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News About:  Week 27 January


National Media Focus this week:

Holocaust Remembrance today (27 Jan) - light a candle for past and present https://www.unison.org.uk/news/unison-lights-candles-for-holocaust-memor...
Sickness Absence Policies – Guardian interest, need stories where health Trusts are being very prescriptive in implementing policies which results in members having to take time off  for health treatments eg) chemotherapy, etc. This can be anonymous. lh@unison.co.uk
UNISON Debt Survey - statistics available for regions resulted in local radio interviews.  Any members willing to supply information on their hardship would be good.   See attached.


Preparing for media next week:

LG Worth it day of action on Tues 4 Feb – notify us about your event what, where and who your press contact we will issue a regional release on 3 Feb listing events.  Tweet @worthit! ‏@LocalGovPay #NJCPay2014
HE strike further action onThurs 6 Feb – please advise where pickets and press contacts will be.  Please offer support and sign the online petition http://www.fairpayinhe.org.uk/whos-signed/   Tweet @UNISONinHE  #fairpayinHE

Council cuts – statistics are being gathered for the following services for future press releases, your assistance would be appreciated and details of any members who receive services which are being cut. Focus services are:  1. Housing 2. Environment 3. Highways & Transport 4. Social Care 5. Development & Training 6. Culture
Child Care Survey – please advise if you have any members who cannot afford to work longer because they cannot afford childcare costs.


Around the Region



Birmingham UNISON holocaust victims memorial day (today) a gathering of spoken word and song, bring and share food, join in and listen 1-2 pm at the Birmingham UNISON Branch Office, McClaren House.
Goodhope Hosptial – continuing issues revealed, woman http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/mum-died-after-doctor...
Birmingham Childcare Services – slight improvements  http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birminghams-child-ser...


Cov & Warks Universities, leaked threats to funding to give students from poorer backgrounds a fairer chance




Wye Valley NHS Trust – rejects its financial sustainability options, it started with 6 whittled down to 3, now rejects all so it is to proceed to talks about medium-term solution with TDA and CCG http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/10965750.Wye_Valley_NHS_Trust_to_rejec...



Shropshire LG  Public Awareness Roadshows taking place regularly over cuts to 1700 jobs threatened & essential services, UNISON working with other trades council and other unons .  http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/20/protest-over-1700-shropshi...
Academy school worsened exam results http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/24/bosses-at-failing-shropshi...



University North Staffs Hospital – death rates http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Inquiry-launched-death-rates-small-group/...


West Midlands

Solihull LG living wage petition signing event Thurs30 January in Solihull High Street , tea or coffee available, if you live or use Solihull services or shops please sign the online petition. Contact Hannah Keating  h.keating@unison.co.uk
Walsall Council – bosses say they will make fewer redundancies and look at savings elsewhere http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2014/01/24/bosses-in-u-turn-over-wals...
Walsall Manor Hospital – winter bug still an issue http://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/2014/01/27/walsall-manor-hospi...


‘Blow the Whistle on the Cuts’  on Thurs 13 February advanced notice of a lobby outside the Worcester County Council cabinet budget setting meeting where £29m cuts will be debated.  If you live or use Worcestershire services please join the protest at 12 noon with your whistles and rattles to make serious noise  Contact  Laura House Area Organiser l.house@unison.co.uk