Monthly Archives: April 2014
Although we had a disappointing turn out, 92% of those who voted rejected the pay ballot in our branch. Nationally members overwhelmingly rejected the insulting 1% pay offer. We want to engage all members as we move towards national action. A strike ballot will start on 23rd May and last for 4 weeks. Members will be asked if they are prepared to take strike action. If the vote is ‘yes’ and the union’s industrial action committee give the green light, industrial action will start in July. ALL staff employed by Councils who are covered by the NJC will be balloted. Continue reading
UNISON in Waltham Forest once again hosted this local event at Waltham Forest Town Hall where we remembered those killed, injured or made ill by their work and pledged to fight for the living. Proceedings kicked off with Mick Holder of the NUJ and Waltham Forest Trades Council telling us about the history and background to this day, calling on the Labour Party to pledge significant reform to the Health and Safety legislation and enforcement by tightening the law and making enforcement effective. He also read out the names of those who have died at work locally in recent years. The list included Raymond Holmes, who was tragically killed at the Water Works in Coppermill Lane. His wife, daughter and grand-daughter attended the event. Continue reading
UNISON is currently being consulted on Phases 40, 41 and 42 of the ongoing Council Cuts programme, now entitled “Redefining Waltham Forest”. These phases attack Adult Social Care – potentially 8 social workers and several service managers face redundancy, ICT, where members face potentially huge wage cuts and possible outsourcing and Schools Admissions where another member faces the possibility of redundancy or wage cut.
If you are a member and you are affected by these proposals but haven’t spoken with your union yet or attended any meetings with us, then please get in touch if you require any advice, guidance or support. UNISON opposes all the cuts in jobs, services and pay. It is still our view that austerity measures such as these are unnecessary and do not aid economic recovery. However, our councillors appear to adopt a different view. They appear to be happy to sign off proposals that reduce the pay and job opportunities for basic grade staff whilst continuing to agree pay increases for the higher paid and condoning massive pay outs to consultants and interim managers. Continue reading
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On 5th May it will be the 20th anniversary of the defeat of Derek Beackon in the 1994 Local Elections. Continue reading
At 1.00pm on Monday 28 April, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JD
Waltham Forest Trades Council, supporting unions, campaigners, and relatives of those killed at or by work will gather outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall to remember the dead and to continue to fight for the living! Continue reading
Members should read the proposals even if they are not directly affected as the plans could have an indirect impact on the service they currently receive, particularly around ICT support. Continue reading