Kate Ruhle, Lambeth UNISON environmental officer, reports on the alarming news about air pollution levels in the borough
Currently there is renewed focus on air quality in Lambeth. The Lambeth Air Quality Report 2015 has been published and there is an air quality consultation underway on the draft Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022. Lambeth has also partnered with 11 other London boroughs to tackle vehicle idling.
There will be action days where volunteers will go to selected air quality hot spots and talk to drivers and pedestrians alike about unnecessary engine idling and its impact on air quality.
For more Lambeth staff green volunteering opportunities you can email Hanna in the Council’s Sustainability Team HRadlowska@lambeth.gov.uk
Lambeth UNISON agreed to back the Stand up to Lambeth demonstration on 8 October (assemble 12.00 noon Windrush Square Brixton and march to Clapham Common).
Stand up to Lambeth is a body comprised of a number of Community and Housing Campaigns in the borough calling for:
STOP estate demolitions
STOP the closure of our Libraries
STOP the closure of Brixton Arches
STOP destroying our communities
STOP racial and social inequality
STOP academisation STOP financial waste
Stop Stealing the people of Lambeth’s Future
This is a very important protest so we urge our member to join in. Lambeth UNISON will be there with its banner.
The Facebook event is here https://www.facebook.com/events/1725669004362529
Staff at Lambeth Council are overworked and too stressed, survey finds Continue reading
With so many staff leaving the Council it is clear that a tremendous strain is being put on some teams and individuals. Lambeth UNISON has had reports from many of our members with examples of being made to work through their lunch breaks, work unpaid over time, and carry out tasks that are not in their pay grade. Continue reading
Councillor Rachel Heywood’s brave public call for support with local residents and workers fighting to keep libraries open is a real inspiration. Clearly the Labour Council leaders were furious with her—they voted to suspend her as a Labour Councillor for 6 months. Now other councillors are speaking out—a sign that the growing movement against the demolition of our homes and the closure of our libraries is having an effect. The Progress dominated council are losing the argument, and if they carry on like this then it will have a damaging impact on Labour’s local performance in the next council elections.
Please sign the petition for her reinstatement https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/support-rachel-heywood-and-lift-the-suspension-now
A number of members have reported that their flexible working time arrangements have been cut back arbitrarily by managers.
Here is the guidelines for ensuring flexible working time isn’t taken away without proper consultation with the worker’s affected.
If any UNISON members feel this is something they are worried about then read these attached guidelines and please get in touch.