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Haringey selling off public property – largest of its kind in UK

There is a protest on Tuesday 17th January 6-7pm at the Haringey Civic Centre before the meeting of the scrutiny committee. This is against the largest proposed sell off of council owned property in the UK – in the region of over 2 Billion Pounds.
If approved it will include the sale of Northumberland Park estate, Broadwater farm estate – with thousands and thousands of families affected. They will be, in the councils terms, “decanted” meaning they will be forced to leave and their homes will be demolished – we have no idea where they will be decanted to, no idea when or if they can return and no idea of the terms for rent when and if they return. Read more ›

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AGM – Thursday 9th March

Waltham Forest LG Branch AGM will be held on Thursday 9th March at 12-2pm at Waltham Forest Town Hall Council Chamber.  Members are allowed paid time off to attend.  Invitations are going out this week.  As key stakeholders all members are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

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Heart unions week – 8 – 14 February 2017

It’s back! Up and down the UK workers will be celebrating being part of a union. Find out more on the TUC website and check back here for more information on what UNISON members will be doing.

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Learning and Open University grants for UNISON members

Grants available to support members studying in further and higher education

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UNISON is offering grants to members studying at further education or first degree levels as part of the support we offer to help members get ahead and develop their careers.

The following grants are available for members studying at their own expense in 2017: Read more ›

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Minimum wage rates go up in April

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The government has launched its campaign to raise awareness of the increase in national minimum wage rates – and the so-called national living wage – which will come into force on 1 April.

The new rates are:

  • 25 and over – £7.50 an hour;
  • 21 to 24 – £7.05 an hour;
  • 18 to 20 – £5.60 an hour;
  • 16 to 17 –£4.05 an hour;
  • apprentice rate – £3.50 an hour.

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We won’t be misled on the Southern Strike

Further strike action on Southern Rail takes place this week, and the disruption this will cause for passengers is regrettable. But we won’t be misled by the industry on why the strikes are taking place.  Click here to read more.

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SERTUC LGBT History Month – Monday 27 February 2017 6.30-9.30

Venue: TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London
Costs: FREE ADMISSION (registration required)
About this event: SERTUC LGBT Network OPEN invite to mark LGBT HISTORY MONTH

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Christmas greetings and branch office closure

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our members and supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Due to staff leave during the Christmas holiday season we will not be publishing again until week commencing 9th January 2017.

Thank you for your continued support.

(If members need urgent help during this time they can contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857)

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Staying Active in UNISON – December Newsletter 2016

Greater London Region Retired Members’ Newsletter

Staying Active in UNISON December Newsletter 2016

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The only connection between winter strikes is employers who won’t negotiate

Following industrial action in Southern Rail, Post Offices and other companies over the last week, the usual suspects have been coming out to denounce strikes. Some Conservative backbenchers have called for new legislation to ban strikes in important industries. Some right wing commentators have been claiming the strikes are a co-ordinated campaign.

These are some serious and deeply felt industrial disputes. But the furore over them is as overblown as it is misguided.

First off, the obvious one: Levels of strike action are historically low. At their peak in 1979, over 29 million working days were lost to strike action. Last year that number was 170,000 (around half a percent as much).  Click here to read more

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