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The Government has announced that it will be withdrawing all funding from the Union Learning Fund (ULF) from March 2021. This decision only affects the ULF in England. We think that the Government is making a massive mistake. The Union Learning Fund gives people a second chance to get back into learning - often people who haven’t done any learning since they left school.
At Usdaw, the fund allowed us to support 17,500 members in some form of learning in the last year. Many of those members have improved their basic skills in English, Maths and IT – this can be literally life changing.
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Social distancing is a challenge for everyone but for the millions of people who live with a hidden disability such as sight loss, dementia or autism it can be particularly difficult. Research by the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) found that of the disabled people they surveyed, almost two thirds said that maintaining a two metre distance presents them with problems and this causes them to worry about compromising their own safety and the safety of others.
This is why the RNIB together with the Hidden Disability Sunflower scheme have launched a new campaign that enables anyone who finds social distancing difficult to let others know by wearing a badge or a lanyard or carrying a card with the tag line ‘Please give me space’. This lets members of the public know that they need other people to give them space so that they can maintain their distance.
To find out more, access free to download signs or to purchase products, visit the “Please give me space” website https://pleasegivemespace.uk/
Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace but every day, people across the UK are sexually harassed at work.
Our laws rely on individuals reporting their harassment but 4 in 5 feel unable to tell their employer #ThisIsNotWorking
It should not be down to the individual to prevent and manage their harassment alone. We need the government to strengthen the law to prevent sexual harassment at work before it happens.
Call for the government to take immediate action. Sign the petition
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about the campaign.
Do you look after someone else alongside your paid employment? Do you help an elderly neighbour to do their shopping? Do you accompany a relative to hospital appointments? Or maybe you live with someone who needs help to get washed and dressed in the morning.
Many employers don't recognise how difficult it can be, and this isn't helpful when you're juggling work and looking after someone.
The TUC are working with Carers Wales on a survey to collect data on best and worst practice. This data will help them gather evidence, speak to Government about what needs to change and work directly with employers to make things better for those who look after others. Find out more
Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK which does not provide or recognise same-sex marriage, despite huge support among the public and Northern Ireland Assembly members.
In the absence of functioning devolution, only Parliament can undo the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. To do this, Conor McGinn MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill. But it has twice been blocked in the Commons by the objection of a single MP. Without the Government making legislative time available for the Bill, it simply cannot make progress.
The campaign – directed towards the Prime Minister, Northern Ireland Secretary of State and the Minister for Women and Equalities – calls on the Government to back this legislation by providing the necessary time for Parliament to vote on extending marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Pledge your support for the campaign.
Women face a sharp increase in the length of their working lives as the Government has increased their State Pension age.
The 1995 Pensions Act increased the state pension age for women
from 60 to 65 between April 2010 and 2020, to bring it in line with that of
However, in 2011 the coalition Government accelerated the rise
in the women’s state pension age from April 2016 so that it reached 65 by November 2018, then rising to 66 by 2020.
Those women born in the 1950s have been the most affected, with some having to work for up to an extra six years, and being given little notice of these changes.
A campaign has been set up to challenge this decision. The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign has now gained over 150,000 signatures to demand transitional arrangements to support the women most affected.
WASPI women are campaigning for ‘fair transitional arrangements’.
Whilst they are not against equalising the state pension age for men and women, they believe that the Government:
- did not notify the affected women after initial changes were made in the Pensions Act 1995; and
- then unfairly accelerated the increase to their State Pension age in the Pensions Act 2011.
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Why give blood? Donated blood is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments, not just in emergencies. Your blood's main components - red cells, plasma and platelets - are vital for many different uses.
Not enough new donors are coming forward to provide the right mix of blood to match patients' needs and replace those who can’t donate any more. Help ensure that patients in the future have access to the blood they need, when they need it.
Find out more and register to become a blood donor: http://www.blood.co.uk
Transplants can save or greatly enhance the lives of other people. But this relies on donors and their families agreeing to donate their organ or tissue.
You can give your consent by:
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The campaign aims to make involvement in social action part of life for more 10-20 year olds around the UK. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
Usdaw has pledged to encourage members to either take part in or support youth social action as a recognised route for personal development and to make a positive impact in communities.
We believe in the power of youth social action to get young people ready for the world of work and to play an active part in their communities. We pledge to:
- Encourage our members who are under 20 to take part in social action as a recognised route for personal development and to make a positive impact in communities.
- Support our membership to take a leadership role in inspiring young people to contribute to society and to advocate the value of youth social action amongst our members' networks and other trade unionists.
- Contact the employers we work with to encourage them to pledge their support for the campaign.
- Communicate our support for the #iwill campaign through our communication channels.
Find out more at: http://www.iwill.org.uk
This tax on the financial sector has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year globally. It could give a vital boost to the NHS, our schools, and the fight against child poverty in the UK – as well as tackling poverty and climate change around the world.
Find out more at: http://robinhoodtax.org.uk
Usdaw is part of an international trade union coalition tackling violence against women and girls. Across the world, violence against women and girls is still widespread.
On average two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner:
- One in four women will suffer domestic violence in their lifetimes.
- One in three teenage girls has experienced sexual violence from a partner.
- One in two boys & one in three girls think it is ok sometimes to hit a woman or force her to have sex.
Men suffer violence too but patterns of violence against women are different from those against men. Globally, men are more likely to die as a result of armed conflict, violence by strangers and suicide, while women are more likely to die at the hands of someone close to them, including husbands and other intimate partners. Statistics show that women and girls are more likely to experience violence than men. The reasons for this are complex but deeply rooted harmful attitudes towards women as being inferior to men, as well as their unequal, economic and political position in many societies are well documented causes.
Violence can have a devastating impact on women and girls and can also affect women not directly involved. We know that many women in Usdaw are concerned about the threat of violence when they are at work and also when travelling to and from work. A recent Usdaw survey showed that women are twice as likely to feel unsafe on their journeys to and from work as men. And women feel at greater risk than men when driving alone at night, or travelling by bus or train when dark.
For women in many parts of the world, violence is a leading cause of injury and disability.
Violence affects women worldwide and action is needed both nationally and internationally to tackle it. Usdaw is part of an international trade union alliance taking action on this issue. Over two weeks in March, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is meeting in New York to discuss the way forward. Trade unions across the world are hoping the UN will agree concrete steps to help tackle violence against women and girls.
Usdaw wants to see the UN and the UK Government focusing on:
- Using the education system to prevent violence and to tackle the attitude that still exists in many societies that women are subordinate to men, or that men are entitled to use violence to control women.
- Ensure funding for specialist violence against women and girls services to deliver prevention work.
- Public awareness campaigns.
- Tackle the sexualisation of women and girls in the media and popular culture.
You can find out more about this international trade union campaign at http://goo.gl/5RBT9 and you can lend your support by going to www.breakingthecircle.org
Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year. All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.
Workers’ Memorial Day is the day when the International Labour Movement remembers those who have been killed or injured in workplace accidents and those who have died from occupational diseases. The event started in North America in 1986 and has been supported by Usdaw since 1995. The Day is now a global event and is officially recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and by the International Trade Union Movement (ITUC).
This year the TUC is calling for Trade Unions across the country to make Workers' Memorial Day a day of action to defend health and safety.