Monthly Archives: September 2013

How prudent are the Council with tax payers’ money?......

In Waltham Forest Council our members are constantly being told that the Council has to be incredibly careful with its money. Recent cuts in pay, jobs and services are all examples of how prudent the Council needs to be. However, this clip from Private Eye magazine suggests something different. Here it is alleged that the Council basically lost £9 million. At the same time they were making our own Careers Service staff redundant, closing down the Connexions Service and dismissing nearly all our Youth Service staff because the Council maintained that they could no longer afford those services due to the government decision to do away with the grants that funded those services. It would seem that they could still afford to lose all that money, probably more than the savings that they made through these cuts.

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Health cuts – No Way! Whipps Cross – here to stay!......

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A healthy march of several hundred trade unionists, Whipps Cross workers and concerned local residents made its way from the Green to the Town Square. Our branch banner was ably assisted by branch members Sarah from Chapel End Children’s Centre and Esther from George Mason Lodge, our thanks go to them and to Huw Davies who carried the banner much of the way. It was also great to see several of our retired members on the march.

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Branch Meeting 17 October......

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall Council Chamber 12 noon to 2pm. The meeting will discuss Health and Safety in Waltham Forest – members who have any health and safety concerns can bring them to the meeting. We hope to have a speaker from the Blacklist Support Group and we will also debate any motions sent into the office up to the day before the meeting.

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A goody bag for the best caption!......

A UNISON branch goody bag is up for grabs for the best caption sent in for the photo below.  Good luck!

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(photo courtesy of Len Weiss)

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Retired Member’s Meeting 17 September......

A few photos from the meeting held yesterday.  All retired members are welcome to the next meeting being held on 3 December at 1:30pm.

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999 – Answer the Call for Your NHS demo on 29 September......

UNISON believes that this demonstration called by the TUC is the most important event of the moment. The march takes place in Manchester on 29th September 2013 from 11am and will finish with a rally. The march will take us past the Tory Conference and will give us the opportunity to let the Tories know just how seriously we take their attacks on our NHS. It will demonstrate just how important the NHS is to ordinary people like me and you. This march has to be an outstanding success.

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Retired Members Meeting Tuesday 3rd December 1.30-4.00......

The next retired members’ meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 December 1.30-4pm in the Sports and Social Club in Waltham Forest Town Hall Grounds.

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NUT & NASUWT Industrial Action on the 17th October......

The NUT and NASUWT have announced dates of regional strike action as part of their campaign against government proposals on teacher’s pay.   See attached document for more information.

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Whipps Cross March on Saturday 21st September......

We would like UNISON members, their friends and families join us to take part in the march from Whipps Cross Green by the roundabout bus stops to the Town Square in Walthamstow on Saturday 21st September. The march will set off at 12 noon.

Please do your best to support the event and join us and march with our branch banner to show how important Whipps Cross Hospital is to you.

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Stand up against the cuts and fight for our hospital......

UNISON IN Waltham Forest calls on all members to stand up against the onslaught that is being wrought upon our public services, our jobs and our benefits. We know only too well the damage that is caused by wage cuts, job cuts and service cuts. In Waltham Forest we have suffered many cuts and they are set to continue if this government has its way. Continue reading

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