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Coronavirus: Sir Keir Starmer calls for ‘national consensus’ on plan......

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a “national consensus” on tackling coronavirus when the UK begins to move out of lockdown.

Ahead of talks with the PM and other opposition leaders this week, Sir Keir set out his priorities for the next phase of the response to the virus.

He is calling for more ambitious targets on testing and new safety standards in the workplace.

Boris Johnson is expected to reveal a “road map” out of lockdown on Sunday.  Click here to read more.

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When lockdown eases, don’t rely on the goodwill of bosses to keep their staff safe......

Next weekend, Boris Johnson will set out how the UK will start emerging from lockdown. Millions are rightly concerned about what going back to work means for them.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Possible post-lockdown workplace rules revealed......

Reduced hot-desking and alternatives to social distancing where it is not possible are among measures being considered to let workplaces reopen.

A draft government plan to ease anti-coronavirus restrictions, seen by the BBC, also urges employers to minimise numbers using equipment, stagger shift times and maximise home-working.  Click here to read more.

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Clearer skies......

Campaigners against aviation in the borough are celebrating after London City Airport dropped plans to extend flight operating times, delayed a decision on its proposed expansion, and grounded all commercial planes until the end of the government lockdown.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus deaths by postcode in Waltham Forest and Redbridge......

A map has revealed how many coronavirus deaths there have been in areas across Waltham Forest and Redbridge.  Click here to read more.

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Waltham Forest Council will ‘build its way out of’ coronavirus recession with site work resuming this month......

Waltham Forest Council is determined to “build its way out of” the recession caused by coronavirus and will soon restart building work.

Work on the Juniper House site on Hoe Street will restart later this month, with contractors observing social distancing rules.  Click here to read more.

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News › UK Huge increase in food bank use in recent weeks, charities warn......

The coronavirus crisis has sparked a huge increase in people using food banks for essential supplies, charities have warned.

The Trussell Trust said its network had seen its busiest-ever period, with 81 per cent more emergency food parcels being given out in the last two weeks of March.  Click here to read more.

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign defeats UK Government over pensions divestment......

PSC is delighted to announce that they have won a great victory in the battle to defend the right to take action in the UK in support of Palestinian rights.

Since 2017 they have been fighting the UK Government in the courts, protecting the right to undertake BDS campaigns in the UK. They won in the High Court, then lost in the Court of Appeal, but today the final verdict from the Supreme Court is in – and they have won!

With support via submissions from the Quakers, Campaign Against Arms Trade and War on Want and with a huge body of small donations from thousands of members and supports to fund the legal challenge, they have managed to defeat regulations that would have stopped Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, and additionally from divesting from the UK defence industry.

The Supreme Court has ruled in their favour and the regulations the Government introduced in 2016 are now finally and definitively declared illegal and thrown out.  Click here to read more.

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This May Day, let us show our appreciation for all those key workers that are looking after us in these difficult times.......

This May Day the usual planned events can no longer take place, but it’s more important than ever to mark the contribution that workers make every day.

The TUC are leading an online action to show our support for all frontline workers in this difficult time.

Here’s what you can do today

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National Postal Workers’ Day – Wednesday 29 April 2020......

Wednesday 29th April 2020 is National Postal Workers Day. This event is held annually to create an opportunity to promote the fantastic work our members do all year round, but it is particularly pertinent this year during this crisis. Postal Workers in the London, East and South East Region are working around the clock to make sure the customers  get their mail delivered. Continue reading

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