 2011
Jim Devine . I must point out that during The Great Miner's Strikes Arthur Scargill , Peter Heathfield , Mick McGahey and the other leaders took no wages at all in full support . The corrupt torybastard propaganda machine , corrupt press , corrupt MI5 , lied and fabricated ' evidence ' against these honorable and decent people .I suggest you read ' the Enemy Within ' by Seamus Milne for the truth . Thatcher and her cronies should swing from a rope - and I volunteer to do the deed .
 
Salford Star wrote
at 13:11:08 on 06 November 2011
See Atholl St's comment below... Nope don't think it is the same one!!! Sorry!
 
Atholl St resident. wrote
at 13:09:08 on 06 November 2011
Is this the same Steve North who couldnt even be bothered to respond to a complaint brought to his attention about alleged cronyism at a North West University. A senior North West civil servant who had already been disciplined for racist behaviour and who sanctioned a £2 million payment to a university was then made a Professor at the same university, without the position being externally advertised, while the said University was cutting junior posts. Im not too sure how much I would listen to Mr Steve North.
 
Mark Krantz wrote
at 21:59:35 on 05 November 2011
Jon, no one is listening to your defence of the 1% who have robbed all the money from the people, especially the poor people of Salford. When millions come out on strike on N30 and millions more support them then you will be silenced.
 
jim devine wrote
at 21:59:30 on 05 November 2011
Oh yes, and while I am at it. Harriet Harpersons husband Dromey suddenly gets offered a safe seat to become a Labour MP. This is the same Harriet Horribleperson who pretended to champion women only shortlists. Ive never voted and i am at the stage now to say anybody who walks into a poll booth to authenticate this corrupt system should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. I accept this is too bold a staement as people think all they are doing is excercising their rights. Maybe think a bit deeper, maybe think on remembrance day of all the young men and woman who have been slaughtered due to failed politicians looking after themselves and who have the cheek to say we can change things by voting once every five years.Tomorrow I will honour each and every one of our heroic citizens but at the same time loathe the neocheaters who destroyed their lives. RIP LEST WE FORGET. p.s dO YOU REALISE THE 4 lORDS JAILED FOR STEALING OFF ME AND YOU ARE FREE TO TAKE UPP THEIR SEATS AGAIN NEXT YEAR and this is the system you are supporting by voting. Its a swindle.
 
jim devine wrote
at 21:58:41 on 05 November 2011
Here, here Jon. And lets not forget Bob Crowes lobster lunches at The Savoy at his members expense. While the miners were losing their houses during their honourable battle their leaders were moving into stockbroker belt. Just like Merry, Spicer and co I wouldnt trust them an inch.
 
Fadge - No Hope in this dead city wrote
at 21:56:34 on 05 November 2011
So you expect the workers to do nothing then , Jonny boy ? WE NEED TO SMASH THE TORYBASTARDS . GOOD LUCK TO THE STRIKERS .
 
Jon Whittaker wrote
at 08:47:26 on 05 November 2011
overwhelmingly? 29% of the Unison membership bothered to vote - which means 71% of the Union membership did not support the call to strike! Yes let’s talk about fat cats and greed shall we... 38 trade union general secretaries and chief executives received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2010-11.The total pay of the general secretaries and chief executives earning over £100,000 was nearly £5.2 million in 2010-11. Former joint General Secretary of Unite Derek Simpson received over £500,000, including severance pay of £310,000. Union bosses pay D Simpson(Unite) £186,626, D Prentis (Unison) £130,109, M Wrack(FBU) £117,230, R Crow(RMT )£113,011, Worker equality? They are taking the pi55 out of you!
 
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