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“using the union was a positive experience” – writes a member

Joining UNISON is the best decision I have made in years. Having worked in the Private Care Sector for several years, I had often thought about joining UNISON but felt that it would not be worth my while. However, after months of difficulties with my unsupportive and disorganised management, I decided it was time to join up. Despite having been a UNISON member for less than 6 months the union represented me without question and with complete commitment and professionalism.  
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Asbestos Seminar – Tuesday 26 May

  • asbestos1Have you been exposed to asbestos?
  • Do you work in the 80% of buildings that contain asbestos?
  • Are you a cleaner, caretaker, maintainence worker?
  • Do you know what mesothelioma, pleural plaques or asbestosis can do to you?
  • What can you do if you have been exposed to asbestos?

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Welfare – School Uniform Grant 2015

there for you logoThere for you  are once again launching the School Uniform Grant programme for 2015.  Attached is an application form and poster.

The criteria for eligibility is within the application form.  Please note the closing date for receipt of applications is 10th July 2015. Read more ›

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Waltham Forest – Childcare Changes 2015

 

childcare plusChildcare Voucher scheme: Childcare and Kidsclubplus or tax free childcare- what’s the difference?

Tax-Free Childcare is the new scheme proposed by the Government to replace childcare vouchers this Autumn (childcareplus & kidsclubplus). Read more ›

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Whipps Cross Hospital In Crisis

As you are probably aware Whipps Cross has massive financial difficulties which threaten its future as a General Hospital. The Waltham Forest Trades Council have called for a protest about the cause of the problem, which is the massive PFI debt that has been brought to Whipps Cross through the amalgamation with Barts. Please have a look at the attached leaflet and join us for a lunch time protest outside the hospital main entrance on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 staring at 12 noon and ending at 2pm. Even if you can only spare a few minutes of your lunch break on the day please do come along and support our local hospital, the health workers and our local community.

 

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UNISON Waltham Forest solidarity with Cuba and Palestine

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Those of you who attended our AGM this year would have had the pleasure of meeting our guests from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. UNISON nationally supports both campaigns and there may well be members in Waltham Forest who would like to find out more.

The local Cuba Solidarity Group is the North London branch which meets on the last Monday of every month at the Calthorpe Arms pub in Grays Inn Road from about 7pm. The meetings usually consist of a film followed by discussion on all matters relevant to the campaign Read more ›

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AGM draft minutes

Here are the draft minutes from our AGM held on 4th March.  Lunchtime minutes, evening minutes.  If members have any comments please feed them back to the Branch Office.

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Special Screening of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border with co-writer Mark Weisbrot – June 8

Renowned Latin America expert and co-writer of the Oliver Stone film South Of the Border, Mark Weisbrot, will be doing a special event on Monday June 8 from 6.30pm at the Bolivar Hall (W1T 5DL) where he will introduce and take questions on the film.  Read more ›

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New Cuba-US talks, but no “normal” relations until blockade ends

Cuba and the US will exchange ambassadors on 29 May, but “the blockade has to be fully removed and Guantanamo should be returned,” before there can be normal relations, said President Raúl Castro in a recent meeting with reporters. Read more ›

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Thinking of becoming a steward? Are you a new steward?

Lost in UNISON is a great way of learning more about the role.  It is an induction and taster session for potential and new stewards where you: Read more ›

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UNISON offers top tips for tackling difficult behaviour in schools

UNISON has devised a school support staff valuable practical guide which will help its 250,000 members in this sector and will assist them in managing the sometimes difficult behaviour of pupils. Read more ›

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