That’s because we’ve ducked out of some of the main battles that we’ve faced. Six months later he has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from Labour membership. Left Foot Forward. Why I am backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary. We’v got a structure of lay democracy in our union but we don’t have a structure of elected officials to the union. However, UNISON members away from the leadership of the campaigns of Holmes and McKenzie will be perplexed if their favoured candidates do not at least engage with the proposal from Hugo Pierre that a discussion should take place. Together we can find the stories that get lost. Left Foot Forward . L'homme a été de toutes les luttes. This would not change if one of the other candidates was successful, because even if they wished to put pressure on councillors (they don't mention that they want to do this), they don't have the programme to do it. |   Donate     Join the Socialist At the end of the day, we need a national ballot on industrial action to win that and that’s not something we should shy away from. Unison, stylised as UNISON, is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom with almost 1.4 million members. In my first job, I became a trade unionist straight away. Liz Wheatley Branch Secretary unison@camden.gov.uk 020 7974 1633 Vino Sangarapillai Treasurer see 2nd entry for email address 020 7974 4071 Phoebe Watkins Branch Chair phoebe.watkins@camden.gov.uk 020 7974 1633 Phil Lewis … The data that's been released shows that one of the fastest growing areas for the spread of this virus, one of the fastest growing age groups, is among secondary school children. (If you’re reading, Peter, do get in touch.) He is running an independent socialist campaign to be general secretary after missing out on the Action Broad Left nomination. Afficher les profils des personnes qui s’appellent Hugo Pierre. But if they won't feed hungry children at the cost of £20 million in England, they won't fully fund councils without mass coordinated national action. If this step is not taken from the top there will be many workers and young people, who will be prepared to do so anyway. And this figure is growing day by day, as councils have to fund shortfalls in income, such as losses of charges and taxes, and increased expenditure due to Covid-19, but are not fully reimbursed for this by central government, or by the Welsh and Scottish devolved governments. Joe Lo is a co-editor of Left Foot Forward. Découvrez tout ce que Hugo Pierre (ugopierre) a découvert sur Pinterest, la plus grande collection d'idées au monde. Hugo Pierre, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge). All payments are made through a secure server. Introducing Camden UNISON's Branch officers and departmental convenors. On local government funding, our position over the austerity position has not faced up to the challenges. What we do here to deliver real news is more important than ever. Where would that leave UNISON members who wanted to use their vote in the General Secretary election to achieve the best possible outcome to change our trade union for the better? Schools are at the heart of our local communities, but they are also, unfortunately, the centre of many of the outbreaks of infections that are taking place. By clicking 'Sign me up' you confirm that you have read and agree to our privacy policy. So in respect of them having a senior position in the union, it’s absolutley true. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Join us and get the real news in your inbox every day. Unison needs a strategy to defeat Tory cuts and demand funding. But there’s a problem: we need readers like you to chip in to help us survive. The evidence is clear. The Tories want to dismantle and reduce the cost of local government as much as they can get away with. Unison needs a strategy to defeat Tory cuts and demand funding. We’ve lost something like a million jobs in local government and our union’s voice hasn’t been heard and we haven’t been seen to be fighting those job losses. These articles are produced without the authorisation of Hugo Pierre, in order to comply with these requirements. Hugo Pierre est l’un des quatre candidats qui se présentent au poste de secrétaire général du plus grand syndicat britannique Unison. We started with a nursery nurse strike. Peter Sharma is a branch officer and health and safety worker for UNISON in Edinburgh. Starmer has laid down a clear challenge to the trade union movement. Maybe now they will listen - Refund the fees! The nomination period for General Secretary of the big public services union Unison closed on 25 September. When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few. A single left candidate would have won the Unison election. — Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) January 11, 2021 This, however, is a cynical attempt to use false accusations of antisemitism to attack the left. In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s - with unemployment spiralling and children going hungry - a mass socialist voice, including at the ballot box, is desperately needed. We also need more elected leaders of our union. What would your strategy be if you were elected? Seven Socialist Party members have been elected to the SGEs to provide a fighting, socialist voice: Helen Couchman, Community; Adrian O'Malley, John Malcolm and Steve Bell, Health; Mark Evans, Joy Taylor and Angela Waller, Local Government. Support Hugo Pierre and transform Unison into a fighting democratic union in Featured Articles , Trade Union , Workplace News October 29, 2020 The election for a new general secretary of Unison, the largest trade union in Britain with 1.4 million members, has begun. Rules introduced by Unison to clamp down on democratic debate in the union mean that candidates for union elections cannot 'invite or accept' support 'in money or kind' from any entity which 'is not provided for in Unison rules'. We’re not bankrolled by billionaire donors, but rely on readers chipping in whatever they can afford to protect our independence. Hugo Pierre, currently a Black member’s representative on UNISON’s NEC, has worked for Camden Council for 30 years. Most of those still work directly for