Daily Archives: 21/12/2016

Christmas greetings and branch office closure......

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our members and supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Due to staff leave during the Christmas holiday season we will not be publishing again until week commencing 9th January 2017.

Thank you for your continued support.

(If members need urgent help during this time they can contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857)

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Staying Active in UNISON – December Newsletter 2016......

Greater London Region Retired Members’ Newsletter

Staying Active in UNISON December Newsletter 2016

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The only connection between winter strikes is employers who won’t negotiate......

Following industrial action in Southern Rail, Post Offices and other companies over the last week, the usual suspects have been coming out to denounce strikes. Some Conservative backbenchers have called for new legislation to ban strikes in important industries. Some right wing commentators have been claiming the strikes are a co-ordinated campaign.

These are some serious and deeply felt industrial disputes. But the furore over them is as overblown as it is misguided.

First off, the obvious one: Levels of strike action are historically low. At their peak in 1979, over 29 million working days were lost to strike action. Last year that number was 170,000 (around half a percent as much).  Click here to read more

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Cancer all-clear for night work was based on ‘bad science’......

An Oxford University study that concluded the classification of night work as a cause of breast cancer in women is no longer justified was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers have warned.
 
The large scale ‘meta-analysis’, published online on 6 October 2016 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), concluded “night shift work, including long-term night shift work, has little or no effect on breast cancer incidence.” It added the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) ranking of night work as a ‘probable’ cause of breast cancer in women “is no longer justified.”
 
But three of the most respected epidemiologists on night work and breast cancer have now said they “fully disagree” with this conclusion, noting a succession of methodological flaws in the research “invalidate” its conclusions.

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People and pensions: a decent retirement for all......

Virtually all aspects of pensions will come under scrutiny in 2017. We can expect the outcome of a review of state pension age, a Green Paper on defined benefit pensions, and a review of automatic enrollment.
 
But there are still enormous challenges if workers are to receive adequate incomes in retirement.
 
It is therefore vital that trade unionists remain a strong and informed voice on pensions issues.
 
The TUC Pensions Conference taking place at Congress House in London on Wednesday 1st February 2017, is aimed at pensions trustees, trade unionists and others interested in a trade union perspective on pensions.   It features a line-up of senior pensions figures. The conference will host keynote speeches from Pensions Minister Richard Harrington; Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams; and John Cridland, the former CBI chief who heads the Independent review of state pension age.Other speakers include: Continue reading
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UAF Chingford Vigil – Wed 21 December 6.30pm......

After the horrendous attack last week on a Muslim woman at Chingford Mount, Unite Against Fascism are calling a protest at this hate crime.
 
It will be held at Albert Crescent, Chingford E4 6SH from 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 December.

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Wot about the workers? Stressed to death but not wanted at HSE Stress Summit?......

The silencing of the workers’ voice on HSE board by the DWP appointing an employer to a workers seat  is only one way of shutting us out.  As part of the HSE ‘Strategy’ Help GB Work Well, a health and work strategy has been developed to  focus on three priorities: preventing occupational stress and related mental health issues;  musculo skeletal disorders; and occupational  lung disease.  This was ‘soft  launched’ on 15th December by DWP Minister responsible Penny Mordaunt.  And it will be followed by 5 roadshows next year between January and March – 1 each in: Scotland, Wales, The North, Midlands, and South with a national conference in May probably in London. More information and dates maybe before Christmas. 

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