Monthly Archives: January 2015
LGBT Parliamentary event......
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 18:30, LGBT Parliamentary event, Portcullis House, Westminster
On behalf of Stephen Twigg, MP and UNISON’s Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee we would like to invite you and a guest to a Parliamentary reception for LGBT UNISON members and their guests. Continue reading
Listen to Dave Knight, Branch Secretary, being interviewed about the conviction of the London Borough of Waltham Forest for failure to manage asbestos yesterday. Interview lasts approx. six minutes and starts at 2hrs 13 mins into the programme.
Waltham Forest Council today pleaded guilty to 4 charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Control of Asbestos regulations. The HSE prosecuted the case against the Council, which involved the Council’s failure to carry out remedial works and properly manage asbestos in the basement at Waltham Forest Town Hall. Continue reading
A branch election is taking place as we have two nominations from members for the post of Branch Secretary. Ballot papers and the two nominees’ election addresses are on their way to members. Please take time to read the addresses and make sure you cast your vote and return it to our office. The closing date for the ballot is 4pm on 30th January.
Waltham Forest has the highest proportion of temporary staff looking after vulnerable children in England. Almost half of the borough’s social worker posts are unfilled. Click here to read the article published in the Waltham Forest Guardian
UNISON is running a survey to ask practitioners about the recent trend for social workers’ names to be published in court judgments (England and Wales). Continue reading
a self-study module to support Reps and ULRs ESOL awareness https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/esol-english-life-and-work-module-reps
AGM 4th March......
We are keen for members to contribute ideas as to what they would like to see included at the AGM. If members have any motions they would like to put forward we want to hear from you too. We have invited John Cryer MP to be our guest speaker as it is only a few weeks before the election in May. Continue reading
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that from 1 July 2015 the government will limit claims for unlawful deductions of wages to a period of two years, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis commented:
The council will appear in court on January 19 at Westminster Magistrates Court. George Beattie our Health and Safety Officer will be attending together with other UNISON reps.