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Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage......

The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers.  Click here to read more.

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Branch office closure Christmas 2020......

UNISON Waltham Forest wish our members and their families a restful and safe break and in particular would like to thank to our members who are working over the Christmas and New Year period.

The UNISON Waltham Forest office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from 24th December.  We will re-open on 4th January 2021 with limited staff cover. If you have an urgent query, some limited support will be available from UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857. 

 

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We need full lockdown to deal with new virus strain, expert says......

Lockdown and the tier system is a “blunt instrument” of last resort when the pandemic could have been managed with a better run test and trace system, argued Sir David King.

The former chief scientific advisor and chair of Independent Sage told Sky News on Monday (21 December) that tier 4 in London and the South East was put in place too late, and that the country now needed to go into lockdown.

He said experts knew three weeks ago a new strain of the virus had emerged and added it was “almost certainly” present throughout the country. But Westminster had a track record of doing “far too little, far too late”.  Click here to read more.

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Calling members who are cleaners, housekeepers and domestics......

UNISON wants to hear from members that provide cleaning services – wherever you work and whether you are employed by an NHS trust, a local council, a school or a private contractor.  Click here to read more.

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Latest Covid hotspots in Waltham Forest and Redbridge......

The London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge continue to have some of the highest coronavirus rates in London.

Government figures show much of east London is a hotspot for Covid-19 – the infection rates are so high in Havering, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, and Barking & Dagenham, it could push the capital into tougher tier 3 restrictions later this week.  Click here to read more.

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Waltham Forest residents ‘misled’ over fire safety doors......

Waltham Forest Council has been accused of “misleading” hundreds of residents for years over the safety of their homes.

At a full council meeting on December 3, Nick Tiratsoo claimed 217 residents in Northwood Tower and four other blocks were misled about how fire resistant their front doors were.

He alleged the council repeatedly insisted new doors installed after the Grenfell Tower disaster were “FD60”, meaning they could withstand fire for an hour, but that it later emerged this was not true.  Click here to read more.

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Union Health and Safety Reps Survey 2020/21......

This survey covers the last two years (from September 2018 to December 2020). Please answer the first half of the survey about your health and safety work in general over the whole period. The second half of the survey will ask specifically about the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click here to read more and access the survey

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Waltham Forest campaigners call for second Jobcentre......

Trade union campaigners are calling on the Government to open a second Jobcentre in Waltham Forest as the borough faces a “jobs armageddon”.

In October, the council’s cabinet heard nearly one in 10 working-age residents in the borough is now out of work due to the impact of Covid.  Click here to read more.

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Homeless Christmas Party 18th December......

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CSC – in conversation with Miami 5 hero Gerardo Hernandez and Richard Burgon MP......

Mon, December 14, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GM

To mark the sixth anniversary of the release of the Miami Five (17 December 2014), we are honoured to welcome Gerardo Hernández for a live discussion with Richard Burgon MP.  Click here to read more and register for the online event.

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