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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.
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.
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.
Waltham Forest Council’s pay gap five times larger than UK average click here to read more.
Waltham Forest Trades Council, unions, NHS workers and campaigners protest at Whipps X Hospital on NHS anniversary......
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.
Unions to protest at Whipps Cross Hospital to demand patient safety, pay justice & an end to privatisation on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS......
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.
The creation of a central NHS digital database from GP records in England will be delayed by two months, the government has announced.
The system was due to begin on 1 July, but the date has now been pushed back to 1 September.
The NHS had been calling for a delay to allow patients more time to learn about the system. Click here to read more.