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The UNISON NEC results – in London and beyond

Jon Rogers / May 23, 2017 at 12:25 PM 60 views

The results of the UNISON NEC elections are out.I am particularly pleased that Sean Fox has won the seat which I have held for the past fourteen years in the Greater London Region, and that my comrades Sonya Howard and…

"Rule Book Rogers" demonised and exposed?

Jon Rogers / May 23, 2017 at 12:51 AM 85 views

Regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris National Secretary) will be aware that I am the very soul of modesty and am self-effacing almost to the point of vanishing.It is therefore very difficult for me to have to share…

Electoral malpractice in UNISON?

Jon Rogers / May 22, 2017 at 4:54 PM 39 views

Contrary to recent information that the decision would be delayed, today the parties to the recent Certification Officer hearing concerning the 2015 UNISON General Secretary election received the decision of the Assistant Certification Officer.The decision – with its appendices –…

Unity

Jon Rogers / May 21, 2017 at 9:22 PM 49 views

I’ll stick to my pledge not to spend too much time commenting on an election campaign in which it is more important to get on with campaigning.However, there are some things worth a word or two (just as there are…

The TUC sinking to new depths?

Jon Rogers / May 16, 2017 at 9:29 PM 90 views

I know I said I wouldn’t blog much during the campaign.But this rubbish does warrant some comment.Really TUC?A "cautious welcome" to proposals from the authors of the latest Trade Union Act? I think Emily Thornberry knows a word for this…

The General Election – locally and nationally

Jon Rogers / May 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM 39 views

This week I have been spending my working hours getting back to working in my “day job” now that I am no longer seconded to trade union duties, and some of the rest of my time dealing with Labour’s General…

Fog in the channel conceals sneaky Eurocrats…?

Jon Rogers / May 3, 2017 at 3:31 PM 68 views

We appear to have – in Theresa May – a Tory leader prepared to stoke wild, if not paranoid, xenophobia in order both to rally her troops for a so-called “hard Brexit” and to prepare her alibi when she fails…

Back to blogging – for Labour victories

Jon Rogers / May 3, 2017 at 2:53 PM 56 views

Regular readers (Sid and Doris Blogger) will have noticed the dust gathering on this blog recently.In the last fortnight I have attended my last meeting of the UNISON Greater London Regional Committee and my last negotiating meeting with my employer…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 93 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 159 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 221 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 183 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 103 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 198 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 156 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…