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Why Pensions are so important and organising to defend the Local Government Pension Scheme 

14 Jun 18

Today I had a record breaking 3 meetings on Pensions.

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“What it’s like to be on the receiving end of a violent attack…” Lynn’s Story and UNISON Charter on Violence at Work 

12 Jun 18

Yesterday there was a Parliamentary launch of the UNISON Violence at work Charter for the 3rd Sector.

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West Hammers “on the knocker” for Janet in Lewisham East 

9 Jun 18

Picture collage from this afternoon’s campaigning by (mostly) West Ham Labour in support of Janet Dady, Labour Parliamentary candidate for the Lewisham East by election.

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Tower Hamlets Community Housing Strike over Pay 

8 Jun 18

Early this morning I went to the UNISON picket line outside the headquarters of Tower Hamlets Community Housing (THCH) to show solidarity and support for the strikers.

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Paying homage to Keir Hardie at West Ham 

6 Jun 18

Yesterday I took my fellow UNISON NEC member (and NHS hospital worker) Mary Locke on a whistle stop tour of the Old Town Hall in Stratford.

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West Hammers helping out at Lewisham East this Saturday 9 June 2pm at Lee Station: Vote Janet Daby 

5 Jun 18

West Ham Labour Party are organising a campaigning event to support the Labour Candidate (and UNISON member), Janet Daby, in the Lewisham East By Election.

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UNISON Housing Associations Branch new website 

24 May 18

Many thanks to branch activist Peter Youles for our new website…

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Janet Daby selected as Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham East By Election 

19 May 18

Congratulations to UNISON Labour Link nominated candidate , Janet Daby, for her convincing win today.

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Greater London UNISON Labour Link backs Janet Danby for Lewisham East 

16 May 18

Greater London UNISON Labour Link has made a supportive nomination for our union member (and former social worker) Janet Daby in the Lewisham East by election.

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UNISON “there for you” helping out our low paid members with the cost of school uniforms 2018 

14 May 18

One of the many things that I am proud of in my trade union UNISON is its charitable arm ” There for you” (which I am one of its trustees).

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#TUCNewDeal March & Rally 12 May 2018 

13 May 18

A little bit wet at times but a great day yesterday while on the TUC march and rally for public services in Central London.

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March with UNISON on 12 May 

6 May 18

Local elections are now over but no rest for the wicked.

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Closing the housing gender pay gap in a “mans world”. 

24 Apr 18

Check out this article in last Friday’s Inside Housing on the recent compulsory disclosure on gender pay in the sector.

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UNISON Labour Link Greater London Region supporting its members standing for public office 

15 Apr 18

This form is only for UNISON Labour Link members in our Greater London Region.

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UNISON’s “Goodbye and thanks” to Rodney Bickerstaff 

14 Apr 18

On Thursday I went to a packed out memorial in the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to celebrate the life of our former UNISON General Secretary, Rodney Bickerstaff.

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TUC national demonstration: Step Up for Public Services – 12 May 2018 

10 Apr 18

” The TUC has called a national demonstration on Saturday 12 May in London .

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“Bloody foreigners, coming over here, saving our lives!” 

9 Apr 18

Hat tip my UNISON NEC colleague @Mr_Tony_Green .

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UNISON Housing Seminar – Thursday, 10 May 2018 

3 Apr 18

UK Housing Seminar – Thursday, 10 May2018 – UNISON Centre It’s a crucial time for housing with key policy developments, a renewed interest in social housing and the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy all affecting the sector.

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UNISON Greater London Labour Regional Committee AGM 2018 (& Supporting free school meals!) 

29 Mar 18

Today I was re-elected unopposed as the Chair of the UNISON political fund in London that supports the Labour Party for a 2 year term.

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UNISON Greater London Labour Link Forum 2018: Speaker Joe Cox “Unions Together” 

27 Mar 18

This picture is from last weeks joint meeting with UNISON Labour Link Greater London Eastern Region Annual Forum.

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Paul Finch – Canadian Pension Funds Investments In UK infrastructure – privatisation or nationalisation? 

23 Mar 18

Picture of PaulFinch, Treasurer of British Columbia Public Service Union with London UNISON Local Government Pension Scheme reps (Paul centre in black suit) our Regional UNISON manager, Helen Reynolds last week.

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UNISON Housing Association Branch AGM 2018 with Angela Rayner MP 

21 Mar 18

Last night my branch held its Annual General Meeting at the House of Commons courtesy of our Keynote speaker Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

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“United Utilities workers are on strike to defend their right to a fair pension” 

19 Mar 18

” UNISON members at United Utilities are on strike to defend their right to a fairpension.

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UNISON and Unite have officially endorsed Rokhsana Fiaz as the Labour candidate for Newham Mayor 

10 Mar 18

Both UNISON and Unite have officially endorsed Rokhsana Fiaz as the Labour candidate for Newham Mayor in May.

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Angela Rayner MP to speak at UNISON Housing Association Branch AGM 

8 Mar 18

“This is to confirm that our Branch Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 6pm in Committee Room 5 at the House of Commons in the historic Palace of Westminster.

