The branch office will be closed from 2pm on Friday 24th December 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
If you have an urgent enquiry whilst we are closed, you can contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857.
UNISON Direct’s Christmas and New Year opening hours are:
December 24: 6am to 3pm
December 25 – 28: CLOSED
December 29 and 30: 6am to midnight
December 31: 6am to 3pm
January 1 – 3: CLOSED
January 4: normal hours resume. (Monday to Friday 6am to midnight, Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday closed) Webchat is available 9am -5pm
Further details regarding UNISON Legal Services, Regional Office contact details and Financial help can be located on the UNISON website by clicking the below link.
We would like to send our thanks to all the essential workers who will be working over the Christmas period and to all our members who have worked so hard to continue to deliver public services during yet another incredibly challenging year.
We wish you a happy Christmas and New Year.
One more Christmas: Memorial vigil to the 5 residents who died after being moved hastily from Apthorp Care Centre at the end of October 2021
One more Christmas/ Lyrics by Beau King Houston to be sung to the tune of ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby.
(For the residents/Victims, friends & family, and staff members affected by the Apthorp Care Centre move 2021)
We were dreaming of one more Christmas
With the loved ones we used to know
But nobody listened
Then one decision
Meant we were left out in the cold
We were told we’d be secure this Christmas
You promised we were here to stay
Now our days just don’t feel as bright
Cos you chose to ignore our workers rights
We were dreaming of our last Christmas
Alas that wasn’t to be so
We were moved like cattle
No strength to battle
We lost our lives to save you dough
We lost the home we loved this Christmas
We miss the life we always knew
Try to affect change and be true
Know that one Christmas this could be you.
We received this poem some weeks ago. Many residents in Barnet were troubled by the Apthorp Care Centre closure. Following the news of the 5 deaths they are demanding a public enquiry. One resident wrote and sent us this poem:
WE ARE BARNET
On our doorsteps we clapped for the heroes
as the virus was killing us off
we hailed common folk’s resistance to blows
though the country was led by a toff;
now in Barnet his lackeys are sacking
the workers we stood to applaud
as there’s always some lift in attacking
the low-paid we can barely afford;
872 pence an hour
such fortunes the shirkers were paid
too much for lovers of power
whose memories are rapid to fade;
they say they shall have to close Apthorp
and dozens of jobs will be lost
such chutzpah would make a dead horse gawp
but for them there is only one cost;
their creed is that people serve money
ours is the other way round;
should we wait for the sweet Easter bunny
till some kindness on earth can be found?
Hold hands, stand together, stay solid
“We’re free people, not wage slaves,” say loud,
while they are obtuse, mean and stolid
we’ll fight till we win, strong, unbowed.
Alan Dent NEU member
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