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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Report highlights ethnicity pay gap at town hall......

Waltham Forest Council’s pay gap five times larger than UK average click here to read more.

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Waltham Forest Trades Council, unions, NHS workers and campaigners protest at Whipps X Hospital on NHS anniversary......

(Photo copyright Mick Holder)

One hundred people gathered at Whipps Cross Hospital, Waltham Forest on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the NHS and to call for an end to privatisation and for a proper, decent pay rise for all NHS staff in recognition of their massive efforts during the pandemic. The event was called by Waltham Forest Trades Council and supported by Unite, Unison, Unite Community, NEU, NUJ, GMB, NHS Emergency, Keep Our NHS Public, Save our NHS, local Labour Party and the Socialist Party.

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Unions to protest at Whipps Cross Hospital to demand patient safety, pay justice & an end to privatisation on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS......

Rally at Whipps Cross Hospital gate on 3 July 2021 at 1.00pm onwards.

 

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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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Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption......

Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.

With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures.  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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Figures show vaccine hesitancy in East London......

Around one in eight people aged 50 and over in Waltham Forest and one in 10 in Redbridge have yet to receive a first vaccination dose against Covid-19 – despite being invited to book a jab more than two months ago.  Click here to read more.

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Windrush Community Event – 25 May......

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TUC: Have you had, or do you have, Long Covid? If so we want to hear from you.......

The TUC are interested in the experiences of people with Long Covid in work. Including people who have lost their jobs because of Long Covid. Long Covid is the term used to describe COVID-19 symptoms that extending beyond the initial infection. Evidence on Long Covid points to symptoms of COVID-19 lasting for weeks, months and possibly years after the infection. Continue reading

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