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Which trade unions are in decline?

Jon Rogers / August 8, 2017 at 8:03 PM 123 views

I blogged a little while ago about the disappointing official statistics which show the current decline in trade union membership. For some years I have been perplexed that the official leadership of the movement isn’t more alert to our plight.…

Trade Unions in decline?

Jon Rogers / July 22, 2017 at 6:25 PM 240 views

I haven’t been ignoring the trade union movement since giving up my various positions within UNISON - but I must admit to having failed, over the past six weeks to comment upon important official statistics about the state of our…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 164 views

A small clique of supporters of UNISON’s current leadership are organising to try to keep UNISON in its current state of lethargy and its downward path under the somewhat implausible slogan “Stronger UNISON” – for the moment this relates simply…

Defending democracy outside the Supreme Court

Jon Rogers / December 5, 2016 at 1:50 PM 211 views

The small crowd outside the Supreme Court this lunchtime included a small number of knuckle-dragging fascists, some adherents of the little-known school of thought which holds that Boris Johnson was sent to us by Christ (one of whom was dressed,…

UNISON members organising to transform our trade union

Jon Rogers / November 30, 2016 at 7:57 PM 286 views

Some friends have asked me, knowing that I am subject to obviously unjustified disciplinary action by my own trade union in retaliation for my having made a legitimate complaint to the Certification Officer concerning proven malpracticein a recent internal UNISON…

Where next in Weimar Little England?

Jon Rogers / November 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM 239 views

When, two days ago, I wrote for the first time from “Weimar Little England” I did not realise that I was being anachronistic because we had already opened hostilities with the Poles. The random deportations of European migrants for allegedly…

Thoughts on Castro from Weimar Little England

Jon Rogers / November 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM 147 views

Yesterday, whilst I was mostly thinking parochially, the rest of the world was marking the passing of Fidel Castro.It is no surprise that the Western mediawould generally focus on denigrating a great revolutionary, nor that they would focus upon the…

A message from "Weimar Little England"

Jon Rogers / November 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM 240 views

I spent some time yesterday arguing with two old friends who will not I hope be offended if I say we disagreed because I felt they were in denial about aspects of the current political situation whereas they felt that…

UNISON and the future of our trade union movement?

Jon Rogers / November 16, 2016 at 10:13 PM 209 views

It was good to catch up with old friends and colleagues today at the UNISON Centre (a.k.a. “the Great White Elephant of the Euston Road”) for a meeting of the Development and Organisation (D&O) Committee of the UNISON National Executive…

The purpose of anti-migrant prejudice

Jon Rogers / November 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM 530 views

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-deport-immigrants-immediately-when-mexico-wall-a7415116.html In post-truth politics it is the rhetoric that is the reality. Donald Trump says he will "immediately" deport two to three million people (presumably to Mexico). No he won't. He can't and he knows he can't. Just one million…

A strange temporal coincidence…

Jon Rogers / November 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM 168 views

If you are looking for relentlessly positive and upbeat assessments of all aspects of trade union organisation you may be in the wrong place. This blog has been a critical voice now for more than a decade.It is hardly a…

Solidarity with the Durham teaching assistants

Jon Rogers / November 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM 131 views

Solidarity to the Durham teaching assistants as they start today their first two day strike. This is in opposition to an attempt to drive down pay using the excuse of “equal pay” to impose cuts on a predominantly low paid…

Let me tell you where to put your red poppy…

Jon Rogers / November 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM 226 views

My poppy is white. I won’t wear a red one. If you want a red poppy you commemorate the British war dead (but not others).And you say that charity – rather than the state – should provide for those injured…