‘Go-ON’ and get involved!
winning learning initiative, Merseylearn, are supporting the
national Go ON Give an Hour campaign, the biggest consumer-focused
campaign to date devoted to inspiring, encouraging and supporting
the UK to become a truly networked nation.
On the 30 October 2011 the clocks went back and everyone in the UK had an
extra hour... Go ON are asking the 30 million people who use the
internet everyday to use this hour to transform someone’s life by
helping them get online.
As part of the Go-On Liverpool campaign, Merseylearn held an event to
show staff what 6 to 11 year olds can do safely online.
6 year old Niamh Hunter worked alongside 11 year old Edward Tripp
and his 7 year old brother William, to display their skills,
knowledge and confidence, showing the ‘grownups’ how to access
educational games and websites used by most primary schools. Merseylearn staff and Union Learning Reps were on hand to provide
information on basic computer courses through Go-On, low cost
computer schemes and resources to support young children with
Literacy and Numeracy.
Niamh’s dad, Union Learning Rep and Merseylearn ICT tutor, Norman
Hunter said:- "I got the idea for the event when I was
watching Niamh using a smart board at a parents evening, she is so
confident and inquisitive and thinks nothing of accessing the Web
Neil Scales, Merseytravel Chief Executive added:- "It’s great
to see the youngsters getting involved, the confidence and digital
skills shown by Edward, William and Niamh demonstrate that young
people, particularly family members, can help older people get
All 3 children have signed up as Digital Champions, and pledged to
give an hour as part of the Race Online 2012 campaign. Recent
research from Race Online indicated that around 9 Million people in
the UK have never used the Internet; many of these are older people.
Young Digital Champion William summed up the day by saying "it
was epic showing people all the cool stuff you can do online."
Go-ON Give an Hour runs from 22 October
to 12 November 2011.
To find out more and join the Liverpool digital champion network goto:-
1 in 5 in
pension horror this Halloween
MORE than 1 in 5 people in
the north west are under attack in the coalition's pension’s horror,
according to Unite, Britain’s biggest union. Based on John
Hutton’s report into public sector pensions, 12 million people in
the UK are either drawing their pension after working in public
services, are actively paying into schemes at the moment; or have
moved to the private or not-for profit sectors after previously
contributing to a public sector pension.
With a UK population of 62.3 million, according to the Office for
National Statistics (ONS), it means 1 in 5 have a stake in public
sector pensions. And in the north west this figure is even
higher where 686,000 people are employed by the public sector making
up 22% of the local workforce in the region.
Unite’s assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail said:-
"This government is sucking the life out of public sector workers
and the communities where they live. The coalition government is
unleashing a horrific attack on millions of people in this country.
1 in 5 people in the UK have a stake in a public sector pension.
Everyone will know someone who will suffer because of the
government's plans, unless we stand up and defend public sector
We are urging public sector workers to vote 'yes' for action for 30
November to defend their pension. We are doing our best to reach an
agreement with the government but it is refusing to negotiate
meaningfully on any reasonable compromises.
Public sector workers' pay has been frozen, while the cost of living
soars. They face widespread redundancies, cuts and closures, and now
the government is coming for their pensions."
Unite began issuing ballot papers last Wednesday, 26 October 2011, to
approximately 160,000 public sector workers in the biggest ever
mobilisation of its members as it battles to defend public sector
pensions. The ballot will close on Wednesday, 16 November 2011.
A 'yes' vote will see Unite members take a day of industrial action
on 30 November 2011, as part of the national day of action against pension
The union is in dispute with government over its impositions which
could see the majority of public sector workers having to pay 50%
more into their pension schemes to earn a pension in the future
which will be worth 50% less. The proposals will also force them to
work for much longer in order to be able to afford to retire, as any
retirement before their higher state pension ages will be heavily
Most public sector pensions pay less than £ 5,600, with many Unite
members getting far less than that after years of dedicated public
service. Women working in the public sector will be worst hit by the
government's plans because they make up the majority of the public
sector workforce with many on low pay. Half of all women working in
the public sector retire on a pension of less than £4,000 a year.
Unite represents the broadest range of occupations within the public
sector of any union in the UK and encompasses several professional
bodies. Members can be found in the NHS, local government, Ministry
of Defence (MoD), further education, government departments and also
in not-for-profit organisations where many workers still belong to
public sector pension schemes. But do our readers agree with
the union or do you think they are going to far now? Let us
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