• #SickPayForAll: Guarantee decent sick pay for every worker
    Workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak could have to go into quarantine or self-isolation to prevent the further spread of the virus. Right now millions of UK workers don’t earn enough to get this protection. And workers with existing sick pay schemes should be paid at the full rate offered by the employer while in isolation, and not be considered as on annual or unpaid leave. No one should worry about falling into debt or struggling to pay their bills when they’re ill or have to self-isolate. If people aren't compensated for the time spent at home, the risk people go to work and spread the illness increases. The government must ensure everyone gets decent sick pay, however much they earn.
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  • AFG: Reinstate UNISON rep Peter Moorhead and stop victimising trade unionists
    I'm Peter Moorhead, I have worked for social care provider AFG for over 20 years. In 2019, AFG care workers took strike action against our employer because we were not being paid the minimum wage for so-called "sleep in" shifts. As UNISON's convenor (lead representative) for AFG, I was involved in supporting our members in their fight for fair pay. AFG did not react positively to the strike action. Recently, I have been informed by AFG that they are going to make me redundant and scrap any provision for a UNISON convenor at the care provider. We feel that AFG have unfairly selected the UNISON Convenor position for redundancy and that in reality this is about AFG responding to last year's industrial dispute by trying to shut down any worker representation at the organisation. AFG did not enter into meaningful consultation and their decision potentially amounts to trade union victimisation. This is bigger than my job though. With over 750 UNISON members working for AFG across the North West, the removal of the position will severely impact on the industrial relation with AFG and also hamper the day to day needs of UNISON members. Please sign this petition calling on AFG to do the decent thing and reverse their decision to make me redundant. Thank you for your support, Peter Moorhead (UNISON Convenor- AFG)
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  • Take West Yorkshire's Buses Back Under Public Control
    West Yorkshire's bus services are broken. But they could be world class. The new Mayor of West Yorkshire will have the powers to fix our buses by bringing them back into public control. But we won't win this without a fight! Right now, bus companies do what they like and it's a wild west free market. And they're desperate to cling onto that power. Private companies control West Yorkshire’s bus network. They dictate prices, routes and timetables. The result has been catastrophic - passenger numbers have plummeted, prices have risen and services have shrunk. The new Mayor of West Yorkshire, and your West Yorkshire Council Leaders, have the power to regulate our buses. Regulation would mean affordable fares, and more evening and weekend services, all with a smart ticket where daily spending is capped. We need them to hear our message loud and clear, so there is no other choice the day after the election. (Image credit: Michael Taylor)
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  • We need disability pay gap reporting
    For too long, disabled workers have faced double discrimination. Not only are they less likely to have a paid job but when they do, disabled people earn much less than their non-disabled peers. New analysis published by the TUC shows that disabled workers now earn a fifth (20%) less than non-disabled workers. It means that the pay gap for disabled workers has widened to £3,800 per year – an increase of £800 over the last year. And the gap will almost certainly increase again as the economic impact of Covid-19 hits. Mandatory disability pay gap reporting would mean bosses had to identify and address poor workplace practices that lead to inequality. Without this requirement progress will be too slow and disabled workers will be consigned to many more years of lower pay and unfair barriers to getting jobs and progressing at work. Disabled people deserve more, they need mandatory disability pay gap reporting – they have waited long enough for fair and equal treatment at work. The government must bring in mandatory disability pay gap reporting for all employers with more than 50 employees.
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  • Support Thomas Cook workers to get the money they're owed
    On Monday (23 September) Thomas Cook the world’s oldest travel agency collapsed into administration with the loss of 21,000 jobs (9,000 in the UK alone) and stranding 150,000 holiday makers. The sudden collapse has left many workers desperate and with no income. Staff were due to be paid on Monday (30 September), but will not now be paid after the business went bust. Two years since Monarch Airlines went into administration with the loss of 2,000 jobs, the government has totally failed to learn lessons or bring in new laws which could have saved these jobs. These are not highly paid workers, many were living pay cheque to pay cheque. Given the dreadful stress this has caused to workers, the priority, now that repatriation of stranded travelled is underway, must be for the secretary of state to fast track the payment of workers’ wages.
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  • We Are With You: don't break your pay promises!
