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Andrea Carey Fuller, Green Party candidate for Evelyn ward
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Friday 26th June 2015

Demonstration and March on Streatham Job Centre against the move of mental health services into the Job Centre (as part of the DWP’s actions to ‘brand’ the unemployed as “mentally ill”!  Anyone not agreeing to a mental health review will be subjected to benefit sanctions. Download my article here, on benefit sanctions originally published (in part) in the South London Press.

 


Why everyone should be paid a living wage

When I wrote my living wage article months before the last G.E. there was no ‘general consensus’ within other political parties about achieving a living wage and not just a minimum wage.  However, we are not there yet – the current minimum wage will only be £7.20 from next April and only if you are 25 or over so young people 18-24 will continue to be discriminated against.  You may have seen my post urging a commissioner within the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to do something about this – it is long overdue and is now on their radar – we shall see.

In the meantime, one of the campaigns which will aid the movement to more people being able to achieve a living wage in the shorter term is Unison’s Ethical Care Charter, which in a nutshell:

Ensures that workers providing home care to the elderly and disabled receive a living wage and brings and end to zero hours contracts within this industry, and ensures that people receiving home care get a minimum 30 minute visit.  Currently the minimum visit time is 15 minutes and as most (if not all) home care workers who are not working within an “Ethical Care” Borough or City do not receive pay for travelling between their client homes they currently receive less than the minimum wage and are constantly pushed for time.    Islington & Southwark were the first Councils to sign up in December 2013:

http://www.unison.org.uk/news/islington-southwark-sign-care-charter

Followed by Reading and Renfrewshire in March 2014, and then Camden in November 2014 see this link for more information:

http://www.unison.org.uk/search/?q=ethical+care+councils

The latest City to sign up is Bolton:

http://www.unison.org.uk/news/mp-backs-unison-s-ethical-care-charter

We all need to urge our Councils to become Ethical Care Councils – I would urge you to pressure your MP, and to use our network of Green Local Councillors to progress the living wage agenda in this way – if you don’t have a Green Councillor in your area you could see if any of your Labour Councillors are members of Unison (I have spoken with one in Lewisham who is keen to get this on the Council agenda this Autumn) and get them to table the motion and seek cross party support.


Protesters outside the European Parliament holding up Stop TTIP Banner in front of the No TTIP Trojan Horse040215_0556No-TTIP Train with Global Justice Now in Brussels 3rd-4th February 2015

Lewisham Council unanimously passed a resolution to become a No-TTIP Zone on 24th June.


Bin the Bill Green (January 2015): Here is a photograph taken within the House of Commons of Roisin (Bromley), Sian (Camden) and me on a mission to green card our MP’s to persuade them to vote against the Infrastructure Bill (esp the Fracking under any private land clause).  I spoke with Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) and urged her to get the Labour party to look into why France, Bulgaria, New York and Ireland have banned fracking and use these arguments to ban fracking in England (especially after the Blackpool earthquake), and to look to longer term funding of tidal power.  As you can see we were  not quite the force of those Lancashire anti-fracking nanas – but as women we are all sisters of the same cause. Here is more information on the amazing nanas:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/03/nanas-shale-cuadrilla-fracking-lancashire

Roisin, Sian & Andrea at House of Commons

Roisin, Sian & Andrea at House of Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Renationalise our Railways – Campaign outside Lewisham Station 6th January 2015


Placard saying Unite Against the Right

 

 

UN Demonstration against Racism Day 2014
Stand Up to Racism March & Demonstration Trafalgar Square March 2014 (Jean Lambert Green MEP on stage).  See my original article posted on Lewisham Green Party website here.

 

 

 


 

Save Lewisham Hospital action: Petition against Section 119 (formally 118) of the Health & Social Care Act handed into Downing Street – before meeting Andy Burnham & Heidi Alexander in the House of Commons to campaign for its repeal.

.Save Lewisham hospital action

 


 

IMG_0484Banner saying the Green Party "Think Green"

Old Tidemill School Community Gardens (Deptford) Green Day

 

 

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  17. Re ‘living wage’ article, thanks for highlighting Unison’s Ethical Care Charter. From my own 2005-2006 experience as a care worker doing cover duties mainly, I recognise that the first two points of that Ethical Care Charter:
    “1. Give workers the freedom to provide appropriate care and be given the time to talk to their clients.
    “2. Allocate clients the same homecare worker(s) wherever possible”
    certainly complement each other.

    Yet point 1 would be much better phrased as
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    Take the case of ‘Ian’ with a severe speech impairment. It could be a steep learning curve for the care workers to ‘tune in’ to what he was saying accurately. My own sessions with him were 3 hour sessions for which I was paid £7.81 per hour for very demanding work in terms of listening to and verifying what he said. Some time after the worker that I had covered for returned to working with ‘Ian’, I saw him at a social evening for workers and service users and was amazed at the warmth of his greeting, and confided that to one of his other workers. The other worker responded, “The thing about you, Alan, is that you care. You take the time to listen and you don’t just marshal him about according to the session label [eg, cleaning] as ‘just in time management’ agency workers who don’t know him generally do. Making the effort to comprehend is important. One day someone said to ‘Ian’, ‘Hi! How are you doing?’ And before properly assessing what ‘Ian’ had said, the greeter said, ‘Ah, that’s great! You must be really proud of yourself.'”

    But what had ‘Ian’ actually said? “My mum’s just died.”

    Tragic as that reported incident might be, consider point 5 of the Ethical Care Charter:

    “5. Match the time allocated to visits to the particular needs of the client. In general, 15-minute visits will not be used as they undermine the dignity of the clients.”

    • I am looking forward to meeting Matthew Egan who is the lead officer for Unison’s Ethical Care Charter at the Green Party’s Take City Hall event on 5th September – wouldn’t it be great if all Local Councils become Ethical Care Councils – what a tremendous difference it would make to both those receiving care and also those giving the care.

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