Rishi Bows To Pressure – as Lewisham Council Agree Motion on Universal Credit

As Lewisham Council were debating keeping the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, news was breaking that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak was bowing to public pressure and a “Tory backlash” resigning himself to continuing the uplift, despite warning it will cost £6billion a year according to the Mail online late Wednesday evening. In …

End Benefit Sanctions Now Say Disability Campaigners

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners, disabled activists, charities and trade unionists calling for an end to benefit sanctions now. Inclusion London who support over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough lead the campaign. They say: “We are calling for sanctions to be abolished for Deaf and Disabled people as a …

Transport unions demand action over covid-19 death rates

Transport trade unions are demanding that the government take urgent action after figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that male bus and taxi drivers were amongst the occupations with a raised rate of death involving COVID-19. The ONS analysis reveals: “Among men, a number of other specific occupations were found to …

International Workers’ Memorial Day – Lewisham

On 28th April, all around the world the trade union movement comes together and marks International Workers’ Memorial Day. This is the time to remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. To renew our efforts to ‘fight for the living’ and demand safer working conditions. Workers Memorial Day …

Protect London’s Bus Drivers

As news breaks that ten London bus workers have died from coronavirus, Unite the Union is calling for more protection for them. Unite regional secretary, Peter Kavanagh said: “Each of these deaths is a terrible tragedy and the thoughts of everyone at Unite goes to the families of the bus workers who have died of …

DWP ‘spin’ in the Metro challenged

The Disability Benefits Consortium, DBS consisting of over 80 charities alongside Trade Unions and disability campaigners are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions to end their public relations campaign about Universal Credit which appears in the freesheet Metro newspaper. In a letter to the Advertising Standards Authority, the DBS have said: “The advert …

Justice for Cleaners at Goldsmiths College say Trades Unions in Lewisham

  On Friday, 7th September 2018, the Goldsmiths College new Centre for Contemporary Art opened with a party and a demonstration outside calling for ‘Justice for Cleaners’. Cleaners at Goldsmiths College, University of London in New Cross are not directly employed by the college but by ISS a big contractor. The group Justice for Cleaners …