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Women's Lives Matter - Branch Discussion - 9th April 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have a Special Guest Speaker, Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, for our April Branch Meeting. Sarah will be outlining why the 'Women's Lives Matter' campaign is relevant to both men and women within our branch. The meeting details are:


  • 6pm - 8pm

  • Tuesday 9th April

  • Unite HQ

  • 128 Theobalds Road WC1X 8TN (map)


The Agenda and Papers can be accessed from the 'Download' button. All members will receive a warm welcome. We'll have light refreshments available and can assist with travel and carer costs. Please contact Suzanne Muna, Branch Secretary, to let us know what you need.


Women's Lives Matter


Austerity and cuts to the welfare state have disproportionately affected women workers. The imposition of Universal Credit, lack of access to affordable legal redress, pay inequality, and low pay in carer roles more traditionally filled by women: all such examples create a double oppression as workers, and as women.



The damaging effects of these trends mean that the whole family suffers, whether as dependent children, parents, or spouses, and we all have an interest in ending the discrimination. Sarah will therefore lead a discussion on an extremely important theme.


Housing Policy Demands and the Labour Party


We will be discussing the Unite Housing Workers Branch housing policy demands at the branch meeting, and how we get them adopted by the Labour Party's National Policy Forum. Proposals have to be made to the Forum by 30th June and it is important that our branch, and our Constituency Labour Party Delegates promote the demands democratically agreed by housing workers - after all, we understand best where the faultlines in our sector lie.


A summary of all the housing policy agreed by the Branch is available with the Agenda and Papers.


Political Officer Introduction


Don Locke has joined the team of Branch Committee members and will do a short introduction to this vital area of work. The Branch has long understood the importance of trying to influence political policy makers, as well as our bosses, if we are to bring about positive changes in our working lives. This slot will provide an opportunity to discuss how we can all get involved.


The Alternative Housing Awards

You are invited to our annual Alternative Housing Awards on the 1st May 2019. In a sea of self-congratulatory events organised by our bosses, it a space for the voices of workers and tenants. The event is jointly organised by the Unite Housing Workers Branch and Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC):


  • Alternative Housing Awards

  • 6pm

  • Wednesday 1st May 

  • Grosvenor Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, London W1K 7TN (map)   


The hotel is a wrapped in wealth, exclusivity and privilege. Inside, HA executives will congratulate each other on a job well done. But while housing associations reported a surplus of £5bn in 2018, 165,000 social homes have been lost from the sector in six years. Executives paid on average over £173k per year have little understanding of the struggle for survival faced by their poorly paid and over-worked staff.



We will be outside the hotel together with tenant groups and housing campaigners to name and shame their poor performance as landlords and employers.


You can download the flyer here and rate your housing association here. Please join us and bring others from your workplace.



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