Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas greetings and branch office closure......

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our members and supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The office will be closed from 1.00 pm Thursday 24th December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016.

Due to staff leave during the Christmas holiday season we will not be publishing again until week commencing 4th January 2015.

Thank you for your continued support.

(If members need urgent help during this time they can contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857)

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Winter Fuel Grants 2016......



With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they’re going to pay their winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand   ‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.

To apply, download the attached application form or visit  Alternatively, call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857.  Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. The attached Q&A  also provides further information.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 February 2016.

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Volunteers wanted!......

Volunteer_iconWe are seeking volunteers to help with our AGM mailout.  It is simply a matter of putting labels onto envelopes and stuffing/sealing envelopes.  Last year we had a strong contingent of retired members who helped us enormously and we were very grateful to them.  We are very keen to hear from anyone who can spare an hour, two or even more to come in and help us.  We will provide refreshments and a warm welcome! Continue reading

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The dirty tricks of the Shrewsbury trials expose the dark heart of the radical 1970s......

Click here to read the full story in The Guardian

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Junior Doctors Rally at Whipps Cross yesterday......

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(photo courtesy of Dave Knight)

UNISON in Waltham Forest’s banner went along to Whipps Cross Hospital to show solidarity and support for the Junior Doctors at the hospital. Their planned strike was suspended on the eve of the strike when Jeremy Hunt agreed to hold further talks in the New Year. Nevertheless, the BMA wanted to show that they were ready to take strike action should the talks make no progress. They are angry about the proposed imposition of new contracts which we believe will impact negatively on their terms and conditions and worsen the services available to the public who use the NHS.

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Vigil against air strikes in Syria......

Outside the Mosque

Outside the Mosque – photo courtesy of Dave Knight

Local residents including local Christian and Muslim leaders and trade unionists gathered to voice their opposition to the Government’s proposal to bomb Syria last night. The protest walked from Queens Road Mosque to the Walthamstow Labour Party Offices where a vigil was held and the crowd heard speeches. The aim of the gathering was to persuade local MP, Stella Creasy to vote against the bombing proposal in Parliament.


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Waltham Forest Sports and Social Club......

UNISON members from next April will be deprived of the opportunity to relax at lunchtime or meet friends or colleagues in the friendly atmosphere of the Town Hall Social Club. LBWF in its wisdom has decided to refuse the renewal of the club’s lease. This is part of the overarching development plan that includes the relocation of the Registry office (a prime site for redevelopment), the selling off of Juniper House (again a prime site for redevelopment). Continue reading

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The Trade Union Bill......

Their lordships had a “curtain-raiser” debate on the value of trade unions to the economy which has flushed out a few more peers. You can read it here 

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PSC: Goodbye G4S......

Last week the Labour Party announced they are no longer going to be using G4S for their conference security. This decision by the Labour Party, which now represents 330,000 members and many more supporters, sends a clear message: our political parties can stand up and act ethically and responsibly, and this can be at the centre of how politics works. Continue reading

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Denied the decision about whether to have children......

Women in Burkina Faso denied the right to decide if and when they have children.  Click here to read more and sign the petition.

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