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Mass Together against Trump Protest



London protest details

Donald Trump is coming to Britain on Friday 13 July. Actions will be happening across the country as part of the Carnival of Resistance.

In London there’s a mass Together against Trump protest.

Provisional plans:

14:00 Assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place

March to Trafalgar Square

17:00 – 19:00 Rally in Trafalgar Square

Coming together to celebrate our NHS

From the very outset, our movement had a dream – healthcare for all, at no cost, available to everyone. Seventy years ago that dream became a reality, with the establishment of the National Health Service.

Fathered by Nye Bevan, but built and maintained by the hands of millions health workers, the NHS – not the buildings, but the people – is the crowning achievement of the labour movement, a clear example of socialism in action and the envy of the world.

Next week, our NHS reaches its latest major milestone – 70 years. Generations have been born and cared for in it. All of us, wherever we live or work, have had our lives touched by it.

This weekend, we come together to celebrate it.

On Saturday, UNISON will march through the streets of London in to celebrate and defend the National Health Service. We will stand alongside those who rely on it, cherish it and campaign for it to demand the end of privatisation and cutbacks in our health service – and show our thanks for the UNISON members who make the NHS so special.

I’m proud that our union, so intertwined with this incredible institution, has been the biggest contributor to getting this march organised. On Saturday, our union will march – purple and green banners and flags flying high – as we stand up for our National Health Service.

LSBU UNISON Annual General Meeting 2018

Come and meet your representatives and find out what your union has been doing for you over the past twelve months and the plans for the next year.

As Brexit looms closer and austerity continues (for some) the government is trying to shackle the unions at a time when they are needed most of all so come and have your say.

More details, incuding ballot forms can be found on our website


Lunch provided

Please register so that we know how many to cater for https://unison-agm.eventbrite.co.uk

Save our Services day of action

Parliamentary drop-in session on Wednesday 16 November to raise awareness of the devastating impact of cuts to older people’s social care services.

The session forms part of UNISON’s Save Our Local Services (SOS) campaign.

It will be a chance for you to find out more about the impact of the government’s unfair cuts to local government funding on the care of the elderly as well as care workers.

There will also be the opportunity to have your photo taken in support of the campaign day and sign a pledge board that will read:

I call on the government to increase funding to older people’s social care services.”

 As you will know, social care services that support older people (aged over 65) – mainly homecare, residential care and, day care services – are vital for them to live independent and happier lives at home and in their communities.

Age UK has estimated that £1.95bn has been lost from social care budgets over the past 10 years due to central government cuts.

It is clear that these cuts are having a detrimental impact on older people’s services.

As part of research UNISON is currently compiling, we carried out a survey of social care workers on their experience of the impact of budget cuts over the past six years. 64% of the 1,075 respondents said that they had found there was a higher number of patients with more intensive care needs.

At the same time, 65% of the responders said there fewer staff and 63% of the respondents said that they had less time to spend with patients.

So as demand for services has increased, there are fewer staff, spending less time with patients.

So please to take part in the day of action on 16 November and show your support for this vital campaign – for better care for older people and an end to the downward spiral in pay and terms and conditions for those working in this sector.

We would be delighted if you would be able to attend.

Please RSVP to Chris Russell at Connect Communications on c.russell@connectpa.co.uk or 020  592 9592.

EU Referendum – UNISON Position

The result of the EU referendum on 23 June is on a knife edge. Given that the polls suggest a very close result and UNISON’s strongly held view that members will be better off if the UK remains part of the EU, we have been writing to members to try and boost voter turn-out.

All the evidence suggests that the lower the turnout on the day, the greater the risk of the UK leaving the EU. We know all members will weigh the arguments very carefully before voting on 23 June and that we respect their views completely.

UNISON’s role is to look out for members’ jobs and do everything we can to defend and where possible enhance their pay and standard of living. We will continue to do this regardless of the outcome of the referendum. In fulfilling our role, we have tried to assess the evidence and arguments on both sides of the EU referendum debate – and let members know what we think the impact will be on jobs, public services, employment rights if the UK leaves.

UNISON did not enter onto this position lightly, or in an undemocratic way. The union held an extensive six-week consultation across the entire UK earlier in the year. All branches were invited to take part and send in responses to help shape our approach to the referendum. This process showed overwhelming support for the union campaigning for a remain position.

UNISON is not an uncritical supporter of the EU. The union’s position is that we are better off if we remain and seek to improve the EU from within. In the final analysis we are backing Remain for the following reasons:

  • The regulations we rely on to protect members at work are enshrined in EU law and upheld by the European Court of Justice. Leaving would mean that critical rights – such as paid holiday, fair working hours, equal rights for part-time workers and maternity and paternity leave – are no longer guaranteed. The politicians that are likely to lead the country if we leave the EU are no friends of rights at work.
  • Leaving the EU would put the standard of living of our members at risk. Uncertainty is bad for any economy because it reduces investment and damages consumer confidence. The uncertainty of leaving the EU would hit all of us financially, driving up interest and mortgage rates, increasing prices and threatening jobs.
  • Leaving the EU would threaten public services. As the recent past has shown, a weaker economy leads to reduced government spending on everything from local government to the NHS, and policing to education. With the public sector already struggling to keep its head above water, we feel this is the wrong time to take that risk.