Soul and the civil rights movement: online event

This Wednesday evening, our branch is sponsoring an event hosted by Camden Unison. The event, Soul and the Civil Rights Movement, will look at the music and politics of the wave of rebellion against racism that swept the US in the 1960s. You can watch the event via Facebook, here: The meeting will be […]

Update: Fighting Covid-19, defending worker’s rights

Read the letter to Will Tuckley from our Regional Office regarding Tower Rewards Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we have argued that it cannot be right that workers are made to suffer detriment whilst supporting the community. The planned imposition of Tower Rewards on July 6 is entirely unjust. How can the council expect to impose […]

Schools Update: June 1 “is too soon” for safe wider reopening

This update includes specific advice for: a meeting for all members on Monday, schools that are pursuing an unsafe wider reopening, vulnerable members (and members with vulnerable people in their household). All members meeting • Only reopen schools when it’s safe • Resist Tower Rewards • Monday 1 June, 12.30pm Meeting ID: 820-8652-6353 Password (includes […]

Tower Rewards Update: you do not need to sign the contract

Dear member, Last thing on the Friday before a Bank Holiday and Eid we have been contacted by many members alarmed to have received a further letter about Tower Rewards. The letter changes nothing. You do not need to sign. The Council know that the vast majority of the Council workforce have not signed up […]

Schools Update: keep our children safe, put our communities first

Most schools in the borough have decided to listen to the views of union members and will not be having a wider reopening on June 1. Today, we are writing to schools across the borough who are still planning to go ahead with a reckless wider reopening to urge them to stop. We remind our […]

Schools Update: keep organising to stop an unsafe wider reopening of schools on June 1

Download the updated Unison Schools Open Letter for school groups Last Friday, we had a fantastic meeting with 282 schools members joining a Zoom call addressed by Dr Jackie Applebee, NEU branch secretary Alex Kenny, and our branch secretary, John McLoughlin. We also had a fantastic message of support from Apsana Begum MP (see below). […]

No going back until it’s safe: joint union letter on conditions for a safe return

Unison, the NEU, GMB and Unite have written jointly to Amanda Harcus, head of HR for London Borough of Tower Hamlets, outlining the conditions for a safe return to working outside of the home. You can download this letter by clicking the link below: Trade Union concerns about return to workplaces, 6 May 2020 Act […]

Schools: No going back until it is safe

All school staff will be anxious at the government announcement that they intend to commence a wider opening of schools from as early as 1 June. UNISON is working closely with the NEU and other education unions to ensure that children and their families, staff and our wider community are not put at unnecessary risk. […]

May Day 2020: United to defeat Covid19, united to defeat workers’ rights

Watch here: http:// Friday, 5.15pm via Zoom (see below for guide for Zoom) Meeting ID: 921-0772-3224 Link: Password: MayDay Speakers: Dave Prentis General Secretary, Unison Apsana Begum MP Poplar and Limehouse Matt Wrack General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union Alex Kenny National Executive Member, National Education Union This May Day essential workers find themselves on the front line fighting Covid […]