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Launch Of Union For Salford Unemployed



Posted by Editor on 20th August 2009 at 01:53 PM
Launch Of Union For Salford Unemployed

by Tony Thornborough

Former TUC boss and candidate standing against Hazel Blears, Alec McFadden, has proposed a union for unemployed people in Salford.

The official unemployed figures released today show that 2.44 million people are now unemployed in Britain. This is the highest number in over 15 years.

The Salford Unemployed Community Resource Centre (UCRC) has decided to set up an Unemployed Workers Movement in Salford, with the launch meeting being held on Thursday 20th August at 2pm in the Salford UCRC, 84/86 Liverpool Road, Eccles, Salford.

The meeting is open to all unemployed people and is a local attempt to create a voice & representation for unemployed people, and a campaign for free training and jobs at a proper rate of pay.

The meeting organiser, Alec McFadden, Manager of the Salford Centre said, “With so many people out of work and redundancies and unemployment rising weekly, the need for a union for people without jobs is obvious. Employers are simply taking the easy route and sacking workers whilst the Government puts billions into the rescue of banks. Nobody is standing up for the unemployed”.

In Salford unemployment has increased by 56% in the past 12 months and is now standing at 7,321 or 5.2%. The National figure is 4.1% so Salford is 1% above the National average.

The level of benefit, Jobseekers Allowance is only £64.30 per week which is clearly not enough to live on. The effects of the recession are now starting to have a detrimental effect on people, families and communities. According to the Audit Commission, unemployment has the following effects on communities:

• Increase in Homelessness & House Repossession.
• Increase in Alcoholism & Addiction
• Increase in Family Stress & Breakdown
• Increase in Domestic Violence
• Increase in Crime

This situation will only get worse unless more focused Government action is taken with saving manufacturing jobs a priority, says McFadden. "Too many employers are going into liquidation, closing down and sacking all their workers. The Government could nationalise these workplaces, (like they nationalised the banks) save jobs and tackle youth unemployment by increasing youth training and apprenticeship schemes."

The Financial Services Authority (F.S.A) has funded a special money guidance project which the Salford Centre is part of, providing free guidance on mortgages, borrowing, credit, savings, investment, insurance pensions and budgeting. But they say much more could be done by involving Local Authorities in this type of work.

Alec concluded, “Who would have believed that the 21st Century would see the return of Unemployed Workers Organisations, which were so active and necessary in the 1930s when unemployment reached record levels?

"Nobody in modern Britain either speaks or represents the unemployed or their families, so the centre will create the first Unemployed Workers Union of the 21st Century on Thursday 20th August 2009."

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  17th September 2009
Lottery Commission, he’s under investigation by the Lottery Commission to see if he is using the funds for his own political aspirations.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  17th September 2009
how does this mcfadden earn his living ,who pays him?

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  17th September 2009
Our independent Nationalist Trade Union Solidarity has produced the first issue of 'British Worker'. Solidarity is best known for defending the rights of workers against employers who have sought to discriminate against them on political grounds. As you will read, however, the bulk of our work is less newsworthy but no less important. It concerns bread and butter union issues: accidents at work, representation at investigatory, grievance and disciplinary hearings etc. Please use this as a recruitment tool amongst your friends and workmates. Get them to consider joining our Union - together we are strong.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  17th September 2009
solidarity is an unrecognised scabs union. left wing politics is all about the class struggle ffs, bnp are class traitors

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  1st September 2009
Correction - he was charged with having the railings on his garage at a cost of £5000.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  1st September 2009
Alec McFadden was fined £5000 for having railings on the roof of a garage without planning permission - hardly the most heinous of crimes?! Is there no dirt the BNP won't dig up on their opponents?

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  1st September 2009
The BNP do not represent the interests of ordinary working class people. We all need to unite together to win better conditions for unemployed people. The racist policies of the BNP would only divide communities, setting people of one race against another. Trade unions represent all workers, whatever their nationality, which is why the BNP are opposed to them. This is the true face of the far right, who attacked McFadden in 2006 and almost blinded him.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  1st September 2009
Lies lies and more lies.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
how does this man earn his wages been part of the gravy train for years ,wants to go first class this is the real reason he is standing at the next election,has he ever WORKED in the real world

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
We know a lot about McFadden and most of Salford online will very soon.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
He is also pro I.R.A.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
How can macka form a trade union? The plank of wood discriminates against.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
A LEADING trade unionist was prosecuted by Wirral Council, at a cost of almost £5,000, for having railings on the roof of a garage in Wallasey. Alec McFadden, who lives in Poulton and is president of Merseyside TUC, appeared before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday to answer charges of breaching the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. He stood accused of constructing railings around the roof of a garage he obtained planning permission for in 1990, after a single complaint was made to the local authority in 2005 by a neighbour Mr McFadden says no longer lives in the area. His defence rested on the assertion that an ‘explanatory booklet’ had not accompanied the enforcement notice handed to him on May 31 2006, after retrospective permission for the railings had been refused earlier that month. Judge Stephen Dodds threw out that defence, forcing Mr McFadden to enter a guilty plea.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
Would members of the BNP. Who are unemployed be able to join.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  20th August 2009
Independent PPC for Salford and Eccles Richard Carvath has referred to McFadden as a 'pseudo-PPC' on his blog - meaning that McFadden has yet to clarify if he is definitely going to stand even without the endorsement of the Hazel Must Go! group. Perhaps Alec should clear up the confusion: is he definitely a PPC even if HMG! don't adopt him as their candidate?

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