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PPE not promises......

Every day thousands of dedicated care and NHS staff and other key workers are forced to put themselves, their families and the people they care for in harm’s way because many do not have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to do their jobs safely.

And every day we see more of these staff pay the ultimate price for their dedication and selfless service.

We can’t go on like this.  Click here to read more and sign the petition.

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29,000 claims a year despite 50 years since Equal Pay Act......

A consistently high number of workers are alleging that their employers are illegally paying them less than colleagues in similar roles, according to research released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

The act, which established the legal principle that workers should receive equal pay for equal work, was given royal assent on 29 May 1970, following the huge publicity generated by striking sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant.  Click here to read more.

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This must not be beginning of the end for pensioners’ right to their Freedom Pass......

TRANSPORT chiefs have been warned the suspension of free travel for elderly passengers in rush hour must not become a permanent measure.

Thousands of Freedom Pass passengers were told this week that the dispensation was being scrapped as the government announced a bailout deal for Transport for London (TfL). The move followed a 90 per cent drop in revenue on the buses and trains during the coronavirus crisis and direct advice not to use the network unless journeys are essential.

Measures attached to the £1.6billion deal, however, have included an end to fare freezes and increased congestion charges. And in a bid to also reduce overcrowding, there is also a suspension to free travel for children and, in peak times, for pensioners.  Click here to read more.

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The NHS surcharge debacle reveals a government both cruel and useless......

Voters will occasionally forgive a government they deem heartless, if they reckon it has the steel to get the job done. They might even, though rarely, forgive a government they deem incompetent, if they believe its heart is in the right place. What they will never forgive is a government that is both uncaring and useless. And yet that is precisely the judgement that now hovers over Boris Johnson and the administration he leads.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

 

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Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers’ email addresses......

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers.

The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government.

It made the error when it emailed new trainees to tell them about training.

Serco said it had apologised and would review its processes “to make sure that this does not happen again”.  Click here to read more.

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London bus driver deaths to be examined in coronavirus study......

The pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus drivers and other transport staff will be examined in a new study after 33 lost their lives.

Transport for London has commissioned the research, which mayor Sadiq Khan said would ensure every possible measure was taken to protect “heroic” staff.

The two-part study will see TfL work with University College London (UCL) to “better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers”.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

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NHS trust which runs Whipps Cross now has most coronavirus deaths in London......

Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross and four other hospitals, has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in London.

The east London trust has overtaken London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, the previous worst-affected in the capital.

Since the start of the pandemic, the trust has confirmed 589 deaths among people who tested positive for the virus.

The worst day for deaths, according to current figures, was April 8, when 30 people died from the virus.  Click here to read more.

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Schools Health & Safety......

UNISON Waltham Forest understands many members have been sent letters from their head teacher advising them that the school will reconvene on 1st June 2020.

Many of you are worried that there has been no appropriate H&S risk assessment undertaken or yet put in place, to support you individually and or pupils.

UNISON has been battling on your behalf to ensure your safety is paramount and cannot support the action of sending our members into a school where the risk of CV19 contagion cannot be safely controlled. Continue reading

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