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A General Election unlike others?

Jon Rogers / April 18, 2017 at 3:54 PM 59 views

If we learned one thing today it is that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act is a dead letter.What opposition Party would ever vote against a Government motion to call a General Election? Will any MPs do so tomorrow?Whether or not…

Government consultation on fines for trade unions

Jon Rogers / April 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM 62 views

As regular readers (Sid and Doris Blogger) will be aware, this blog has some familiarity with the work of the Certification Officer, a long established role with various quasi-regulatory powers in connection with trade unions.Among the many unfortunate things done…

The long goodbye continues…

Jon Rogers / April 11, 2017 at 4:43 PM 103 views

Today saw my penultimate (thought it may turn out to have been antepenultimate) meeting of the Development and Organisation (D&O) Committee of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC) after almost fourteen years membership of that august body.We did briefly discuss…

Labour, Brexit and Racism – the challenges facing socialists

Jon Rogers / April 1, 2017 at 4:59 PM 319 views

As a committed democratic socialist (and therefore someone who supports Labour’s current leader) and also – which seems to me to follow anyway – as a committed internationalist (who therefore opposed the bigoted anti-migrant campaign which led the “Vote Leave”…

UNISON NEC elections – a vital chance for change

Jon Rogers / March 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM 115 views

The list of candidates in the forthcoming elections to UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC) has been published and, for the first time since 2003 (the first occasion on which the whole UNISON NEC was elected in a single election) you…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 71 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 137 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 189 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 155 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 87 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…