UNISON NI offers support to the Philippines

UNISON Northern Ireland’s regional secretary Patricia McKeown has published an open letter to all UNISON members potentially affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“We are contacting all Filipino members who may have been affected by the impact of Typhoon Haiyan. On behalf of all UNISON members we offer our condolences and support” Ms McKeown has written.

“We are working to ensure that there is support in place for Filipino members in Northern Ireland as well as humantarian support for the millions of Filipinos directly affected.

For UNISON members working in the health service in Northern Ireland we have asked the employers to ensure that counselling and support services are available for anyone who needs them. We have made the same request of private sector employers and have offered to work with them on this. As futher details become available you will be able to find them on our website.

“If you have specific needs we can help with please contact your local UNISON representative or Nathalie Donnelly at n.donnelly@unison.co.uk.

“The executive council of UNISON has immediately donated £10,000 to the disaster fund and this is now being followed by donations from UNISON regions, branches and individual members. We have also been in contact with unions in the Philippines, including COURAGE, to see what further support we can give.

“It is clear from the extent of the disaster that humanitarian and solidarity support will be needed for a long time to come. If you have any particular ideas for solidarity work or fund raising through the union please let us know.

“In the meantime, our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines.”

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