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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three major unions who are taking on Hackney Council over an alleged culture of bullying, harassment and racism are holding a meeting for victims to share their experiences.

Hundreds of supporters turned up for the ninth annual ‘red run’ at Victoria Park to mark the 30th anniversary of the first World Aids Day.

The Green Party staged a demo outside a council consultation about the future of Dalston on Tuesday night, urging them to “get tough on developers”.

A rough sleeper being treated in hospital faces the stark choice of returning to a ‘building site’ B&B - or discharge to the streets.

The town hall has commissioned an independent investigation into unions’ claims there is a culture of “bullying, harassment and racism” within its workforce, insisting it has a “zero-tolerance” approach.

Spoof billboards declaring Brexit to be a collaboration between Russia and the UK have cropped up in Stoke Newington and Bethnal Green.

Unions say there is a “culture of bullying, harassment and racism” at Hackney Council and one has threatened possible strike action unless there is a full independent investigation.

Hackney has stumped up an extra £5.9million to pay for its fire door replacement programme – taking the total expected cost for the work to £25.5m.

Councillors again rounded on transport chiefs over the planned bus cuts at a town hall meeting last week.

Youngsters were reported missing more than 700 times last year in Hackney, new figures show.

Penny Wrout has won the by-election in Victoria ward, after Alex Kuye was forced to step down less than six months after being elected.

Voters in the south of Hackney are heading to the polls this morning for the Victoria ward by-election.

Wireless promoters defended the music festival at a licence review hearing last night, saying it is a “celebration of grime music” that causes no public nuisance.

A Hackney Council worker claims she was the victim of racist discrimination at her call centre after a manager said to her while she rolled a cigarette: “I hope you are not smoking marijuana in work time.”

Hackney’s mayor’s office has struggled to deal with the number of complaints escalated to the council’s top table over the last year.

Candidates from all the main parties have been announced ahead of a by-election in Victoria Ward.

Hackney Council wants to trial the government’s Housing First programme as it looks for new ways to shrink its 12,600-strong waiting list.

Hackney Council has defended its homeless services in the wake of a damning report by a health watchdog.

The proposed new boundaries for Hackney’s constituencies are unchanged, after the final recommendations were published by the Boundary Commission this morning.

A Hackney councillor has been forced to step down from his position due to ill-health less than six months after being elected.

Youngsters at risk of sexual exploitation will benefit from a £1million grant awarded to Hackney Council by the Home Office.

A new charity offering free immigration advice to EU citizens living in the UK has launched its self-help guide to answer their questions: “What do I do now?”.

Hackney is the first council to officially oppose the criminalisation of Windrush familes, celebrate Windrush Day and call for a public enquiry into the scandal.

A troubled young man found dead in his Upper Clapton flat should have been saved, says a neighbour who made 200 calls in a year about his problem behaviour.

The bitter row over Hackney’s hugely unpopular new licensing policy is still raging a week on – with neither side showing any sign of calling it a night.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville is not happy with Crossrail 2 bosses who have ignored issues surrounding a ventilation shaft in Shoreditch Park in their latest update.

Transport minister Jo Johnson has agreed to consider alternatives to Network Rail’s impending sale of its 4,555 railway arches to one buyer.

The Bishop of Stepney is leaving through ill health after seven years as east London’s ‘campaigning church leader’ tacking the government for social justice.

Sadiq Khan had a kickabout on Mabley Green this morning to launch his summer project to fund activities for kids.

Sadiq Khan’s night czar Amy Lamé has finally broken her silence on the Hackney licensing row – almost 24 hours after the controversial policy was approved by the council.

They keep the streets clean, tend the borough’s parks and help children read – now council staff who help the community are being showcased in a photography exhibition.

Councillors last night approved a new licensing policy for Hackney that will introduce “core” midnight curfews for all new venues – insisting the plans won’t harm the borough’s thriving and creative nightlife.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville says the council would be interested in buying the borough’s Network Rail arches if a planned fire sale can be stopped, the Gazette can reveal.

Traffic wardens are on strike again in Hackney, and two other groups of workers could be set to down tools too.

Hackney Council looks set to plough ahead with its hugely unpopular plans to impose a midnight curfew on new bars.

Town hall chiefs have come up with a new hate crime strategy in an attempt to stamp out the vile assaults across the borough.

Dancing drag queens – and kings – joined council staff and community groups at the Pride parade to show there truly is a rainbow around Hackney.

A diver who as a youngster was given funding by Hackney Council won a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Fees for learning English as a second language are being scrapped in a “bold move” by east London’s New City college group.

Opposition councillors are still boycotting the town hall’s standards committee over claims of political bias dating back to 2013.

Probation workers who launched a service to support vulnerable Hackney women have won big at a national awards ceremony.

More bobbies on the beat paid for with extra funding could soon be coming to Hackney with the creation of a new police command for east London.

Campaigners in London Fields say they are “hugely disappointed” after plans for two new homes on their estate were signed off.

Embattled Hackney Council wants to take the government to court to defend its right to publish its propaganda rag fortnightly.

Psychotic residents banging on doors in the middle of the night, drug dealing, prostitution and excrement in the corridor. Now a health watchdog has slammed dire conditions in Hackney homeless hostels. Emma Youle reports

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