World Mental Health Day – 10 October

Published on October 10, 2019 at 9:02 am

The focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention.

The World Health Organisation reports that every year close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.

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17 October – Local Service Champions Day

Published on October 8, 2019 at 11:22 am

Local government workers are there for us, through every stage of our lives. From birth, through our youth and adulthood, to old age. We cannot live our lives without them. But local government workers are often forgotten.

Refuse workers, trading standards officers, environmental health inspectors, youth workers, librarians, school cleaners, care assistants – and many more –  deliver vital local services.

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Maths Workout Week – 7-11 Oct

Published on October 8, 2019 at 11:13 am

Maths Workout Week kicks off!

Unionlearn is celebrating all things maths during the Maths Workout Week between the 7th and 11th October.

There’s plenty take part in for FREE: 

  • Take part in the Numeracy Challenge and enter a prize draw!
    • Step 1: Register for the Numeracy Challenge
    • Step 2: Complete the initial assessment to find out your numeracy level by 18th October and receive learning resources tailored to your level. 

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Chairs Blog: 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

Published on August 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

Peterloo massacre

Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. On this day, in 1819, at least 18 people, including four women and a child, died after a cavalry charged at thousands of people protesting poverty, hunger and lack of rights.

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Essential Car User Member Update July 2019

Published on August 1, 2019 at 9:00 am

You will be aware that the Council is currently consulting on the removal of the Essential Car User (ECU) Allowance and that some staff have already been notified that they will lose the allowance as they no longer meet the criteria.

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Peterloo Massacre March for Democracy, Sunday 18 August 2019

Published on July 31, 2019 at 8:25 am

Please see attached poster.

Assembly point for Lancashire TUCs – Peterloo Massacre March for Democracy, Sunday 18 August 2019

All Lancashire TUCs are being asked to assemble with banners, etc., at 11.30am at the following location ready to move off at 12 noon for the march to Albert Square, Manchester:


ASSEMBLY POINT 10 – Peel Park, Salford University, The Crescent, Salford

Bolton Trades Council will take charge of this ‘Leg’, as the assembly point is close to Salford Crescent railway station where people from the Bolton and the Wigan area have met up over many years, the marchers who have walked the entire route from Bolton to accompany them for their final walk into Manchester City Centre and the annual Peterloo Massacre commemoration outside Manchester Central/ in Albert Square.

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Summer news from the Working Class Movement Library

Published on July 31, 2019 at 8:19 am

Our Sam, the Middleton Man – film screening

On Saturday 3 August at 2pm we will be hosting a screening of ReelMCR’s new community film about Samuel Bamford, radical reformer, writer, handloom weaver and leader of the Middleton contingent who walked to Manchester on 16 August 1819 in a peaceful protest which turned into what we now know as Peterloo.

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UNISON calls for the bottom NJC pay point to be £10 per hour and a 10% pay rise on other pay points

Published on July 31, 2019 at 8:12 am

UNISON, GMB and Unite today lodged the following pay claim for all council and school workers employed on NJC pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The claim is for:

• A real living wage of £10 per hour to be introduced for NJC scp 1 and a 10% increase on all other NJC/GLPC pay points
• A one day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Green Book
• A two hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Green Book
• A comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health throughout local authorities

The claim is attached and has been submitted to the Local Government Association.

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