From the TUC

Wales Reps are Bargaining to Organise

25 Mar 2010, By

On Tuesday I joined nearly 1oo union reps at an event organised by my colleagiues at the Wales TUC.  It was a chance to re-launch the TUC’s Bargaining to Organise materials in Wales and also to hear directly from reps about the challenges that they face in securing sufficient time to support members and at the same time strengthen the union at their respective places of work.

Many of the reps at the event were from the public sector and it was clear that a number of them were having to deal with employer efforts to reduce facility time allocations so they welcomed the resources that the TUC has produced not just to help them improve facility agreements but also to make the business case for union reps – the Union Advantage, Reps in Action and the new Touchstone pamphlet on How Effective Unions can help re-build the economy

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  2. Robert
    Apr 2nd 2010, 9:25 am

    Yes the Public sector are now the main stay for the Unions, but I think this will be an area the councils School and other other public sector will find hit.

    I once worked in a factory that had 350 people nearly everyone was in the union, the company then made a direct statement to employ immigrants, it seems like the company told them not to join a Union but we could not prove it. When I left we had 355 people at the plant only three were in a Union, but the factory closed last year as the company stated the workers they were getting had no interest in the company.

    Who’s fault is that…

  3. Robert
    Apr 14th 2010, 4:13 pm

    Thousands will lose benefits as harsher medical approved
    Tens of thousands of claimants facing losing their benefit on review, or on being transferred from incapacity benefit, as plans to make the employment and support allowance (ESA) medical much harder to pass are approved by the secretary of state for work and pensions, Yvette Cooper.

    The shock plans for ‘simplifying’ the work capability assessment, drawn up by a DWP working group, include docking points from amputees who can lift and carry with their stumps. Claimants with speech problems who can write a sign saying, for example, ‘The office is on fire!’ will score no points for speech and deaf claimants who can read the sign will lose all their points for hearing.

    Meanwhile, for ‘health and safety reasons’ all points scored for problems with bending and kneeling are to be abolished and claimants who have difficulty walking can be assessed using imaginary wheelchairs.

    Claimants who have difficulty standing for any length of time will, under the plans, also have to show they have equal difficulty sitting, and vice versa, in order to score any points. And no matter how bad their problems with standing and sitting, they will not score enough points to be awarded ESA.

    In addition, almost half of the 41 mental health descriptors for which points can be scored are being removed from the new ‘simpler’ test, greatly reducing the chances of being found incapable of work due to such things as poor memory, confusion, depression and anxiety.

    There are some improvements to the test under the plans, including exemptions for people likely to be starting chemotherapy and more mental health grounds for being admitted to the support group. But the changes are overwhelmingly about pushing tens of thousands more people onto JSA.

    If all this sounds like a sick and rather belated April Fools joke to you, we’re not surprised. But the proposals are genuine and have already been officially agreed by Yvette Cooper, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. They have not yet been passed into law, but given that both Labour and the Conservatives seem intent on driving as many people as possible off incapacity related benefits, they are likely to be pursued by whichever party wins the election.

    Lets hope somebody will fight this, otherwise i will cut my my Union card.