last updated 19/01/2014


Union's wishlist for improving Bolton in 2015

BOLTON’S biggest union has released its own set of new year’s resolutions for political parties ahead of the general election.

The Bolton branch of Unison, the public service trade union, is calling for Britain to be taken in a fresh political and economic direction in 2015.

They say they will lobby Bolton’s councillors and MPs to support their agenda, which includes more investment in local authorities and transport, tackling tax avoidance and fraud and scrapping the "bedroom tax". MORE

AGM 2015 Timetable

AGM Weds 4th March @ 12.00pm

Friday 12th December Deadline for Officer Reports (to include pictures)
Friday 12th December Deadline for motions and rule amendments
W/C 26th January Absolute deadline for papers at branch office – gives 3 – 4 weeks to stuff envelopes, frank and post.
January Stewards papers to include Officer nominations, stewards form and conference delegates form
Monday 5th January Nominations for Stewards, Officers Post and Conference Delegates open
Thursday 5th February Stewards Committees to elect Convenors
Monday 23rd February Deadline for papers / bulletin to land on members doorsteps
Friday 27th February Close of nomination for Officer Posts and Conference delegates

Barnet Care Workers strike 22& 23 January 2015

Published on 15 Jan 2015 This short video provides a snap shot of past and present challenges for all of our members this year and beyond. Council services across the UK are facing Armageddon with the funding cuts contained within the Autumn Statement. Our branch will do what we can locally but this needs a nationally coordinated trade union response.  

UNISON member gets car crash payout

A social worker who suffered nerve and soft tissue damage as a result of a road traffic accident unrelated to her job has secured £3,105 in compensation. The 64-year-old from Somerset was driving on the B3128 outside of Bristol, when another driver suddenly drove into the rear of her car, propelling her forward into a vehicle in front. Her car was severely damaged and as a result of the collision she suffered nerve and soft tissue injuries to the base of her spine. In the weeks that followed, the UNISON member found that her injuries affected her personal, social and work life as she was unable to exercise or lift, and she needed two weeks off work whilst she recovered. Investigations by lawyers brought in by UNISON found that the incident was the result of the other driver’s failure to pay sufficient attention to the road. The defendant driver admitted liability and compensation was secured. UNISON regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “This was a frightening road accident that was caused by one driver’s failure to pay attention to the road. Her membership of UNISON ensured that she had access to specialist lawyers who were able to secure her 100 per cent of her compensation.”


Activists Meeting – Save our Services
(Union members /retired members, Support groups, Bolton against the bedroom tax)
Friday 9th January -12 noon – Socialist Club

Public meeting - run by Bolton council about the cuts
The Library Theatre - Le Mans Crescent Tuesday 13 January from 6.30-8.30pm

Council meetings - Lobbying
Monday 16th February 2pm Cabinet Meeting – Festival Hall
Wednesday 25th February 7pm Council Meeting – Council Chambers

For further details contact Martin McMulkin via unison branch 338901




Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at how the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme is working and if there are any changes that could be made to make things easier for people in Bolton to get the help they need.

The IAPT programme supports the NHS in helping people who are suffering from mild depression and anxiety disorders. It was created to offer people treatments such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and the three main suppliers for services in Bolton are GMW, 1Point, and Think Positive.

Following previous engagement in summer 2014, we are keen to get more information and feedback from those who have used or are currently using these services, so if you have ever used IAPT, we would like to hear from you!

Please follow this link to fill in our survey and give us your views:

This survey will close on Monday 26th January 2015



Dates for Special LG Conference 2015‏

Dates for Special LG Conference (11:00 am until 4:30 pm, Tues 24th March, The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

Map here

Deadline for submission of motions 06 February 2015 at 12:00
Publication of preliminary agenda 16 February 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submission of delegates 02 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for creche places and reasonable adjustment requests for access 09 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submission of amendments 11 March 2015 at 12:00
Publication of final agenda 19 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submitting change of delegates 19 March 2015 at 17:00

Download nomination form

Shared parental leave became law on 1st December 2014

A new shared parental leave (ShPL) and pay system applying to parents and adopters of children due or adopted on or after 5 April 2015, is set to be introduced. Mothers, fathers and adopters can opt to share parental leave around their child’s birth or placement.
UNISON very much welcomes the introduction of shared parental leave as the new system will allow parents and adopters more flexibility in how they care for their child during the first year.
Eligible mothers and fathers will have the right to share up to 52 weeks’ leave to care for their child (minus the period that the mother has spent on maternity leave) and up to 37 weeks’ shared parental pay (paid at the same rate as statutory maternity pay).

Key dates

The regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 and apply to parents and adopters of children due, or adopted, on or after 5 April 2015.