Camden … Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary For a fighting, democratic general secretary, on a workers' wage! Hugo Pierre: My parents came over from St. Lucia in the 1950s and I grew up in the East End of London. Comme sénateur, Jean-Pierre Michel a ensuite été en 2013 rapporteur du projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel, sous François Hollande. That had a big impact on me in terms of being working class and having that class consciousness. Testing is failing - it's a privatised mess, Furloughed worker speaks out: Let down by insecure contracts, Transport for London given funding stop gap, Birmingham NHS porters' 48-hour strike against shift changes, Poland: Mass protests against abortion ban, Leeds protesters demand "Buhari must go!". Click here for the latest article in the Socialist on the general secretary contest. So I thought I’d marry my grassroots experience of campaigning with my national experience to go for the General Secretary role. In part one of a two-part interview, he told Left Foot Forward about his grassroots campaigning in North London’s schools and how he would make the union more combative if elected. Hugo Pierre est l’un des quatre candidats qui se présentent au poste de secrétaire général du plus grand syndicat britannique Unison. We’re so grateful for your donation and will make sure your money goes as far as possible. Candidate forms can be submitted online up until 25 September 2020. Whatever you can donate, we’re so grateful - and we will ensure your money goes as far as possible to deliver hard-hitting news. I don’t think it’s a good look when [Trade Union Congress General Secretary] Frances O’Grady was on the steps of Downing Street with Rishi Sunak and the leader of the Confederation of British Industry to say that the next round of furlough payments were going to be reduced [from 80%] down to 66%. General Secretary candidate Christina McAnea: New direction for Unison as biggest union marks ‘end of an era’, Unison’s continuity candidate? What should it change? Hugo Pierre 4 Unison General Secretary. I agree with the National Education Union's (NEU) statement which says that schools should be closed during the new lockdown to make sure that it is effective. Our lives, our jobs - not safe in Tory hands, Corbyn suspended - Time to fight for a new mass workers' party, Socialism 2020: Mass workers' voice needed, Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary. This confirms the position I have argued for in this general secretary election, that Unison needs an independent fighting political voice. Camden UNISON is a branch of UNISON, one of Britain’s main trade unions, which has more than a million members. To get in touch with your local representative please contact the branch office. If I was general secretary of Unison I would immediately contact Unite and other trade unions to call a conference of the workers' movement inside and outside of the Labour Party, to fight this attack and to discuss how to ensure workers have a political vehicle that does fight for their interests. The main thing is to organise campaigns that have raised low-paid women out of poverty pay. ", Unison branches should be allowed to support them. 666 likes. Hugo Pierre is one of four candidates running to be the General Secretary of the UK’s biggest trade union Unison. We suffered from racism throughout the time we were there but we won people around, made friends and it was a great place to grow up. We shouldn’t have done that – we should have continued to fight to defend the pension that we had at that stage. If Unison's bureaucracy spent as much effort defending council services as it does trying to prevent the union discussing them, we would be in a far better place. The TUC accepted 80% but why should people be restricted to 80% pay? He won the endorsement of the union’s Broad Left, UNISON Action, as their candidate for general secretary. Voting was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). Il est passé par les centres de formation de l’IFR Châteauroux et de l’Olympique Marseille. I don’t think that the General Secretary should be the only elected paid official position. The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis. Voting started on October 28th and the results will be announced on January 11th. Of course, we will campaign and put on whatever pressure we can, but we also have to have that threat of taking industrial action to ensure that our communities, our members, are kept safe from Covid. Then it was teaching assistants. |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook, Unison get sec election shows left can win NEC, Hugo Pierre, a candidate in Unison's general secretary election, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020, Women workers need strong trade unions to defend their jobs, pay and services. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. And of the candidates standing to be the new general secretary of Unison, only Hugo Pierre has the programme that can achieve this. Hugo Clément Journaliste "Sur le front" pour France2 Hugo Clément Twitter Hugo Clément tease son reportage éprouvant sur des dauphins massacrés aux Féroé Corbyn suspended: Join the fightback, join the socialists, Home   Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Unison estimates that there is a current shortfall in funding of councils of £10 billion for 2020-21. And lots of people – particularly self-employed – who haven’t been able to get that 80%. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). Unison estimates that there is a current shortfall in funding of councils of £10 billion for 2020-21. However, we know that in and of itself that is not going to be enough, and as trade unions we will have to do what we normally do to keep people safe. Pierre est soutenu par le Parti socialiste. 