    Belinda Phipps is CEO of We Are With You- she earns around £140,000 per year. Meanwhile, ex-NHS staff working for We Are With You in Wigan and Leigh stand to lose £150,000 during the course of the NHS Agenda for Change three year pay deal (April 2018- April 2021). We will lose an average of £7,870 each during the course of Wigan Council's contract with We Are With You, with some of us losing out on as much as £10,974. This is simply wrong and across five years, will suck £230,000 out of the local economy whilst We Are With You directs funding towards costly rebrands and its London headquarters. We work hard for We Are With You in Wigan and Leigh to ensure that local people recover from addiction, regaining health, self esteem and becoming fully functioning members of our society. We work in this field because we care and because it's rewarding to support recovery, but we deserve to make a decent living. When we transferred over to We Are With You (formerly known as Addaction) from the NHS, we were promised the NHS rate for the job, but We Are With You have gone back on their word. "Supporting people to overcome drug and alcohol addiction is an incredibly tough job and makes a difference for every single one of us in Wigan. "We Are With You’s employees deserve the pay settlement they were promised when they moved from the NHS to We Are With You". Lisa Nandy, Wigan MP We deserve a decent wage for doing what is an important job for our communities. Please sign the petition to support us. #WeAreNotWithYou #KeepYourPayPromise #BelindaFibs #WeWontPayYou
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  • Save Our Shops
    Over 74,000 retail workers lost their jobs during 2018 and so far this year, the rate of store closures and jobs losses has increased dramatically. Usdaw, the shopworkers' union, is calling on the Government to protect the 4.5 million jobs that rely on the success of the retail sector. The scale of store closures we have seen is devastating, not just for the workforce, but also for our communities and town centres. The Government needs to show that it takes retail jobs seriously by listening to and acting on workers’ concerns. Please sign our petition: We call on the Government to take urgent action by adopting an industrial strategy for retail and implementing the following comprehensive and co-ordinated policies: • Review taxation, commercial rents and business rates to ensure a level playing field between ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers and online retailers, providing a new framework that supports local communities and the wider economy. • A minimum wage of £10 per hour for all workers, secure work and investment in skills and training to provide decent pay and job security for retail workers and drive up productivity. • Give retail workers a say over the future of retail and the introduction of new technology, with a designated inclusive body that ensures the Government recognises the crucial role retail has in the UK economy. A copy of Usdaw’s industrial strategy for the Retail Sector is available at www.usdaw.org.uk/industrialstrategy
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  • Don't Change Our Nurses Rosters
    The proposed changes to rosters will have a detrimental effect on the work life balance of employees. The new rosters will potentially impact on increased childcare costs, travel costs, laundry and food costs.
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  • General Election to Elect Our Prime Minister
    Boris Johnson is a right wing symbol for attacks on the most vulnerable sections of our society. Unelected, with no mandate equates to a free hand in decimating the Rights of workers, the NHS, the Climate. All our communities are in danger from this.
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  • #ONENHS: Fair pay for Compass hospital workers
    We are hospital support staff working for Compass in St Helens & Knowsley and Blackpool NHS Trusts. We keep hospitals clean, cook for patients and keep them safe. We are paid over £1000 less per year and have worse terms & conditions than some of our colleagues who do the same jobs. That's why we are standing together for fair pay and fair treatment. #ONENHS, nobody left out.
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  • Bedford Hospital - Don’t Outsource Our Domestics or Cut Their Existing Hours!
    We, NHS workers and users recognise the hard work domestics do every day to keep the hospital and public safe. We support their fight to keep their jobs in the NHS. When hospital cleaning services are privatised infection rates go up and workers’ pay is cut. We also stand against the hospital’s attempt to make the domestics paid their own nationally agreed NHS pay deal by cutting their bank/overtime hours. Bedford Hospital is targeting its lowest-paid workers, many of whom are migrant women — we believe this is an attack on equality.
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  • #RescueSuffolkFire - Sign the Statement of Support
    Fire services across the Eastern Region are being cut to the bone as a result of austerity and reduced funding. Yet attempts by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) managers, to cut costs and slash budgets, have seen attacks on the emergency frontline service and firefighter terms and conditions in Suffolk to a level we aren’t seeing in other fire services in the region. Suffolk fire chiefs have delivered & imposed cuts in such a way that Suffolk firefighters are struggling to provide similar levels of fire cover to that which we see in neighbouring counties. A life or business in Suffolk isn’t worth less than elsewhere. Why do Suffolk residents receive a lower level of fire & rescue response than their Eastern Region neighbours? Suffolk residents are now experiencing the longest waiting times for a fire engine in the East of England, and when one eventually does arrive, it’s now possible that it will only have a reduced crew of 3 firefighters on it, too few to effect rescues, with those crews being likely to have reduced or difficulty accessing the appropriate risk critical training. All at a time when the demand on the fire service service is on the increase. It isn’t right that Suffolk residents receive a worse standard of fire cover and emergency response than the rest of the region. It isn’t right that Suffolk firefighters are being asked to work to less safe standards than the rest of their Eastern colleagues. It isn’t right that the professional voice of Suffolk’s firefighters is being ignored We the undersigned demand Suffolk County Council and SFRS management take the following steps, as a minimum, to improve the situation in Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service: • Immediately stop mobilising fire engines crewed by only three firefighters. Five firefighters is the safe minimum number needed to safely tackle a fire and effect rescues. Any fewer poses a threat to the safety of firefighters and the public • Review emergency fire attendance times in Suffolk and how they can be improved, without detrimentally affecting the health and safety or terms and conditions of Suffolk firefighters • Review the delivery of risk critical training in Suffolk. Firefighters must have this risk-critical training and should not have to sacrifice their work-life balance to receive it • Review budgets and the allocation of funding to emergency front-line service in comparison to back room projects • Listen to staff and their elected representatives and abide by nationally agreed, collective, contractual agreements We aren't prepared to compromise on public or firefighter safety in Suffolk. Enough is enough and Suffolk firefighters and residents deserve better. #RescueSuffolkFire
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