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Evidence of life in UNISON…

Jon Rogers / October 20, 2017 at 9:24 AM 29 views

For anyone else contemplating stepping aside from onerous trade union responsibilities after a quarter of a century, my advice is to give yourself some space and not to try to pay too much detailed attention to what is going on…

Today at Parliament…

Jon Rogers / October 17, 2017 at 12:16 PM 25 views

A Labour Party commitment will keep me from today’s marchand lobby of Parliament in support of fair pay for public servants.This is a shame since I am fascinated by the novel approach of relying upon lobbying and petitioning in order…

The political perils of blogs and email

Jon Rogers / October 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM 46 views

I have not blogged much about local Labour Party matters for the past couple of weeks. And I won’t now.I just want to reflect on my experience of saying something online, which I said in good faith, but which turned…

Farewell Rodney

Jon Rogers / October 3, 2017 at 12:13 PM 40 views

I have today received the following message as a UNISON member.Sadly, Rodney Bickerstaffe – former General Secretary of both UNISON and NUPE – died today, Tuesday 3 October 2017.Rodney, or Bick as he was known to many, was a great…

Local politics for local people…

Jon Rogers / September 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM 36 views

My attempt to avoid being dragged into Labour Party Conference was today partly frustrated by having to carry the historic banner of Brighton Labour Party on a convoluted route from the Level to Regency Square by way of a circuit…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 185 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 220 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 292 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 249 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 158 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 252 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 223 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 563 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 184 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…