Solidarity with Tower Hamlets workers!

Tower Hamlets Council – which is a Labour run authority – is planning to ‘sack and re-engage’ its entire workforce in order to force them to accept worse terms and conditions.

‘Sack and re-engage’ is what Asda did to its workforce before Christmas. British Airways is doing it to its worekrs now. It is shocking to see a Labour run council deploy the same tactic.

The new plan, called Tower Rewards, includes:

– Out of hours pay is reduced
– Severance pay has been slashed
– Reduces the Flexi scheme
– Worsens pay for some grades
– Staff being asked to work anywhere in the borough with little notice whilst travel allowances are being cut.

There is an online rally being organised by Tower Hamlets UNISON on Friday 3 July at 11am – register online here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friday-3rd-monday-6th-tower-rewards-strike-virtual-picket-and-rally-tickets-110797373928
We will stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Tower Hamlets UNISON and other unions resisting this awful attack on their working conditions.

Black Lives Matter – Justice for George Floyd!

By Jeremy Drinkall, schools convenor

For over a week now US cities have been convulsed by an unprecedented wave of militant fightback precipitated by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officer Derek Chauvin.

For almost nine minutes Floyd, a black man, was held down by Chauvin’s knee on his neck in front of cameras while Floyd begged for his life. Even after he lay limp and unresponsive, Chauvin continued his torture of Floyd for several minutes more, even though bystanders filmed the murder and begged the cops to get up and let him breathe. George Floyd died and will never breathe again.

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Protests at Olive Morris House over demolition

Lambeth Council have decided to start the demolition of Olive Morris House during the pandemic.

Many people are concerned that this isn’t he time to to be moving ahead with a demolition.

The petition to stop it has over 1,000 signatures – report on the recent protest is in Brixton Buzz http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2020/04/in-photos-a-socially-distanced-protest-against-the-demolition-of-olive-morris-house-during-the-coronavirus-crisis-fri-24th-april-2020/

Press release: Hospital laundry workers denied full pay for isolation could be putting patients at risk

Hospital laundry workers denied full pay for isolation could be putting patients at risk

  • Hospital laundry workers denied proper sick pay in south London
  • Patients could be at risk, as sick workers incentivised to work when ill, say trade unionists
  • Campaign for full sick pay endorsed by local MP

Campaigners and MPs have expressed alarm as it emerged that hospital laundry workers in south London were not being given proper sick pay or isolation pay.

Workers at Elis Laundry in Brixton, South London, do not get full pay if they have to self-isolate, meaning that workers are incentivised to come into work even if they are sick or living with vulnerable people. The outsourced NHS service provides laundry to hospitals across south London.

Union representatives have sounded the alarm about the situation. The Statutory Sick Pay paid to workers is not enough to live on, and will not even cover most workers’ rent. The lack of full sick pay could be putting patients at risk, they say.

Lambeth UNISON have launched a campaign to demand full sick and isolation pay for workers at Elis Laundry. Their petition is here.

Lambeth UNISON Branch Secretary Ruth Cashman said:

“Without proper sick pay, workers face a choice between going to work or not being able to eat or pay the rent.  It is a vital that all workers in the workplace, whether directly-employed or outsourced and regardless of contractual status, are guaranteed full pay from day one of any self-isolation or sickness absence. They also need personal protective equipment. Without these measures, the spread of the Covid-19 will be quicker and therefore far more deadly.”

Bell Ribeiro Addy, MP for Streatham, said:

“I stand with Elis Laundry staff, who are calling for full sick pay and proper hygiene breaks. By not offering measures like these, employers are putting both workers and the general public at greater risk of Covid-19.”

Stuart Jordan, an NHS nurse based in East London, said:

“If a laundry worker has no rights to sick and isolation pay then that is a problem for everyone working and being cared for in the NHS. If these workers don’t have financial security to comply with public health advice then that puts us all at risk. Every day bosses refuse to act on this issue increases the risks to all of us.”

 

ENDS

NOTES

1. For more information, please email rcashman@lambeth.gov.uk or ring Ruth on +44 7756 786309

2. Lambeth UNISON is a local government branch of the public sector union.

3. Workers and trade unionists are available for broadcast interviews

 

COVID-19: TAKE ACTION TO WIN SAFE WORKPLACES

Government advice is that we should all be staying at home unless absolutely necessary. We want to make sure you do not lose pay for doing the right thing keeping yourself and others safe!

Some people will need to go out to work as they do essential work, if this is you we need to make sure your work and workplace are as safe as possible.

COVID-19: TAKE ACTION TO WIN SAFE WORKPLACES

Has your boss:

  • Guaranteed full pay (not Statutory Sick Pay, SSP) and no disciplinary action for all workers from day one of any absence, including self-isolation without symptoms?
  • Taken necessary precautions to minimise the risk of exposure?
  • Made arrangements for workers whose children’s schools have closed?

Some company’s already have arrangements in place others don’t, either way we can help!
If not, there are actions that you and your workmates can take.

Contact Lambeth UNISON! Rcashman@lambeth.gov.uk Shannah@lambeth.gov.uk

Elect a health and safety representative. You have the right to do this even if there is not a recognised trade union in your workplace.

Draw up a list of demands and table them to your boss. Speak to us if you want help.

Where you believe that you are in serious and imminent danger,  you can refuse to work. Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that you can remove yourself from a workplace if you are in imminent danger.

You have the legal right to do all these things.

Stay safe,

Ruth and Simon