• Lancashire County Council: Regrade and Recognition Now!
    Over time we have seen a substantial change in our job role.  The cases we handle are far more complex and challenging as services user needs have changed. We are now handling cases that can include severe mental health, neglect, abuse, exploitation and other situations which previously were exclusively dealt with by Social Workers. Lancashire County Council found the majority of Social Care Support Officers to be working at a higher grade, but our regrading did not result in our grade increasing. The service will simply not survive if skilled and dedicated workers are forced to leave because of low pay and lack of recognition for our work.
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  • Bring the 13th Note under workers' ownership!
    The Glaswegian Hospitality sector is renown for its poverty pay, precarious working conditions and habitual breaches of health and safety. Workers are often treated with a lack of respect and consideration by employers. In the wake of our industrial dispute against such conditions, a worker-owned 13th Note could provide a concrete example to workers and employers that our sector is not incompatible with fair pay and fair work. We will ensure good working conditions for all 13th Note staff through a commitment to Unite Hospitality's 10-point charter. We aim not solely to reopen the 13th Note for ourselves, but for the arts, cultural and social scenes which it has fostered and will continue to nourish in the future. P.S. We estimate that it will cost us around £40k to completely revamp the venue and make it fit for unionised workers and discerning customers. We have already raised £10k but you can support us by donating here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/support-the-13th-note-workers
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  • Protect Welsh National Opera
    We are the orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Our company was founded by miners, teachers, doctors and others who wanted a national opera company rooted in Wales’ rich musical heritage. Management is being forced to consider making us part-time and cutting our pay by 15%. WNO will also have to cut down on touring, risking leaving towns and cities like Llandudno and Bristol without the high-quality opera provision they deserve. This isn’t an exaggeration – back in 2022, WNO announced that it will no longer be able to tour to Liverpool due to arts funding cuts and the need for “budget efficiencies.” The future of opera in Wales and England must not be low paid jobs, insecure contracts, and access only for those who can afford it. These cuts must not be allowed to happen on our watch. Sign the petition to protect Welsh National Opera! Pam fod hyn y bwysig? Ni yw cerddorfa Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Sefydlwyd ein cwmni gan lowyr, athrawon, doctoriaid ac eraill a oedd eisiau cwmni opera cenedlaethol wedi’i ymwreiddio yn etifeddiaeth gerddorol gyfoethog Cymru. Mae’r rheolwyr yn cael eu gorfodi i ystyried ein cyflogi ni ar sail ran-amser a thorri ein cyflogau 15%. Bydd hefyd rhaid i’r cwmni dorri nifer ei deithiau, gan adael trefi fel Llandudno a Bryste heb y ddarpariaeth opera o ansawdd maent yn eu haeddu. Nid gor-ddweud yw hyn – nôl yn 2022, cyhoeddodd cwmni Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru na fyddai’n gallu teithio i Lerpwl mwyach oherwydd toriadau ariannol yn y celfyddydau, a’r angen am arbedion effeithiolrwydd yn y gyllideb. Ni ddylai dyfodol opera yng Nghymru a Lloegr olygu swyddi sy’n talu cyflogau isel, contractau ansicr, a mynediad dim ond i’r rheiny a all ei fforddio. Rhaid i’r toriadau hyn beidio â digwydd tra ein bod ni wrth y llyw. Llofnodwch y ddeiseb i ddiogelu Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru!
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  • Mersey Care NHS workers deserve redundancy pay
    An NHS trust has closed a site a considerable distance from the rest of its sites. After offering workers the chance to relocate, those who cannot commit to making such a long commute are being threatened with being laid-off without the contractual redundancy pay they're entitled to. They will be made redundant this Easter Sunday without any commitment to any future pay from the trust. The trust should do the right think and make sure these workers are fairly compensated.
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  • Return our Kids to Churchill Community College and Call on the DFE to fix our School
    School days were the best days of your life but for these kids it has been stop, start and then move school. They need and education they deserve. They need to enjoy school and be around there peers. This can only be possible if mobile building are on site allowing them to be in their own school grounds The Department for Education must foot the bill for the repairs. Council receives approx £3million for school budgets, to rebuild a school like Churchill Community College will cost approx £25million plus another 3 schools in the borough also need repairing. This will almost inevitably impact on our children in the future as Council and school budgets are all at breaking point.
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  • Sick Pay for Catering staff at Sussex University!
    Chartwells staff at Sussex University are currently the ONLY workers on campus who have to operate on completely inadequate Statutory Sick Pay. This means when they're poorly, they are having to choose between staying home (and struggling to pay their bills) or coming to work when they're ill (in a food safe environment). *We demand Sick Pay that matches pay and is paid from the first day of illness! *They are NOT second class citizens! *This is NOT in line with the Sussex University values of Kindness, Integrity, Inclusion, Collaboration and Courage! Show your support
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  • Save Byron Court Primary School - Stop the Forced Academisation
    🢜 Ensure an equal, non-selective environment with a focus on the whole child, an approach that doesn't achieve academic excellence or good behaviour by excluding children or making them scared to be in school 🢜 Give a say to those that it will impact most - the staff, the families, the local community 🢜 Stop the privatisation of our children's education HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP? Write to your local councillors: https://bit.ly/BrentCounc Write to Barry Gardiner MP: [email protected] Follow us: https://twitter.com/savebyroncourt Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savebyroncourt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savebyroncourt Donate to our Campaign fundraising page: https://gofund.me/c696a920
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  • P&O Ferries' jobs massacre second anniversary: Never again!
