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More than 150 buildings in London are still wrapped in highly flammable Grenfell-style cladding – almost three years on from the fire, Government figures reveal.
Ministers pledged to strip aluminium composite material (ACM) from tower blocks across the country in the wake of the devastating blaze.
The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed the lives of 72 residents, when fire spread rapidly from a single flat through the cladding of the North Kensington block, engulfing it in flames.
But with the third anniversary of the fire on Sunday, 163 buildings in the capital are still covered in the flammable casing. Click here to read more.
Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.
Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says. Click here to read more.
Three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, a third of fire and rescue services still would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, new data from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) can reveal.
Residents still face a “postcode lottery” of fire and rescue response, the union has warned, with huge variation between brigades’ pre-determined attendance (PDA) levels, the number of fire engines initially sent to a high rise fire. Click here to read more.
Waltham Forest UNISON is clear that Black Lives Matter. For us, this is more than a written statement. We are committed to campaigning against all forms of discrimination, racism and inequality experienced by our Black members in the workplace. This includes the hidden, implicit and institutionalised forms of racism that many non-white people experience. To do this, we support our members and ensure we have Black representation on our committee. In addition we are committed to showing solidarity with campaigns to change the society we live in so it is a fairer and safer place for non-white people.
To make a meaningful contribution to the campaign we have chosen two political organisations to support. One is based in the US and one in our borough, Waltham Forest. As a committee we will be making a £200 donation to each of these organisations. We invite all members to donate £10 or what they can to also show their support. Continue reading
Cleaner and security workers from the five continents will be commemorating International Justice Day this June 15 with a set of demands to protect essential workers on the job and a reminder that the fight for justice in the workplace comes hand in hand with the struggle for racial dignity. Click here to read more.
Join this important solidarity event with speakers from Brazil, Jeremy Corbyn and more guests/details tba.
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently dismissed Coronavirus as “just a fantasy” and “media hysteria.”
He has recklessly refused to put people and health first. Brazil now has the second-highest number of cases in the world and rising. Click here to read more and get tickets.
Our NHS deserves better......
This NHS anniversary weekend Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, Keep Our NHS Public and Health Campaigns Together are calling for nationwide local events and a national online rally on Sunday 5th July at 4:30 PM to say, ‘Our NHS deserves better’
Sunday 5th July is the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. It was created in the aftermath of World War II, (a conflict that saw 67,100 British civilians killed) to create something better for us all. Continue reading
The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government.
There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break.
But it is no longer thought to be feasible and instead schools will be given “flexibility” over whether or not to admit more pupils. Click here to read more.
New WHO Guidance on masks for COVID-19 – ignores findings of its own evidence review calling for more protective measure......
WHO has issued new interim guidance on the masks required for health care workers at risk from Covid-19, Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19. It reasserts WHO’s unquestionably dangerous advice that most health care workers need only use surgical/medical masks (rather than respirators) that offer relatively little protection. A consequence is that some health care workers will continue to be exposed, infected and will die in circumstances that could have been avoided. The WHO advice will inevitably mean other at-risk work groups, including those is home care settings or required to undertake essential work in settings where physical distancing isn’t always possible, will likewise be placed at risk. Continue reading