Southend UNISON affiliates with the LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL campaign! @labourlabel @cleanclothes

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Southend UNISON affiliates with Labour Behind the Label.

Labour Behind the Label campaigns for garment workers’ rights worldwide. They support garment workers’ efforts to improve their working conditions and change the fashion industry for the better. They raise awareness, provide information and promote international solidarity between workers and consumers, and represent the Clean Clothes Campaign in the UK.

For more information about Labour Behind the Label campaigns and events visit their website: https://labourbehindthelabel.org


And to learn more about other campaigning organisations that Southend UNISON supports please visit our Affiliates page.

SAVE THE DATE – No Place For Hate: WINTER PRIDE – Saturday 2nd February

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SAVE THE DATE for the FREE WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February including community stalls, entertainment, music and after-party!

EVERYONE WELCOME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

For more info. check out the Southend Pride Facebook event pages below.

 No Place for Hate: Winter Pride 
 WHERE: St Marks Church Hall, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1QA
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 12:00 – 17:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/303301353631406

 Winter Pride: AfterParty 
 WHERE: Cliff Pub, 48 Hamlet Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HH
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 17:00 – 03:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/557401798115471/

Sign & Share Petition Today – Help scrap the Tories’ barbaric ‘two-child limit’ on benefits!

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Since 6 April 2017, the Tory government has imposed the cruel ‘two-child policy’ which excludes all but the first two children from benefits.

The Child Poverty Action Group estimates that more than 250,000 children will be pushed into poverty as a result of the policy by 2020, representing a 10% increase in child poverty. Official figures also show more than 70,000 low-income families have lost up to £2,800 each per year after having their entitlement to benefits taken away as a result of the government’s ‘two-child policy’.

Further, the two-child limit has certain exceptions, one of which is that benefits will only be paid if a mother can demonstrate that a third or later child was conceived because of rape, generally known as the ‘rape clause’. This inhumane clause obliges traumatised women to explain the circumstances of a rape as part of a benefits claim.

Please help repeal this barbaric ‘two-child policy’ and sign this petition today: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/233887

 SIGN & SHARE PETITION TODAY 


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Write to Coca-Cola today and condemn their anti-union practices and demand they cease to abuse the rights of their workers #CokeZeroRights

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Members, Stewards and Officers,

Southend UNISON has been asked by Southend West Constituency Labour Party and fellow trade union branches to help raise awareness of the virulent attacks on workers in the UK, Ireland and around the world by the Coca-Cola Company.

Please write to Coca-Cola today and condemn their anti-union practices and demand they cease to abuse the rights of their workers. The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) have set up a campaign page where you can  SEND A MESSAGE  to Mr. James Quincey (CEO, The Coca-Cola Company) in just a few seconds.


Southend UNISON express anger and disappointment that the Coca-Cola Company is failing to live up to expectations with regards to workers’ and human rights at its factories and bottling plants. The Coca-Cola Company has received repeated warnings from the IUF to deal with their ongoing rights violations. However, the company has failed to take any meaningful action to remedy the abuses seen at its own operations, and at its bottlers in Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Also in the UK, The Coca-Cola Company announced the closure of plants in Milton Keynes and Northampton, affecting the jobs of nearly 300 people. The Coca-Cola Company, which makes £1.7 billion a year in profit, made the decision to close the factory and warehouse as they believe they will save around £12 million a year. This is despite the Milton Keynes factory being the number one site in Europe in terms of ‘cost-per-case’.

Abuses are not limited to the bottling system. In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company had earlier closed its directly owned, strongly unionised concentrate plant (where the ‘secret formula’ syrup is manufactured) in Drogheda and has recently announced the closure of a second plant in Athy while refusing to engage with the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) at the remaining concentrate plant in Ballina.

Workers are being victimised as a result of Coca-Cola’s virulent anti-union views and corporate greed causing basic human rights to workers in Indonesia, the Philippines and elsewhere to be denied and hard-working and productive staff all across Europe being made redundant to boost already significant profits.

For more information visit the Coca-Cola Zero Rights campaign page.

 SEND A MESSAGE to The Coca-Cola Company 

Southend Borough Council is unfairly forcing staff to use a day’s leave this Christmas! Join the UNISON Festive Protest on the steps of the Civic Centre – Thursday 20th December, 12:15 – 1:15pm

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Dear Members, Stewards and Officers,

Southend Borough Council is unfairly forcing staff to use a day’s leave this Christmas!

Join the UNISON Festive Protest on the steps of the Civic CentreThursday 20th December, 12:15 – 1:15pm

We look forward to seeing you there for a mass ‘photo-bomb’ at 12:45pm and mince pies!

In Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit wasn’t in a union, but we are – so share this post with workmates, on Facebook and Twitter, and let’s make our voices heard!

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Click here to download Festive Protest leaflet .pdf
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Southend UNISON Xmas Social 2018 – Wishing Everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year & Solidarity with the Birmingham Care Workers!

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This year’s Xmas Social was a great success with everyone enjoying the delicious buffet, drinks, quiz, raffle, entertainment and good company!


