AWP job cuts update: Unison amble into action.

Bristol Care Workers Network

AWP’s CEOs have now responded to the formal dispute raised by Unison two weeks ago. Management’s response doesn’t adequately address the  problems which the union raised, and on Monday we had news that Unison Wiltshire and Avon branch are preparing for a strike ballot. BCWN has been (and always will be) critical of the mainstream unions, especially Unison, but nevertheless we welcome the news that Unison are prepared to fight back against the cuts. This news from Unison is timely; anecdotally, we have spoken to at least one skilled specialist administrator who is leaving their job due to the uncertainty caused by the admin review.

We were contacted last month by branch officers in Unison Wiltshire and Avon branch, inviting us to work with them around this issue. We politely declined; as stated, we have significant criticisms of the reformist trades unions, and we think it is important to keep…

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