A Proud Day for Durham GMB Local Authority Branch. Brandon and Byshottle Parish Council Sign up to the TUC Charter giving employee's with terminal illness the rights included within the charter. This being the 1st Parish Council Nationally to sign up to the charter and only the 2nd Employer in the whole of the North East to Do So, I huge well done to all involved.
WASPi issue with Ombudsman: I finally secured a meeting with the Parliamentary Ombudsman this week to discuss issues around the age changes for women to receive their pensions. I’ve been trying to fix this conversation for months but it appeared a few key people had been ill so hence the delay. Frustrating though and even more so for the many WASPi women both locally and across the UK who want answers. The ombudsman confirmed to me that they were going to be launching a thorough investigation into the processes implemented by the various governments since the original 1995 pensions act, and they’ll be starting with the DWP next week. He also confirmed that the key conclusion available to them, if that’s what is found, would be maladministration. And the final report could make specific recommendations about what should be done to address this, including the possibility of financial compensation. Few people deny the pension age needed to change, as we are all living so much longer, but the poor communication to those women affected from governments of various political hues ever since the original Act does need challenging. I hope a recommendation for suitable compensation will follow. It’s been a long haul for a lot of these good people and I know many local WASPi women well. I’ll keep pressing on your behalf in Parliament.
More than 500,000 young people in the UK are suffering from wage discrimination. Young people don't get a discount on bills or rent, so why should they be employed at a discounted rate of pay? It's time for #WagesNotBasedOnAges. Agree? SHARE👇💸
On Saturday we are joining tens of thousands of others marching for our NHS. Together we will defend this great institution and ensure that it remains free, for all, forever. Event details here: NHS at 70: Free, for all, forever
We are pleased to confirm the full list of speakers for this year's Durham Miners' Gala. All-time favourite Dennis Skinner will be there, along with Howard Beckett, assistant general secretary of Unite, and Ibrahim Dogus, from the Free Ocalan Campaign. They will join Jeremy Corbyn, Matt Wrack, Jennie Formby, Emily Thornberry, Ian Lavery and Frances O'Grady. We will be celebrating not only the 134th Gala but also the 150th anniversary of the formation of the TUC and the centenary of the Fire Brigades Union. We look forward to seeing you all in Durham on Saturday, July 14
Durham Miners' Association is pleased to announce that the speakers at Durham Miners' Gala 2018 will include: Jeremy Corbyn MP - Leader of the Labour Party Emily Thornberry MP - Shadow Foreign Secretary Frances O'Grady - General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ian Lavery MP - Chair of the Labour Party Jennie Formby - General Secretary of the Labour Party Matt Wrack - General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union Laura Pidcock MP will be the reader for the Miners' Festival Service in Durham Cathedral.