Northamptonshire-based trade union Community has recently responded to an appeal from one of the county’s hospitals. The Intensive Therapy Unit at Kettering General Hospital was in desperate need of pens as to avoid contamination, pens in the unit are disposed of frequently and so they were rapidly getting through their stocks.
Some of the hospital team took to Facebook to appeal for help from the local area. This was spotted by Community’s regional organiser, Paul McKenna. The union holds a stock of union-branded pens at its Earls Barton training centre, which are normally used by its reps to promote the union in workplaces across the area. Since the lockdown the promotions are no longer taking place.
Paul McKenna said:
“It was great to be able to help out in this small way. You don’t realise just what’s required to keep things going and ensure the best help and support is there for our loved ones. Just something as simple as a shortage of pens can have an effect on what the NHS can do. We’re so impressed by what key workers are doing on the frontline of this crisis, so we welcomed the opportunity to make this contribution to the local effort.
“As a union Community is committed to playing our part in the response to the coronavirus. Backing community initiatives where our members live and work is just part of that, alongside continuing to support our members, particularly in the footwear industry, who have been furloughed.”
Community has represented workers in Northamptonshire’s footwear industry for generations. The union is recognised by the British Footwear Association, which includes all the areas major manufacturers.”
The union has since provided some of its bags following a further request from the team at the hospital.
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