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With this in mind, as of 26 August 2020, the alphabetical list of prospective candidates is as follows: Paul Holmes, Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie, Hugo Pierre and Peter Sharma. ", Jeremy Corbyn at 2016 Unison conference photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge). The choice is clear - accept having no party that represents the interests of the working-class majority, or stand up and fight! Hugo Pierre: Unison has “ducked out” of battles and not punched its weight. Under this measure, it indicated it could only afford to spend money on essential services - in other words, it had run out of money and was, in effect, declaring itself bankrupt. The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. in Featured Articles, Trade Union, Workplace News July 22, 2020. |   Hugo Pierre: Hugo Pierre, a candidate in Unison's general secretary election, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020. The reality is, the current national leadership has not put any pressure on Labour councillors to refuse to implement cuts. It has not even attempted to organise national action to defend council jobs and services. Pierre failed to get the Unison Broad Left nomination. Women workers need strong trade unions to defend their jobs, pay and services. Party, Subscribe   My mum was a machinist, my dad was a factory worker and I remember the 1970s miners’ strike and the winter of discontent. But as a member of the Socialist Party, he has decided to stand on their platform. Hugo Pierre is standing for the local government male seat. Unison says that if £10 billion of cuts were made equally to all council services, £1.9 billion would be slashed from children services, £1.1 billion from environmental services (which includes cleansing and refuse collection) and £3.5 billion from adult social care (that is already in crisis). They also, by disillusioning working-class and middle-class voters, contributed towards the Tory general election victory last year. The ballot to determine who should fill vacant seats on the union's national executive committee has started. In 2011, we had the chance, there was two million public sector workers on strike over pensions and unfortunately Unison brokered a deal with the government which meant our pensions were worse than they were before 2011. Hackney back then wasn’t the diverse Hackney that we know today and there was a petition against my parents moving in. They were fully aware of the consequences of administering Tory cuts for council services and the working-class communities they were elected to serve. We deliver progressive, independent media, that challenges the right’s hateful rhetoric. I’ve also been elected to the national schools committee for a long time. As you’re here, we have something to ask you. For a fighting, democratic general secretary, on a workers’ wage! I was elected in 2015. The Tories have found an orchard of money trees to bail out big business. Nous voudrions effectuer une description ici mais le site que vous consultez ne nous en laisse pas la possibilité. "Schools are going back after half term, and school support staff and teachers will be facing a situation they would never have been in if the government had followed a lot of the scientific advice that it had been given about making sure that the half-term break was longer. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given. Would you be meeting with Rishi Sunak or would you have a more combative stance? But unfortunately, to date, Unison, which is affiliated to the Labour Party and is the biggest local authority trade union, has not called on Labour councillors to refuse to implement Tory cuts. However, despite their protestations to the contrary, there is something councillors can do to stop council cuts. Is it fair to say you’ve done a lot of grassroots campaigning while other candidates like Christina Mcanea and Roger Mckenzie have held more senior positions in the union? Motions to Unison's national conference or local government conference calling for national action against council cuts are ruled out of order (and never debated by conference) on the grounds of legal jeopardy. They’re full-time paid officials of the union and they’re both at assistant secretary general level. If we’d won that battle, austerity could have been over soon after. On lui promettait une belle carrière, mais aujour We should have had a much more combative stance. Vote for Hugo Pierre. Good arguments about the merits of local government will not win the day. It was two years ago that Northamptonshire Tory council invoked a Section 114 notice. McAnea, the former assistant general secretary, gained almost 64,000 votes, amassing 47.7% of the vote. The Socialist 28 October 2020   | Two members of the Socialist Party are standing. "Many Unison members will be shocked at the news that Keir Starmer has suspended Jeremy Corbyn and removed the Labour whip from him. ... Hugo Pierre is the Black member’s representative on UNISON’s NEC. Dans la première partie d’une interview en deux parties, il a raconté à Left Foot Forward sa campagne dans les écoles du nord de Londres et comment il rendrait le syndicat plus combatif s’il était élu. That was a no-brainer. Left Foot Forward is conducting interviews with all four candidates who secured enough nominations. Unison, which represents over 1.3 million workers, needs determined fighting leaders. Hugo Pierre speaking at an anti-racism demo 18.3.17, photo Paula Mitchell (Click to enlarge) The worst-kept secret in public sector union Unison is finally out. Help fund a challenge to austerity at the ballot box - donate today! The worst-kept secret in public sector union Unison is finally out. Unison general secretary candidate and Socialist Party member Hugo Pierre speaking during an anti-racism demo in 2017. Given that the financial situation of most councils in England, Wales and Scotland is considerably worse than in pre-pandemic 2018, Northamptonshire may have been the first council (for twenty years) to declare itself bankrupt, but it will certainly not be the last if mass opposition is not built to oppose council cuts. Thatcher abolished the ILEA and I got a job in Camden and have been the education convener ever since 1990 – first for NALGO and then for Unison. A lockdown that doesn't include education? While the dinosaurs could not be blamed for not seeing the asteroid coming, and of not understanding the impact it would have, that is not the case with Labour, Plaid Cymru or SNP councillors. 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