Monthly Archives: April 2020

Palestine Solidarity Campaign defeats UK Government over pensions divestment......

PSC is delighted to announce that they have won a great victory in the battle to defend the right to take action in the UK in support of Palestinian rights.

Since 2017 they have been fighting the UK Government in the courts, protecting the right to undertake BDS campaigns in the UK. They won in the High Court, then lost in the Court of Appeal, but today the final verdict from the Supreme Court is in – and they have won!

With support via submissions from the Quakers, Campaign Against Arms Trade and War on Want and with a huge body of small donations from thousands of members and supports to fund the legal challenge, they have managed to defeat regulations that would have stopped Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, and additionally from divesting from the UK defence industry.

The Supreme Court has ruled in their favour and the regulations the Government introduced in 2016 are now finally and definitively declared illegal and thrown out.  Click here to read more.

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This May Day, let us show our appreciation for all those key workers that are looking after us in these difficult times.......

This May Day the usual planned events can no longer take place, but it’s more important than ever to mark the contribution that workers make every day.

The TUC are leading an online action to show our support for all frontline workers in this difficult time.

Here’s what you can do today

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National Postal Workers’ Day – Wednesday 29 April 2020......

Wednesday 29th April 2020 is National Postal Workers Day. This event is held annually to create an opportunity to promote the fantastic work our members do all year round, but it is particularly pertinent this year during this crisis. Postal Workers in the London, East and South East Region are working around the clock to make sure the customers  get their mail delivered. Continue reading

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International Workers’ Memorial Day 28 April 2020......

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Coronavirus: UK holds minute’s silence for key workers who died......

A minute’s silence has been held across the UK to commemorate the key workers who have died with coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to work on Monday, joined the tribute at 11:00 BST.

More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus, as have many transport and other key workers.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Care home deaths up as hospital cases fall......

A third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes, figures show.

Office for National Statistics data showed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week ending 17 April – double the previous week.

Projections for the following week – up to last Friday – suggested the numbers have since continued to rise.  Click here to read more.

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Unison Waltham Forest remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living.......

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Coronavirus: London’s NHS Nightingale ‘treated 51 patients’......

London’s NHS Nightingale hospital treated 51 patients in its first three weeks, sources have told the BBC.

The temporary field hospital was built in east London’s ExCel centre to hold as many as 4,000 Covid-19 patients.

The NHS would not confirm the figures, though the BBC believes 13 people have died at the hospital.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: UK failed to stockpile crucial PPE......

The government failed to buy crucial protective equipment to cope with a pandemic, a BBC investigation has found.

There were no gowns, visors, swabs or body bags in the government’s pandemic stockpile when Covid-19 reached the UK.

NHS staff say they are being put at risk because of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Bereaved frontline families entitled to £60,000......

Families of front line NHS and social care staff in England who die from coronavirus will be entitled to a £60,000 payment, the government says.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed 82 NHS and 16 social care workers had died so far during the outbreak.  Click here to read more.

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