spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Around the UK subcategories:

* UK Towns and cities


UK Towns and cities keywords:

Aberdeen (1)

Andover (4)

Anglesey (5)

Ascot (5)

Ashford (6)

Aylesbury (7)

Bangor (18)

Barking & Dagenham (23)

Barking (73)

Barnet (10)

Barnsley (43)

Barnstaple (3)

Barrow-in-Furness (1)

Barton Moss (3)

Basildon (39)

Basingstoke (13)

Bath (7)

Belfast (93)

Berkshire (5)

Bermondsey (5)

Birkenhead (97)

Birmingham (452)

Blackburn (4)

Bolsover (15)

Bolton (42)

Bournemouth (1)

Bracknell (24)

Bradford (116)

Brent (13)

Bridgend (21)

Brighton (205)

Bristol (406)

Britain (906)

Brixton (23)

Bromley (59)

Burnley (7)

Burston (5)

Burton-on-trent (2)

Bury (16)

Caerphilly (118)

Cambridge (25)

Camden (61)

Canterbury (4)

Cardiff (507)

Carillion (35)

Carmarthen (8)

Chatham (4)

Cheltenham (7)

Cheshire & Cardiff (1)

Cheshire (23)

Cheshire and Cardiff (1)

Chesterfield (91)

Chichester (3)

Chorley (2)

Clay Cross (5)

Cleethorpes (3)

Cornwall (19)

Coventry (369)

Crawley (2)

Crewe (5)

Croydon (7)

Cumbria (32)

Dagenham (74)

Darlington (22)

Daventry (2)

Deptford (15)

Derby (185)

Derbyshire (65)

Derry (7)

Devon (64)

Dewsbury (16)

Doncaster (118)

Dorset (6)

Dorset (6)

Dover (8)

Dudley (7)

Dunchurch (1)

Dundee (54)

Durham (31)

Ealing (20)

East London (279)

East Midlands (46)

Eastbourne (4)

Eastern (8)

Eastern region (3)

Eastleigh (13)

Edinburgh (23)

Enfield (40)

Essex (21)

Exeter (46)

Falkirk (12)

Fawley (9)

Fleetwood (8)

Folkestone (12)

Forest of Dean (6)

Fylde (3)

Gateshead (48)

Glasgow (174)

Gloucester (43)

Gloucestershire (35)

Gosport (1)

Grangemouth (19)

Grantham (8)

Greater Manchester (19)

Greenwich (152)

Grimethorpe (3)

Grimsby (25)

Hackney (419)

Halifax (56)

Hampshire (34)

Haringey (77)

Haringey (77)

Harlow (4)

Harrogate (55)

Harrow (3)

Hartlepool (2)

Hastings (16)

Hatfield (15)

Havant (2)

Hereford (3)

Hertfordshire (8)

Hillingdon (45)

Hinckley (6)

Horsforth (12)

Hove (14)

Hull (131)

Huntingdon (18)

Ipswich (11)

Isle of Man (5)

Isle of Wight (17)

Islington (216)

Jarrow (103)

Jersey (1)

Keele (4)

Kenilworth (1)

Kent (52)

Kidderminster (6)

Kilmarnock (1)

Kingston (33)

Kirkby (1)

Kirklees (55)

Knowsley (22)

Lambeth (180)

Lanarkshire (10)

Lancashire (37)

Lancaster (5)

Leamington (3)

Leeds (560)

Leicester (309)

Lewisham (263)

Leytonstone (15)

Lincoln (76)

Lincolnshire (20)

Liverpool (601)

Llandeilo (1)

Llandudno (3)

Llanwern (2)

London (2671)

Luton (14)

Lutterworth (1)

Maltby (5)

Malvern (3)

Manchester (535)

Mansfield (88)

Merseyside (116)

Merthyr (23)

Middlesbrough (28)

Midlands (42)

Milton Keynes (7)

Neath (16)

Neath Port Talbot (2)

Newcastle (123)

Newcastle-under-Lyme (3)

Newham (94)

Newport (55)

North London (34)

North Shields (10)

North Staffs (7)

North West (68)

North Yorkshire (18)

North-west (10)

Northallerton (2)

Northampton (25)

Northamptonshire (2)

Northumbria (16)

Norwich (5)

