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

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Asbestos: Unison Waltham Forest interview on BBC London radio......

009aListen 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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fjm1v

 

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Waltham Forest Council Guilty of failing to manage asbestos......

Westminster Mags Court 19 1 (12)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

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Branch Secretary election......

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.

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Children ‘at risk’ as permanent posts unfilled in Waltham Forest......

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

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Survey for social workers – court work and publicity......

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

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Unionlearn English for Life and Work......

a self-study module to support Reps and ULRs ESOL awareness https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/esol-english-life-and-work-module-reps

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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

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Government changes to wage claims will hit low paid workers hardest......

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:

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HSE prosecuting Waltham Forest Council over asbestos dust in the Town Hall......

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.

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