• Build it now! Bring the new West Yorkshire tram to our towns
    West Yorkshire faces an economic crisis and a climate crisis. We need investment now to create new green jobs and avoid mass unemployment. We also need a new low carbon public transport system to fight pollution and climate change in our region. Leeds is the largest city in Europe without a mass transit system, and West Yorkshire economic growth is stunted because of bad public transport. 2030 is too long a wait for a new transit system. We need action today for our communities and our climate! And we need a guarantee that we'll get a tram to every town, not just another bus service! If we all demand action now for a quicker timeline and an ambitious tram network that serves every West Yorkshire community, our elected leaders will have to listen.
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  • No Cuts To Universal Credit
    Unite the Union represents workers in the sectors that are at the brunt of this pandemic, made worse by the government’s inconsistency and failure to provide adequate Statutory Sick Pay and financial support directly to workers. Coronavirus carries a high emotional and financial toll. Mental Health has already deteriorated and the signs are that this will continue. So spare a thought for those on low incomes who rely on Universal Credit including those workers who continue to keep us fed, keep the country moving and those who care and treat us in these dreadful circumstances.
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  • Save Kiddycare Nursery in Mount Pleasant Mail Centre from closure
    Without the nursery, many posties, especially women, would not be able to work. The nursery has been a vital support to many in its 22-year history, enabling local people to take jobs at Mount Pleasant. Protecting Kiddycare Nursery also protects jobs for local people.
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  • Save the RLI - Keep Hospital Services in Lancaster
    Official government NHS plans contain a proposal to close both the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Royal Preston Hospital and replace them with a so called 'super-hospital' on a single site elsewhere. This proposal represents a serious threat to the future of full hospital provision in Lancaster and the large area of North Lancashire and South Cumbria the RLI serves. Likewise, the people of Preston and Central Lancashire will also risk the loss of properly accessible full local hospital services. Any increase in travel distances, especially for emergencies, is not acceptable. Both cities and surrounding areas need and deserve their own hospitals, each with a full range of services, with proper investment to upgrade these. Keep up to date with our campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterSaveOurHospitals
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  • Protect catering services and jobs on South Western Railway
    SWR unexpectedly announced in December 2020 that it was terminating its on-board catering contract with Elior. This decision means that the 130-plus workers employed by Elior on the contract have now been given notice that they will be made redundant as of January 2021, some two months before the Government’s Job Retention Scheme is due to close. RMT believes that SWR’s decision shows complete contempt for these workers and for passengers, and is concerned it is an attempt to remove the catering provision from SWR services by stealth. This would significantly worsen the passenger experience. Since March 2020, South Western Railway’s operations have been fully funded by the Government with public money, under an Emergency Measures Agreement and now an Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement. The terms of the ERMA permit the paying of a ‘management fee’ which can be used to fund profits and make dividend payments. SWR has confirmed that it consulted the DfT over its decision. RMT believes that the Government must intervene as a matter of urgency to reverse this reckless decision and protect all jobs and the catering service on the SWR network. If the contract cannot be renewed RMT is calling for these workers to be brought in-house.
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  • Help protect the workers who care for the graves of our war dead
    We are Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) staff. We are British citizens who serve overseas in countries such as Belgium and France, maintaining and caring for the cemeteries of our fallen heroes. We are proud of our role in ensuring that the 1.7m people of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, will never be forgotten. We now need your help. With just three weeks’ notice and despite our many years of loyal service, the CWGC has given us a stark choice: be repatriated back to the UK or face having our incomes halved. This is happening it us as we’ve been told that we will no longer be entitled to UK contracts after 31 December 2020, when the Brexit transition period ends. But switching onto new contracts means changing to our country of employment’s tax code and changes to pensions and other terms and conditions, which could see us lose up to 50% of our income. To be given just three weeks’ notice to making life changing decisions on whether to uproot our lives and that of our families in the middle of a global pandemic when jobs are scarce is terrifying. So is accepting losing up to half of our income. We are desperate. We now need the minister Ben Wallace to intervene on our behalf to protect our terms and conditions and put pressure on the CWGC to talk to our unions. Please help us by emailing the minister.
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  • Where is our £500?
