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Unison women tackle domestic violence in Bradford

A team of women from the Unison union are taking on a gruelling 12 hour gym session to raise money to support victims of domestic violence.

The event is taking place at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Odsal.

The women are hoping the money they raise will support parents and children who have been forced to live in special refuges to escape domestic violence.

Bradford Council is donating use of the equipment for free.

What we raise will help to buy some much needed Christmas presents for the children who will be in refuges over the festive period.

We felt we should do something to help and our 12-hour session in the gym is a good way to raise both money and awareness of the White Ribbon campaign."

– Jayne Booth, Unison Equalities Officer


Increased hospital parking fines "terrible"

Plans to increase parking fines in hospitals in Sheffield - which would see people parking in a "prohibited area" fined by £60 have been attacked by a union.

Unison say the proposals, which are planned to be introduced from October 1, are "terrible".

The job of enforcing and collecting the fine, which could be reduced if paid immediately, has been sub-contracted to a company called Liberty Parking Services. It is believed anyone who doesn't pay the fine will be pursued through the courts.

This is a terrible proposal and has not been properly discussed. I don't know about Liberty parking, it's more like taking the liberty. This will impact adversely on staff, patients and visitors and £60 is a big fine, particularly as a so-called prohibited area could be parking slightly outside the parking bays not blocking an access route.

This deals with the symptoms but not the problem of insufficient car parking around the Northern General. This is what we should be looking at and finding innovative ways of tackling this and indeed the whole question of traffic going into Sheffield."

This will cause hardship to low paid staff struggling to find an appropriate car parking space as they attend for work and also impact on patients and their visitors who already have enough to think about without £60 fines for a genuine mistake."

– Charlie Carruth, UNISON Regional Organiser