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The Labour Party – what are we going to do now?

Jon Rogers / March 25, 2017 at 8:04 PM 55 views

The carping critics of the Labour leadership are full of glee at the prospect that our membership may fall below half a million individual members and our Deputy Leader is on a mission to do all he can to undermine…

UNISON NEC elections – a vital chance for change

Jon Rogers / March 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM 80 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…

To avoid legal jeopardy do not read this blog post.

Jon Rogers / March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM 65 views

One of the things I will miss about UNISON is the Standing Orders Committee (SOC) for National Delegate Conference or, more precisely, some of the decisions which it takes on legal advice.Decisions of the SOC cannot be overturned even by…

Our trade unions are failing to increase our pay

Jon Rogers / March 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM 206 views

We now live in a world in which unemployment can fall to a forty year low yet there is no pressure on wages because our trade union movement is, as someone once said, “timid and shackled and tame”.With almost a…

Is UNISON membership "growing"? The evidence.

Jon Rogers / March 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM 72 views

The other day I had occasion to mocksome of the candidates standing for election to UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC) under the banner of “Stronger UNISON”. Since their entire campaign borders on self-parody this isn’t too difficult, but I was…

The Even Stronger UNISON Pledge to be launched!

Jon Rogers / March 12, 2017 at 8:39 PM 65 views

Sources close to the author of the “Stronger UNISON” pledge have revealed exclusively to your blogger the next stage of their campaign – the “Even Stronger UNISON” pledge. This pledge reportedly reflects the importance of honesty and transparency to the…

The final Regional Local Government Executive…

Jon Rogers / March 11, 2017 at 9:58 PM 104 views

If the title of this blog post does not signal to you that this is a "niche" blog then you really are not paying attention.As I slowly disentangle myself from my various UNISON responsibilities I find myself more and more…

Labour campaigning for socialism in Brighton

Jon Rogers / March 11, 2017 at 8:22 PM 90 views

Following the regrettable suspension of local Labour Party organisation in Brighton and Hove between July and February, it was good today to Chair the first meeting of the General Committee of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party since we elected our…

With friends like these…

Jon Rogers / February 25, 2017 at 9:00 PM 77 views

As someone who is standing aside from UNISON positions in part with the intention of becoming more active in the Labour Party (of which I have been a member since 1980) I suppose I should be particularly interested in the…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 45 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 125 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 172 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 131 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 65 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 152 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…