Thursday, 26 January 2017

Protect our jobs and rights

A message from unionstogether:

Brexit means…?

The Government are going to have to make choices about their priorities as they negotiate Brexit. 
Will they push for full access to the single market, to protect the many jobs that depend on our trade with the EU? Or will they accept that access being restricted, or subject to tariffs, putting those jobs at risk? 
Will they guarantee each and every one of our rights at work, now and in the future? Or will they leave open the possibility they could be unpicked, one by one, in the years to come? 
Add your name now to back the campaign to protect our jobs and rights, through Brexit and beyond. 
A week ago, Labour MP Melanie Onn put forward a Workers’ Rights Bill, seeking to give the strongest possible legal protection to all the rights that we currently get from being part of the EU. 
Despite their warm words on protecting workers' rights, the Tories not only failed to back it - they 'talked it out', stopping it even being debated.

Those rights at work were hard-won over many years, and now we need to protect them for future generations. 
Will you join us? 
The vote for ‘leave’ was not a vote to put jobs and workplace rights at risk. That’s why we are going to be campaigning to protect our jobs and rights, through Brexit and beyond.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

Persecution of Trade Union Activists in Colombia

Michael Holder, a branch member, recently wrote to Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP regarding his concerns about Trade Union activists' rights in Colombia, which is often considered one of the most dangerous countries in which to be a trade unionist or a human rights activist. Michael received a reply from Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP, in which he states that he strongly shares his concerns and that he has written to the Foreign Secretary pressing the points he had raised. Michael received the letter below from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, in which he informed him that "the EU Working Group on Human Rights, in which our Embassy takes part, has agreed to write to the Ministry of Interior and the Labour Ministry concerning the situation of the Trade Unionists and the planned approach of the Government of Colombia to protect them" and that he has asked the Embassy to ensure that the cases of both Gustavo Rengifo and Deivin Hurtado are included in this letter.

Congratulations to Michael for securing this commitment to action, and we hope it will help improve the situation of our fellow trade unionists in Colombia.

Our branch has for some years made a small annual donation to Justice for Colombia, an organisation which fights against the extreme oppression that trade union activists in Colombia have often endured. A historic peace agreement has recently been announced there, although persecution of trade unionists is still occurring. More information is available on Justice for Colombia's website.

You can find out more about UNISON's approach to supporting trade union rights and human rights worldwide.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Coffee Morning - 27th January 10:30am - 11:30am

Dear UNISON members,

All members are welcome to come along to the next Coffee Morning:

Details: 27th January 2017, 10.30am till 11.30am in JHB 128, Headington Campus

Come along and meet fellow members, even if you can only spare ten or fifteen minutes.

Non-members are also welcome to come and find out about Brookes UNISON branch and the benefits of joining, so bring along your non-member colleagues.

If possible, please email Darren Twort if you intend coming. This helps us get the right amount of catering.