HE Ballot and the Disability fail

The hard left faction have not given the energy of a single comment on the Disabled members conference. UNISON’s Disabled members came together this weekend to discuss important issues affecting disabled people who work in public services and the issues of how Disabled people are treated by the Tory government and in wider society. These issues affect us all and the treatment of Disabled people is of vital significance to us all. It is shocking that these people can’t even acknowledge that we have Disabled members, they are a disgrace to UNISON.

I am reliably informed that people that associate themselves closely with the hard left faction were more interested in selling the rape apologist SWP news papers outside the venue. There was no unison action broad left fringe meeting as they obviously have no interest in the issues affecting Disabled people. Obviously there is no glory in it!

The results of the HE ballot have been published by the hard left faction. Unfortunately the turn out is reported as 31% turnout with 62% voting yes to industrial action. Under the new legislation introduced the Tories, this means that industrial action will not take place because it has failed to meet the threshold of a 50% turnout.

Well it will come as no surprise that the hard left faction are blaming UNISON. They are saying that the left needs to debate it an push the union into not making the same tactical errors next time. Well maybe just maybe, the members do not want to take industrial action given the low turnout.

UNISON has spent thousands of pounds publicising the ballot and encouraging members to support industrial action. No one can accuse UNISON of not supporting the ballot, except of course the hard left faction. They really are a one trick phoney shambles.

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Upstairs Downstairs

Well this certainly was a revelation; I had no idea that the majority of those NEC members who align themselves with the hard left faction, don’t even meet in the same room as the NEC. They choose to inhabit a room on one of the lower floors. Even though provision is made for them to join the NEC; they just choose not to. They claim to be showing solidarity with another member who has medical issues. It seems very odd that 15-20 of your NEC members don’t even engage at probably one of UNISON’s most important meetings. They are mic’d up to the chamber so they can take part and I am told that the start of the meeting usually involves a cacophony of noise and claims that the tech isn’t working, for the purpose of causing disruption.

It seems absurd that people who have been elected to represent members behave in this way; self segregating so they don’t have to take part fully with the NEC. UNISON members would do well to remember this in the forthcoming NEC elections. One would expect that a commitment to fully engage with the NEC would be mandatory if not an obligation.

There was a presentation on recruitment for the forthcoming Grovember initiative. The faction asked about servicing members who work for private contractors, suggesting that unison probably shouldn’t recruit them unless they are serviced by the centre. The response from Dave Pentis was that it would have been sorted if the review motion had been passed at National Delegate Conference. Hmmmm, wonder who was responsible for bringing that down?

A discussion followed on direct debit subscriptions, with a faction member claiming that a number of members don’t have bank accounts. This may be true, but you have to wonder how they get paid. It was clear that they were angling for direct cash collection, for reasons we can only speculate on.

Of course the NHS pay deal came up. As you will recall reader, I have reported on this previously and outlined the hard left faction’s plan to undermine it by making claims that UNISON mislead members on the deal. This is categorically untrue! This of course cannot be said of the RCN who recently issued an apology to their members for misleading them. The faction have tried to lump UNISON with the RCN on this matter, but the evidence and ballot result tell a very different story.

Using RCN issue to whip up trouble when our members made a democratic decision on the offer is unacceptable.

It was reported that the NHS pay deal had brought thousands of staff within the living wage threshold, which is a good news story. Not seen the hard left faction celebrating this achievement and I doubt we ever will.

Another previous reported issue was discussed, that of the Dave Prentis article in the New Statesman regarding UNISON’s Labour Link decision to support the IHRA definition on anti semitism. As you will all know, the definition has now been re-adopted by the Labour Party after much furore. The President made it clear that the business of Labour Link was not for discussion at the NEC as not all NEC members are levy payers or members of the Labour Party. The point was made that if people wanted to be part of the debate they should join the party.

Dave Prentis explained that he had written the article in the New Statesman in a personal capacity. He had been referred to as the General Secretary of UNISON because that’s who he is. A faction member said that they had not received a response to the letter they had written to Prentis on the article. It transpires that Prentis had responded on the 23rd August. Strangely enough, an apology from the faction member was not forthcoming. I not that the individual has put the response on the hard left factions facebook page. Of course they had neglected to to supply the full facts or offer an apology.

Dave Prentis pointed out that he had said nothing different than others had said. UNISON has adopted a policy on anti semitism not the IHRA. The IHRA definition was Labour policy in 2016 and it does not impinge on the work of the union with regards to Palestine. UNISON continues to work with trade unions in Palestine. UNISON’s policy is and has always bee a two state solution. He said go back to conference if you want to change it. He is proud of the fact that UNISON came out against anti semitism, it is blight of the party. We need a labour government and that is what we should be focusing on. The NEC had agreed at a previous meeting that anti semitism is racism and therefore they would denounce it. This was a unanimous decision.

