Monday, October 24, 2016

European Health and Safety Week 2016 - 24 October - 30 October

Healthy Workplaces for All Ages (this advice has gone out this week on my employer's website. We will be carrying out joint union and management safety inspections)

Each year, European Health and Safety Week aims to promote good health and safety practice. This year’s theme is Healthy Workplaces for All Ages.

With increased life expectancy, no default retirement age, changes in pension age and provision, workers will continue to work as they age. At the same time, modern apprenticeship schemes may see more young people entering the workplace.

Employers have responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of all their employees. However, employers do need to consider vulnerable groups including younger, older, and women of child-bearing age. Working for longer, new technology and ways of working, may result in longer exposure to risks (whether muscular-skeletal or otherwise).

There may be more workers with disabilities and long term health issues so measures such as rehabilitation and return to work will also be of increased importance.

Good workplace design, and well managed health and safety, benefit all of us.

How you might get involved:

• Inspect the workplace or assist a safety rep to do so. [Joint inspections by Facilities staff, Health and Safety Advisors and Trades Unions are planned this week]
• Raise awareness in your day to day work
• Carry out a risk mapping exercise to identify areas of concern
• Hold a “spot the hazards” competition and award a prize
• Devise and undertake a survey to identify concerns
• Review relevant risk assessments, policies, and procedures
• Cover the theme of healthy workplaces for all ages in your team meetings.

The Health Workplaces for All Ages website includes:

• an e-guide;
• poster, guide, and leaflet;
• HSE European Health and Safety Week Campaign 2016.
• HSE vulnerable workers page with links to information on older, young, and disabled workers; plus gender and maternity.…/knowledge/health-and-safety/

Sunday, October 23, 2016

London Loop Walk: Section 8 - The Causeway to Uxbridge Lock

This is off message and a very late post. Gill and I have been walking (very slowly and in fits and starts) around our capital city via the London Loop long distance path. It is circular route, 150 miles long, made up of 15 different sections. We started section 1 in January 2015 and thought we would have finished it within a year but still have 6 walks to compete.

This walk took place on Saturday 18 June. We started off near Heathrow airport. The noise from incoming airplanes was incredible. Planes were flying every few minutes just over residential homes in order to land. How on earth local residents are able to live with this noise and the fear of a plane crashing is beyond me. I hope the decision on Tuesday by the Government on the future of UK airports is to do nothing. Nor do we need any expansion of London City airport. The noise and pollution from airports is simply horrendous and unacceptable. There are other forms of transport.

Apart from the noise the walk didn't start all that well since the first part of the path was flooded and so we got our feet completely socked. The path looked like a stream (see collage). Much of the latter part of the walk was along the river crane and canal towpaths.

It was a lovely walk once you escaped from Heathrow. Section 8 was about 11 miles, mostly flat and easy walking terrain. We stayed the Saturday night in the Paddington Packet Hotel in Uxbridge which we found ok but has mixed TripAdvisor reviews. The Thai food was very good but could have been a little bit more spicy.

The next day we walked to Moor Park, which was much better walk and I will post upon sometime soon (ish).

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kindertransport Kids - London Liverpool Street Station 1938 and Calais 2016

This morning I was on my way to a seminar on opposing the new Housing & Planning Act.

I stopped off in London Liverpool Street station to take this photo of the statute (by the ticket office) in honour of the thousands of unaccompanied (mostly) Jewish children that escaped persecution and murder from Nazi Germany before the second world war.

The children escaped on the so called "Kindertransport" trains via Harwich Ferry and London Liverpool Street station, where they were met by volunteers who arranged safe accommodation for them until the end of the war.

Many of these children never saw their parents again since they were slaughtered by the Nazi.

Last night I sent an email in support of Newham Councillor, Rokshana Fiaz, who had contacted our Council wanting to know what are we doing to support the children in the refugee camp in Calais, France which is being shut down by the French Government.

On twitter I suggested that that the same sort of racist twaddle about the Jewish Kids in 1938 will be repeated today by the media about Syrian children in Calais trying to flee repression and death.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Harry Pollitt in East Ham

Hat tip to Captain Swing for sending me this record from the GMB national achieves of a "thank you for voting for me" message from a young East Ham based union activist to we presume, members of his local branch.

