Local Government Pay
The UNISON National Joint Council (NJC) met on 14th November to consider the results of the branch consultation.
Bolton UNISON consultation
North West Region consultation
Awaiting details of turnout
At a national level GMB and UNITE members also voted to accept the pay proposals. As a result, the employers have been asked to implement the offer as soon as possible.
The proposals cover the period from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016 though April to December is a non consolidated lump sum to be paid in December.
Bolton UNISON Branch Chair said “where the union engaged with members explaining how the proposals tie us in to a below inflation two year pay deal, members have overwhelmingly voted to reject. Sadly there are those in our union who would prefer to do a deal with Labour rather than fighting for our members” He added that this settlement will raise calls from members to end national pay bargaining. Bolton together with other branches is calling for a special local government conference to prevent a repeat of what can only be called a debacle.
Local Government Pay Offer Accepted
Members of all three local government unions have voted to accept a pay offer put forward by the Local Government Association.
Local government and school support workers had been offered just 1%, with slightly more for the lowest paid to bring them above the level of the new National Minimum Wage in March. However following a strike on 10 July and a threatened further walkout in October, the LGA made an improved offer.
The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016.
All three unions have made it clear that they will continue to campaign for fair pay and conditions for local government and school workers, strengthen the collective bargaining machinery covering local government and schools and move quickly to jointly tackle other important issues facing their members with the Local Government Association.
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.
Read it HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07909187121
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.”
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
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
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.
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).
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 http://www.wisewithmoney.org.uk/speedy/
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<http://www.wisewithmoney.org.uk/speedy/>
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.
Your MP's vote
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.
Theatre Nurse Specialist, Birmingham
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 www.unisoninsurance.co.uk 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 http://www.uia.co.uk/terms--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 www.uia.co.uk/terms--conditions 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 email@example.com
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. http://www.keepvolunteeringvoluntary.net/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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
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 scandalsThe Government’s ability to negotiate and manage contracts with outsourcing providers has been criticised in damning report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). www.localgov.co.uk
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.
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
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