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Police to discuss ‘community tensions’ after Black Lives Matter......

Waltham Forest police will discuss tensions following the national Black Lives Matter protests at a meeting tonight.  Click here to read more.

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Racism row at art gallery......

Waltham Forest Council has said it will conduct a full investigation into allegations from a former art gallery employee that her career was held back by “systemic racism”.  Click here to read more.

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

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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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This must not be beginning of the end for pensioners’ right to their Freedom Pass......

TRANSPORT chiefs have been warned the suspension of free travel for elderly passengers in rush hour must not become a permanent measure.

Thousands of Freedom Pass passengers were told this week that the dispensation was being scrapped as the government announced a bailout deal for Transport for London (TfL). The move followed a 90 per cent drop in revenue on the buses and trains during the coronavirus crisis and direct advice not to use the network unless journeys are essential.

Measures attached to the £1.6billion deal, however, have included an end to fare freezes and increased congestion charges. And in a bid to also reduce overcrowding, there is also a suspension to free travel for children and, in peak times, for pensioners.  Click here to read more.

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Photo taken outside Whipps Cross Hospital......

photo courtesy of Mick Holder

 

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Your MP can protect the NHS from trade deals – tell them how......

The Trade Bill is coming back to Parliament on Wednesday 20th May, and still contains no protection for our NHS!

This is URGENT – Ask your MP now to speak up in the debate and demand that the Trade Bill is amended to protect the NHS.  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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Unison Waltham Forest remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living.......

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