Trade Union Strike Rally!
Come to our strike Rally

Strike Day – Thursday 10th July
The bandstand, Carlisle town centre
Gather from 12.30- speakers from 1pm

Listen to UNISON member Lee Sherrif
and
Branch activists from other public sector unions

Bring flags, branch banners, placards, family and friends

See you there!
Paul Kenny tells conference shadow chancellor's plans for national care service 'will just reshuffle the chairs on the Titanic'

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, would "give a headache to an aspirin" and could block radical plans to introduce integrated health and social care, the GMB union leader, Paul Kenny, has claimed.
Cumbria LGBT Pride
Headlined by the Vengaboys
Old Town Hall, Carlisle City Centre
Saturday 14 June 2014, 1pm to 5pm

Everybody Welcome

Cumbria Pride is proud to present Vengaboys plus other talented performers from Cumbria and across the UK at the first Carlisle city centre Cumbria Pride event, in front of the Old Town Hall, on Saturday 14 June, from 1pm to 5pm; Family Friendly, Everybody Welcome from those in pushchairs to adults, with Charity Stalls providing advice & information relevant to the LGBT community & Trade Stands. This Carlisle city centre event is the first of its kind and is a giant leap forward for equality and diversity in Cumbria.

LGBThq, 6-8 Fisher St, Carlisle, CA3 8RN is open from 5pm, including the Official After Show Party at The Regency nightclub from 5pm to 4am, including listed & surprise acts. Tickets available at the Regency bar at the main Cumbria Pride event in Carlisle City Centre, between 1 & 5pm, and on the door at LGBThq after 5pm (both raising money for Cumbria Pride 2015).

For further information please ring 01228 267247 (between 10am & 8pm), or email pam.eland@cumbriapride.com (any time).
Almost a million trade union members to benefit from “first of its kind” one stop legal service

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) and GMB announced a “first of its kind” trade union legal firm. UNIONLINE will provide a comprehensive legal service to almost a million trade union members as the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) granted its licence today (Thursday 22nd May 2014).

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: "Unionline is a unique opportunity for both the CWU and GMB to compete in a previously highly-regulated industry. We want to make sure our members get the very best legal advice and by creating and operating our own legal services we can ensure that.
Government changes to the employment tribunal system have introduced fees for people who want to pursue a complaint against their employer. It now costs up to £390 just to have a case heard (up to £1,200 if someone feels they’ve been unfairly dismissed, sexually harassed or treated unfairly because of the colour of their skin).

As a result the number of cases taken to a tribunal has plummeted. There is real concern that the new fees are pricing wronged workers out of justice and allowing bad employers to get away with breaking the law. The TUC wants to see an end to employment tribunal fees and we’re campaigning for a change in the law.
Leading law firm, Thompson Solicitors, has slammed ‘exploitative’ zero-hours contracts and the coalition government’s “sham” consultation exercise into the use of the controversial employment contracts.

Thompsons Solicitors say zero-hours contracts provide no guarantee of work and can trap people into working for a single employer with ‘exclusivity’ clauses. People trapped on zero-hours contracts have no idea how many hours they will be required to complete. Consequently, employees have no clear indication on how much they will be paid from week to week.

The law firm say the contracts prevent parents from planning family activities, and organising childcare, because zero-hours employees can be called into work at a moments notice on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis. This widespread ‘exploitation’ which ‘gives people no choice’ needs to be tackled, say Thompsons.

The super flexible working conditions demanded by one of the UK's largest supermarket chains are damaging the mental health of most of its employees, according to a new report from Cambridge University.

The report has been submitted to the government's current review of zero hours contracts being carried out at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The authors say that in the light of their findings, the scope of the review should be widened to include all flexible working, arguing that employees should have the right to have a say in the scheduling of their hours.