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I #VotedRokhs – Official UNISON Labour Link candidate! 

6 Mar 18

“I’ve voted – have you? Please share if you’ve # VotedRokhs so we can show Labour members that it’s time for a change, a new vision and a new way of doing things for the people of Newham.

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‘It’s a disgrace that housing workers live in worse conditions than those they are trying to house’ 

5 Mar 18

Access to good, affordable social housing is key to family and social health, community service group conference hears “It is a disgrace that housing association workers are living in worse conditions than the people they are trying to house.

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Vote Rokhsana for Newham Mayoral Ballot #RokhsTheVote 

4 Mar 18

I have come back today from UNISON Community conference and have just voted online for the candidate supported by Greater London UNISON Labour Link, Rokhsana Fiaz.

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Labour Link, Diversity & the Housing Crisis: Waltham Forest LG UNISON AGM 

3 Mar 18

Last week I was honoured to be invited to be a guest speaker at Waltham Forest Local Government branch AGM.

Hackney Unison AGM! Wednesday 21st Feb 12-2! [ get there earlier to register and for sandwiches!] And we’re back in the Town Hall! 

15 Feb 18

Calling ALL Unison members, Notice of Annual General Meeting on 21st February 2018: 1145 – 1400 in the Hackney Town Hall Assembly Rooms This year Hackney UNISON Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place between 12 – 1400 on Wednesday 21st …

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Greater London UNISON AGM 2018 – Lay Executive re-elected unopposed 

7 Feb 18

This was great news that the Regional Council Officers for Greater London Region were all re-elected unopposed at our AGM today.

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Conference on Community Wealth Building. 

4 Feb 18

It seems that the event on Thursday may be full .

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“Remembering Irene Stacey – a stalwart of our union, and a friend” 

21 Jan 18

A fitting tribute from our General Secretary, Dave Prentis to Irene.

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‘My God, what’s going on here?’ Inside the NHS crisis 

19 Jan 18

Jason is a UNISON paramedic (and also a longstanding member of my Regional Labour Link Committee).

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“Labour sets Newham mayor ‘trigger ballot’ re-run dates” 

18 Jan 18

Check out below another insightful article by ” OnLondon ” journalist Dave Hill, about the Newham Mayoral trigger.

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“Protect our rights at work after Brexit” 

15 Jan 18

UNISON has been urging activists to send their MP’s this email for the vote tomorrow https://tuc.

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“UNISON launches campaign to divest pensions from carbon” 

11 Jan 18

I chaired a packed 10th UNISON annual Local Government Pension Fund seminar yesterday.

Jane Doolan: Branch secretary on 37 years in Islington UNISON 

10 Jan 18

Jane Doolan: Branch secretary on 37 years in Islington UNISON 17 minutes ago James Morris –> As branch secretary of Islington UNISON, Jane Doolan has an important job standing up for 2,000 public sector workers.

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Five ways to encourage new young activists? 

2 Jan 18

I have been meaning to post on thischallenging but important article by Carl Roper on the TUC website Stronger Unions for a while.

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Working With Limitations: Insub Meta Orchestra 

31 Dec 17

13 unissons: thirteen groups of two to three musicians each, playing one note in unison.

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Rising housing costs forcing public service workers out of London 

27 Dec 17

I missed the launch of this excellent report by UNISON last month.

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A helping hand from the government (NOT) 

15 Dec 17

Love it.

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London UNISON Regional Finance Convenor Nomination Request 

10 Dec 17

John Gray Standing for: Regional Finance Convenor Nominations close this Thursday 14 December 2017 5pm I am currently the Regional Finance Convenor, and firmly believe that strong management of our member’s money is the foundation to organising …

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UNISON Housing Associations Labour Link AGM 2017 – Keynote speaker John Healey MP 

9 Dec 17

Many thanks to John Healey , Labour Member of Parliament for Wentworth and Dearne in South Yorkshire and Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, for being our keynote speaker at the event which took place in the House of Commons.

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All I want for Christmas is #JC4PM 

6 Dec 17

Received this Crimbo card at UNISON NEC from Welsh colleague Mark Fisher @mfish_9.

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UNISON Living – Membership services 

5 Dec 17

UNISON Living – Services for our 1.3 members checked by our union as trusted partners offering best deals.

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Report on UNISON NEC meeting 18 October 2017 

3 Dec 17

“This report is intended for members of the UNISON Community Service Group Executive and for branches with Community members.

Unison boss Dave Prentis visits Plaistow secondary school 

30 Nov 17

The leader of one of the UK’s largest trade unions praised the work of support staff in a visit to a Newham secondary school.

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“Get help staying warm this winter” UNISON “There for you” 2017 

29 Nov 17

( Are you a UNISON member on Housing benefit or low pay??? If you don’t ask in life you don’t get! https://www.

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“drive slum landlords out of the market” London Labour Conference #LabLon17 

28 Nov 17

Housing motion 1 (my speech) “Conference, John Gray, Chair of Greater London Unison Labour Link moving motion 1 on housing as amended by compositing.

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