Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Heads up! Pass the word
"The There for You Winter Fuel Grant programme for 2021 opens on Monday 25 January. For this year only, grants of up to £200 will be available to help UNISON members with fuel bills this winter.
Members whose income is less than £18,200 (if living alone) or £26,000 (for a family) can apply. Applications will also be accepted from members in receipt of either Housing Benefit, Universal Credit or Council Tax reduction.
Online applications will open here on 25 January (with a downloadable form also available) so please save the date".
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
"Those from the Commonwealth, who serve in our Armed Forces, risk their lives to keep us safe but face huge fees when applying for their citizenship. Labour is rightly calling for these fees to be scrapped.
John Healey MP and Nick Thomas-Symonds MP have written together about how Commonwealth Veterans deserve the right to remain after their service ends...
"Labour will always stand up for the national interest. That is why we are calling on the government to scrap these deeply unfair charges and properly recognise the courageous service those armed forces personnel have given to our country."
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Today I attended the TUC London, East & South East (LESE) Regional Council meeting as a UNISON delegate. LESE is the largest of the TUC's six English regions and covers three of the former government regions: London, the South East, and East of England. Over two million trades unionists live and work within the region.
I hope to write a report on the meeting later but thought I should highlight this years "Heart Unions" week.
"HeartUnions week will be take place 8-14 February 2021. It’s a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join.
What's it all about?
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Yesterday was the 128 anniversary of the birth of the Independent Labour Party (forerunner of the Labour Party). Hat tip Ali G & the Keir Hardie Society.
By coincidence I was sent the above picture of the ILP membership card issued to Keir Hardie dating from 1895, when I assume he was still the first ever Labour MP (for West Ham South).
Hat tip @LondonNurse2015
Compare with a more recent version of Labour Party membership card. Functional but pretty boring I think.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tory Austerity and Government Covid mismanagement has placed many local authorities in an impossible place but I hope that these vital public services can be saved.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
'Race to the bottom' and 'unwelcomed trade-off': Investors don’t buy UK’s plans for dual class shares to attract listed firms post-Brexit
Monday, January 11, 2021
Absolutely fantastic news! Congratulations to the first ever female General Secretory of any of the biggest 5 UK trade unions. Commiserations to the 3 other candidates (and especially to Roger McKenzie who ran a good, clean campaign). What we need to do now is move on and unite around Christina in our battle to protect our members against this truly dreadful government.
Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%)
Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%)
Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%).