A lotto holiday
for Walton residents!
ALMOST 150 residents from
Walton are off to holiday in North Wales this weekend thanks to a
windfall on the lottery.
Walton Village Residents Association successfully bid for cash from
the National Lottery Awards for All programme which has been used to
help fund a weekend away at Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park for local
3, 50 seater coaches leave Liverpool on Friday morning at 11am to
take residents on the all-inclusive trip.
Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People and
County ward councillor, said:- "These are tough times for
people and for some this is their only chance of a trip away.
Getting out and about, meeting others and spending time doing
activities makes a major difference to their health and wellbeing."
The trip was promoted in leaflet and letter drops across the ward,
and everyone who requested a place has been accepted.
Lowest-paid Liverpool University
Staff Singled Out for Continued Attack
UNISON members at Liverpool
University have voted overwhelmingly to reject attacks on their pay,
which could lead to significant strike action. These key
support staff provide services such as catering, cleaning and
building management which keep the University running and the
These staff are already amongst the lowest paid section of the
workforce, earning an average of only £14,000 per year. Now,
Liverpool University wants to reduce their rates of pay for working
weekends, nights, open days, etc.
Staff stand to lose a significant chunk of their income. For
example, Kitchen Porters will lose £1,800 every year, Caterers will
lose nearly £1,000 a year and the Technicians that look after
animals on behalf of the University at Leahurst will lose £1,500 a
Maria Moss, UNISON Regional Organiser said:- "It's a scandal
and the University should be ashamed of themselves for singling out
the lowest paid workers to have their wages cut even further. It is
a disgrace that this is happening in a City where the Mayor of
Liverpool is taking a stand against poverty pay, yet Liverpool
University, a high profile local employer, choose to attack their
dedicated staff who live and work here. UNISON members have
been treated shabbily and are being forced to consider taking
industrial action. This is never an action we take lightly, but our
members are incensed by the University's confrontational approach to
industrial relations. It is unfortunate that this is bound to affect
thousands of students who have paid significant amounts of money to
attend this University."
tell an employer they were pregnant if offered a promotion or new
A new study released
by recruitment specialist
maternitycover.com shows that
52% of women from the North West would not necessarily admit to
being pregnant if offered a promotion or new job, with 59% of those
women insisting that their decision to be 'upfront' would depend on the role
According to the survey, 1 in 3 women from the North West felt like
they'd been overlooked for a promotion because they were of
childbearing age, with 37% of this group believing they could prove
it. A surprising 76% of women from this region felt that their
promotion prospects altered dramatically as soon as they had
The findings are released in a new report by maternitycover.com,
entitled Boardrooms and Babies, which polled over 1,300 UK women
through the country's leading parenting site netmums, 150 of which
come from the North West. The report outlines some of the challenges
mums and mums-to-be face in the workplace, and the discriminatory
stigmas many women feel continue to exist.
The research draws particular attention to how women feel their
career prospects and earning potential deteriorates once they become
mothers, as well as their relationships with colleagues and
For instance, 62% of women in this region felt that going on
maternity leaves a woman's job vulnerable to ambitious colleagues or
redundancy, with 45% of this group admitting that in current
economic times people don't think twice about trampling on
colleagues to get on. A surprising 62% of women admit to
earning less than they did before having a baby, with only 3%
experiencing an increased salary.
Perhaps more concerning than this: 43% of women from this area got
into debt due to maternity leave pay. 53% were even forced to end
their maternity leave earlier than expected due to money worries.
Despite all this, an incredible 73% of North West women surveyed by
maternitycover.com maintain that they are better employees as a
result of having a baby, with 31% of this group believing motherhood
has made them more focused and organised.
Paul Jenkins, CEO of maternitycover.com, says:- 'Women face
countless unspoken taboos when it comes to having children and
maintaining a career. Our survey, Boardrooms and Babies, makes this
all too clear. We wanted to drill down into what women really
experience, practically and financially, in the workplace when a
baby appears on the scene. Only by lifting the lid in this way can
we encourage conversation and improve communication between everyone