Sanctions are a major problem for the unemployed and disabled, these sanctions have caused widespread hunger and other harms, crisis, attempted suicides and suicide.
With that in mind, Unite Community will be running a Sanctions training course on Tuesday 3 March from 9.30 to 1.00. The course will be delivered by Durham Welfare rights and be held at Red Hills. If you are interested please contact the Community Support Centre by e mailling firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0191 372 7137 by 26 Feb at the latest.
We are encouraging people to have the ability and confidence to fightback together, so they can learn to be able to help themselves and other people facing these problems. Please come to the training session, its free and open to all.
Durham Unite Community
On February 4th 2015 there will be a one day educational event organised by UNITE Community with contributions from:
Dave Wray A former striking miner and now writing about the history of the gal
Carol Stephenson a senior lecturer at Northumbria who has written about women, the Strike and the Gala
John Stirling a trade union educator who has written about the future of unions.
The day will look at the past of the gala; why the Gala is still here when so many others have died; the future for the Gala and the Unions
The day will be an interactive one with plenty of opportunity to share experiences and opinions alongside the presentations.
The event will be held at the Durham Miners Association Red Hills, Durham. At the moment definite times have yet to be confirmed but it is envisaged that it will run from 10.30 am to 4.00pm.
All are welcome to…
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A leaflet produced by Unite Community and our reps in the Department for Work and Pensions is being distributed across the country and is available on this website.
As well as providing guidance about social security rules and legislation, it offers help on challenging sanctions and what to do if benefits are stopped.
It adds: “Don’t face sanctions alone. If you work with other unemployed people you can get support and challenge the injustice of sanctioning.”
The leaflet forms part of our campaign against the government’s increasingly punitive changes to social security, including the use of sanctions.
In a recent survey of our members in jobcentres 70% of respondents said they believed sanctions had no positive impact and almost two thirds had experienced pressure to refer claimants for a sanction inappropriately.
Download the leaflet
Source – PCS Union website, 17 June 2014