last updated 28/10/2014




At a packed meeting of the Regional Local Government Service Group on Tuesday 14th October, branches in the NW unanimously agreed to condemn the postponement of the planned strike action on the same day in order to consult members on the latest ‘proposals’ for a settlement from the Local Government employers.

A motion condemning the proposals was agreed unanimously at the meeting, whilst the Bolton Branch LG Sector Committee has unanimously agreed a similar motion.

Consultation on the pay proposals is due to begin on Monday 20th October, and the branch will be contacting members on NJC pay as soon as details of the consultation are announced.

The branch believes that these ‘proposals’, which are not a formal offer, should be rejected by members. Here are some of the reasons why:

· For 2014/15, the total cash value at Spinal Column Point (SCP) 26 to 49 (51% of our members) will be less than if we had accepted the employers’ original offer. The additional pittance of an unconsolidated one-off payment will only be paid in April 2015.

· Those members paid between SCP 11 and 26 will only get 2.2% over the full two years (until April 2016). The minimum they would have got without taking strike action would have been 2%.

· Official forecasts show inflation will rise by around 4.1% during this period, meaning that our pay will continue to fall for the overwhelming number of our members.

· For the lowest paid (SCP 5 to 10), the proposals do not even meet the Living Wage.

· Not a single part of our pay claim will be achieved or address under the latest proposals.

For further information, please contact your workplace steward.

Motion to LG Sector Committee Reject the NJC pay proposals reinstate strike action to secure a decent pay rise for our members

MOTION agreed by the Regional Local Government Service Group Meeting 14 October - Reject The NJC Pay Proposals


The three unions which represent more than 1.5 million workers in local government and schools – UNISON, GMB and UNITE – have today decided to suspend strike action planned for 14 October and consult their members on new proposals put forward by the Local Government Association as the best achievable by negotiation.

The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016.

In doing so, all three unions have made it clear that they want to strengthen the collective bargaining machinery covering local government and schools and move quickly to jointly tackle important issues facing their members with the Local Government Association. Members covered by the National Joint Council for Local Government have the lowest pay in the public sector and have suffered significant attacks on their conditions of work in recent years.

The unions will now move forward together to consult their members.

inTouch Pay Special Issue‏

Read it HERE


UNISON campaigns hard to defend jobs and decent employment
standards, promote public services and equality and protect the health and
safety of our members. To do this we need to be able to campaign in the
political arena.
The law says that unions must have a separate political fund to pay for such
campaigns. This is raised by members choosing to pay some of their subs
into a fund – it does not cost you extra. Furthermore, unions need to ballot
members again every 10 years to keep this fund.
In UNISON we have a tradition of successful political campaigning. This
includes promoting the union’s policies within the Labour Party and
campaigning independently of any political party through the General
Political Fund.
It is the only union where you can choose whether your political fund
payment goes to the Labour Link section or the General Political Fund.
A “YES” vote to keep our political fund is a vote for choice.
Postal ballot starts 1 November 2014.
All papers must be returned by 30 November 2014.

Pay Comparisons Overview - 10th Oct‏

The most up to date spreadsheet giving an overview of the comparison models and differences between the previously rejected offer and the new proposals.

The reason for calling off the strike was so members could be informally consulted on these new proposals, so the most important column is really the last one, which shows what the actual £ difference would be (in your monthly wage, before tax, till March 31st 2016) between the offer previously rejected and the new proposals.

Campaign Bulletin Issue 51 - Outline of new proposals issued‏

Outline of new proposals issued

Attached to this bulletin you will find the final proposals on NJC pay for 2014 -2016 which UNISON’s NJC Committee considered yesterday and agreed to consult on. The additional proposal – the fifth bullet point - is highlighted in red.

We will be issuing the detailed implications of the proposals for members on Monday, following an NJC Joint Secretaries meeting at which we will agree pay calculations for consultation. The intention is to ensure that the three unions and the LGA consult on exactly the same basis. MORE

The Hoot Speedy Loan

Exclusively for Bolton at Home and Bolton Council employees

The Hoot Speedy Loan offers you the ability to borrow up to £400 without high interest charges or hidden fees. As a responsible lender we want to help you avoid the cost, panic and stress that may come from using a payday lender when that unexpected expense occurs.

