Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TUC Agenda online

The Final Agenda for next month’s TUC is online. The Women’s Conference motion (number 19) is a defence of abortion rights, topical given the prospect of pro-choice amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

The various motions on public sector pay, about which I have commented before have attracted only a couple of amendments – and the eventual structure of the debate will depend upon the process of compositing (or “grouping” as it is called at the TUC).

The TUC could be an excellent opportunity to organise a coordinated campaign against the Government’s public sector pay freeze. But with local government pay talks here and there, and an absence of talks in health, I am not sure how UNISON’s TUC delegation will focus on the fact that our Conference instructed our NEC to “continue a united campaign across the union and other public service unions to oppose the government's unjust and unjustifiable policy on public sector pay.”

I’ll let you know…

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