Employers’ responsibilities  

The government intends to publish further guidance on how the system will work in practice, but in the meantime employers will need to prepare shared parental leave policies and amend their existing maternity, paternity and adoption policies, to take account of the new system.
Employers that currently provide enhanced maternity pay and benefits will also need to consider how they propose to structure any enhanced shared parental pay and benefits.
Please contact your workplace steward for more information

Fracking Conference Blackpool 30th January 2015‏

Colleagues the GMB North West & Irish region will be holding a 1 day conference in Blackpool on Fracking on Friday January 30th 2015, we will be hearing from both sides of the argument ie anti fracking and the Industry, as Lancashire seems to be the epi centre of everything Fracking it should be quite an interesting day,

The conference is by invitation only and if you wish to attend could you please contact either my secretary Pippa Atherton at or by direct phone line 0161-622-4997 or myself on the number below to register, once registered further details will be sent nearer the time
kind regards Neil

Neil Smith
Regional Political Officer
GMB Trade Union
North West & Irish Region

Bolton Unison supports the NHS Organ Donation campaign

Most people say they would accept organ donation for themselves or their family & most people say they would register as an organ donor if someone asked.

Registering as an Organ Donor is easy – simply follow the link below...

Holiday pay too low? Act now

Two recent legal cases on holiday pay could mean that UNISON members may have claims for underpayment if they did not receive their normal pay when on annual leave


Lock vs British Gas - additional payments for annual leave periods‏


Joan Pritchard-Jones Retirement


Bernadette Gallagher Branch Secretary presenting Joan with a bouquet of flowers.

UNISON Adult Services Convenor, Joan Pritchard-Jones, retired at the end of October. Joan has worked in Adult Social Care for nearly 30 years. She first started work as a Home Care worker in 1986 before transferring to work at The Merton, Extra Care Housing Scheme three years later. Throughout Joan’s working life she has been an active union representative and a popular colleague and friend to a great many people across the department.

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Battling for Bolton Edition Four
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Battling For Bolton Edition Two
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Workshop for Parent-Carers and Practitioners‏

Parent Participation workshops – being offered to both parent carers and practitioners delivered by the brilliant Caroline Cuerdon Tomlinson from ‘My Life’. These set of workshops will take you a journey of a life time and shouldn’t be missed. The dates are 12th, 19th, 26th January then 9th 23rd February and 2nd March (you will need to commit to the six sessions to get the best possible outcome) 9.45pm – 2.45pm (Venue to be confirmed).

To book a place or for any information please either email or ring 07909187121

Many thanks

Sue Vickers
Unison Equalities Lead for People with Disability and Life Long Learning Officer

Winter programme from Zac’s

For all young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 10 - 25 yrs‏. Read it HERE

Healthcare assistant violently attacked at work

A healthcare assistant, who was attacked by a patient with a known history of aggression, has been awarded an undisclosed sum in compensation. When answering the ward doorbell, the UNISON member was grabbed and thrown two metres across the room by the patient, who suffers from schizophrenia. The healthcare assistant landed heavily on the floor, fracturing her left wrist and finger. She was forced to take five months off work to recover from her injuries, during which time she relied on help from friends and family as she was unable to drive. She also spent four weeks in plaster and had a course of physiotherapy lasting 13 weeks. The patient who attacked her had a history of violence and aggression. He should not have been on the ward as the staff at the hospital had not been given sufficient training on how to deal with a patient who posed such a danger. On the day of the incident the patient had refused to take his medication. UNISON's head of health Christina McAnea said: “Nobody should experience violence at work, but unfortunately it does happen, and the risk of exposure for people working in certain areas of the health service is becoming more common. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that staff are protected, or at the very least have adequate training, to deal with what can sometimes be very dangerous working environments.”


Read it HERE

Health and safety 2013-14

One hundred and thirty three workers suffered fatal injuries at work in 2013-14, according to the latest official data. The figure was by down 17 on the final figure of 150 for the previous year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.
A breakdown of the 2013-14 deaths by industrial sector, with the previous year’s figures in brackets, shows that there were:
 42 fatal injuries to workers in construction (40);
 41 fatal injuries to workers in services (44);
 27 deaths of workers in agriculture (31);
 14 fatal injuries to workers in manufacturing (21);
 six fatal injuries to workers in the utilities (gas, electricity, water supply, sewerage, waste and recycling (12); and
 three workers were killed in mining and quarrying
during the year (two).
In addition to the awful toll for workers, there were 264 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2013-14.

Stress still top in TUC safety reps survey

Stress, bullying and harassment, overwork, back strains and slips, and trips and falls on a level were the top five hazards cited by respondents to the TUC’s 11th safety rep survey. In top place was stress. Over two-thirds of safety reps (67%) taking part in the survey said that stress, and the effect it was having on their colleagues, was one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work. There has been a very slight fall in the percentage identifying stress as a top-five hazard over the last two years (67% compared with 69% in 2012).

Stress at work A factsheet for UNISON members

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.

Representative Example: £400 Speedy Loan over 3 months
3 monthly repayments of £141.42
Total charge for credit £24.24@
Total repaid £424.24
Representative APR% 42.6%

Compare that to a typical payday loan that could have an APR% of over 5800%!
*Please note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee acceptance.
@Total credit charges paid will depend on date of first repayment.

To find out how to apply and to download the application form, go to

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.

For more information visit the Hoot website<>

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

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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