“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.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY 2014
The National Employers have, after careful consideration and extensive consultation, agreed to make the following final offer that we believe balances the desire to provide a pay increase for all NJC employees with councils’ limits of affordability. More
UNISON Members – Bolton Council and Schools only NJC Pay Ballot
EXTENSION TO DEADLINE Further to the correspondence which has been circulated informing members of the deadline for the NJC consultative ballot, I have today received information from the North West Region that the deadline for ballot papers has been extended to 1pm Tuesday 22nd April. this is to take account of the two bank holidays. Please note this is an absolute deadline as responses from all regions need to be at head office for the 23rd April If you have not received a ballot paper please contact your section steward or the union office urgently .
International Workers Memorial Day Monday 28th April ‘Remember the Dead: Fight for the Living’
For more info: saveourhealthservicesbolton.org.uk/mh.html
or ring: 07972 120 451
REMEMBER TO USE YOUR VOTE IN THE UPCOMING SERVICE GROUP ELECTIONS BALLOT
OPENS: 7th April 2014
BALLOT CLOSES: 16th May 2014 (5pm)
YOUR BRANCH HAS NOMINATED: Andrea Egan (Female Seat) Steven North (General Seat)
Revealing Truths: Just How Free Is the Press?
Tuesday 29 April 2014
7.30pm Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street Manchester
This meeting will discuss the politics of the media and the how to get alternative views heard.
Granville Williams Granville has edited a new book Settling Scores: The Media, the Police and the Miners' Strike. He is a founder member of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
Stephen Kingston. Stephen is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor of the Salford Star.
This meeting has been organised by the Mary Quaile Club and sponsored by Manchester and Salford NUJ, Salford UNISON, UNITE social action branch and UNITE NW region.
The health and safety of older workers
HE employers offer 2% and living wage
Higher education employers have made a "full and final" pay offer of 2%, with a minimum pay point equal to the living wage, following pay talks with the unions.
UNISON's higher education service group executive will meet on 23 April to discuss the consultation with members on the 2014/15 offer and the dispute over 2013/14 pay.
"This offer represents a significant shift from recent offers by the higher education employers," said national secretary Jon Richards.
"It also recognises low pay and the living wage, which is an important benchmark for UNISON.
"This adds an important new item to add to our consultation of branches and members on the way forward in our continuing campaign for fair pay for HE staff.”
The details of the offer are:
Pay rates for all staff covered by the higher education national agreement would be increased from 1 August 2014 by 2%.
Point 1 of the pay spine would also be increased by a further £30. This would bring point 1 to the current rate of the living wage (£7.65) in those higher education institutions that have a 35-hour working week, which equates to an increase of 2.2%.
London weighting - Post 92 higher education institutions that pay London weighting in line with the national agreement are recommended to increase these by 2%.
Pre 92 higher education institutions are not subject to national negotiations on London weighting. UNISON centre will have discussions with the unions's Greater London region about this.
The national employers and unions will conduct joint work to look at the use of the bottom pay points, variance in weekly hours and hourly equivalent rates used by universities.
This will enable both sides to assess the use and usefulness of, in particular point 1 of the 51-point pay spine. This will inform discussions on pay for 2015/16.
Pay-related equality matters
The employers and trade unions remain committed to exploring the pay equality-related elements of the trade unions' claim at the remaining negotiating meetings for 2014-15. The next meeting will take place on 24 April.
The final offer is based on the following understandings:
· that it would settle the pay negotiations for 2014/15;
· that it would draw a line under the 2013/14 negotiating round and dispute.
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.
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Sports and Social committee presents
‘A night with Alun Parry’
Saturday 17th May 2014 Brass Cat Pub, Church gate, Bolton (Function room) Time: 8pm Ticket Only (from the Unison Office) Afterwards: 10 pm onwards in the main pub for Northern Soul till late
This date coincides with Phil Travers (Children’s Convenor) taking early retirement, so we will use the opportunity to double up as a leaving party.
Phil's leaving do
When:-Thursday June 5th 2014.
What time: - 5pm
Where: - Sweet Green Tavern Pub
The European & Local Elections - Thursday 22nd May 2014
These two important elections are only weeks away....
Unison believes that everyone should make sure that they are registered to vote and that they are able to participate. If you have a son or daughter away at university they can be registered both at home and the place where they are studying, for local elections they can vote in both places but they can only vote in once in General Elections and once in European Elections.
Anyone can request a postal vote & most people find it easier - see the electoral commission website:- http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/
Hope Not Hate…
Local & European Elections - Thursday 22nd May
The European elections and Local Elections will be held the same day - Thursday 22nd May 2014. Over the last few weeks you couldn’t have missed the xenophobic hysteria whipped up by the some parts of the press about immigration, particularly from Romania and Bulgaria. The lies and fear circulated about immigration helps to distract people’s attention from wholesale cuts being made to our public services. It is music to the ears of anti-immigrant parties like UKIP. In UNISON we firmly believe that blaming immigrants for the problems of the country is divisive and wrong. In 2014 we can make a difference. We can defeat Nick Griffin and the BNP but also push back against those that want to tear apart our community for political gain and, in the process, defend and promote our multi-racial society.
Get involved at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you registered to vote?
Did you know that you can request a postal vote?
Generations of ordinary men and women fought to secure our right to vote. UNISON believes that everyone should make sure that they are registered to vote and can participate in elections. Anyone can request a postal vote to help make things easier.
Find out more at: www.aboutmyvote.co.u
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.
Read it HERE
To Jeremy Hunt dept health and to Beverly Humphreys, Chief exec GMW NHS Trust.
We the undersigned are appalled at proposals to close mental health wards at Bolton and another at Salford . The proposal is to also move all older adults beds in Bolton, Salford and Trafford to a central location at Woodlands hospital Little Hulton . Sign the petition HERE.
'I am not OK!
Bolton local government UNISON branch showing solidarity with workers in South Korea 'I am not OK!' is the message to government. Support railway workers' right to strike in Korea
Bolton MPs presented with postcards supporting the campaign against Zero Hours contracts.
UNISON “There for You”
With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.
Help is on hand
UNISON “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on a low-income by way of a one-off payment of up to £40.
To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
1) total household income less than £18,000 a year (after tax/other deductions)
2) total household savings no more than £800 (including rolling bank balances)
3) paid UNISON subs for more than one month
4) no household member received financial assistance from UNISON in last 6 months
Please find the application form HERE.
Accommodation Strategy Implementation
The enclosed pack of information contains, as a basis for consultation, the plans and strategy for accommodating Council staff following the decision to empty and dispose of four major office buildings in Bolton town centre. MORE
How 'bedroom tax' has left 11,000 people in Bolton waiting for just 91 one-bed homes
BOLTON is facing a “bedroom tax” crisis after it was revealed more than 11,000 people are on the waiting list for just 91 one-bed homes.
The “bedroom tax” was introduced in April in an effort to cut waiting lists for larger families.
People in receipt of Housing Benefit have their benefits reduced if they are in homes deemed to be too big for their needs, losing 14 per cent for one spare bedroom and 25 per cent for two or more.
But critics have hit out of the scheme, claiming there is not enough social housing, especially one-bedroom properties, available for people to downsize.
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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.
MAKE SURE YOU FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE COUNCIL’S ‘I.T POLICY’
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
90pc of staff fear for their jobs says council survey
‘Living wage’ vow by social housing group
Call to put a stop to 4,000pc loan rates
Academies are not ‘magic wand’ for better education of our pupils
Why the rush to become Academies?
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