Speedy Loans are typically paid with 3 monthly payments, helping you get your finances back on track.

To be eligible for a Hoot Speedy Loan you must*:

· Be over the age of 18

· Be an employee of either Bolton at Home or Bolton Council

· Have a bank account

· Have access to an email account

· Have a debit card for repayment

Apply by 3.00pm Monday to Friday and we guarantee a decision within 2 working days.

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Speedy Loans are intended for short term occasional use only and shouldn’t be used to manage existing debt or if you’re already feeling the strain financially. You should be sure that you can afford the repayments before applying for the loan.

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Sign the People's NHS Petition against the privatisation of Psychological Therapies.

The Psychological Therapies Service has been put up for sale – with the value of the contract almost half of what it currently costs to provide this valuable service.

If the contract is awarded to a private firm, this budget will be reduced even further as profits are taken out of the NHS and into the pockets of companies and shareholders. Sign HERE.

History of education for the working classes

On Wednesday 29 October at 2pm there is a launch at the Library of Rob Turnbull's book Left for the Rising Sun, right for Swan Hunter: the Plebs League in the North East of England 1908-1926.

One hundred years ago the North East was at the forefront of independent working class education as self-educated miners and shipyard workers sought to understand the conditions in which they lived. There were arguments, naturally, over who controlled adult education.

Robert Turnbull has written the first book on the long-neglected activity of The Plebs League and the Labour College Movement in the North East which sought a politically committed answer. Left for the Rising Sun, Right for Swan Hunter reflects the arguments of the day and celebrates the memory of those autodidacts who took part in the long struggle for an education that was otherwise denied them.

Rob has written for BBC History, Times Literary Supplement, Morning Star and Medieval History and is an active member of the North East Labour History Society.

Copies of the book, published by Five Leaves Press, will be available for purchase at £6.99.

Admission free; all welcome.

Sue Vickers
Unison Branch Officer for Life Long Learning

Your MP's vote‏

Dear Friend,
I am a nurse and I have worked in the NHS for over 30 years.

I care passionately about our health service, and I cannot describe how wonderful it is to work with a team of health care professionals who work hard to deliver the highest possible quality of care to our patients, every single day.

But things have become harder under this Tory-led government. The NHS is changing.

That’s why I’m asking you to email your MP today to ask them to back a bill that will stop the creeping privatisation of our health service.

Services are slowly being sold off, budgets are being cut, and unrealistic “savings” are impacting on the service we provide: most noticeably in staff shortages.

An overworked staff are being asked to deliver more, without the resources they need.

We cannot let this happen.

We need to fight for an NHS that remains free at the point of delivery to all who need it.

An NHS that we can all be proud of.

My daughter is currently studying to be a nurse. I want to make sure our NHS is still here when she qualifies, and that she can be proud to work in a health service that is the envy of the world – delivering the best possible care, no matter who you are or where you come from.

Ask your MP to vote to protect our NHS. Click here to email your MP now:

Email your MP and tell them why you love the NHS, why we should all be proud of our people’s health service, and why they need to turn up and vote for the NHS on 21st November.

Help relieve the pressure, help us to stop the sell off of our NHS.

Thank you,

Eleanor Smith
Theatre Nurse Specialist, Birmingham


Download form HERE

Fundraising event for the Working Class Movement Library‏

Actors Chris Eccleston, Sheila Hancock and Maxine Peake will be giving readings at a fundraising event for the Working Class Movement Library on Sunday 23 November, 2pm, in Peel Hall, University of Salford. They will be reading from works connected with Salford. Tickets can be booked here

New UNISON Member Benefit Offer - UIA will guarantee to beat your home insurance renewal premium*

Did you know that as a UNISON member you get up to 40% off home insurance plus we will GUARANTEE to beat your latest renewal quote*

As well as this great offer, here are some more reasons to get a quote from UIA Insurance:·         Spread the cost of home insurance with interest-free direct debits (something that many insurance companies will charge you for)

·         Save an additional 10% when you buy combined buildings and contents insurance

·         We will pay any switching fee that your current provider may charge – up to £25

·         UK based call centre

Just call 0800 66 88 55 or click on for a quote.

