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Friends of the Earth launches Schools Climate Action Plan......

There have been long-standing calls for government to prepare students for a climate-changed world by embedding climate education across the curriculum. This will also help promote climate-positive behaviour in students, for whom the climate crisis will be one of the defining challenges of their lives.

For these reasons, Friends of the Earth has compiled a Climate Action Plan for Schools and Colleges, thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, containing a checklist of 50 measures to empower students and teachers to take meaningful climate action. By practically engaging young people in solutions to climate change it is hoped that climate anxiety, which is a prevalent and emerging issue, will be alleviated too. Continue reading

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We need a maximum working temperature......

We need an absolute maximum working temperature to keep people safe from the risks associated with excessive heat and sun exposure.  Click here to read more and sign the petition.

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Returning to the office: your rights at work......

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been fighting to protect UNISON members who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.

We are working proactively with the UK governments, employers, and other bodies to keep you safe at work and will continue to do so as lockdown measures ease across the UK.

The UK Government and other devolved parliaments are outlining plans for the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks. Different approaches are being taken by each country.

The information below is being updated to reflect the legislation and guidance as currently applied.  Click here to read more.

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MPs raise concerns about Whipps Cross plans......

Waltham Forest’s three Members of Parliament have written a joint letter highlighting their concerns over plans for the new Whipps Cross Hospital. 

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer, Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith penned a letter in late May to Alastair Finney, redevelopment director for the project. 

In the letter, all three MPs said they “fundamentally disagreed” with the decision to cut the number of beds by around 50.   Click here to read more.

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Council agrees settlement with underpaid school staff......

UNISON/GMB UNIONS win the fight in driving this agreement with the Local Authority.

For over two years there was little to no involvement with UNIONS on Term Time issues despite our persistent attempts to engage with the Council. Those involved thought we would never arrive at this point. Recognition should be given to those UNIONS present during negotiations, UNISON & GMB region and a UNISON local officer, who attended all discussions with Council representatives. UNISON Waltham Forest is glad that the LA is pleased… More importantly a result for UNISON, members past and present.  Click here to read more.

 

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Report highlights ethnicity pay gap at town hall......

Waltham Forest Council’s pay gap five times larger than UK average click here to read more.

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Waltham Forest Trades Council, unions, NHS workers and campaigners protest at Whipps X Hospital on NHS anniversary......

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One hundred people gathered at Whipps Cross Hospital, Waltham Forest on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the NHS and to call for an end to privatisation and for a proper, decent pay rise for all NHS staff in recognition of their massive efforts during the pandemic. The event was called by Waltham Forest Trades Council and supported by Unite, Unison, Unite Community, NEU, NUJ, GMB, NHS Emergency, Keep Our NHS Public, Save our NHS, local Labour Party and the Socialist Party.

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Unions to protest at Whipps Cross Hospital to demand patient safety, pay justice & an end to privatisation on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS......

Rally at Whipps Cross Hospital gate on 3 July 2021 at 1.00pm onwards.

 

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One-fifth of Waltham Forest households in ‘fuel poverty’......

More than one-fifth of Waltham Forest households are believed to be living in fuel poverty, a new government report shows.  Click here to read more.

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Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption......

Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.

With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures.  Click here to read more.

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