HACKNEY MAYOR Philip Glanville and Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet member for Equalities, held a minutes silence at midday on April 28, alongside council trade union reps from Unison, Unite and the GMB unions ─ Marvin Hay, Steve Edwards, and Andy Clifford ─ in memory of Hackney’s public servants who lost their lives to coronavirus, in recognition of International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD).
The Mayor, Cllr Williams and trade union reps lay flowers at the memorial bench in London Fields, dedicated to Hackney’s public servants and next to two other benches which remember two council staff members who lost their lives to coronavirus ─ Les Howard and Paramjit Bharmi.
Sharing the Trade Union Council’s message of “remember the dead, fight for the living,” IWMD comes as the Council also makes further progress on the Hackney Labour pledge to insource services and deliver good working terms and conditions for council staff, by introducing the ‘Insourcing Committee’ this week.
The Cabinet Procurement Committee is being renamed to the Cabinet Procurement & Insourcing Committee in recognition of the emphasis on insourcing as well as sustainable procurement.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney said: “Today we commemorate every worker that has died at work, and pledge to fight for good standards, terms and pay for the living. This year is particularly poignant as we remember Hackney’s workers who died from coronavirus.
“I was glad to join Cllr Williams and our trade union colleagues that continue to stand up for their members every day. I would encourage everyone to keep safe, join a union, remember the dead and fight for the living.”
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources said: “Safety at work is a right, not a privilege, and fighting for that right has never been more important. Today, alongside our trade union colleagues, we commemorate those that lost their lives at work.
“Hackney Labour will continue to fight for decent pay, terms and conditions at work for everyone in Hackney, whether that is through our Living Wage campaign or in the Council, with the recent renaming of our Procurement Committee to the Procurement and Insourcing Committee, alongside the £12 million worth of contracts that we will insourced this term.”
What is IWMD? https://www.tuc.org.uk/what-iwmd
The Council will insource £12 million of currently contracts currently outsourced to the private sector this term: https://news.hackney.gov.uk/insourcing-not-outsourcing–contracts-and-hundreds-of-staff-to-move-from-private-sector-to-council/
28 April 2021