Busy few months at Organise!

It's been a really busy few months in the Organise community. Check out what over 70,000 of us are doing to improve life at work:


"As one of the last trainee nurses to get the bursary, I'm terrified to see what's happening on my ward" - Emily, trainee NHS nurse

On Emily's ward, trainee nurses are drying up. It's because the nursing bursary was cut in 2015 meaning that training to be a nurse for NHS England now puts you in £50k worth of student debt. Applications to nursing have fallen off a cliff and our NHS is already 42,000 nurses short.

So Emily started a petition on Organise to bring the bursary back. Before long, her petition grew to over 8,000 signatures and she delivered it to Matt Hancock (Minister for Health).[1] And in the next few months, when she's off duty, Emily's planning on taking her petition straight to Number 10.


"I turn up to my shift, it gets cancelled and I get paid nothing" - Adam, McDonald’s worker

Thousands of Organise members know what Adam’s talking about. That’s why together, we’re convincing the Department for Business (BEIS) to change the law to give everyone all shifts a month in advance and full payment for any last-minute shift cancellations. [2]

Right now, we’re flooding email inboxes at BEIS with hundreds of experiences from our community and we’re still going. BEIS barely ever get this many emails in one go - so they’re definitely getting our message. But we won’t stop until they understand the difference the new laws could make.


"I have witnessed nearly 10 years of bullying, harassment and discrimination - and nobody’s been called out" - Staff member at a major council

There are major allegations of bullying and harassment inside one of the UK's biggest county councils. But staff have been scared into silence for years. Now, the staff are using the Organise survey tools to team up, confidentially gather evidence and expose it.

They’re taking those experiences and turning them into a report. And soon, they’ll be delivering the report to the head of the council and demanding an investigation and an overhaul of the council’s policy. This could be the difference for thousands of staff.

Our community is also campaigning to make companies publish their parental policies [3] and helping to make sure our workers’ rights stay protected after Brexit. [4]

Our 70,000-strong community can only keep fighting for workers’ rights when we work together. If you can, please chip in each week to keep our community winning:


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Thank you for being part of our community.

Usman, Nat and the Organise team.


NOTES:
[1] Check out Emily's petition here:
https://platform.organise.org.uk/campaigns/nursing-bursaries-open-letter
[2] Find out more about the government consultation on one-way flexibility here:
https://www.organise.org.uk/blog/shift-flexibility-consultation
[3] Check out the petition demanding that all companies publish their parental policies by law:
https://platform.organise.org.uk/campaigns/publish-maternity-paternity-pay
[4] Check out the petition demanding that workers' rights are protected after Brexit
https://platform.organise.org.uk/campaigns/protect-workers-rights-brexit

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