Unite North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Activist Bulletin

Here’s the latest Unite bulletin for our region.

Unite launches Asbestos awareness campaign

Unite members who think they might have been exposed to asbestos are being urged to join the union’s asbestos register as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the silent killer.

While asbestos was banned in 1999, it still remains in many buildings where people work and presents a major hazard if it’s not managed properly. As part of the campaign the union is issuing new guidance to safety reps on dealing with asbestos at work.

You can read more about the campaign here – http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launchesasbestos-awareness-campaign/

You can access the online campaign pack here – http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/ informationresources/healthsafetyresources/asbestos/

Remember you can keep up to date with the latest regional news and activity at: f – http://www.facebook.com/uniteintheneyh t – @UniteintheNEYH

Welfare rights training

Leeds regional office – Training will be taking place on 12 and 13 February (10.30 – 15.30) which will look at identifying when people are possibly entitled to benefits, the agencies that handle benefits, benefit sanctions and how to support people who have been sanctioned.

Barnsley Unite Community Centre – Training will be taking place on 17 February (10.30 – 12.30) which will look at the implementation of Universal Credit and how to prepare for the change over.

If you are interested in either course, or would like to know more, please email claire.mawson@unitetheunion.org

Unite Community moves in to Farsley

Unite Community now have a new Community Support Centre in Farsley, Leeds. The centre will offer support and advice covering a wide range of subjects. The centre depends on the support of volunteers. If you think you could help at the centre, please contact claire.mawson@unitetheunion.org. Training will be provided.

The official opening will be on 11 February 2015 (16.30 – 18.00). The address for the centre is: Unite Community Centre 90 – 92 Old Road Farsley Leeds LS28 5BN

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The Freedom Programme – Leeds Women’s Aid

Leeds Women’s Aid are running a programme for women who have suffered, or are suffering domestic violence.

The programme will help women make sense of what has happened to them by dealing with the emotional effects of domestic violence on both themselves and their children.

If you would like more information, please call Leeds Women’s Aid on 0113 246 0401.

Anti Sanctions Demonstrations

Anti Sanctions demonstrations will be taking place across the country on 19 March 2015. Events are still being planned for the day, but you can find information about events near you at – http:// http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/communitymembership/day-of-action-againstsanctions/

It would be great if you could join an event near you or publicise the day of action to your friends and colleagues.

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