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18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the Nelson Mandela International Day.

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Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

How the Day came about

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Nelson Mandela Rules

In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/175 not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle referred to above.


It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.

– Nelson Mandela

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The POA National Executive Committee have instructed its membership in England and Wales to hold meetings outside their respective Prisons to discuss Prison Reform after NOMS management failed to consult on how prisoners are supervised during their sentence.

The meetings have been described by Senior Management as “unlawful Industrial Action”, which the POA have refuted.

Miami Five Freedom Tour is Coming to Manchester


Thursday 14 July, 6.30pm at Manchester Town Hall.  Hear first hand from René and Gerardo who spent 16 years in US jails for trying to stop terrorist attacks against Cuba.

Gerardo Hernández and René Gonzalez are visiting the UK to thank campaigners for their solidarity and support through 16 years in American prisons.  Gerardo and René are two of the Miami Five who received very harsh and unjust jail sentences after infiltrating Florida-based groups responsible for violent actions and bombing campaigns against Cuba.

They will be speaking at a public meeting about their time in jail, how international solidarity helped them, the current situation with US-Cuba relations, and why solidarity with Cuba is just as important as ever while the US blockade remains in place.

They will be joined at the meeting by speakers including Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd, Angela Rayner MP, Bob Oram from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and UNISON North West Regional Convenor Paula Barker.

It promises to be an informative and inspiring event and there’s no need to book.

There is a coach running from Liverpool to the event – call 0207 490 5715 for details.

There is a flyer for the event available here.

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Your New Look Local Government Pension

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Panel Discussion: Transforming Rehabilitation: Reflections Two Years On

Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 17:15 to 19:30
Liverpool John Moores University – The Law School, Redmonds Building Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG

A collaboration between Probation Journal and Liverpool John Moores University

In 2014, a radically new delivery landscape for the delivery of probation services in England and Wales emerged as a result of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. This has led to the break-up of what was formerly a unified public body with high risk public protection work retained within the public sector (in a new National Probation Service) and the majority of probation work undertaken in 21 newly contracted and privately managed Community Rehabilitation Companies. The past two years have been marked by a period of unprecedented organisational change as the new structures have been implemented. To coincide with the launch of a special edition of Probation Journal (published by Sage in June 2016 ) this event brings together speakers from the main stakeholders to each discuss, and reflect on, the challenges, contradictions and potential opportunities in the reforms followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to all practitioners, academics and interested stakeholders and will be preceded by a wine reception at Liverpool John Moores University.


  • Roz Hamilton, Deputy Director of NPS North West
  • Ian Lawrence, General Secretary of Napo
  • Prof Paul Senior, Chair of the Probation Institute
  • Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation
  • Yvonne Thomas, Interserve (Justice Division) Manager Director

The event will be chaired by Lol Burke, Editor, Probation Journal.

The event will take place in The Law School, Liverpool John Moores University, Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5UG

Refreshments available from: 17:15

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which can trace its origins back to 1891, is one of the earliest schemes among local authorities providing retirement benefits for employees. In addition to this long
history, it has introduced a number of features over the years that have been ‘firsts’ in local government service.

Angie’s story: The NHS will be poorer if we leave the EU

A million transferred workers each year could have pay and conditions cut outside of EU, says TUC


The TUC is warning today (Monday) that Brexit would make it easier for employers to impose pay cuts and worse conditions on workers in firms that are sold to a new owner, or services that are contracted out.

Government figures suggest that close to a million (910,000) workers each year are affected by such transfers, and protected by the EU-derived Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – known as TUPE.

Two of the largest employment sectors in which TUPE transfers of employees are common are cleaning and domestic services.

TUC analysis of labour market data finds that of 612,000 low-paid people in cleaning and domestic work, nearly three-quarters (74%) are women. And of 480,000 people working in the kitchen and catering assistants sector, nearly two-thirds (63%) are women. The majority of women working in each sector are also part-time workers.

The TUC says that this is further evidence that it is low-paid female workers who tend to be at particular risk of losing employment rights from Brexit.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“If you’ve ever worked for a company that’s been taken over, or a service that’s been contracted out, you will know how worrying it can be to get transferred to a new boss. But thankfully there are EU rules that stop the new boss cutting your pay and conditions overnight.

“But if we leave the EU, those guarantees are gone. Lots of employers are itching to persuade politicians to scrap these protections – and if we leave the EU they’d have the chance they’ve been waiting for.