As a mutual company, we are owned by our policyholders, which helps us to keep premiums low, provide excellent products and employ highly trained staff to give you the best service possible.

Competitive rates are also available on Travel and Pet Insurance.

*Offer is subject to terms and conditions and usual underwriting criteria. Guarantee to beat your current renewal is subject to a minimum premium, and is only available to customers that have a 5 year claims free history. You may be required to validate existing renewal quote.

For quality and protection purposes your call will be recorded. UNISON is an Introducer Appointed Representative of UIA (Insurance) Ltd and UIA (Insurance Services) Ltd. UIA Travel and Pet insurance are provided by third parties, see for details. UIA (Insurance) Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. UIA (Insurance Services) Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Offer available until 31st December 2014.

Tony Benn: Will and Testament
Preview Film Screening


Exclusive Ticket Offer for UNISON Members!

This September, Praslin Pictures is hosting a series of exclusive screenings of Tony Benn: Will and Testament in towns and cities across the UK that have a special significance to Tony Benn’s life and political career.
Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests and an audience Q&A.

The film is an intimate and personal reflection on life, work, love and loss from one of the UKs most influential and charismatic political figures - Tony Benn.
Watch the trailer here

As a member of UNISON, you can enjoy 10% off tickets by using UNISON10 when booking tickets at one of our preview screenings in Manchester, Chesterfield, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Oxford, Bristol and Islington, click here to book your tickets.

If you'd like to make a large booking please email me at

We hope to see you at one of our screenings !

*Tickets can only be purchased in advance, discount valid until date of screening.


David Crausby MP backs Ethical Care Campaign.


There has been a great deal of news coverage recently about the use of zero hours contracts and calls for the minimum wage to be replaced by a ‘living wage’. These are huge issues within social care services for elderly and disabled people. There have been also been major concerns about the increased reliance on 15 minute care visits. Short pop-in visits mean that vulnerable and isolated people will have care that is rushed and lacking indignity. UNISON argues that quality care cannot be provided on the cheap – it needs investment. UNISON nationally has launched a campaign for local councils to sign up the Ethical Care Charter. Bolton Unison has launched a local e-petition calling on Bolton Council to support the Ethical Care Charter. David Crausby MP for Bolton North East has agreed to give this his full support. For further details and to sign the petition please follow the link below.

The Bolton Unison epetition can be found at:

Strike Day Photos



Please help support The Not Shop

Help support Bolton at Home Not Shop by donating any unused / unwanted school uniforms

We are collecting any item of local school uniform ( or uniform minus logos) which will be placed in the Not Shop, Breightmet for our customers to swap or use.

The Not Shop has been set up as part of a staff Risky Business suggestion and in conjunction with a local charity will not only provide much needed school uniform for the local community but also provide volunteer opportunities for our tenants and customers…

Please dig out those unused and unwanted school clothes ( shoes , wellies ) and place in a plastic bag ready for collection on Friday 27th June .

Drop Off Locations

Valley House – 1st Floor Windsor room, 2nd Floor flowers room

Riverside Ferns room

Any Bolton at Home UCAN centre

Keep Volunteering Voluntary

UNISON and several charities are opposing the introduction of government-sanctioned Community Work Placements in its ‘help to work’ scheme which began in April. Government rules makes it compulsory for a long term claimant to either do "intensive" coaching, meet an adviser every day, or do a community work placement. The Community programme requires participants to take on unpaid community-based work experience placement of up to 30 hours each week for up to six months. UNISON has pledged its opposition to the use of “workfare” in the charity sector and has signed up to the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign. The government scheme has faced heavy criticism for not offering real opportunities for the unemployed, and creating a scheme which does nothing more than falsify real unemployment figures.

Bolton says - Stop violence against women !

