My own personal blog. Newham Council Cabinet member for Housing Services & Chair of Investment & Accounts. Councillor for West Ham ward, UNISON Branch secretary, Regional Council Officer & NEC member, Pension & Charity Trustee, Centre left and proud member of Labour movement family.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis: My 3 Pledges to you
My 3 pledges to
I hope you enjoyed
UNISON's recent national delegate conference in Glasgow.
During my speech,
I made three key pledges to conference to show how the union is
committed to supporting members and fighting the austerity agenda.
I now want to
update you on progress so far.
I pledged to:
the number of fighting fund organisers from 100 to 300 to support
the union’s legal funds in order to take on strategic cases that
we can use to challenge the government, and
for a mass demonstration in Manchester during the Conservative
Party conference to show the strength of the union’s opposition to
cuts to public services.
Pledge 1 - triple
our fighting funds organisers
we’ve started to recruit more fighting fund organisers. There are more
than 100 in place already and branches can contact their regions to
make proposals for how a new organiser could support their work. This
army of organisers is a vital support for our hard-pressed branches, so
do reach out to your region if your branch could benefit.
Pledge 2 - double
our legal funds
On legal cases,
we’ve put the resources in place and the union is already taking advice
on how we could best challenge the government’s plans to change the law
on strike ballots. We are continuing to pursue our legal challenge to
the charges for employment tribunal cases and we are fighting
non-payment of the minimum wage in particular sectors. We’ll continue
to use the law to fight for our members’ rights.
Pledge 3 - build
for a mass demo in Manchester
demonstrating in Manchester, we’ve talked with the TUC about organising
this protest and UNISON is committed to mobilising our members to make
their voices heard. You’ll hear more about this in UNISON’s
publications, emails and the website over the coming months – I hope
you’ll get involved too.