Tuesday 28 April is Workers’ Memorial Day. UNISON and the TUC have called for a minute’s silence at 11am. In Camden, we are asking all of our members to join us in an online UNISON meeting from 10.50-11.05am on Tuesday so that we can observe the silence together. Paid time off for Council employees has been agreed. It’s more important than ever that we both remember the dead and fight for the living.
London Borough of Camden
We held our Annual General meeting was on 4 March 2020 .The Secretary, Chair and Committee Members for 2020/21 were elected and matters arising from the Annual Report were discussed. A date was agreed for the next committee meeting, but this had to be cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic. At the end of the meeting one of the delegates read a paper she had written about women’s contribution to the development of the Trade Union movement.
Some Retired Members also attended the Branch AGM, which took place later on the same day.
If you want to get involved in Camden UNISON Retired Members group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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