The activist is Harry Pollitt who later became General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Harry was forced to resign from this position when he welcomed the declaration of War by Britain against Nazi Germany in 1939. The Soviet Union had signed a pact with Germany. He was reinstated when Hitler attacked The Soviet Union in 1941.

I wonder if anyone knows how long Harry lived in East Ham?

I may have knocked on the door of 85 Central Park Road during this Boleyn ward Council by election last year.

By coincidence, tomorrow, local Councillor, Veronica Oakshott has organised a charity fund raising event "Bike from Boleyn".

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mr Cenz and his Art Creation in West Ham

Picture from last week of West Ham ward Councillors (John Whitworth, me and Freda Bourne) with street Artist Mr Cenz (on right), in front of his fantastic mural in Church Road junction with New Plaistow Road, E15 (next to William Hill bookmakers).

There are now 3 different street art murals by internationally renown artists in Newham sponsored by local businesses. More are planned and it would be fantastic to make Newham an international centre of high quality street art on public spaces.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Yvonne Maxwell for Hoxton West

Dear Colleague,

There is a local government by-election in Hackney on 3 November, with a strong Newham connection - Labour's Candidate is Yvonne Maxwell is the daughter of former Newham Councillor Doris Maxwell.

The seat used to be held by the newly elected Mayor of Hackney, Philip Grenvil.

I hope you'll be able to spare a few hours to help out our neighbours.  

Meeting Point (for all sessions)
The junction of Murray Grove and New North Road, London N1  which is just a 5 minute walk from Old Street Station.

Cllr Sem Moema

Week  One

Week  Two

Week Three (Polling week)

Polling Day
Thursday 3  from  8am to10pm
Committee Room 215A Kingsland Road
Don't worry if you haven't knocked on doors before, there will be plenty of old hands there to give you a steer.

(picture of me with Yvonne and local activists including Philip the new Mayor of Hackney)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bike From Boleyn: 22 October 2016

Celebrate the special link between Boleyn and West Ham United FC! Take part in a mass bike ride from the Bobby Moore statue to the club’s new stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Anyone who can ride a bike is welcome! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Dress up in claret and blue and get pedalling!

No bike? No problem! You can borrow a bike free of charge to travel one way.
Bike a bit creaky? Give it some free TLC by bringing it down to Dr Bike, who will be at the Bobby Moore statue from 11.30am onwards.

Saturday 22nd October
Bobby Moore Statue
Central Park Road, Boleyn Gather from 11.30pm, ride leaves 1.30pm prompt

Sign up at:
@bikefromboleyn bikefromboleyn 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Love the Triangle" Church Street West Hammers doing their bit for their local community

The picture is from last Saturday when local residents in Church Street, NHW - Neighbourhood watch West Ham, E15 organised a community clean up, garden planting day and cake stall. It took place next to the historic All Saints church.

They got a grant from Newham Council for the event and support from the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and "Clean up UK" campaign Group.

Councillor John Whitworth and I attended to support the event. We heard lots of good ideas about improving the local environment. It is brilliant that local residents from all backgrounds are coming together to carry out these genuine grass root community events.

They have a FaceBook page here

Friday, October 14, 2016

Our National Executive Council "Proud to be in UNISON"

This I think is a great picture of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC) at our annual conference in Brighton June 2016.

There are 65 members of the NEC representing the 1.3 million members in UNISON and they are all elected by them to speak on their behalf.  It acts as the "Parliament" of the union to make decisions in between conference. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Education not Segregation: Canning town Labour stall and door knock

Picture college from Saturday's West Ham Labour street stall and door knock in Canning Town. Our MP, Lyn Brown, spoke to people at the stall while canvass teams called at addresses near bye.  The theme was the reintroduction of segregation into our Schools by the Tories.

In one street I was somewhat surprised to see that Labour Party data list said that two households had claimed to be supporters of the Scottish National Party? I suspect a coding error rather than support in Canning town for Scottish Nationalism. I may be wrong?

Apart from that it great canvass, Mostly positive, some negativity (A women promised me £50 if Labour wins the next election under Corbyn - I told her I will come back to claim the £50:) but overwhelmingly a rock solid Labour ward.