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UNISON Members in FE vote for strike action‏

UNISON members at further education colleges in England have voted for strike action over pay by two-to-one and in favour of action short of a strike by a four-to-one margin. The industrial action ballot, which closed today, followed an earlier rejection of a 0% “pay offer” from national employers. It covered members in colleges without a local agreement. The ballot saw 65.7% of those taking part vote for strike action, which 34.3% against, and 79.8% vote for industrial action short of a strike, with 20.2% voting against. The union’s further education and sixth form committee will meet tomorrow Wednesday, 3 February, to consider the next steps in the campaign for a pay rise.

Unison Bolton Branch AGM
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 12.00pm

Upper Hall
Bolton Parish Church



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Press release 8 Sep 2015

On Monday council joint trade unions lodged a dispute with Bolton Town Hall chiefs. The dispute relates to plans by Bolton Council to transfer jobs and services to a new arms length bodw known a Long Arm Trading Company or LATC. This company will be responsible for care and support to hundreds of elderly and disabled people in the town.

Andrea Egan the Bolton Unison Assistant Branch Secretary said "our members are worried about the future, many will see pay cuts of up to 40%. Our members are also worried about the vulnerable people who rely on the services they provide. Everything should not be based on driving down costs and doing things on the cheap. The joint trade unions have lodged this dispute over what we believe are failures in the collective bargaining process".

Andrea Egan added, "We have asked the council to take a step back and halt the implementation of the the new care company to enable us to have a meaningful dialogue"


Martin Challender
Bolton Unison
Branch Communications Officer.

01204 338901

Battle for Bolton

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Message from Bernadette Gallagher

Unison Branch Secretary

“In a further attack on the trade unions the Tory government has announced that it intends to stop union members having their subs deducted from their wages. The Tax Payers’ Alliance has said public money should not be used for this purpose.

I would like to make it clear to that Bolton UNISON pays Bolton Council for this service. Whilst it is income generating for the council it is unlikely to stop the government imposing this restriction on all public sector employers.

However Trade Unions nationally and locally will continue to resist attacks on the unions right to organise.

Our shop stewards and members are currently being asked to help with the exercise of preparing to switch subscription payments from payroll deduction to payment via direct debit”.

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.

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