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UNISON AGM, 5th March 2019

12-2pm in the Council Chamber, Waltham Forest Town Hall.  All members welcome.

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Increase college funding to sustainable levels – all students deserve equality!

Please also take a moment to sign and share this petition to get college funding debated in Parliament.  Click here to sign.

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People’s Question Time Islington, 23rd October

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly will talk to Londoners about their plans and priorities for the city. Jennette Arnold, Assembly Member for North East London will chair the event.  Free event but registration essential.  Click here to read more.

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Fighting for your rights

Dave Knight on a campaign group’s efforts to support vulnerable people.

Waltham Forest Stand Up For Your Rights protesting outside Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus.  Waltham Forest Stand Up For Your Rights is a local organisation that supports benefits claimants and campaigns on the problems they face. Click here to read more.

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It’s Get Online Week from 15 to 21 October

Boosting our members’ digital confidence.  UNISON is supporting the Get Online Week – 15-21 October – to help build members’ digital confidence and remove barriers that prevent them fully taking part in an increasingly technical world.  Click here to read more.


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Campaigners’ last ditch attempt to save town square fails

The Waltham Forest Civic Society wanted to protect Walthamstow Town Square.

But Waltham Forest Council said no – because planning permission for new homes at the Mall and town square site has already been granted.  Click here to read more.

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Campaigners in Waltham Forest welcome commitments from employers to pay London Living Wage

According to charity Trust for London, Waltham Forest has the highest percentage of jobs paying below the Living Wage anywhere in the capital, at 37 per cent.  Click here to read more.

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Special meeting – Tackling the housing crisis – Waltham Forest Trades Council 2/10/18

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UK councils spent £300m putting homeless in hotels in three years, shocking figures reveal

Councils in the UK spent £300 million in three years on placing homeless people in hotels and B&Bs, Freedom of Information figures reveal.  Click here to read all.

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Two million self-employed adults earn less than the minimum wage

New analysis published by the TUC shows that half (49%) of self-employed adults aged 25 and over are earning less than minimum wage – a total of two million people.  Click here to read more.

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Love Our Colleges – lobby/demo/rally – 17th October

Further education colleges are an essential part of England’s education system. Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

Colleges matter – to their students, their staff and their local communities. But for too long the vital work they do has been overlooked and underfunded.

That is why trade unions, students and colleges are coming together to call for better funding and fair pay for further education colleges.  Click here to read more.

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