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Cheerio UNISON!

Jon Rogers / June 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM 29 views

Within the next hour I shall cease to hold my last UNISON position as I am replaced on our NEC by the excellent Sean Fox.It's been a wonderful, exhilarating, irritating, exhausting and fascinating quarter century as a Branch Secretary and…

A sorry little episode

Jon Rogers / June 23, 2017 at 2:14 PM 29 views

I was saddened to see an inarticulate rant in Friday's "London Calling" (the generally tedious and anodyne Regional news sheet at UNISON National Delegate Conference).The rant, written by one of the stooges of those who brought our trade union into…

The grandest finale

Jon Rogers / June 23, 2017 at 10:55 AM 21 views

I cannot say that I have always enjoyed sitting on the top table at the past fourteen UNISON Conferences.I haven't always agreed with what my NEC colleagues have got up to. Our trade union has not always been united.However, I…

SOC and the decline of UNISON Conference

Jon Rogers / June 22, 2017 at 2:32 PM 37 views

I have just sat through my last ever Rules debate at UNISON National Delegate Conference. UNISON Conference has passed three non-controversial Rule amendments.I have to say that we used to have rather more interesting Rules debates within our Conference (indeed…

Qualifications about qualifications?

Jon Rogers / June 22, 2017 at 1:29 PM 30 views

My only contribution this morning at my penultimate meeting of UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC) was to ask an innocent little question about whether or not the idea of an NEC policy of “support with qualifications” on Conference motions may…

That’s it from me

Jon Rogers / June 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM 38 views

I have just spoken for the final time on behalf of Lambeth UNISON supporting Barnet branch in their opposition to privatisation at UNISON Local Government Conference.Seven years ago Barnet branch Secretary John Burgess and I wrote for the Guardian warning…

Microphone turned off on Rule Book Rogers

Jon Rogers / June 18, 2017 at 7:04 PM 80 views

Regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris Conference-Anorak) may have anticipated a plethora of self-indulgent posting in the week of my twenty-sixth (and last) annual Conference. I would not want to disappoint regular readers.Today I popped up twice, once…

UNISON – welcome to Brighton

Jon Rogers / June 17, 2017 at 4:06 PM 86 views

I fear I shall miss the London Region pre-meeting for my final UNISON Local Government Conference this evening as I head off for drinks with comrades from Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party.I shall, however, be at Conference in the morning…

Adieu au Great White Elephant

Jon Rogers / June 13, 2017 at 6:27 PM 81 views

Today I went to the Great White Elephant of the Euston Road for my last full meeting of UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC).This was a good meeting, at which our General Secretary confirmed UNISON’s unequivocal support for Labour’s Leader, Jeremy…

Hope and Unity

Jon Rogers / June 12, 2017 at 4:32 PM 47 views

I want to share a very welcome message I received from our General Secretary on Friday;“Today I want to thank every one of you who played a part in the campaign.From the outset we believed that if Labour could shift…

The timing of complaints to the Certification Officer

Jon Rogers / June 2, 2017 at 6:41 AM 72 views

Regular readers (Sid and Doris Rulebook Anorak) will know that this blog is knowledgeable about the work of the Certification Officer, to whom some bloke called Coyne has today complained about the recent election for General Secretary of UNITE.This Coyne…

The most important thing you can do

Jon Rogers / May 28, 2017 at 11:00 PM 116 views

Recent posts on this niche blog might lead readers to conclude that I was currently mostly concerned with what was going on within UNISON.Not at all. Much as I love my trade union and its members I do not make…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 117 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 183 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,…