Category Archives: Health & Safety

Waltham Forest Council aims to suspend all roadworks to protect staff......

Waltham Forest aims to shut down all roadworks today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents had previously criticised the council for continuing to allow construction workers to work on road improvement schemes, including the “Mini-Holland”.  Click here to read more.

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Opinion: Official line needed now on site closures......

In times of crisis you need leadership.

The construction industry is getting none.

The government needs to act now and rule what sites and companies are key to the economy and should still be working.

Instead one of the country’s biggest industries has been left in limbo by politicians making-up policy on the hoof.  Click here to read more.

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Corona virus – branch office information......

Its so important that we keep calm! and do not panic, review the information and make contact with your branch if you require more specific advice.

Due to the outbreak, there will be limited cover within the office so please use alternative means of communication such as mobile numbers and emails where possible, we will get back to you, your concerns are a priority to us.

 

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Coronavirus: your rights at work......

We believe that many of our contracted-out staff members do not receive the same benefits as directly employed members, such as holiday and sick pay.

As a result, employees may be forced to continue working if they are feeling unwell.

We would ask you to contact the employers to ensure that their employees are made aware of their rights and responsibilities to our workplace. Employees are able to seek Statutory Sick Pay or Universal Credit from day 1 (not day 4) of this illness.

In the light of this current situation, our union members would urge that any future contracts with external providers should include the rights and conditions of existing employees

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TUC LESE Pensioners’ Network Annual Seminar 2020......

Housing for the Older Person, Tuesday 7 April 2020, 10.30am to 3.30pm  @ TUC Congress House  

POSTPONED – NEW 2020 DATE TO BE RESCHEDULED   Continue reading

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Coronavirus: unions attack ‘paltry’ sick pay for self-isolating couriers......

Concerns raised inadequate compensation could force virus-hit gig workers to keep delivering.  Click here to read more.

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‘Save teachers from asbestos risk,’ chancellor warned......

The Budget must provide cash to ensure ‘crumbling’ school buildings are safe for staff and pupils, unions insist.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: First case of Covid-19 confirmed in Waltham Forest......

A first case of coronavirus in Waltham Forest has been confirmed.

Yesterday, the council revealed a resident had contracted the Covid-19 virus. 

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Tube union demands tests into ‘toxic’ train dust......

Staff on the London Underground are demanding more is done to assess the effects of breathing in Tube dust.  Click here to read more.

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WF Trades Council comment on jailing of employer for worker manslaughter......

Following the jailing of Han Rao for four years for the manslaughter of employee Marian Iancu at The Old Bailey today a spokesperson from Waltham Forest Trades Council said:

“The sentence handed to Mr Rao for the manslaughter of employee Mr Iancu whilst going about his work reflects the seriousness with which the courts can regard this kind of crime, albeit with a relatively short prison term given the nature of the crime. Continue reading

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