“Low-paid women workers are especially at risk. This is because jobs like cleaners and caterers are amongst those most likely to be contracted out. The best way to protect working people from losing these rights is to vote Remain so we keep the current EU rules.”

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Calais Convoy Saturday 18 June

UNISON branches and regions are asked to provide practical support and donations for the convoy  to demonstrate UNISONs solidarity with refugees from the people of this country.  

Regions can help to organise donations or volunteer for the Calais convoy locally/regionally with the Peoples Assembly. Full details are here.

 Regions and branches are welcome to also join the convoy and individuals can volunteer for loading and unloading etc. 


  • 08:30: Vehicles Assemble on Whitehall
  • 09:30: Convoy to Calais and Supporters Rally, Parliament Square
  • 10:00: Convoy departs
  • 13:30: Convoy arrives at Dover
  • 13:55: Ferry departs / Rally at Dover for those who can\’t make it to Calais
  • 16:00: Convoy arrives at Camp. Unloading operation begins
  • 19:00: Closing Rally at Calais
  • 21:00: Convoy Depart

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Organised by People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism, Unite the Union, Communications Workers Union, TSSA, War on Want, Momentum & Muslim Association of Britain

UNISON branches and regions are asked to provide practical support and donations for the convoy  to demonstrate UNISONs solidarity with refugees from the people of this country.  

Regions can help to organise donations or volunteer for the Calais convoy locally/regionally with the Peoples Assembly. Full details are here.

 Regions and branches are welcome to also join the convoy and individuals can volunteer for loading and unloading etc. 



World Day Against Child Labour 12 June

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

UN World Environment Day 5 June

World Environment Day aims to inspire more people than ever before to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet Earth’s natural systems from reaching the breaking point. The 2016 theme highlights the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife, which erodes precious biodiversity and threatens the survival of elephants, rhinos and tigers, as well as many other species. It also undermines our economies, communities and security. This year’s slogan “Go Wild for Life” encourages you to spread the word about wildlife crime and the damage it does, and to challenge all those around you to do what they can to prevent it.

2016 Theme: Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife

The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecoystems, fuelling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe.

Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. In 2011, a subspecies of Javan rhino went extinct in Vietnam, while the last western black rhinos vanished from Cameroon the same year. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, and other countries could quickly follow. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins, as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife! Learn more about this year’s World Environment Day theme.

Host Country: Angola

This year’s World Environment Day celebrations are hosted by Angola, a country seeking to restore its elephant herds, conserve Africa’s biodiversity-rich wildlife, and safeguard the environment as it continues to rebuild after more than a quarter-century of civil war.

“Angola is delighted to host World Environment Day, which will focus on an issue close to our hearts,” said Angolan Environment Minister Maria de Fatima Jardim. “The illegal wildlife trade, particularly the trade in ivory and rhino horn, is a major problem across our continent. By hosting this day of celebration and awareness-raising, we aim to send a clear message that such practices will soon be eradicated.” See more information on the host country.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 4 June

“On this solemn occasion, we need to recall the sacred duty, enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, to ensure that all children, without any exception whatsoever, enjoy special protection.”

Former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar,
in his message for the 1983

On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.

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EU referendum: make your voice heard on 23 June

The referendum on 23 June gives us all the chance to decide whether to remain part of the European Union (EU). We’ve talked to our members. We’ve weighed up the arguments on both sides  We know the EU isn’t perfect but leaving would have a hugely detrimental impact upon rights at work, jobs, living standards and public services. That’s why UNISON will be campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU, and to rebuild it for the benefit of working people.


Today we’re launching our campaign website. On it you’ll find materials for members and branches: leaflets and stickers to order; general secretary blogs; videos; and a sign up to follow the campaign as it develops up to polling day on 23


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A number of UNISON members have con-tacted us to say that they were appointed or promoted on, or after 1 April 2015, and that as a result NPS Shared Services has informed them that they are not eligible for the 2015 pay increment which was given to other NPS staff earlier this year.
Not for the first time, Shared Services has got this wrong!

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NPS Update 3 – May 2016

The EU referendum: A big decision. Don’t risk it!

Good jobs, rights at work. The Trades Union Congress believe there’s a huge amount at stake for working people in this referendum. A vote for Brexit could see huge damage to our industrial base and the good jobs it provides, as well as eroding hard won rights that make our working lives much better.