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Give UK workers four more bank holidays a year, says TUC......

Workers in England and Wales are being fobbed off with a “stingy” number of bank holidays, say trades unions.

They get eight public holidays a year, which is four fewer than the EU average and half the number in Japan.

The umbrella body for unions, the TUC, is calling for a new public holiday between September and Christmas.  Click here to read more.

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MPs raise concerns about Whipps Cross plans......

Waltham Forest’s three Members of Parliament have written a joint letter highlighting their concerns over plans for the new Whipps Cross Hospital. 

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer, Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith penned a letter in late May to Alastair Finney, redevelopment director for the project. 

In the letter, all three MPs said they “fundamentally disagreed” with the decision to cut the number of beds by around 50.   Click here to read more.

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One-fifth of Waltham Forest households in ‘fuel poverty’......

More than one-fifth of Waltham Forest households are believed to be living in fuel poverty, a new government report shows.  Click here to read more.

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New NHS patient data store delayed by two months......

The creation of a central NHS digital database from GP records in England will be delayed by two months, the government has announced.

The system was due to begin on 1 July, but the date has now been pushed back to 1 September.

The NHS had been calling for a delay to allow patients more time to learn about the system.  Click here to read more.

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In memoriam, Cllr Chris Robbins CBE 1945 – 2021......

LBWF are devastated to announce the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague Cllr Chris Robbins CBE, the Mayor of Waltham Forest, on Monday 5 April 2021. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Chris served the Waltham Forest community since 2002 with dignity, grace, and compassion in his various roles as ward councillor, cabinet member, Leader of the Council 2009 to 2017, and Mayor and was recognised for his service to the community in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2017 with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).  Click here to read more.

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Court of Appeal to hand down Shrewsbury 24 judgement on Tuesday......

The decision is expected to be announced at 10.30am. The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign is seeking to overturn the prosecution of building workers who were charged with conspiracy to intimidate, unlawful assembly and affray following the first ever national building workers’ strike in 1972.  Click here to read more.

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AGM 24th March 12-2pm......

UNISON Waltham Forest’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th March 2021, 12pm to 2pm. Members should be receiving an invitation soon. This year it will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom.

Our guest speaker will be Janet Janet McKay-Williams; Our WINDRUSH experience documented for TV! Where are we now! 

Sitting in limbo BBC Drama! This is our life!  Sitting in Limbo – BBC One Windrush scandal drama | cast, air date, what it’s about – Radio Times

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Ricky Tomlinson and trade unionists try to overturn convictions......

Trade unionists attempting to overturn convictions in a 47-year-long campaign have told the Court of Appeal they were victims of an establishment plot.  Click here to read more.

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Outrage after Whipps Cross doctors offered unpaid shifts......

The NHS trust that runs Whipps Cross Hospital has been accused of trying to “blackmail” junior doctors into working for free.  Click here

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Shrewsbury pickets’ case in Court of Appeal, 3-4 February 2021......

The pickets appeal will be heard on 3 and 4 February 2021 at the Court of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice, London.  Click here to read more.

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