Additionally, we extended solidarity with the Birmingham Care Workers who have been in a 12 month dispute with their employer, Birmingham Council, who are insisting on making substantial cuts to essential care services.

For more information visit the Birmingham Homecare Workers Facebook page and support the Strike Hardship Fund at GoFundMe.


Southend UNISON Xmas Social in pictures.

Southend UNISON members join thousands of anti-racists campaigners in London on Sunday 9th December #NoRacismNoFascism

Photograph of march vanguard at the Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson counter demonstration on Sunday 9th December 2018. Banner reads: “NO TO TOMMY ROBINSON, NO TO FASCISM”
March vanguard at the Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson counter demonstration on Sunday 9th December 2018. Photograph by Louise Raw

Thousands of people gathered outside BBC headquarters at Portland Place under the banner “NO TO TOMMY ROBINSON | NO TO FASCISM” before marching through central London, via Trafalgar Square to Whitehall.

We rallied to oppose the so-called “Brexit Betrayal” march led by racist Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) and UKIP leader Gerrard Batten. Robinson and Batten’s racist gang was easily outnumbered by around 3 to 1 and were consequently humiliated on London’s streets as they attempted to capitalise on the government’s Brexit crisis.

The message of our counter-demonstration was clear that both leavers and remainers alike will not stand for fascists attempting to profit from a crisis; and that we will not stop until the rise of the far-right, and the wave of hate crime that has accompanied it, has been defeated.

A broad coalition of groups mobilised for the counter-demonstration included Stand Up To Racism, Momentum, Muslim Association of Britain, Jewish Socialist Group, Brazilians Against Fascism, local Labour Parties as well as Trade Unions including UNISON, UCU, NEU, FBU, TSSA, PCS, CWU, NAPO, RMT and Unite who brought both banners and numbers.

Video Report

Photograph of anti-racists at the Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson counter demonstration at Whitehall, London on Sunday 9th December 2018.
¡No pasarán! (They shall not pass) – Anti-racists at the Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson counter demonstration at Whitehall, London on Sunday 9th December 2018. Photograph by Jess Baines, UCU

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SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday 16 March 2019, Stand Up To Racism will be back on the streets in big numbers again on UN Anti Racism Day, where internationally anti-racist movements are holding marches to say #NoRacismNoFascism. Given the growth of the far right, racism and fascist forces across Europe, the US and Brazil, this year’s march takes on an even greater urgency now.
 
Join, invite to, and share the Facebook event page for UN Anti Racism Day today.

Essex Library Services UNDER THREAT! Join the Lobby! Sign the Petition! Have Your Say!

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Dear Officers, Stewards and Members,

As you may have heard, Essex County Council is currently consulting residents on plans to close libraries across Essex while having others run by volunteers.

There are plans to close 25 libraries while up to a further 34 libraries may be run by volunteers and local groups. However, these 34 volunteer-run libraries will also face closure if no one is able to commit to taking on the services.

With nearly half of library users being either under the age of 9 or over the age of 60, these closures will impact on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It will mean the loss of local services that support parents and children. It will mean the loss of free Internet access for the community. It will also mean an increase in loneliness to those living in isolation – libraries provide an essential and safe space to socialise.

The campaign supported by UNISON Eastern Region have asked for our help, the following are activities you can participate in:

  1. There is a lobby of the Full Council meeting at Essex County Hall, Chelmsford on 11th December at 9am. Please meet at the Atrium Entrance, Market Road, Chelmsford. This is not a UNISON lobby but is being organised by a local campaign group Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE). More information can be found on their Facebook page.
  2. Sign the SOLE petition available here.
  3. Have your say by completing the Essex County Council survey available here. Let Essex County Council know why libraries are important to you and why they should remain open.

We hope you can help defend these essential jobs and services – if you’re interested in attending the lobby please contact the branch and we can help with transport by pooling cars.

We know from the successful Southend Libraries Campaign that people power can make a huge difference, so please participate where you can and support this important campaign.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Counter Demonstration – Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson – Sunday 9th December #NoRacismNoFascism

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It is vital we come out in numbers to expose and oppose Robinson, who has a history of racism, Islamophobia and membership of the fascist British National Party. He founded the English Defence League and has made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.

He claims his march, supported by racist UKIP, is about a “Brexit Betrayal”, but the reality is that he is a fascist who is looking to exploit May’s crisis to his own nasty ends – building a far right street movement here in Britain.

Whatever you think of Brexit, this demonstration is not about leave/remain, it is about uniting and coming out on the streets to oppose Tommy Robinson, fascism and racism.

For more information please visit the Unite Against Fascist Tommy Robinson Facebook event page.


SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday 16 March 2019, Stand Up To Racism will be back on the streets in big numbers again on UN Anti Racism Day, where internationally anti-racist movements are holding marches to say #NoRacismNoFascism. Given the growth of the far right, racism and fascist forces across Europe, the US and Brazil, this year’s march takes on an even greater urgency now.
 
Join, invite to, and share the Facebook event page for UN Anti Racism Day today.