Solidarity with NHS Workers – Thursdays, 8pm Although lots of us are having to change how we work and what we are doing, our fellow UNISON members in the NHS are facing the most difficult time ever, made worse by years of underfunding and privatisation. Last week it was excellent when millions came to stand on their doorsteps and balconies, or at their windows to collectively clap for the NHS. This is going to be a regular event each week. However, great though the clapping was, they need more than that, and so attached is a window/door poster saying, Camden UNISON says Clap for the NHS, Tests for the NHS, PPE for the NHS, Boris: Fund the NHS.
Please chant when clapping:
Test, test, test
Keep key workers virus free
If you have a printer at home, it would be great if you can run it off and display it. But if you haven’t got a printer, why not just draw one with the slogans (and rainbow if you or your kids need a home-schooling art project!) and display that too. Like last week, it would be ace if you can video the clapping, and maybe take photos of where you’ve displayed the poster. If you email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll be sending them to the Camden UNISON Health branches.
London Borough of Camden
Our AGM on Wed was addressed by guest speaker David Lammy MP. David is MP for Tottenham and has had a high profile campaigning against racism. He has spoken at rallies and protests against nazi ‘Tommy Robinson’ (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), and has had widespread press coverage for the work he has done highlighting institutional racism in the education system. He has also campaigned for justice for the Grenfell victims, many of whom are still without permanent housing. Questions were raised and, while answering, David took part in a discussion about how best we can challenge racism in Britain today.
We also had a guest speaker from the UCU (college workers union) who talked about why they are currently taking strike action.
YOUR UNION, YOUR VOICE!
Thank you for coming along and making a success of the Camden UNISON Annual General Meeting and for taking part in the discussions around what the union branch has been doing and what we plan for the coming year. Your contributions will help us to be more effective in continuing campaigning on your behalf.
It’s your union, so continue to get involved and to have your say!
If you know a colleague who hasn’t yet joined UNISON please tell them that they you can contact us on email@example.com
Many of you may have seen the campaign about cuts to nurseries in the borough. Camden UNISON and parents are marching to save nursery places in 4 of our outstanding maintained nurseries! Officers will be looking at the consultation response but we know thousands have opposed the Council’s preferred option to close the places and instead have ad hoc provision for children with their parents.
Camden have the resources to keep funding high quality outstanding nursery places that make a real difference to families and children’s outcomes. Join us at 5.30pm to march from Camden Town tube to the Crowndale Centre on Eversholt Street. We have submitted a deputation to the full Council meeting that evening.
Each year, UNISON holds a number of conferences, and Camden UNISON always sends delegates and observers as these are the decision making bodies for our union. In June, there are two important conferences, the national Local Government Conference and the National Delegate Conference (this is for all sectors so includes health and higher education branches). At our next Branch Committee meeting on Monday 9 March, we will be electing our delegations to both of these conferences. If you would like to be part of the Camden UNISON delegation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Tuesday 3 March. You can include a statement of up to 200 words saying why you would like to come, and make sure you say which conference and delegate or observer.
If you would like to find out more about the conference and what it involves to be part of the branch delegation, contact the office on 020 7974 1633 or email@example.com
March 21 is UN Anti Racism Day and there are marches, rallies and events taking place around the world. In the last week, we have seen Johnson’s government introduce new immigration rules, and he himself has an appalling record on making racist statements. Camden UNISON is supporting this march and we will be going with the banner, so do come along and march with us. We will be assembling from 12 noon in Portland Place (outside the BBC building).
Satellite Meeting on Monday 2 March at 1:00pm in Crowndale Centre, 3rd Floor – Committee Room 3
Come along to the Camden UNISON Annual General Meeting and take part in the discussions around what the union branch has been doing and what we can plan for the coming year. It’s your union, so make sure you get involved and have your say!
Paid time off (including reasonable travel time) has been agreed.
Camden UNISON stewards in NSL were recognised by Greater London Region of UNISON this year when they were presented with the Eric Roberts annual organising award at the Regional Council AGM.
Over the last decade, members recruited, won union recognition and elected stewards in each base, and they have now won three pay disputes. In the most recent dispute last year, members took 33 days of strike action, but they are now amongst the highest paid traffic wardens on a private contract. They have shown that you can still fightback and win on a private contract.
The award was given to them in recognition of all the hard work and determination they have shown in winning their dispute last year. It was presented to one of the stewards by UNISON President Josie Bird, and although given in the name of the stewards, it’s for every one of our members working at NSL who stood firm and won!
Each year Camden UNISON holds an Annual General Meeting, open to all our members, where we report on recent activities and also discuss what we plan to do during the coming year. The meeting also discusses any motions submitted by members. Any member can submit a motion to be discussed at the AGM, but it must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline on 5pm on Monday 17 February. If you have never written a motion before and would like to talk to someone about the best way to do it, please contact us at the Camden UNISON Branch Office and we’ll do our best to help you – although don’t be put off, it’s a very straightforward thing to do! We have the deadline so that there is time to get the agenda completed and circulated to members before the meeting. This helps make it possible for anyone to get involved. As well as the meeting on 4 March, we will also be holding satellite meetings. The main one of these will be in the Crowndale Centre and more details are to follow shortly. This will be during a lunchtime. We will also be arranging to have meetings in each of the NSL bases – our members there will not be given time off to attend the main AGM. Dates for these will be out soon. Retired Members AGM – Wed 4 March, 1.30pm Room 10.10, 5PS On the same day, retired members of the branch also have their AGM – specific emails/letters have gone out giving notice, but please put the date in your diary if you’re one of our retired members. Branch elections Each year, we elect our UNISON stewards and branch officers. Information about this has already been sent out, but if you want to stand as a steward or branch officer, please complete the relevant form (see attachments) and return to email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 7 Feb. If you want to know more about what’s involved, please do contact us in the Branch Office. Local stewards represent UNISON members in their work area/team, try to recruit new members and take part in the branch campaigns. Branch Officers have responsibility for departmental/corporate issues, negotiations and campaigns. We are able to offer quite a lot of support and training so just get involved! Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference – Sat 8 Feb, 12-4.30pm SOAS (Brunei Gallery), Russell Square WC1H 0XG Camden UNISON is sending a delegation to this important conference, so if you are interested in coming along contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can reserve a place on the delegation. There’s a great line up of speakers and it’s a good chance for us to discuss with other trade unionists how we can challenge racism in and out of the workplace. March Against Racism – Sat 21 March, 12 noon, central London UN Anti Racism Day is on 21 March, and in London there will be a march and rally/gig. More details will be out soon, but get the date in your diary! Hope to see you at some of these events. Liz Wheatley
London Borough of Camden
Telephone: 020 7974 1633
Web: www.camdenunison.org.uk UNISON Office
3rd floor Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD
Friday 13 December 2019 was a bad day for anyone who wanted to see an end to Tory austerity – we are now faced with Boris Johnson having a large majority in parliament and even the first Queen’s speech outlined the planned attacks on the right to strike, going back on a promise to increase the Living Wage and worsening immigration rules. So as trade unionists we face a challenge. This meeting is a chance to discuss how that result came about, and what we can do to resist these attacks.
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