The faction want to discuss the general Secretary election of 2016, particularly on the Certification Officer report. The president gave his commitment that the report would come to NEC, but all processes have not been completed and the matter can”t discussed until process is done. This is a matter that has troubled no one outside of the unison action camp. It is quite clear that they want the opportunity to bully and make accusations against staff and lay leaders. This for all intents and purposes is a dead issue. The world has moved on considerably and it certainly is not an issue that is of any importance to UNISON members, not that it ever was.

If you are having trouble sleeping, I suggest you look it up, it’s freely available online. Quite interesting that those who are named from the faction in the document don’t exactly come out smelling of roses. These observations will no doubt be ignored.

I have never understood why they are so keen to beat up our union and make claims that it is corrupt in some way; that certainly is not the case. Spending valuable time on this kind of incessant navel gazing is pointless and prevents the union from getting on with work that actually makes a difference. I suppose if you are self obsessed, you may not want to move the spotlight.

My contact told me that a lot of these arguments are brought up over and over again, and valuable time is wasted by this perpetual hate of our union. The hard left faction claim that UNISON is not a fighting union; apparently a number of branches taking industrial action were discussed at the meeting. Interesting to note that most of them were branches that don’t associate with the faction.

Sounds like NEC meeting are somewhat convoluted due to the constant time wasting of the hard left faction. Is this really what we want from our leadership? Remember! Unison action broad left is brought to you by the same people who created militant (now the Socialist party). We all know how that ended.

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Fame at last

After weeks of ignoring my posts exposing the hard left factions support of racist material on the face book account. They have actually made contact with me! Well, not about that issue. They contacted me through a third party tweet. I have now been labelled sexist, although I don’t know why??? I have asked them to school me, but I am still waiting for that lesson. Undoubtedly this is another example of the hard left factions fantasy politics. As a Woman I find that hilarious to be honest. The exchange is there for all to see on their facebook page, so if you have a spare few seconds, please take a look.

I note that they posted about a failure of UNISON to support co-ordinated industrial action across all public services, claiming that UNISON had done nothing since 2010. This is again a fine example of fantasy politics and a Socialist party mantra. They are clearly ignorant of Labour law in the UK, as unfortunately to take action of this nature is not possible. If this was the case we would see other trade unions doing it. Can’t recall seeing that, can you?

I am quite pleased that they have bothered to make contact, its been a couple months since they told me that they would come for me.

So long for now reader; your red headed “sexist” reporter signing off.

Open Selection, the new conspiracy

As predicted, the hard left faction have got their knickers in a twist over open selection. They obviously have no idea how the union works and in particular Labour LINK. The usual claims about anti democratic activity on the part of UNISON are abound. One of them is even writing a motion to National Delegate Conference to express their disappointment. Well guess what? That will end up in the Standing Orders dustbin, as it will not be competent. When will they learn that the political fund matters cannot be debated at NDC?

It is interesting that there is so much complaining and bitching about Labour Link by a group of people who are mostly SWP/Socialist party members. You have to chuckle at their naivety.

So the unions did not support open selection; this comes as no surprise and for anyone who has the slightest political acumen, it is not hard to work out why.

Accusations have been thrown around, saying that the National Labour Link committee is selected by the NEC. In fairness this is in part true as half of the committee is selected by the NEC through a democratic process. The other half of the committee is elected by a direct ballot of levy paying members on a regional basis. The reason the NEC select half of the members of the committee is because the Labour Link committee is an NEC committee.

To be involved in Labour Link, you have to be a levy paying member. To have a seat on the National Link committee, you have to be a levy payer and a member of the Labour Party. So levy paying members of the NEC have a vote, but if you are not a party member, you can’t stand.

There are now calls for unison action broad left members to stand for Labour Link, presumably so they can buy the pot and enforce their naïve will upon the committee.

I note that one member of the National Labour Link committee has commented on the Facebook thread. I won’t name him especially as what he is saying is totally inaccurate and has no basis in fact; but feel free to check it out yourself.

The hard left faction believe that open selection would give them the opportunity to have their people selected for parliament. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue? I don’t know about you, but I expect my MPs to have a modicum of competence and an understanding of the importance of their role.

If these people were actually serious about taking up office, you would at least expect them to do some research on the rules of our union.

I have said it before and I will say it again, the hard left faction are usually at the back of the queue when the work is doled out; no action, no responsibility and no commitment.

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The birth of a conspiracy

Reader, we are very fortunate to be on the ground level of the birth of a conspiracy. The hard left faction have put out the statement below.

