Winter Fuel Grant 2014 From There For You

There For You have launched their Winter Fuel Grant application for winter 2014/2015. There is one application per household and the maximum grant is £40.  There is a limited amount of funds available for the grant and once exhausted no … Continue reading →

City of Stoke on Trent UNISON - 22/12/14

A quarter of a million jobseekers approaching their second Christmas in a row on the dole

Silver bells ringing through the city are as sure a sign as any—Christmas is nearly upon us yet again. For some of us, it is a time of delightful food, visits with family, and colourful packages nestled ‘neath the tree. Yet, for too many of our neighbours, it is stark reminder of just how…

Touchstone blog - 22/12/14

Safety inspections are not optional – Governments should respect international law and protect workers (so should employers)

Hat tip TUC Risks. We need to stop our Government (and employers) ignoring international law and make them take responsibility for the safety of their workers.  UK Employees who work for anti-trade union employers such as Ealing based Catalyst Hou…

John's Labour blog - 22/12/14

A Christmas Carol by the High Court

Any solicitor’s office in the country (except the Strand).
So, Ms Peasant you have been sacked because you are pregnant and you have come in for a free interview.  Typical of your sort if I may say so.
It’s so unfair.  I want to bring a claim. …

John's Labour blog - 21/12/14

Worried about paying your winter fuel bill? UNISON is “there for you”

I am very proud of  “There for you” (UNISON welfare) and the work it does for our members who are in financial hardship but we should never forget that often this hardship is caused by low pay, insecure employment and our rip off financial service…

John's Labour blog - 20/12/14

What Manchester says today, England says tomorow (Best wishes for 2015)


A strange title indeed for the last posted item of 2014, but I had to nip into the offices of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) yesterday as the organisation is on the move to a new base adjacent to the hotel it bought a couple…

Ian Manborde - 20/12/14

Cllr Peter Brayshaw

I was saddened to hear yesterday of the sudden death of Camden Councillor, Peter Brayshaw. Peter was Chair of Camden Pension Fund and a keen member of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF). I had spoken to him only a few  weeks ago at thi…

John's Labour blog - 19/12/14

Wage-busting New Year fare rises…again

Passengers returning to work after Christmas will see fares rise yet again from 2 January. Since 2010 fares have risen over two and half times faster than wages, and increased by 27% under the…

Action For Rail - 19/12/14

A national curriculum should help children flourish

By Michael J. Reiss A school curriculum is not an end in itself, but a vehicle to realise further purposes. You would think, therefore, that those who devise a national curriculum would start by…

ATL Speak Out! - 19/12/14

#DecentJobsWeek: “I’m the last mother standing”

If you listen to the government, you could be forgiven for believing that women’s labour market position is better than ever before. It’s certainly true that women’s employment rate is up, and women’s unemployment rate is down. But what this positive picture of women at work doesn’t show us…

Touchstone blog - 19/12/14