The Branch Committee of Bolton Unison which is made up of union stewards, convenors and branch officers recently gave its support to the campaigns to stop violence against women. A branch committee resolution noted the case of Pakistani woman, Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death in May this year. The incident took place outside a courthouse in Lahore for the perceived crime of choosing her own husband – against the wishes of her family. Violence against women is recognised by the United Nations as a worldwide problem - "There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable"  (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon).

The Unity Warehouse Discount Club

Save money and time The Unity Warehouse Discount Club on Home phone, broadband, mobile, gas and electricity.
We will be looking to have a local representative down at the branch to discuss how they can save you money – watch this space !! alternatively click on the page and make contact with the rep Emma Saunders Tel: 07828697092

Bolton Council Golf Society - no joining fees for Unison members in 2014

We are offering Unison members free membership for the 2014 season (fee usually £5.00), please note that the offer is not open to anyone who is or has previously been a society member, proof of Unison membership will be required).

We have members at various levels so you don’t need to be Luke Donald to come and have some fun with the emphasis being on fun rather than being over competitive.

We usually hold 8 events a year, 1 a month from March to October, playing local courses whenever possible with events varying from full events (27 holes with breakfast, lunch and an evening meal) to smaller events (18 holes with breakfast and lunch), the society caps the prices of events with full day events never costing more than £40. There are prizes at each event for nearest the pin and longest drive, members compete for the Members Shield and The Massey. The society is non-profit making with any profits being donated to Bolton Hospice.

The April event on 25.04.14 is being held at Great Lever and Farnworth Golf Club, for £35 you will get 30 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch and evening meal plus competition entry. Deposits of £20 are now being taken, for further information or an application form please e-mail

“A tale of Bob in Barnet”


The “A Tale of Bob in Barnet” provides an insight into the challenges facing Barnet UNISON and our members. Many of the challenges we are facing are no different to what other trade unions and community campaigns have been facing since the Coalition government unleashed Austerity in our workplaces, our homes, our services.



The health and safety of older workers

A guide for workplace representatives

The New Local Government Pension Scheme (England and Wales)‏

The new LGPS started on 1 April 2014 in line with an agreement between the unions, employers and the government. This briefing provides a summary of the benefits and protections that are now laid down in law.

Government under fire for outsourcing scandals

The Government’s ability to negotiate and manage contracts with outsourcing providers has been criticised in damning report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Joint Union Lunch Time Pay Protest

Bolton Town Hall Square - Tuesday 4th February

We had an excellent response on Bolton Town Hall square on Tuesday 4th February as we

kicked off the local government pay campaign with a lunch time rally and low pay soup kitchen. We gave out hundreds of leaflets, collected postcards and signatures on petitions as well as giving cups of soup to passers-by.

There was a positive reception to our claim for fair pay for everyone and a living wage for the lowest paid. People readily understood that our members in local government have had years of pay freezes and 1% rises in the face of spiralling living costs have rocketed.

Although we often hear politicians and people in the media attempting to divide public sector workers from private sector workers, this was not our experience on the precinct yesterday. Several people said “good luck” and “good on you” when we talked about our pay campaign for a £1 an hour increase.

Bernadette Gallagher

Battling for Bolton

Read it HERE

Battling For Bolton Edition Three
Battling For Bolton Edition Two
Battling For Bolton Edition One

What you need to know

Unison has seen a sharp rise in the number of safeguarding cases, whilst they are mainly within schools it is an issue which effects ALL staff. These have led to disciplinary action and in some cases dismissal. UNISON has put together some safety tips, please use them, it could save your job.

When you join facebook, ensure you ‘lock’ your page so only people YOU choose can view your pages, photo’s etc.

DO NOT under any circumstances ‘make friends’ with any service user.

Do not talk about your work base, in your status. Your Authority or manager is your employer and you can be disciplined for writing anything derogatory about them or your workplace.

It isn’t wise to be commenting about your personal life activities when you are on sick leave.


These are now safeguarding issues. An employer can discipline you if they believe your comments bring ‘The employer into disrepute’. Ignorance could lose you your job and is not a defence.

Free financial advice

UNISON Debtline offers members and their families a range of services from advice on budgeting and council tax arrears to debt management plans. MORE

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