Organising to Survive in 2013 – A New Year’s Message from the Regional Secretary

A New Year’s message from UNISON North West Regional Secretary, Kevan Nelson

Thanks to all active members, branch officers and stewards for your commitment to the union during 2012, in particular the tremendous North West turnout for the TUC protest against austerity in London on 20 October.

All the indications point to 2013 being a very harsh one for UNISON members and activists. Coalition Government policies of public expenditure cuts, the break up of the NHS and greater involvement of private companies in delivering public services all pose a major threat to jobs and services.

North West UNISON must respond to cuts and redundancies by:

  • effective input into consultation and negotiations with employers
  • involving members in campaigning against service closures, enforced job losses and by linking up with community organisations wherever possible
  • building membership support for industrial action where employers refuse to consider reasonable alternatives
  • strengthening our workplace organisation by recruiting more workers into UNISON and extending our network of trained workplace representatives
  • building public support for the alternatives to austerity and for the election of a Government committed to quality public services

In the coming year we can’t sit back and allow employers, politicians and commissioning bodies to inflict ever more damage on UNISON members and our local communities.

Working together to build a stronger union, 2013 can be the year in which North West UNISON steps up the fight back.

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