Category Archives: In the Community

Ask the BBC and the Government to save free TV Licences for Over-75s......

We can still save free TV Licences for over 75s

On Saturday 1 August 2020, about 4 million older people will be forced to start paying for their TV Licence.

This is another kick in the teeth for older people during a terrible year when so many have been battling loneliness, bereavement and the fear created by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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Racist structures must fall – graffiti on canal side Hackney......

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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’......

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.

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WF Branch solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter......

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

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Waltham Forest Council aims to suspend all roadworks to protect staff......

Waltham Forest aims to shut down all roadworks today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents had previously criticised the council for continuing to allow construction workers to work on road improvement schemes, including the “Mini-Holland”.  Click here to read more.

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Opinion: Official line needed now on site closures......

In times of crisis you need leadership.

The construction industry is getting none.

The government needs to act now and rule what sites and companies are key to the economy and should still be working.

Instead one of the country’s biggest industries has been left in limbo by politicians making-up policy on the hoof.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: your rights at work......

We believe that many of our contracted-out staff members do not receive the same benefits as directly employed members, such as holiday and sick pay.

As a result, employees may be forced to continue working if they are feeling unwell.

We would ask you to contact the employers to ensure that their employees are made aware of their rights and responsibilities to our workplace. Employees are able to seek Statutory Sick Pay or Universal Credit from day 1 (not day 4) of this illness.

In the light of this current situation, our union members would urge that any future contracts with external providers should include the rights and conditions of existing employees

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Coronavirus: First case of Covid-19 confirmed in Waltham Forest......

A first case of coronavirus in Waltham Forest has been confirmed.

Yesterday, the council revealed a resident had contracted the Covid-19 virus. 

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Working for UNISON the Trade Union – Open Taster Session......

Friday 6 March 3pm – 6pm

UNISON, Unison Centre, Euston Road, London NW1 2AY, Room UG.2

Are you interested in working for a trade union? Ever wondered what the different employed roles are? Want to take a stand and make a difference for workers in the Public Sector? Continue reading

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20th of September 2019 – Global Climate Strike......

Unison Waltham Forest stands in solidarity with the global climate strikers on the 20th of September 2019. Millions will walk out of workplaces, schools and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Continue reading

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