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NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

“Stop the Incinerator”  campaign’s judicial review, of Croydon and Sutton councils, is under threat due to a lack of funding. After six years of campaigning, Green Party activist Shasha Khan and other campaigners were expecting to start the judicial review against the Beddington incinerator scheme tomorrow at the High Court…

Goldsmiths has its say on Stoptober Challenge

Goldsmiths has its say on Stoptober Challenge

This week sees the start of Stoptober – an approach at helping people give up smoking. It is a 28-day challenge, and last year the campaign encouraged almost 250,000 people in the UK to quit smoking during the month of October. The campaign found few takers on the Goldsmiths campus,…

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

The London Fields Lido is being refurbished with increased lighting facilities in order to extend opening hours in the upcoming winter months. The heated outdoor pool will be outfitted with new floodlight columns to grant swimmers year-round access between the hours of 6:30am and 9pm beginning in December. Councillor Jonathan McShane,…

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

  The final leg of the 300 mile long ‘999 Call for the NHS’ march reaches Hackney tomorrow as thousands of demonstrators pass through the borough on their way to the climax of the protest. The march, coordinated by a group of mothers known as “the Darlo mums”, set off from…

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

Hackney Council has introduced smoke-free zones in the parts of Clissold Park used extensively by children. This extends the existing smoking ban operating in the play areas of 13 major parks across the borough. The smoke free zone seeks to avoid children being exposed to smoking as, according to Hackney Council,…

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

A 21,000  signature petition against threatened cuts to GP surgeries in Hackney and Tower Hamlets was presented to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday after a demonstration by local campaigners. About 60 protesters with banners bearing slogans such as  “Hunt and Cameron, NHS for sale” and quotes from Aneurin Bevan, the…

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

A campaign aimed at improving the chances of cancer survival in East London has led to more people being diagnosed early. The “small c” campaign started in 2010, and is a partnership between the health services across Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham, City and Hackney and Barts Health NHS Trust. The…

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

More than 1,200 nitrous gas canisters were confiscated from the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch last Saturday, as Hackney Council banned the sale of the gas on the streets. The council have resorted to using Section 38 of the London Local Authority Act from 1990, which allows the local authorities…