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Branch Secretary's Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:52

Branch Secretary's Update

It’s been an incredibly busy summer so far, with day to day representation, meetings, negotiations, consultations, assisting with interviews, media enquiries, policy work, legal referrals, campaigning and many hundreds of calls/emails to be answered.

Hopefully everyone has access to the monthly UNISON newsletters, which are delivered to stations and workplaces each month. The newsletter contains a wealth of information about what we’re doing to support you, and they’re produced each month by the very wonderful Eric Miller.

If you’ve not had a chance to get hold of a copy, they’re also uploaded onto the website.

Here’s a synopsis of some of the issues we are currently working on, as well as news on some national issues UNISON is involved in challenging on behalf of members.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 06:59
Equality watchdog’s Tory peer challenged over benefits rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards   
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:52

The Tory peer who heads the equality watchdog’s disability committee has faced tough questions over whether the hostile rhetoric of his party’s ministers has helped to fuel hate crime.

Lord [Chris] Holmes, a commissioner with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said he placed more blame for any increase in disability hate crime on the media.

He was speaking at a meeting of the all-party parliamentary disability group, which was discussing progress since the commission’s 2011 report on disability-related harassment.

But he was challenged by the Labour peer Baroness [Rosalie] Wilkins, who said: “There has been a very marked change of attitude towards disabled people under this government and I regret to say you are a [Conservative] peer.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 15:53
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