Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1059/29696
From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2019
Unison's retired members reflect growing anger
photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Unison's retired members conference met in Southport from 1-2 October, and the debates reflected the growing anger of older people.
The proposals to scrap free television licences for over-75s, to extend the point at which the winter fuel allowance can be claimed, and to subject the state retirement pension to national insurance contributions were all roundly condemned.
Several speakers pointed out that pensioner poverty in the UK is a major problem already, and that these measures will make it worse. For the second successive year the conference voted against participation in the 'Helpforce' volunteer scheme in the NHS. This was after the leadership had reintroduced an amended version onto the agenda, which was unfortunately endorsed by Unison's health service group leadership.
But delegates were adamant that they were not prepared to back the idea of Unison's retired members becoming an unpaid NHS workforce, and overwhelmingly rejected the proposal.
Donate to the Socialist Party
Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 9 October 2019:
What we think
Brexit theatrics continue
Syria: Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds
Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!
Asda workers protest callous bosses
Cynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough
Labour and workers' rights
Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?
Labour and the fight for a shorter working week
Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019
BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory
Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses
Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation
Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers
Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts
Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections
Sainsbury's strikers win
Unison's retired members reflect growing anger
Lincolnshire health visitors strike
Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'
International socialist news and analysis
Trump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis
Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party
Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!
Waltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights
Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure
'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition
Selling the Socialist
York freshers success
Book review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions
The Socialist 9 October 2019 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 07748 534 891
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041