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Welcome to our final newsletter of 2021.

Firstly, in case anyone missed our last mailout, our regional conference has unfortunately had to be postponed. We are negotiating a new date with the hotel and will let everyone know as soon as possible when we have this.

In this week's newsletter Frances O'Grady responds to the Plan B announcement and the TUC warns that supply problems with lateral flow test kits are putting working people at risk.

Join us and Stand Up to Racism for the online organising meeting on Tuesday 11 January at 7pm to discuss plans for the UN anti-racism day in March.

Our regional Black Workers Network meeting this month has been rescheduled for Thursday 27 January at 7pm. It will be an online meeting again, and details and the link to register are in the newsletter below.

Support our rail betrayal campaign and Unite's campaigns to support the striking workers at Actavo and Stagecoach South Yorkshire.

We have some fantastic reps courses coming up in the new year at Bradford and East Riding colleges. Make sure you sign up soon to secure your place.

And it's not too late to get your From Solidarity Grows Power t-shirt with proceeds going to the AUE solidarity fund. This would make the perfect Christmas gift!

We want to hear from you if you work in childcare; tell us about your experiences before and during the pandemic in our survey.

Finally, a message from Bill Adams, regional secretary:

"I would like to thank all our staff, activists, officers and reps who have been working under very difficult circumstances all year. You have all kept the trade union movement going throughout the pandemic, especially our key workers in essential services, health, transport, retail and hospitality.

"I would like to wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas. Please take care during the holidays and let's hope for a better year for us all to come in 2022."

News

Where is the Plan B for protecting jobs and livelihoods?

Responding to Tuesday's vote on plan B restrictions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Stopping the spread of Omicron is vital. But where is the Plan B for protecting jobs and livelihoods?

“These new restrictions are already hitting demand on the high street as people reduce their contact with others.

“Unless ministers step in quickly, jobs will go and companies will go to the wall.

“Ministers must get real about what is happening. It’s time to bring in a permanent short-time working scheme, learning from the success of furlough in protecting jobs and incomes. And they must provide extra help for hard-hit sectors like travel, hospitality, retail and the arts.

“Otherwise, thousands of workers will face a miserable Christmas.”

Read more...

Give those who can’t work from home priority access to lateral flow tests, says the TUC

The TUC has warned that supply problems with lateral flow test (LFT) kits are putting working people at risk, and vital services in danger of being shut down, due to outbreaks that could be contained if tests are readily available.

The government has claimed that there isn't a shortage of tests, but this morning the government website for ordering LFT kits states that there are currently none available.

The TUC is calling for workers who cannot work from home to have priority access to LFT kits until supply problems are resolved.

Read more...

Events

UN anti-racism day: Stand Up to Racism organising meeting | Tuesday 11 January 2022 | 7pm | online

Join Stand Up to Racism on Tuesday 11 January at 7pm for their online organising meeting to discuss plans for the UN anti-racism day on Saturday 19 March 2022.

All welcome. 

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 819 5933 1181
Passcode: 723565

TUC Yorkshire & the Humber Black Workers Network meeting (RESCHEDULED) | Thursday 27 January 2022 | 7–9pm | online

This meeting is rescheduled from December.

Is the TUC doing enough to tackle racism in our society? What is being done to support anti racist work nationally and across Yorkshire? How can you get involved and make a difference?

Join the Black Workers Network meeting on Thursday 27 January 2022 at 7pm and hear from the TUC on the newly launched anti-racism taskforce.

The Black Workers Network is open to Black workers in trade unions across Yorkshire and the Humber. It is a safe space to meet and raise matters of concern to us all.

Register now

Campaigns

Write to your local newspapers about the rail betrayal of Yorkshire

Communities in the North deserve a rail system fit for the twenty-first century. That’s why we must keep up the pressure on the government to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail in full.

Use this quick and easy template to write to the editor of your local papers – it will only take you a minute.

Say your piece, and let's keep Yorkshire's rail betrayal on MPs’ minds this year.

#PayTheRate Actavo strike

Striking scaffolders employed by Actavo at British Steel in Scunthorpe are demanding to be paid the nationally agreed rate for the job. Actavo currently pays between 10 and 15 per cent below the NAECI rates, so it’s time for Actavo to #PayTheRate.
 
At 11am on Wednesday 22 December, strike supporters will be handing in a petition to  Actavo HQ.

Sign the petition
 
More info and links to the dispute
 
Sign up to the petition hand in event on Wednesday 22 December, at Cedar Court Office Park, Wakefield WF4 3FU.
 
(Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask if you are able. All plans are subject to change due to government Covid regulations)

Update on the Stagecoach South Yorkshire strikes from Unite

The strikes are still strong at Stagecoach South Yorkshire, and enjoy plenty of public support.

New strike dates for 2022 have been served on the company, as there is no prospect of talks happening before the end of the year. Of course, we are prepared to meet with Stagecoach at any time, but they must come to the table with a realistic offer.

Once again, we would like to thank the public, TUC, Betterbuses and all the other groups that have supported the workers at Stagecoach.

Learning

Reps courses coming up in our region

The following courses are now available in our region. Sign up now!

TUC Union Reps Stage 1 | East Riding | starting 18 January 2022
TUC Union Reps Stage 1 | Bradford | starting 1 February 2022
TUC Certificate in Employment Law | East Riding | starting 20 January 2022
TUC Certificate in Employment Law | Bradford | starting 3 February 2022
TUC Health and Safety Stage 1 | East Riding | starting 17 January 2022
TUC Health and Safety Stage 1 | Bradford | starting 31 January 2022
Next Steps for Safety Reps | East Riding | starting 17 January 2022
Next Steps for Safety Reps | Bradford | starting 2 February 2022
TUC Diploma in Employment Law | Bradford | starting 19 January 2022
TUC Diploma in Employment Law | East Riding | starting 19 January 2022
TUC Diploma in Occupational H&S | Bradford | starting 20 January 2022
TUC Diploma in Occupational H&S | East Riding | starting 20 January 2022

Announcements

From Solidarity Grows Power t-shirt – the perfect Christmas gift

Still looking for that perfect Christmas or new year gift for the trade unionist in your life?

Look no further than our union-designed, union-made t-shirt, which will raise money for the Artists Union England solidarity fund for struggling artists.

From artist to garment workers to printers, this t-shirt is union made, and makes an ideal stocking filler.

Order yours now

Are you a childcare worker? We want to hear from you.

To determine priorities for change in the care sector, we want to hear from childcare workers about their experiences before and during the pandemic.

If you are a childcare worker, check out our survey and tell us about your experiences.

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