    UNISON Scotland members welcomed the Scottish Government's announcement of a £500 'bonus' for staff in health and social care. The Scottish Government must be aware that there were many other public service workers involved in responding to covid. This has been a year of exceptional effort and sacrifice for the workforce across public services and they all deserve equal recognition for their efforts. Local Government has been operating under difficult circumstances - distributing food/medicine/essential items across Scotland, protecting/caring for our vulnerable and elderly, collecting waste, staffing temporary mortuaries, staffing the hubs of “keyworker” children, kept schools and early years open, staffing the asymptomatic testing sites, Environmental Health & Trading Standards Officers enforcing public health and wellbeing, Mental Health Workers with increased caseloads, Housing and Craft workers who have been working in tenants homes, those who have been processing and issuing emergency support grants. Last but by no means least the army of cleaning staff without whose efforts no one else would have been able to work at all, far less do so safely. Even this list is very far from complete - the Scottish Government must realise that there was a massive effort put into dealing with covid across public services.
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  • Fair Pay for East Lancs Engie Security Staff
    Engie security staff at Blackburn and Burnley hospitals work around the clock to keep people safe at the hospital but are paid far less than our colleagues who do the same job for the NHS. We are often forced to take on unhealthy amounts of overtime that take us away from their families and impacts our health and wellbeing due to low pay. For too long outsourced companies have exploited their staff for private profit. By supporting Engie staff, you are taking a stand against this. Fair pay must be at the centre of all public services. As a vital part of the NHS team, Engie Security staff deserve the same pay and conditions as our NHS colleagues.
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  • Take South Yorkshire's Buses Back Under Public Control
    Private companies control bus services in South Yorkshire. They dictate prices, routes and timetables and the result has been catastrophic - passenger numbers have plummeted, prices have risen and services have shrunk. Send a message now to take back control of our buses!
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  • The vaccine programme must be led by public health professionals, not private contractors
    We all have a shared interest in getting the vaccine programme right. It’s our only shot at getting life back to normal. But that means learning the lessons from the failures of Test and Trace and PPE provision. The best way to deliver an effective rollout - and build public trust in the vaccine - is for local public health teams to run it. They know their communities best and are best placed to reach them. Outsourcing Test and Trace to private contractors has caused huge problems. We cannot afford the same mistake to be made with the delivery of the vaccine.
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  • Microsoft: Protect workers’ privacy in Office 365
    Over the last few months, we've been raising concerns about worker surveillance technology and how it is on the rise – often without workers being aware. This week, we got the clearest indication yet that it is going mainstream. We learned that the Productivity Score feature in Microsoft’s Office 365 allows employers to monitor their staff: looking at how many emails you have sent, how many meetings you've attended and how often you interact with colleagues on instant messaging. This kind of surveillance is an intrusion on our privacy and is deeply troubling for productivity, with workers feeling they are being watched, and others able to game the system. With many people working from home, at least some of the time, this is putting monitoring into our homes, blurring the line between our work and private lives. Workers need to be consulted when new technology is used. We need guarantees about what monitoring is going on, and how. We are calling on employers to consult workers before any monitoring software is used (this is the law in our view) and for Microsoft to disable this feature by default – and we need your help
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  • QUB Student Union Workers Demand Respect
    In July 2020 QUB Management took the decision to remove dozens of workers in the Students' Union from the income supports provided by the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS). This decision was taken with next to no consultation and has left hardworking employees with no income. The decision from the university to end payments appears to us on the surface, to be premature and based solely on saving costs as the government required further employer contributions from the beginning of August. For many of us, this loss of income has had a substantial financial impact, leaving us unable to afford essentials such as food, housing, electricity and gas. Not all workers are students and are ineligible for student supports or for state benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance whilst still formally employed. Those who are full-time students are ineligible for any state support at present. Recently, the government has announced further plans to aid employers and workers in this time of economic uncertainty, particularly those affected by necessary closures and restrictions on operations to control the spread of COVID. The government has announced that there is no shortage to the funds available in order to secure ongoing employment for workers during the pandemic. Further, Queen's University has no shortage of funds to support their hardworking staff throughout a crisis. Without our efforts, the Speakeasy and other SU facilities would not run. We contribute so much to the student experience and in return, we are asking for the university to provide us with a basic income, give us some job & financial security and afford us the respect that we deserve.
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