    We must prevent a repeat of the P&O Ferries scandal. The Government has failed to introduce the reforms required to end the undercutting of other ferry operators on international short sea routes from UK ports which would prevent a repeat of this scandalous attack on UK seafarers and on the sovereignty of UK employment law.
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  • Save Hackney's Children's Centres
    High-quality, affordable childcare is critical to children’s development, especially the most vulnerable, and 0-3 years is where the biggest impact can be made on outcomes for children. Disadvantaged children benefit significantly from good quality preschool experiences, especially when they are educated with a mixture of children from different social and economic backgrounds - research has shown that this helps close the gap between them and their peers. This is particularly significant in Hackney, where there is a 43% child poverty rate, 10% higher than the London average. These cuts will hurt these children most and disadvantage minority groups. Closing these Children's Centre nurseries will result in the loss of 200 full-time, all-year, affordable childcare places to Hackney families. This is a 33% cut of subsidised nursery places in Hackney. The closures will disproportionately affect vulnerable children, lower-income families, women, single parents, and people of the Global Majority. Childcare costs are a driver of poverty and access to affordable childcare is essential for the wellbeing of working families. We want to protect the jobs of dedicated staff, many of whom also live in Hackney. We’re looking at over 40 staff (including support staff) over the two centres proposed for closure alone. Almost all staff are women and many are people of the Global Majority. We believe that more Children's Centre closures will follow as budgets are squeezed further and Hackney Council continue to make cuts to vital services. Children’s Centres provide vital support and services to local families and we must fight to keep them open! No Children’s Centre nursery closures! No cuts to affordable childcare!
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    These services are not just numbers on a balance sheet; they are invaluable lifelines for our community. They provide essential support to our most vulnerable citizens, from children and the elderly to those with disabilities or facing financial hardship. The proposed cuts would have devastating consequences. According to the Office for National Statistics, local government spending on services has already fallen by over 20% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2020-21 (source: National Audit Office). Further reductions would push our public services beyond breaking point.   We know that the Council are not investing in public services. They have increased the spending on private care home placements to £113 million - whilst nearly 50% of Derbyshire Council's OWN care home beds are empty! Moreover, bypassing the recognised trade unions (UNISON/ UNITE/ GMB) undermines the democratic process that should be at the heart of any changes in public service provision. The unions represent thousands of workers who dedicate their lives to serving our community - their voices must be heard. This is not just about preserving existing services; it's about protecting democracy, fairness, and social justice in Derbyshire.  We must stand together against these short-sighted cuts that prioritise profit over people.
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  • Give Us Better Buses for England!
    Buses are the best used form of public transport and are vital for all ages. They enable people to lead fulfilling lives, connecting them with friends, family and the services they need. Unfortunately, due to austerity services have been severely degraded across England, with some places having no buses at all. Rising traffic has also taken its toll on services with buses caught in congestion, causing costs to rise. While the £2 bus fare cap has had a positive impact, some people can still find bus travel expensive. Information, bus shelters and ticketing are also all too often of poor quality and fragmented. This has led to many people being socially excluded with a lack of transport options. Others are being pushed into transport poverty. A radically different approach to bus services, acknowledging their wider benefits, including for the economy, would address these issues. They would create more inclusive, affordable and accessible (including for people with disabilities) services. They would help reduce motor traffic and pollution and help the UK meet its 2030 carbon target. So please consider adding your signature to the petition and help us get better bus services for everyone in England. This will give people better transport choices, reduce traffic and pollution and help us get to net-zero quickly enough.
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  • Stop Suffolk Council’s 100% Arts & Culture Funding Cuts
    THERE IS NO U-TURN! Suffolk Council's u-turn announcement is nothing of the sort. Long-term stable funding for the 9 arts organisations currently supported by the Council is still facing a 100% cut. The Council's new announcement is for a one off pot of funding open to anyone, forcing arts organisations to compete against each other, for a smaller cake cut into many slices and causing uncertainty. The Council has confirmed that once this one-off pot has run out, they will still not fund any arts budget. ===== Equity members, local residents, arts and cultural organisations across East Anglia have raised serious concerns following a proposed £528,000 cut to arts and culture funding by Suffolk County Council. The nine organisations affected cover the whole county and include: Suffolk Artlink, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, the Food Museum in Stowmarket and The Long Shop Museum in Leiston, New Wolsey Theatre, DanceEast and Eastern Angles in Ipswich, Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury and FirstLight Festival in Lowestoft. While these cuts represent a tiny fraction of the council's need to save £64.7 million, they will have a disproportionate impact on Suffolk residents who rely on the arts and culture for employment and the wider community engaged with the vital support provided by these organisations across the county. Companies like Eastern Angles and New Wolsey Theatre tour schools and special educational needs settings providing performances and workshops for children. Suffolk Artlink delivers services to diverse communities including children at risk and vulnerable adults, contributing to Suffolk County Council's strategic priorities. The Food Museum in Stowmarket, which has a national reputation for its community work, but now faces a 13% cut to its core funding. Together these organisations provide hundreds of jobs, support the local economy and provide thousands of hours of engagement for children and adults who need it in Suffolk. They do not deserve to lose access to culture. Sign our petition to oppose these 100% cuts now.
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