Transgender Day of Remembrance- 20 November

In support of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023, the General Secretary of your Staff Association, Julia Georgiou, was asked by the TUC to write a short blog piece to be published on the TUC feed.

Transgender Day of Remembrance brings to a close Trans Awareness Week (13 November - 19 November)

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Remember

Remember Brianna Ghey – her 17th birthday would have been on the 7/11 had she not been killed in a Warrington park earlier this year.

Remember Alice Litman, who died while waiting over three years for the care which is likely to have saved her – a wait which was heavily criticised by the Coroner for West Sussex.

Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Remember too, the 26 trans and non-binary people murdered in the US since the last TDoR. Violent deaths which all could have been prevented with greater understanding and empathy from society and political leaders in particular.

Remember that LGBTQ+ people face growing risk around the world but notably in countries in central Europe, Russia, Middle Eastern countries, the US, and others.

Remember that Uganda has enacted the most horrific laws against LGBTQ+ people this year, and other African nations are seeking to follow suit.

Remember that in 2017 Theresa May committed her Conservative Government to banning conversion therapy and improving trans rights.

Remember that on the 7 November Sunak & Co again failed our communities by not announcing legislation to ban this abhorrent practice for all LGBT+ people in the final King’s Speech of this failed Government, opening the door for further torture while those in charge of our country pander to a minority of their own MPs.

Remember that trans and non-binary people have been present in society for thousands of years, without causing any problems or diminishing women’s rights. That we stood at the forefront of Stonewall fighting for LGB rights, before LGBTQ+ was the umbrella term. That we stood with miners on their picket lines in the 80s. That we stand with women in the fight for their rights to equal pay and conditions, safe spaces in the same way that we need all of these equalities.

On Trans Day of Remembrance 2023, remember that we’re only human. Your friends, your siblings. Your children, your partners or your parents.

That all we ask is to be able to live freely and with dignity in an equal society without threat of ridicule, violence or death. To work in equal workplaces, for a fair week’s wage. To receive treatment if that is what we seek, without years of waiting.

Remember.

It's election time

You may have seen an email last week from Civica, our independent election provider, opening elections for two posts:

Deputy General Secretary

Secretary

Both roles are open to nominations from you, the wider membership. Full details of the roles and how to submit your nomination can be found within the email from Civica Election Services. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. Monday 25th September 2023.

In addition to the two posts within the executive team there are a number of current department and geographical representative posts which are also due re-election. these are:

Re-election this year given our 3 year term of office:

  • Neil Wootton               North East and Tech Ops
  • Veronica Fiore            South East and Major Projects

The following co-opted reps to be confirmed:

  • David Topping             Northern Ireland and BI
  • Tracey Hughes           MK (Commercial – Regional Directors)

In addition we have two vacancies which could be filled in any of the following areas:

  • East & Central
  • Scotland
  • South West
  • West & Wales
  • Milton Keynes (Head office)

If you are interested an of the roles please e-mail us at staffassociation@nhbc.co.uk. You should be supported by one other member of the SA but in the first instance, we’re simply seeking expressions of interest.

You MUST submit a nomination if:

  • your existing role as rep is due for re-election
  • you wish to contest any of the roles due for re-election or confirmation following co-option,
  • you are interested in becoming a rep to either fill any of the vacancies.

Nominations will close on Monday 25th September at midnight.

Any nomination received after this time will be excluded. We will report back on nominations and arrange any elections soon after the closure of nominations.

Should we receive more nominations than there are posts available in any particular region or department we may need to hold elections which will be organised digitally.

Review of subsistence allowance

With everyone feeling the cost of living increase you made us aware that the subsistence allowance has not kept up with the price of lunch and a coffee! Armed with your concerns and our own research we approached the business to review the current rates and suggest some movement so that those eligible are not paying out of pocket when on the road.

We are pleased to confirm that we convinced the business to commence a review. Full details of any changes will be announced by NHBC in the near future.

Prize draw winner!

Congratulations to Matt Turner who won the SA quarterly prize draw in March! Enjoy spending your £50 vouchers.

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