Campaigning & Solidarity

Unite has called a mass demonstration outside the Labour Party conference to highlight our campaigning issues such as an end to privatisation in public services, better management of the NHS, equality for temporary and agency workers, affordable housing for all who need it, and better pensions. The demonstration will be on Sunday 23rd September – Unite will be providing free transport for members to attend. Please get in touch if you’re interested in taking part.
During our dispute we have benefited from massive moral, practical and financial support from the UNISON Manchester Community and Mental Health branch. The successful outcome of their strike against NHS cuts was an inspiration for many of us. Their branch chair – Karen Reissmann, spoke at several of our rallies and events. Karen, who has been a nurse for 25 years and is an elected member of UNISON’s national health executive, was suspended from work on 15th June and is facing disciplinary charges (which could lead to dismissal) arising from her role as a union activist. Karen’s branch is asking supporters to:
– Send an email protesting to Sheila Foley, Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and copy her branch.
– Attend the “Reinstate Karen Reissmann” public meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 25th July at the Cross Street Chapel, City Centre, Manchester (leaflet here).
– Send a donation (payable to “UNISON Manchester Community & Mental Health” to Manchester Community and Mental Health Branch, c/o union office , Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9UN

Unite members working in the refuse department at Salford council are taking industrial action in protest at the abuse of agency workers. The agency staff (some of whom have worked there for many years) get paid far less than the council employees for doing the same work. Members have already taken two days of strike action and are taking action short of strike. This has a major impact on their earnings because of a weekly bonus arrangement. They plan a further strike on Tuesday. You could visit their picket lines at Turnpike House, Eccles New Road, Weaste, Salford. Their hardship appeal leaflet is here. Our reps have already decided to send them a £100 donation from our own strike fund and personal donations are encouraged.
Today Royal Mail postal workers in the CWU are taking their second day of strike action over pay and to protect the postal service. The CWU have produced this leaflet explaining their case. This campaign is part of a wider resistance to prices rising faster than earnings for the first time since 1977. The government’s policy of capping public sector pay rises below 2.5% is encouraging other employers to cut pay in real terms – affecting all our living standards. There are plans for a major pay rally (involving various unions) in Manchester at 6:30pm on Wednesday 1st August in the Mechanics Institute.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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