Category Archives: Campaigns
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.
Changes in the law mean that EU citizens (this includes EEA and Swiss citizens) living and working in the UK need to make sure they have applied for Settled Status before 30 June 2021. Millions have already applied and secured their status, however UNISON is concerned that some may still miss the deadline.
Follow the link to find out more about a community-based campaign to protect the Pastures Youth and Sports Centre, Good Shepherd Building, and their grounds in Leytonstone, east London, from redevelopment by Waltham Forest Council https://saveourpastures.org/ which the branch is supporting.
The Court of Appeal has overturned the convictions of 14 men sentenced for their involvement in pickets in 1972. Click here to read more.
Demand the government:
1. Scrap the minimum earnings threshold for statutory sick pay
2. Increase the weekly level of sick pay to at least £330 per week
3. Give employers the resources to afford sick pay for their workers
Click here to read more and sign the petition.
The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted that having sufficient hospital capacity is vital for our community.
Before the pandemic, Whipps Cross Hospital was running at between 98% and 99% bed occupancy, sometimes with no free beds. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance states that once bed occupancy goes above 90%, increased infections, re-admissions and mortality are likely. It is fair to describe Whipps Cross as an overstretched hospital. Click here to read more.
A newly released report on the Whipps Cross Hospital rebuild explains why bed numbers could be cut by more than 50 despite a growing population. Click here to read more.
TV Licence Campaign......
Thursday 30 July assembling at 11.15 for demo at 11.30-12.00.
The London Region NPC is organising a static demonstration across the road from Downing Street, against the decision to stop the ‘over 75’s free TV licence’ on
NPC would ask that anyone attending wears a mask and socially distances on either side of the banner, i.e. towards Parliament in one direction and Trafalgar Square in the other.
After ten years of real terms pay cuts, you deserve a decent pay rise. If you’re a council or school worker, make sure you have your say on pay. Click here for more information.
Relatives of a man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped have said the system is “not fit for purpose”. Click here to read more.