We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

Stand Up to Racism

equalities-squareLast week we launched a statement and petition calling for urgent action on the disproportionate impact of COVID19 on BAME Communities, signed by cross party MPs, Trade Union leaders, campaigners and community representatives.

With lockdown in England due to end next week, the UK has seen over 12,000 deaths in this second wave, it is clear that the governments current strategy is not saving lives.

Over 500 people have signed our petition on change.org calling on the government to take on a range of measures including a public inquiry on COVID disproportionate impact, an end to NHS charging for migrants and no recourse to public funds, and a strategy for Zero Covid including a fully functioning find, test, track and trace system led by local public health teams, and lockdown measures that will both reduce the virus and provide proper support to communities.

HAVE YOU SIGNED THE PETITION?

Read more: We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

Support Islamophobia Awareness Month

equalities-squareNovember is Islamophobia Awareness Month, and events will be taking place across the country to draw attention to the rise in Islamophobic hate crime, the targeting of Muslim communities by governments and the media, and the positive contribution made by Muslim communities.

Stand Up To Racism is supporting #IAM2020 as a partner both nationally, and through local groups putting on events with Muslim organisations such as MEND to bring communities together to discuss the impact of Islamophobia.

In 2019/20, where the perceived religion of the victim was recorded, half (50%) of religious hate crime offences were targeted against Muslims (3,089 offences)

Islamophobia has been a key plank of Government racism, through the discriminatory and counterproductive Prevent agenda, and outbursts such as Boris Johnson's on the niqab contributing to the continuing rise in hate crime against Muslims.

The Government has also disgracefully attempted to blame Muslim communities for the rise in COVID cases to distract from its own disastrous failings.

Read more: Support Islamophobia Awareness Month

UNISON National Schools Committee Statement – 2 November 2020

branch-squareFollowing the government announcement that in England schools and nurseries will
remain open during the forthcoming lockdown, UNISON's National Schools
Committee met on Monday 2 November and agreed the following statement:

UNISON's National Schools Committee wants the best education possible for children and young people and for schools and nurseries to open in a safe environment. School and nursery staff delivered education, support, food and safe and clean schools for the children of key workers and at-risk children during the first lockdown and worked hard to extend this to all pupils when schools fully re-opened.

Read more: UNISON National Schools Committee Statement – 2 November 2020

General Secretary Election

 

branch-squareUNISON’s election for its General Secretary is about to start. The ballot begins on 28 October and closes at 5pm on Friday 27 November 2020.  You will receive your ballot  paper through the post to your home address. If you have not receive a ballot paper by 10 November 2020, please contact the ballot hotline via UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857. The result of this election will be announced on 11 January 2021.

Each UNISON branch is allowed up to a 100 word address to members explaining why they have nominated a particular candidate. Our 100 word address is below, explaining why we have nominated Hugo Pierre.

Read more: General Secretary Election

Free Courses for Members in Notts

lifelong-learning-squareThroughout this uncertain period UNISON has expanded its learning offer and has run a huge number of free online courses for members. However, our 'Notts Learning' team has had to cancel a lots of face-to-face courses that were due to run across Notts (Project Management, Spanish, Kayaking, Pet First Aid, Website Design, Understanding Depression etc) which has been really disappointing.

We are pleased to say that we are now looking to kickstart learning in Nottinghamshire and want to make you aware of the free online courses taking place this Autumn for members in the county. As you will see from clicking on the link below this includes:

pdfNotts Learning Autumn 2020

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Protest - Defend Jobs and Services

 

branch-squareOn Monday 5 October, the City Council plans to pass an emergency                   budget containing hundreds of cuts to jobs and services. Hundreds of jobs             are also set to go via voluntary redundancy.

The branch has arranged a further protest against these cuts. It will take                place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29 September by the Brian Clough Statue -            further details can be found here pdfNo Cuts Protest Flyer Sept 2020

Please come along and support the Protest. 

Please bring Banners and wear a Facemask

 

Protest - Defend Jobs and Services at NCC

 

branch-squareOn Monday 5 October, the City Council plans to pass an emergency budget containing hundreds of cuts to jobs and services. Hundreds of jobs are also set to go via voluntary redundancy.

The branch has arranged a further protest against these cuts. It will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29 September by the Brian Clough Statue - further details can be found here pdfNo Cuts Protest Flyer Sept 2020

Please come along and support the Protest. 

Please bring Banners and wear a Facemask

 

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