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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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The Staffing Committee of Waltham Forest Council met on 29th August and we believe agreed a pay increase of £15,000 per year for the Chief Executive. This is a rise of 8.33%, well above inflation and busting through the government’s public sector pay restriction of 1%. The reports presented at that committee, which does not include trade union representation, did not mention what the Council’s pay policy is in respect of the thousands of workers who work for the Council providing public services and in schools. Read more ›
At the end of a week that will see industrial action for local government workers, and possibly for NHS members, UNISON branches will be voicing their pay concerns on the streets of London, and directly to the public, with the biggest demonstration in the UK this decade. Read more ›
The above meeting is going to be held at Waltham Forest Town Hall from 12:30 to 2pm or 4:30 to 6pm..
The Branch is holding a Special Branch Meeting on Wednesday 8th October to discuss the all-out national strike called for Tuesday 14th October. Materials will be available at the meeting where our picketing arrangements and any other activities relating to the day will be discussed. Read more ›
UNISON members in Local Government will be taking strike action across the country on Tuesday 14th October. The strike is part of the ongoing campaign to win a fair and just pay settlement from the government. Obviously, if we do want a better pay deal we will have to fight for it. Whatever government gets elected in 2015 it looks certain that public sector pay restraint will continue. None of the major parties are talking of improving public sector pay so the only way to an improved offer is to take action by standing up for ourselves and demanding a fairer pay rise. Make sure you talk to your colleagues. Why not use the five reasons below (taken from the UNISON national web site) to persuade any waverers or doubters in your workplace as to why we have to take this action? You can use them to try and persuade colleagues who are not members to join UNISON and join us as we campaign for a fair pay rise for all. Read more ›
In a move that is quite astonishing the Labour Party have hired the controversial G4S firm to manage their security at their conference at the end of the month. This is a company that is involved in the imprisonment of Palestinians and is currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. If you want more details click on the link below.
The People’s March for the NHS reaches London from Jarrow on Saturday 6th London. The response from the public has been fantastic with thousands joining them for local marches to date. There has been good media coverage in every area so far with lots of TV and radio interviews with local marchers. Highlights of newspaper coverage can be found here including over 50 different online articles to date: http://999callfornhs.org.uk/press-media/4586312352 Read more ›
Attached is a flyer detailing actions you can take to support the Morning Star’s “Summer of Heroes” fundraising drive. All fundraising ideas are welcome to ensure the continued unique contribution of the paper to the trade union and labour movement
Saturday 13th September 2014 – Journey to Justice Speaker: Carrie Supple Read more ›