Nurses laugh at pre-election ‘punts’

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Gary Smith of the GMB, right, in his 2020 campaign to exonerate the corporate care home owners and blame the Scottish Government for deaths due to the greed and incompetence of the care home owners.

The GMB surfaces again today, like a Trident submarine, to sink our punt:

So, they think NHS workers will reject the 4% they’ve been offered, compared to the 1% slap in England? A ‘tsunami of laughter’ is coming their way.

Is it a ‘pre-election punt?’ Maybe. Was the ‘pledge’ in 2014 a ‘punt?’ Are there ‘punts’ everywhere? Do bears….Is the…?

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13 thoughts on “Nurses laugh at pre-election ‘punts’

  1. Worker representation and collective bargaining are essential features of pluralistic democracy, but unions are also part of the corporatist state. The nature of which has been fundamentally changed in Britain by Thatcherism, which has forced the political left to move to the right, and adopt a neo-liberal stance that is amenable to deregulation, the commodification of labour, and the marketisation of finance. Btw, I’m pretty sure it was Mussolini who pointed out that the first stage of the fascist state, should rightly be called “corporatism”. And he’s a yer man to ask what fascism is all about. 😉

    Crisis corporatism and trade union revitalisation in Europe

    Click to access C%2011%2012%20A%20triumph%20of%20failed%20ideas%20WEB.pdf

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    1. Cameron: ‘Unions are also part of the corporatist state. The nature of which has been fundamentally changed in Britain by Thatcherism, which has forced the political left to move to the right, and adopt a neo-liberal stance that is amenable to deregulation.’
      Very interesting.
      How about 500 words or so, easy read, on this using evidence of the likes of GMB in Scotland?
      John
      talkingupreminders@gmail.com

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      1. Sorry Prof., I’m way too rusty to attempt anything fancy like that, but thanks for the invitation. I’ll try to find some easy access academia on the subject, if that’s ok with you.

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  2. If their is any part of our society that deserves a decent payrise for the outstanding and dangerous work they have done during this pandemic its the NHS in all the countries of the UK.

    But so far it appears only Scotland is prepared to do that. Perhaps other governments and the GMB need to remember the covid pandemic is not over yet.

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  3. In reply to the GMB and the MSM
    On behalf of The SHNS staff
    And as Jack Nicoloson would say
    “This is as Good it Gets “

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  4. GMB can advise nurses in the same way they can advise airline pilots and it having the same effect.

    Absolutely fuck all.

    Nurses Union is RCN = Royal College of Nursing

    Midwifes Union is RCM = Royal College of Midwifes

    Pilots Union is BALPA = The British Airline Pilots’ Association

    GMB = British Labour propaganda mouthpiece, Richard Leonard was GMB Rep who advised GCC to refuse equal pay for women and his wife is a Regional Convener with the GMB.

    Plantation Quay have GMB on speed dial for this kind of thing.

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    1. It is not just nurses in NHS Scotland who are being offered the 4% rise thus the involvement of the GMB, Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Nursing which is the nurses union.

      According to reports the GMB is the only one of the 4 unions telling their members to turn it down. The other 3 unions have put the pay rise to their members without recommendation either way. In other words they are leaving it up to their members to make up their own minds.

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      1. GMB ARE HYPOCRITES
        THEY DID NOT SUPPORT THE WOMEN IN GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL
        IN THEIR EQUAL PAY DEMANDS
        DURING LABOURS MANY YEARS IN POWER IN GCC

        BUT IT TOOK AN SNP CONTROLLED COUNCIL
        TO PAY WOMEN

        GMB GET MONEY FOR OLD ROPE

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  5. The GMB and all the rest of the Brit Nat donkeys:—

    Put Labour first—the workers last.
    Remember the women in Glasgow, and equal pay. They didn’t!
    Put the Union before union members.
    Nuclear weapons, built and refitted in England, but dumped into Scotland.

    Boris before democracy. No doubt a Wee phone call from Downing Street for the Brothers.

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  6. WAT IS GARY SMITH
    ARE YOU STILL PUSHING FOR EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN
    AS YOUR COLLEAGUES DID NOT DO FOR ALL WOMEN EMPLOYED IN COUNCILS
    YOUR UNION ARE CERTAINLY TAINTED WITH UNIONIST
    LIES AND DECEIT
    WHILST TRYING TO FOOL YOUR PAID UP MEMBERS
    STICK TO THE VERY WORTHWHILE JOB YOU’RE
    DOING HELP SICK PEOPLE

    INSTEAD OF SIDING WITH YOUR UNION BOSSES
    WHO ARE POLITICAL
    CERTAINLY NOT MEDICAL

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  7. It’s not that I’m a chicken, but I’ve not looked at the workings of political economy for almost three decades. So I’m more than a tad rusty, and wary of pointing folks up the wrong dreel. Here’s some links though, that I think might help folks position the GMB, on the political spectrum within UKOK.

    EXPLORING POLITICAL CHANGE
    THATCHERISM AND THE REMAKING OF THE LABOUR PARTY
    1979-1997
    etheses.lse.ac.uk/2133/1/U613365(dot)pdf

    GMB Trade union Response to
    EU Commission Green Paper – Modernising labour law to meet challenges of the
    21st century
    https://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/labour_law/answers/documents/4_73_en(dot)pdf

    https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/workforce/gmb-union-members-overwhelmingly-reject-nhs-pay-offer-08-06-2018/

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