Transgender Day of Remembrance – Tuesday 20 November – #TransAwarenessWeek

Announcement graphic reading: "TDoR - Transgender Day of Remembrance. RAISING THE TRANSGENDER FLAG, 1:45pm, Tuesday 20th November. Assemble under the flagpole next to the Council's Car Park." This announcement text overlaids a photograph of a raised transgender flag at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

This year Southend UNISONTranspire and Southend Borough Council will be raising the transgender flag to remember and honour transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.

We will be raising the transgender flag at 1:45pm on Tuesday 20th November. Please support by assembling under the flagpole next to the Council’s Car Park.

Also beforehand, visit the Southend UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer from 12:00am for advise, support and a chat.

Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

Image banner of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on November 20th that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

REMINDER: National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism this SATURDAY 17th November – FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members.

Announcement graphic reading: “National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism, Saturday 17th November, FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members."

Southend UNISON has booked a coach for the National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism this Saturday 17th November – pickup points and times below.

If you are interested in joining this important demonstration, please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Coach seats are free for Southend UNISON members. If you know any non‑UNISON members who would also like to attend please get them to contact us ASAP – tickets are £10 for non-members (concessions are available).

TIME PICK-UP (AND DROP-OFF) POINTS
9:00am ASDA SHOEBURYNESS North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness SS3 8DA
9:15am OLD WALNUT TREE(formerly THE WHITE HORSE) Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4XA
9:25am VICTORIA CIRCUS Bus lay-by behind the Odeon Cinema
9:30am PALACE THEATRE 430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
9:40am The ELMS 1060 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND
9:50am HADLEIGH CHURCH
10:00am The TARPOT London Road, South Benfleet SS7 5SQ

Return from London: 4:30pm (approx.)

We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain, fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat.

As you know the majority of society opposes fascism and racism, but we can only defeat this threat if we come together and take action. This demonstration will show that we are proud of our diversity, and we stand united in our determination to drive back this toxic cloud of hate.

Join the Southend UNISON coach on Saturday and let’s help flush this vile movement back down the sewer where it belongs. We hope to see you on the coach and for more information please visit the National Unity Demonstration Facebook page and/or contact the Branch Office.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?

Announcement graphic reading: 'ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE? COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY ASAP.'

Dear Member,

A number of you have highlighted your concerns that Southend Borough Council will be enforcing a closure day on Monday 24th December and that employees (except critical services staff) will need to use either flexible or annual leave to cover this closure.

While some workers may be able to work from home, others cannot and will therefore be forced to use a days leave.

We believe this is an unfair demand which doesn’t form part of your contract of employment and undermines these terms and conditions.

To help us challenge what we believe to be an unfair demand please complete the following short survey ASAP:


SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?


Alternatively, click here to download the survey, and then print, complete and return to a Southend UNISON Steward, Officer or the Branch Office ASAP.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Join THE LAST MILE CITIZENS’ LOBBY on Monday 5th November #thelastmile

Announcement graphic to join THE LAST MILE CITIZENS’ LOBBY on Monday 5th November 2018 – Meet at 10AM in Parliament Square.

UNISON members will be taking part in what’s been dubbed the ‘last mile citizens’ lobby’ at Westminster on 5th November, a third and final effort to speak up for the rights of EU citizens in the aftermath of the UK’s departure from Europe.

For more information read the news story and visit the event page.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to attend please contact the branch which will be covering travel expenses and subsistence.

Alternatively, an e-lobby is also available for people who cannot make the journey or take the day off.


For further information on this day of action contact Katia: k.widlak@unison.co.uk

You might also be interested to know that UNISON has launched a new web page on EU Citizens’ Rights, which provides organising information for UNISON’s EU members

To coincide with the launch, UNISON has also provided new guidance for branches and information for EU members on the government’s Settled Status proposals for EU citizens.

UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.

STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference – Call for people to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November | #N17

Photograph showing a large group of STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference attendees holding National Unity Demonstration posters above their heads as a sign of support – the accompanying text reads: “National Unity Demonstration Saturday 17 November.”

The STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference in central London on Saturday 20th October brought together trade unionists, campaigners, parliamentarians, and faith and community leaders from across the UK, Europe and the US to help build a mass movement against the far right on our streets, in our workplaces, on our campuses and in our communities.

Around 1,400 people attended throughout the day – themes included combating racism, building solidarity with refugees, and defending migrants’ rights – with a resounding call for people to join the forthcoming National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

If you know a non-UNISON member who would also like to attend this national demonstration please get them to contact us.

For more information please read this previous post and/or contact the Branch Office.


STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference in pictures.

Click here to view more pictures from the STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference and for more information about the proceedings download the Conference Agenda and read Tomáš Tengely-Evans’ article: Anti-racist conference meets in London and pledges to push the racist right back

Private Screening of PETERLOO at Southend Odeon – Thursday November 15th at 7.30pm

Announcement graphic reading: “PETERLOO: A FILM BY MIKE LEIGH – Private Screening, November 15th 2018, 7.30pm Southend Odeon. Labour Members & Supporters Only.” The announcement graphic also features the Southend West Labour Party logo and the Peterloo film poster dipicting the Peterloo Massacre when cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 people who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

Join Southend Labour at an exclusive private screening of Peterloo, the new film from legendary director Mike Leigh, on Thursday November 15th at 7.30pm at Southend Odeon.

