Category Archives: Solidarity

Inspirational victory

BREAKING, BREAKING NEWS: “Following productive and positive consultations between United Voices of the World and Templewood today, 2nd November 2017, we have reached an agreement which will settle this current industrial dispute to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

It has been agreed that the Living Wage will be paid effective immediately to our members, and annual increases will also be made in the month following the Living Wage announcement in the first week of November of each year. Due to the terms of this agreement no further comments will be made in public about this matter.”

Thank you for all your support! Onwards and upwards!

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm

Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA

barnet-unison-logo-e1462368170626On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals.

UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU.

We are calling on the government to make this commitment and you can help by joining us to lobby your MP at Westminster on 13 September.

Workers from across Europe play a vital role in our public services, especially the NHS and local government. They have built their lives here. They have settled and integrated into British society.

Negotiations so far have failed to secure EU citizens’ existing rights – leading to massive uncertainty for UNISON members and their families. They deserve better.

On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of Parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. This is an important issue and we need your support.

If you can come along please contact your MP in advance and request a meeting so you can share your story and concerns with them on the day.

We will send out detailed information nearer the time which will have everything you need to successfully lobby your MP.

UNISON has reserved rooms in Parliament from 2pm to 6pm so your MP can come and meet you. And there will be plenty of UNISON stewards there to help you on the day.

If you are planning to come to the lobby please register here

For more information on the day of action contact K.Widlak@unison.co.uk

You may be interested to know that a new branch activist guide Organising, supporting and negotiating for EU workers has just been published and is available on the UNISON website.

UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.

Love Carnival Hate Racism

6da3e909-3b1c-41ad-b8e6-614b256fd2b9This weekend’s Carnival is set to be a massive celebration of London’s diversity and tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower Disaster.

As well as supporting Love Music Hate Racism’s procession, Stand Up To Racism will be at carnival getting the anti-racist message out – if you’d like to help out at our stall, join us on from 12noon on Monday 28th August Cambridge Gardens (W10 6JD) just up from Ladbroke Grove tube station, or email us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk
And to get involved with LMHR’s procession on Sunday 27th, get along to the Love Music Hate Racism carnival pre-meet 7pm Thursday 24th August at Maida Hill Place, 2-4 Fernhead Road, London W9 3ET. You can book your place in the procession, pick up and customise your t-shirt and find out details for the day. See event page here

Closure of Job Centres in the London Borough of Barnet

Closure of Job Centres in the London Borough of Barnet

Barnet UNISObarnet-unison-logo-e1462368170626N are concerned about the proposed closure of two of the four Job Centres in the Borough.  The DWP appears to have not fully considered the impact this would have on those people working in and using Job Centres, and the wider community including our members working to provide support for those seeking work.

Instead of closing Job Centres we call on the DWP to consider the benefits and opportunities of working in partnership with local Government.  The proposal shows a failure to learn from the success of existing DWP and Local Government partnerships such as the Boost project at Burnt Oak

Barnet’s population, already the size of many UK cities, will rise from 373, 000 to over 400,000 within the next decade. To reduce Job Centre services by 50% in the face of this growth illustrates a lack of strategic planning by the DWP

Reducing the number of Job Centres will place greater strains and stresses on people who already are in the difficult and worrying situation of having to find work as travel costs and waiting times will increase.

The closure of half of the Borough’s Job Centres will put further pressure on our members working in council services such as libraries and social care who are providing support to people who are out of work; our members are already suffering from additional pressures from cuts to jobs and resources.

Barnet UNISON call for a more imaginative and socially responsible approach to providing Job Centre Services in our Borough. This to be  arrived at after a  full and real consultation with Job Centre workers as represented by the PCS, service users, the Council and other concerned organisations.

Barnet Unison – Local Government branch.

Solidarity with Migrant Workers: “One day without us”

purple_ribbon20TH FEBRUARY 2017

We want to demonstrate our solidarity for our migrant colleagues:

  • By wearing a purple or green ribbon. You can also just wear something green or purple.
  • By taking solidarity selfies of you and your workmates on 20th February
  • By holding team meetings or getting together at lunchtime to talk about the positive effects of migration and filming short interviews of colleagues about who you are, what you do, where you’re from and why this issue is important to you.
  • By making a cake and organising a tea and cake session at work…

The fate of thousands of EU migrant workers in Britain is still not resolved post referendum. This adds to the thousands of other migrant workers in Britain who are feeling particularly vulnerable and subject to vilification and hatred by sections of our society and this feeling has escalated in these last month’s especially with the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. Many racists now feel their ideas are mainstream.

We want to show them they are wrong. Workers in Barnet are not immune to these discussions and the feeling of increased vulnerability.

On 20th February we want to kick start initiatives at work which say that here, in this workplace, our migrant colleagues are welcome no matter where they come from, whatever their religion. Without those colleagues we could not continue providing the services we do. Like John F Kennedy said as a show of solidarity to the people of Berlin in 1963: “Ich bin ein Berliner”; We will all say “Ich bin ein Migrant”!

Many British colleagues have had experience of living and working in other parts of the world and so we can all say we are all migrants or have the potential to become migrants. British people continue to migrate, benefit from that experience and also contribute positively to the countries they go to.

Let us know what you plan to do on the day and we can add to this list of events and supporters: contactus@barnetunison.org.ukbarnet-unison-logo-e1462368170626

Barnet UNISON sends solidarity & donations to grassroots members in struggle

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Last week at our branch executive meeting our reps had a report on a number of grassroots struggles taking place across the UK.

I am proud to say that there was no hesitation in wanting to send solidarity messages and donations to these grassroots campaigns. Our branch has been in ongoing struggles for over a decade. We have had tremendous acts of support and solidarity from UNISON reps and members not just in the London region but right across our union. We have learnt the importance of solidarity.

I can say from experience just how valuable it is to be able to read out messages of solidarity from other grassroots members to members on picket lines. It imbues a feeling of confidence that is badly needed when you are under attack.

Here are the campaigns we sent solidarity and or sent donations.

  • Kinsley 3 campaign
  • Derby TAs
  • Durham TA’s
  • Glasgow UNISON members: IT workers and Janitors
  • Kirklees Social Workers
  • Aslef, RMT, TSSA workers
  • PCS members working at the Employment and Human Rights Office

 

John Burgess

Branch Secretary

Barnet UNISON

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