Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Protect Retail Workers from Abuse, Threats and Violence petition......

Enact legislation to protect retail workers. This legislation must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.  Click here to read more.

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Whipps Cross’ trust explains why new hospital will have fewer beds......

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.

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LBWF – Staff Flu vaccination programme 2020......

Keep your guard up. Book your free flu jab today.

Influenza (flu) is a virus that affects the respiratory tract.  Vaccination is required annually as the flu strains change over time.

We want to do everything we can to keep our staff safe and well. Having the flu jab protects your and helps keep service users, colleagues, family and friends safe.

Free flu vaccinations are available for staff and with the NHS busier than ever dealing with coronavirus, having the jab can also help reduce demand on the NHS and social care. Continue reading

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Council’s facial recognition trial should concern us all......

AnyVision conducted a trial of its facial recognition technology with Waltham Forest Council last year.  Click here to read more.

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Last chance to protect the NHS from trade deals......

Boris Johnson has betrayed the British people. He promised to “take back control” and “keep the NHS off the table”, but over 300 of his MPs have voted against parliamentary scrutiny and NHS protection in the Trade Bill debate.

We have one last chance at stopping Donald Trump and his healthcare cronies. We need the House of Lords to step up now and protect our NHS.  Click here to read more and to sign the petition.

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UNISONdirect re-opens......

The UNISONdirect office re-opened its doors this week after running an online service from home during lockdown.

Some UNISONdirect staff have returned to the office to start taking essential calls from UNISON members on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here to read more.

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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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