Category Archives: Health & Safety

87% of Local Government Workers struggling with Stress......

A Survey of more than 14,000 local government workers by UNISON, the UK’s largest union, reveals that a staggering 87% are struggling to cope with increased stress and pressure at work. Continue reading

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Can you help us sell Workers’ Memorial Day Ribbons?......

Workers’ Memorial Day is on 28th  April.  We will be selling purple ribbons week commencing 22nd April. If you can sell ribbons in your workplace please contact the UNISON office and we will get ribbons and posters to you.  If you can help with workplace collections please ring 0208 496 4703 or get in touch via our feedback page. Continue reading

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Asbestos in Waltham Forest......

After concerns raised by UNISON about the management of asbestos in Waltham Forest, the HSE have issued an Improvement Order on the Council. UNISON is meeting with the Lead Inspector next Wednesday (6th March), the outcome of which will be published on the website.

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Refurbishments in Council Properties......

Major refurbishments are taking place at several sites across the Borough, these include Gainsford Road, Rowan House, Harvey House and the Town Hall. Works were started, and some cases nearly completed, before UNISON were told. It was members who were affected by the work that contacted the Union, the Council did not see fit to consult with UNISON on the proposed work. Once again Management are in contravention of Regulation 4A of the Continue reading

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Changes to CRB checks......

Click here to see the website article which explains the changes.

There are links to government sites explaining the new Disclosure and Barring procedures.

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WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY......

Workers Memorial Day is celebrated around the world on April 28th.

This year it falls on a Sunday therefore UNISON in Waltham Forest will hold a ceremony at the Town Hall on Friday 26th April at 1 pm.

To show our support UNISON will be selling purple ribbons on Friday 26th. We ask you to donate £1 (minimum) which UNISON will donate to a charity concerned with the Health and Safety of workers. If you can sell ribbons at your workplace please contact the UNISON office. Continue reading

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Health and Safety Briefing......

h&sThe HSE are still investigating Waltham Forest in connection with Asbestos Management (or lack of it!).  The Council is still not fully consulting with UNISON about works which have been carried out or are proposed. Work on the garages at the Town Hall and Sycamore House has been done but UNISON was only told after the event.  However, UNISON has been able to have Asbestos Management put as a standing item on the agenda of the Corporate Health and Safety Committee. Continue reading

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Asbestos – still a risk!......

See attached Health & Safety Information sheet for further information.

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Health and Safety Executive to Investigate Waltham Forest Council…Again!!!......

Waltham Forest faces another Health and Safety Executive investigation following the news of asbestos contaminated files in the Town Hall basement. This is not the first time Continue reading

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LBWF and the Town Hall asbestos: local Guardian articles......

The local Guardian has been keenly following this sorry tale. Here are their reports into this debacle. Continue reading

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