UNISON Action is opposed to disciplinary action being instigated against individuals or branches for simply expressing a different view from the national leadership on issues that effect members or for campaigning amongst membership to alter UNISON policy on any issues.

UNISON Action will challenge the use of inappropriate disciplinary action being used to simply silence opposing views from that of the national leadership and to threaten and coerce members activists and branches into not raising questions and concerns around policies.

UNISON Action will work to ensure our union is genuinely lay led and oppose intimidation and unjustified abuse of disciplinary action, precisely to stifle democracy and freedom to express views and campaign to change policy which was a founding principle of UNISON.

Important things to identify in this statement are the absence of facts. Some glib attention grabbing phrases of the accusatory nature suggesting persecution and unjust action on the part of UNISON. Strong language such as ‘threaten’ ‘coerce’ ‘stifle’ ‘abuse’ etc is used to draw the reader into a world of conspiracy against the supposedly honourable person/s just legitimately raising concerns or opposing views.

I have no knowledge of the case/s they are referring to, but I would like to bet that they relate to the indiscretions of some of the hard left faction’s inner sanctum. I refer to the birth of a conspiracy, as this is the usual trope, whenever one of its number are challenged through UNISON’s rules.

It is important that you are aware reader, that UNISON does not take this sort of action lightly, and a decision to do so is made not by the General Secretary, but a number of lay officials, who seek legal advice before making the decision to proceed.

The hard left faction will now put some energy into trying to rubbish any action taken by UNISON as an unjustified “witch hunt”. Doubtless we will see that tactics employed by the likes of Tommy Robinson and co in pleading the innocence of whomever is subject to the disciplinary action. There will be claims of all sorts made and I guarantee that they will take the opportunity to bash UNISON and its leadership.

It is important to note that UNISON provides guidance: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2013/06/On-line-Catalogue133053.pdf This document has been in place for some 18 years following a decision of National Delegate Conference. The document is comprehensive and easy to understand, setting out how to campaign to change UNISON policy democratically and within the rules of the union.

This guidance will be conveniently forgotten, or rather ignored as the conspiracy unfolds and as usual the facts will be buried by the faction, particularly if they do not fit their mantra.

So watch this space and let’s see what unfolds.

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Racism, the TUC and UNISON hate

The hard left faction continue to display racist material on their Facebook page (see unison action displays racist material). I have asked them a number of times why the offending post remains on their page; guess what? No response! I noticed that there was a spam posting on their Facebook page that has now been removed, so clearly the page is being moderated. This must remove any doubt that they support this racist posting. This is disgraceful and brings shame on UNISON and its members and is most likely a breach of UNISON’s rules.

The supporting of racism in any form is deplorable. This hard left faction make all sorts of claims including fighting fascism, but they are content for racist material to remain on their page, they are nothing but hypocrites.

This week saw the 150th anniversary of the TUC in Manchester, a celebration of the achievements of the trade union movement and an opportunity to set the future agenda. UNISON played a very active role in the proceedings with many activists taking to the rostrum in support of UNISON’s aims and values. Frances O’Grady sent a clear message to the Tory government that their time is up. It has been a very successful conference and a great showcase for the trade union movement.

You would think that unison action broad left would want to publicise the fact that UNISON were a major player in the proceedings, support activists, give some updates and inform people of UNISON’s influence wouldn’t you? Whoops! You would be wrong; looking at their feeds, it seems that they were more interested in posting about what Unite were up to. Now you have to ask yourself reader, why a faction that claims to be UNISON centric would prefer to put news items about Unite. Not only did they ignore UNISON at the TUC, they posted an FBU comment on Monday’s Panorama investigation into academies, even though UNISON had been part of the program and a key witness.

Why are the hard left faction not reporting on UNISON activity that is high profile and taking the fight to the public? I think reader you know the answer; the SWP/Socialist party backed faction don’t actually have any interest in the work of the wider union. They do not support the aims and objectives of UNISON and they certainly do not support its members.

The hard left faction are now making claims of inappropriate disciplinary action being taken by the union against their people for simply speaking out against UNISON policy. Well this reporter is certain that there must be more to this than they are saying. If disciplinary action was taken against individuals speaking against anyone speaking against union policy, they would all be on a rule I investigation.

They love a self made martyr and any opportunity to attack the union and its leadership. I have no doubt that we will see the usual conspiracy theory based campaigning ratchet up in the near future. I hope you like me, will be keeping a close eye on this one.

As always, thanks for reading.

Unison action allows racist material

The hard left faction are content to have racist anti-semitic material on their facebook page. I have provided them with a screen shot of the offensive material and yet it remains on their page some 24 hours later. The offending material was posted on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 14:37. The individual posting the image calling for people copy the image, a hashtag and share it. He also posted the comment “we will not let the right stop us from opposing what israel is doing”.