Nottingham (135)

Nottinghamshire (35)

Nuneaton (36)

Oaxaca (5)

Oldham (7)

Oxford (37)

Oxfordshire (6)

Penzance (1)

Peterborough (23)

Plymouth (60)

Pontefract (22)

Pontypridd (10)

Poole (2)

Poplar (10)

Port Talbot (37)

Portsmouth (91)

Powys (1)

Preston (27)

Reading (52)

Redditch (7)

Rhondda (30)

Riots (49)

Rochdale (13)

Rochester (1)

Rotherham (57)

Rugby (11)

Runcorn (13)

Salford (351)

Salisbury (1)

Scunthorpe (14)

Selby (7)

Sheffield (296)

Shirebrook (7)

Shrewsbury (22)

Shropshire (14)

Somerset (20)

South East (34)

South London (49)

South Shields (2)

South Wales (55)

South West (31)

South West Wales (4)

South Yorkshire (43)

Southall (3)

Southampton (299)

Southwark (99)

Spelthorne (11)

St Helens (16)

Stafford (8)

Staffordshire (12)

Staines (22)

Stevenage (38)

Stockton (4)

Stoke (113)

Stoke-on-Trent (12)

Stroud (22)

Suffolk (5)

Sunderland (16)

Surrey (67)

Sussex (52)

Swansea (446)

Swindon (18)

Tameside (2)

Teesside (62)

Teesside (62)

Tolpuddle (14)

Torbay (20)

Tottenham (25)

Tunbridge Wells (2)

Tupe (6)

Tyne & Wear (3)

Tyne and Wear (23)

Tyneside (42)

Wakefield (88)

Wales (497)

Wallasey (4)

Walsall (6)

Waltham Forest (390)

Walthamstow (120)

Warrington (79)

Warwickshire (10)

Watford (2)

Wellingborough (1)

West London (108)

West Midlands (36)

Westminster (36)

Whittlesey (1)

Widnes (3)

Wilmslow (1)

Wiltshire (6)

Winchester (10)

Wirral (112)

Wolverhampton (17)

Woolwich (18)

Worcester (53)

Worcestershire (42)

Wrexham (12)

Wythenshawe (10)

Yeovil (2)

York (120)

Yorkshire (241)

Hampshire


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 793, 8 January 2014: Axe austerity in 2014

Search site for keywords: Hampshire - Unison - Council - Pay

Hampshire Unison success shows potential for fightback

With ongoing attacks on jobs, pay and conditions in local government, two recent battles in Hampshire County Council show what is possible when a branch and its members are prepared to fight. A branch steward explains:

Last year when the council announced a full review of Trading Standards, what they really meant was cuts.

They said 'anything was on the table'. We said we were open to discussion but our branch position was opposed to any job cuts, pay cuts or worsening in terms and conditions.

We laid our cards on the table and entered negotiations.

Months later the council announced their review meant compulsory redundancies and a review of terms and conditions that meant an attack on pay grades and job roles.

At that point we walked out of the meeting making it clear there was nothing to discuss. We informed the council we were in dispute over their proposals and would consult our members.

We have among the highest member density in the council at Trading Standards and in an indicative ballot over 80% voted to take action.

A couple of days after the ballot result everything suddenly changed. All compulsory redundancies were removed as well as attacks on terms and conditions.

It shows what a branch can do when members are willing to take action and get the support of their officers.

Elsewhere in the council, members revealed that a private company Apex Care, contracted to the council, were paying staff less than 3.50 an hour.

Unison estimates over 200,000 care workers are paid below the minimum wage. They do this by only paying staff for work with clients, not for the travelling time between jobs.

Challenge

Unison members were willing to expose this scrooge employer and the branch challenged the council.

The Unison press release stated: "This company is funded by Hampshire taxpayers. Apex's refusal to pay their staff no less than the national minimum wage and Hampshire County Council's failure to ensure Apex abides by the law is disgraceful."

As a result of the campaign the council has been forced to suspend the contract to Apex and concede that care providers would have to ensure they met the legal minimum wage.

Across the country Unison members are under the cosh, facing wave after wave of attacks.

These battles at Hampshire show what would be possible if a united campaign was built nationally and linked to coordinating action with other unions. That is what our branch is calling on the national leadership to deliver.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999