For more details and to book your ticket visit the Southend Labour Facebook post.

Southend UNISON will be sponsoring a limited number of tickets for unwaged and low-waged members on a first-come, first-served basis – please contact the branch office ASAP if you need support.

Black History Month event at Southend Borough Council – Tuesday 23rd October, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Announcement graphic reading: “Join us for an event to celebrate Black British History. Speakers, stalls, refreshments, live jazz. Tuesday 23rd October, 12:30 – 2:00pm. Southend Borough Council, First Floor Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER.” Black History 365, UNISON Southend-on-Sea and Southend Borough Council logos are displayed beneath.

Photographs showing guest speaker Josephine Melville (left) and Southend UNISON stall (right) at this year’s Black History Month event at Southend Borough Council.
Guest speaker Josephine Melville (left) and Southend UNISON stall (right) at this year’s Black History Month event at Southend Borough Council.

Photographs by Louise McDermott (President, Southend UNISON)

Photographs showing Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) and guest speaker Josephine Melville (left) and Pekance Tani (Social Worker, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council) and Pam Drever (Retired Members’ Officer) on Southend UNISON stall (right) at this year’s Black History Month event at Southend Borough Council.
Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) and guest speaker Josephine Melville (left) and Pekance Tani (Social Worker, SBC) and Pam Drever (Retired Members’ Officer) on Southend UNISON stall (right) at this year’s Black History Month event at Southend Borough Council.

Photographs by Kate Stafford (Local Organiser, UNISON Eastern)

Join us for an event to celebrate Black British History including speakers, refreshments, live jazz music and stalls from groups including UNISON Black Members.

WHERE: Southend Borough Council, First Floor Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER
WHEN: Tuesday 23rd October, 12:30 – 2:00pm


EVENT PROGRAMME

12:30 pm

Welcome by Niki Mistry
(Southend-on-Sea Borough Council BAME Forum Chair)

Speakers:

Emma Cooney
(Forum Sponsor and Director of Regeneration & Business Development)

Tim Roberts
(UNISON Eastern Region)

Ranjit Singh Rana
(Equality & Diversity Consultant)
Equalities: Progress on Equality Law and the Future

Mike Meehan
(Community Engagement Worker – Dementia)
The Impact of Dementia on Southend’s African/Caribbean Community

13:00 pm

Entertainment from jazz singer Dawnette Fessey – and a chance to chat and socialise!


EVERYONE WELCOME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

Contact the branch to book your coach seat to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November

Announcement graphic reading: “National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism, Saturday 17 November, Assemble 12 noon, central London (details tbc).” Stand Up To Racism, TUC, Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism logos are displayed vertically alongside.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to join the National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism on Saturday 17th November please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat.

If you know a non-UNISON member who would also like to attend this national demonstration please get them to contact us.

Dependent on numbers, we hope to be able to provide transportation (for a nominal fee) – this would be dependent on sufficient numbers for a coach booking.

If we do not have enough numbers for a coach we would be looking to support UNISON members from the Southend-on-Sea Local Government branch by covering/contributing towards return train tickets.

The demonstration has been initiated by Stand Up To Racism, officially backed by the TUC, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism and supported by Diane Abbott MP and John McDonnell MP alongside a whole host of trade union leaders, politicians and cultural figures.

For more information please visit the National Unity Demonstration Facebook page and/or contact the Branch Office.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Graphic depicting numerous demonstrators in shocking pink silhouette on a yellow background.

HAVE YOU BEEN UNDERPAID? Visit the UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer – Thursday 11th October, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Announcement graphic reading: “Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Workers: HAVE YOU BEEN UNDERPAID? Visit the UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer on Thursday 11th October between 12:00 – 2:00pm”

If you work for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and work regular overtime then we need to hear from you. You may have been underpaid.

Visit the UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer this Thursday 11th October between 12:00 – 2:00pm to learn more and complete the 10 minute survey.

If you can’t make this event, please read the previous post and complete the online survey ASAP.

Click here to complete the
UNISON Holiday Pay Claim Survey

For further information, please email John Lawrence (UNISON Area Organiser) or contact the Southend UNISON branch office.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with Kirklees Bin Workers

Announcement graphic reading: “Bin strike is ON. UNISON Kirklees Branch."

In West Yorkshire, Kirklees Bin Workers were on strike in July and have unanimously voted for an all-out indefinite strike.

Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, said that although Kirklees Council had now addressed the issue of members’ holiday by hiring 10 permanent staff and 30 temporary ones, the problems regarding alleged bullying, harassment and racism, and unmanageable workloads had not been resolved.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea has sent £200 toward the strike hardship fund and will be organising a workplace collection to raise further funds and awareness if necessary.

To learn more about the Kirklees Bin Workers situation download these newspaper cuttings and/or contact the UNISON Kirklees Branch.

To contribute to the hardship fund please make cheques payable to ‘UNISON Kirklees Branch’ and post to: UNISON Kirklees Branch Hardship Fund, 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP


Latest News:

Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, has said an all-out bin strike across Kirklees has been suspended and an agreement with Kirklees Council has been reached.