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Care and Support Workers Organise (CASWO) are planning a day of action on Saturday 4 September during Professional Care Workers Week. CASWO is a cross union campaign made up of care and support workers from across the labour movement. Care and support workers have risked their lives during the pandemic to continue to care for the society’s most vulnerable. They have been at the sharp end of the government’s policy failures and have had to endure PPE shortages, lack of adequate testing in care homes and continued poverty pay.
CASWO are demanding:
- £15 per hour minimum wage for all care and support staff
- Full recognition as key workers making it easier for carers to access genuinely affordable housing
- For the social care sector to be bought under democratic ownership
We fully support CASWO’s demands, and we encourage all our members to take part in the day of action. If you are a care worker or just believe that care workers deserve better, then we urge you to join the demo! Care and support workers need our solidarity as they have given so much over the past 18 months. They don’t just deserve our gratitude and applause but a meaningful pay rise and better working conditions.
The action will start at 11.30am on Saturday 4 September outside the Department for Health and Social Care with a full list of speakers to be confirmed. Other demonstrations will take place at the same time in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Preston, making it a national day of action!
Make sure to spread the word about the demo at your workplace and support this vital campaign.
Also, please click the link below and sign CASWO’s petition calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and members of The London Assembly to include all care and support workers in ‘Key Worker’ housing schemes across London.
Make sure to follow CASWO on both Twitter and Facebook.
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Below is the list of children’s centres that Lambeth Council is proposing to cut. Continue reading
Only two years after the last round of devastating cuts to our children’s centres, many children in Lambeth are in danger of losing out on essential early years support. You can save the local children’s centres!
Health Campaigns Together & The People’s Assembly have called for a Day of Protest on Saturday 3 February in response to the worsening Winter Crisis
UNISON activists were out at Lambeth College today with a petition for the cleaning, security and catering staff to earn the new London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour.
Our wages have fallen behind as prices and the cost of living increase.
In real terms we have lost 14% of our salary since 2010.
Now there is a campaign to break the public sector pay cap. UNISON and other public sector unions have put in a 5% pay claim.
But we all need to get behind this campaign to win it.
What you can do to help.
Please sign this Parliamentary petition to get it debated in Parliament. We need 100,000 signatures (currently on 73,000!) https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200032
Write to your MP and Councillors
You can write to your local councillors using UNISON’s easy to use website
To find your MPs contact details please visit
Wear badges and stickers
We have loads of badges and stickers in the union office in International House, please pop over to pick some up. If you are not allowed to wear them at work then wear them on outdoor coats, put stickers on the back of your mobile or the back of your ID badge.
Put posters up at work
We also have posters for union notice boards. Get in touch with us at the union office to get some.
Come on the rally outside Parliament on 17th October
There is a rally outside Parliament. Meeting at the Department of Health at 17:30 and marching down Whitehall for a rally at 6pm. Expect big name speakers like Jeremy Corbyn.
Lambeth UNISON will be heading there after our Branch Meeting earlier in the day.
Staff at Lambeth Council are overworked and too stressed, survey finds Continue reading
As part of a national survey of UNISON members, Lambeth branch asked our members to tell us what they thought of the various issues raised by the EU referendum debate.
Of the 190 respondants:
75% told us that they thought the EU referendum was very important to UNISON
Of the issues that members were asked about, they responded as follows:
Workers’ rights, Public services and Equalities were the most important issue for our members in considering how they would vote in the EU referendum.
Migratio, equal treatment and welfare rights was the fourth most important issue for our members.
When asked which way they would like UNISON to campaign on this issue, 78% said they wanted UNISON to campaign to stay in the EU, 21% were in favour of a campaign to leave.