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Workers Memorial Day Commemorative Bench

As part of Workers Memorial Day on Sunday 28th April, the Branch today unveiled a commemorative bench on Route 55 of the National Cycle Network, near Crows Nest Lane car park, Gnosall, to remember those killed, made ill, or injured by their own or someone else’s work.

UNISON Warns: Foolish to ignore the voice of 50,000 ‘Support Stafford Hospital’ protesters

The community of Staffordshire turned out in their tens of thousands on Saturday (20 April) in a united march calling for full NHS acute services at Stafford Hospital. The march spilled through the streets and alleys of Stafford taking almost an hour to clear the starting line in Market Square. The crowd packed tightly into the grounds of the hospital waving rally banners and chanting.

Ray Salmon, West Midlands Regional Organiser, said:

International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28th April

On every 28 April, International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is held to remember the dead, and fight for the living.   We remember those killed, made ill, or injured by their or someone else’s work.

More information can be found on the National UNISON webpage.

UNISON Demonstrating Support for Stafford Hospital

Details: Saturday 20 April 2013 a demonstration march leaves Market Square, Stafford at 2pm

UNISON members will take part in a demonstration on Saturday 20 April to help save acute health services at Stafford Hospital. They will join ‘The Support Stafford Hospital’ campaign which leaves Market Square Stafford at 2pm in a march to Stafford Hospital.

Ray Salmon, West Midlands Regional Organiser said:

European Advocate General: "Privatised workers should retain ongoing parity of pay & conditions"

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, today backed UNISON’s claim that privatised workers should continue to benefit from increased pay and conditions negotiated at their previous workplace, setting an important legal precedent.

Over the past seven years, UNISON has argued that 24 members transferred from the London Borough of Lewisham to Parkwood Leisure, were entitled, under their contracts of employment, to continue to benefit from nationally agreed pay and terms negotiated by the local government pay body.

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day with events taking place across the country at Schools, Libraries and book shops.

Reading is one of the cornerstones of learning and is also one of the cheapest forms of entertainment available.

Why not check out www.worldbookday.com to find an event near you or simply visit your local library or bookshop.

If you have children their school / nursery should have provided them with a book voucher entitling them to a free book from a specially produced range or £1 off any other book.

Reading is fun so go on, treat yourself to a book!

Stuart Nixon
Union Learning Rep, Staffordshire UNISON

Recruit a Friend - Important News

The recruit a Friend Campaign will be withdrawn on Friday 8 March 2013. Any forms received up to the 31st March will receive vouchers, but unfortunately any received after that date will not qualify.

Many thanks to all members who took part in the campaign.

Climate Week Swap Shop

Climate WeekNoel Edmonds won't be there and it's not multicoloured but Staffordshire UNISON and Staffordshire County Council are hosting a Swap Shop on 6th March at Staffordshire Place 1, ground floor room B00-015, 12pm to 2pm.

We all have things we don’t want – clothes that don’t suit us, DVDs we don’t watch, toys that kids have outgrown or books we’ve finished with. Now you can SWAP these unwanted items for great things you DO want. And you’ll also be helping the environment, by giving stuff a new life rather than just throwing it away – saving precious resources.

Just come along & swap with your colleagues!

For more info contact Stuart Nixon, UNISON Learning Representative: stuart.nixon@staffordshire.gov.uk

Climate Week Pub Quiz

Climate WeekAs part of Climate Week 2013 Staffordshire UNISON in conjunction with the County Staff Club and Staffordshire County Council are hosting a Climate Week Pub Quiz on Monday 4th March 12:30 – 13:30.

All questions will be around the Climate Week theme with rounds including Entertainment, Science, Geography, Music and Sport.

AGM Guest Speaker: Kate Godfey, Labour’s Prospective Candidate for 2015

kate godfrey We are please to announce that Kate Godfrey, Labour’s Prospective Candidate for 2015, will be the guest speak for this years Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th February.

The meeting is open to all members of The Staffordshire Branch of UNISON, to be held at The White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH, starting at 5:30pm, with a free buffet available prior to the meeting at 5pm.