The image is of one of the posters place on London bus shelter’s which the words “Israel is a racist endeavour”. These posters were place illegally and caused great offence to the Jewish community. The activity Is being investigated by the police. The posters were also condemned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

This sort of behaviour is what is at the root of the ant-semitism crisis in the Labour Party. And unfortunately, the hard left faction are content to be complicit in this sort of behaviour. Having failed to give a statement on their position on the IHRA definition, it is clear that they are part of the problem.

The sharing of racist material will undoubtably be in contravention of employer’s codes of conduct and they seem oblivious to that fact. They have shown a lack of leadership in allowing the post to remain on their page; failing to remove it breaching the most basic of moderation protocols. They cannot claim to not have seen it as there has been activity on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

I am sure that the majority of UNISON members would also condemn this sort of behaviour.

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Idiot Joy Showland Part III

So Labour have finally done the decent thing and re-accepted the IHRA definition. Our friends in the hard left faction having stated that they “stand with Corbyn” when UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis announced that the Labour Link Committee had adopted the definition and were urging the Labour Party to do the same. Letters were written to DP demanding an explanation, motions were hurriedly written for branch and regional meetings demanding an explanation. People threatened to leave UNISON on the basis of the Labour Link decision (probably no great loss).

Not wanting to loose an opportunity to have a go at DP, the hard left faction mobilised to vent their anger at this outrage! This of course was a fabricated missive to ratchet up the hate against the General Secretary and the National union.

Well today, the Labour Party have finally accepted the definition in full. The official Labour statement said: “The NEC has today adopted all of the IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) examples of anti-Semitism, in addition to the IHRA definition which Labour adopted in 2016, alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians”.

So there you have it! Common sense has prevailed and hopefully the Labour Party can begin to restore confidence and focus on defeating the Tories.

So what does this mean for the hard left faction? What is for certain is that there is a serious confidence gap. They have failed to put out a formal statement on their position, they have failed to show any leadership whatsoever, and they have been seen to run away and hide when challenged.

Today’s decision shows what a bunch of charlatans they are! These are people who want to run your union and make it a “fighting union” what a joke! Their leaders are made of straw and their policies are built on sand. Their shameful behaviour has exposed their complete lack of any moral fibre or integrity.

So will they now “stand with Corbyn” and support the definition? clearly Mr Corbyn supports the definition today as he did in 2016. So can we now have the unison action broad left statement on the IHRA definition by showing how “they stand with Corbyn”? I very much doubt it, all the piss and wind generated was not about the definition, it was just another excuse for the SWP/Socialist Party backed faction to show their hate for UNISON and its General Secretary.

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Idiot Joy Showland – the sequel

Tomorrow (4th September 2018) is a big day for Labour’s NEC, when they make the decision on the acceptance of the IHRA working definition of anti-semitism. It’s an interesting situation as the Labour Party already accepted the definition on the 12th December 2016. Also worth noting that Saint Corbyn was also in attendance at the meeting and supported its acceptance.

It is therefore somewhat confusing that the hard left faction got into such a kerfuffle over UNISON’s General Secretary Dave Prentis, writing in the new Statesman about UNISON’s Labour Link accepting the definition, citing the decision that had been made by Labour in 2016.

Never wanting to make a drama out of nothing, the hard left faction claimed that the “Blairite, right wing class traitor Prentis” had sold Saint Corbyn down the river. “I stand with Corbyn” was the clarion cry. How can DP dare to write in a Tory supporting rag and show such hatred to Corbyn especially as it had not been discussed at National Delegate Conference?

As has been evidenced, the decision to support the definition was made by the Labour Link Committee, who are empowered to do so. “Not in my name” some cried, “how dare he put his own views into print” said others. This hysteria was totally uncalled for and based in ignorance of the facts and the rules of the union. Typical of the hard left faction to go off half cocked and condemn something they don’t understand.

The naivety of these people is astounding, the crass comments made by many of them show no understanding of why there is a problem with anti-semitism in the Labour Party. They seem to be unable to grasp the fact that their behaviour is actually contributing to the problem.

I have asked them on numerous occasions to give a statement on their position on the IHRA working definition, I may as well be pissing in the wind, as no response has been forthcoming. Reader, we can only speculate as to why they have refused to comment, and given the responses on their feeds, I am not convinced that their position would be something any rational person would find acceptable. In this case; silence does speak louder than words!

I don’t know about you reader, but I would love to see a Labour government putting right what this Tory shower has destroyed over the last 8 years. Sadly I think the hard left faction are not on the same page.

So, we will have an answer which will hopefully enable us all to get on with the job of getting into government and putting this country back on track, no thanks to the SWP/Socialist party backed unison action broad left.

As always, thanks for reading.

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