6.00pm – 8.00pm
Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. Every year numerous union leaders, union activists and union members are assassinated – simply because of their trade union activities. Over 2,500 unionists have been murdered in the past 20 years, more than in the rest of the world combined.
After 40 months in jail, Huber Ballesteros has finally been released from prison. On Friday 13 January 2017, the court lifted the preventive detention order against the prominent trade union and peasant farmer leader, allowing for his release from La Picota Prison in Bogotá.
Huber, one of the leaders of the Patriotic March, a member of the National executive of the Colombian trade union congress (CUT) and Vice-president of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO, was arrested in 2013 when he was leading the National Agrarian Strike.
Congress House is a fully accessible building.
Join us in Westminster on 17 October, to tell our MPs that Britain’s dedicated public servants need a pay rise.
For 7 years, government has restricted public sector pay rises to less than inflation – or nothing at all. But prices haven’t stopped rising in that time, and inflation means nurses, firefighters, and other public servants’ wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.
Pressure is growing on all sides for a change of course, and a fair pay rise for public servants.
Union members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MPs on the afternoon of 17 October. And afterwards, we’ll be hosting a rally in Parliament Square, so MPs won’t be able to ignore our message.
We’ll be posting more details here as they are confirmed, but save the afternoon now.
13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm
Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA
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.