Financial wellbeing for UNISON members......

28 September 202112:00pm–1:00pm

This free 1-hour webinar hosted by UNISON’s charity There for You is delivered by The Money Charity. It’s designed to help UNISON members manage their money better, stay on top of their finances and plan for the future. It also offers the latest in money saving tips.  Click here to read more.

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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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Schools told to teach outdoors if five pupils test positive for Covid......

Schools have been told to consider moving classrooms outside when they return in September if five pupils test positive for Covid-19.

A new academic year will start in a matter of weeks as school children return to class following the summer holidays.  Click here to read more.

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Building a Waltham Forest COP26 Coalition – Climate emergency event, 9 September......

Climate Emergency – Building a Waltham Forest COP26 Coalition zoom event 

Speakers include :

  • Asad Rehman, Director War on Want, and UK COP26 Coalition
  • Delia Mattis BLM, Edmonton Incinerator campaign
  • Local XR Abigail and Alex
  • Matt Wrack, General Secretary Fire Brigades Union

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-emergency-building-a-waltham-forest-cop26-coalition-registration-166860918499

 

 

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Coronavirus advice for social care workers......

My employer says I have to get the vaccine as a condition of employment, can they do this?

UNISON supports vaccination in social care. The vaccine is safe and we have encouraged all members who do not have a medical exemption to get the jab.

But vaccination should be your decision and the UK government should promote persuasion and reassurance.

New legislation means that people who enter the premises of a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care must have completed a course of authorised COVID-19 vaccine doses unless they have an exemption.  Click here to read more.

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Friends of the Earth launches Schools Climate Action Plan......

There have been long-standing calls for government to prepare students for a climate-changed world by embedding climate education across the curriculum. This will also help promote climate-positive behaviour in students, for whom the climate crisis will be one of the defining challenges of their lives.

For these reasons, Friends of the Earth has compiled a Climate Action Plan for Schools and Colleges, thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, containing a checklist of 50 measures to empower students and teachers to take meaningful climate action. By practically engaging young people in solutions to climate change it is hoped that climate anxiety, which is a prevalent and emerging issue, will be alleviated too. Continue reading

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We need a maximum working temperature......

We need an absolute maximum working temperature to keep people safe from the risks associated with excessive heat and sun exposure.  Click here to read more and sign the petition.

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Returning to the office: your rights at work......

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been fighting to protect UNISON members who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.

We are working proactively with the UK governments, employers, and other bodies to keep you safe at work and will continue to do so as lockdown measures ease across the UK.

The UK Government and other devolved parliaments are outlining plans for the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks. Different approaches are being taken by each country.

The information below is being updated to reflect the legislation and guidance as currently applied.  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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Council agrees settlement with underpaid school staff......

UNISON/GMB UNIONS win the fight in driving this agreement with the Local Authority.

For over two years there was little to no involvement with UNIONS on Term Time issues despite our persistent attempts to engage with the Council. Those involved thought we would never arrive at this point. Recognition should be given to those UNIONS present during negotiations, UNISON & GMB region and a UNISON local officer, who attended all discussions with Council representatives. UNISON Waltham Forest is glad that the LA is pleased… More importantly a result for UNISON, members past and present.  Click here to read more.

 

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