International Workers' Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April, commemorates all those who die across the world each year, through their work.

On this day we "remember the dead, and fight for the living" by focusing our campaigns and demands for safe and healthy work to protect the living.

In the UK alone, up to 50,000 people die each year through their work, mostly from work-related illnesses. Read more about that.

We must remember not only those UNISON members who die through their work, but also the many who suffer injuries and work related ill health. This affects not only the workers, but also their families and the wider community through pain and suffering, loss of income, reduced job prospects, lower productivity, and less spending.

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Recruit A Friend

We know times are tough for our members, so if you recruit a friend in April both you and your friend could win a weekly shop, download the application form and talk to your colleagues now.

UNISON membership has never been more important, with pay, allowances and job security high on everybody's agenda it's important to be part of UNISON and for us to stand together.

Prize draws will take place on 1st May 2014.  For more information please contact the branch.

Love Music, Hate Racism: Free Music Festival

LoveMusicHateRacism

Saturday 26th April
from 2pm to 11pm
at Dudley Town Hall

Bringing artists from different backgrounds and genres together to celebrate and enjoy music. If you love music and hate racism, come and celebrate our unity at this free event.

Numeracy Challenge

'The National Numeracy challenge launched this week with the aim of reducing the number of adults in the UK with low levels of numeracy by over 1 million in the next five years.

By numeracy we mean ‘everyday maths’; the maths that helps people to make decisions in day-to-day adult life and work. Without a reasonable level of numeracy, people may not be able to manage their money through to pay-day, plan journeys or understand interest rates, medical information or promotional offers.

The Challenge Online

  • Central to the National Numeracy Challenge is the Challenge Online which is an interactive website designed to boost confidence and improve everyday maths skills.
  • Take a look here - www.nnchallenge.org.uk

Customers wishing to improve their everyday maths skills need to register online and will then be able to complete modules to test and improve their everyday maths. The challenges can then be repeated if they wish or they can move on to harder challenges as they progress. We are simply here to promote the challenge THERE IS NO TARGET to sign up customers.

If customers would like to get further help Stafford college are running maths day and evening courses (page 37 of their brochure).  Your Union Learning Rep, Stuart Nixon (stuart@staffsunison.org.uk) can help you book on courses or find other venues."

Seminar for African Migrant Workers

UNISON are organising a seminar for African Migrant Workers on Saturday 15th March here at UNISON Centre in London.

The Seminar will start at 11am and finish at 3pm with lunch included. The day will include speakers from our international work and Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie and day will also focus on our members active learning and development within UNISON.

For more information see below flyer.