Monthly Archives: May 2013

Members to be balloted on pay offer......

peanut-pay-packetAll members whose pay is set by the National Joint Council for Local Government should shortly be receiving a ballot paper from the branch along with a freepost return envelope. Please make sure the ballot paper is returned by Friday 7th June 2013.

The 1% pay offer from the government is, given inflation, effectively a 2% pay cut. Following on from a three year pay freeze this derisory offer is an insult to all of us who work in local government, provide local services and support work in schools. Continue reading

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Free online courses with The Open University......

The Open University’s OpenLearn (www.open.edu/openlearn) website is launching two full online courses for free: Learning to Learn and Succeed with Maths

Learners will have access to online forums where they can meet and study with others, choose from a selection of study units and try out our quizzes to test their learning. And that’s not all; if learners complete either course they can earn a digital badge to show their participation and achievement. Continue reading

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Tell Debenhams and GAP to back Bangladesh safety plan......

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh was a terrible catastrophe that showed the dangerous conditions endured by the workers who produce so much of our clothing in the UK.  In last few days over 30 major retailers have signed a legally binding Accord that will ensure better safety for workers.

Gap and Debenhams have refused to sign up! Continue reading

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Free education workshops......

?????????????????????????????????????????New members who join UNISON in May and June will receive a free workshop, choosing from one of four.

The workshops, to be run from September, include:
Welcome to UNISON; Internet skills; Facing change together, and Your skills, your future – a chance to think about your personal development and next steps.
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School Uniform Grant 2013 is Launched......

thereforyou‘There for You’ is again running a small grants programme in respect of help with school uniforms.  The application period runs from Monday 13 May to Friday 5 July.

Attached is the application form and flyer

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Councillors won’t speak to employees about pay – even if you are a resident......

a fair dealThanks to those members who have written to Councillors about our paltry pay offer. The Councillors response is disappointing though. In fact they did not reply to their constituents at all. Instead they got the Director  of Human Resources to reply. She told us that the Council would go along with the National Joint Council and added at the end of her letter, “Can I also remind you that the Council’s Constitution states ‘Officers will not seek any member’s support in any employment or other dispute or a Council appointment or promotion therefore issues regarding pay are dealt with at officer level.”
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Conference – Visitors Opportunity......

Members are invited to visit the Local Government Conference which runs from Sunday 16th to Monday 17th June and the National Delegate Conference which runs from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st June 2013. It is being held in Liverpool and we have two visitors places available for any member interested in coming. You can choose to come along just for a couple of days if you wish. Hotel accommodation is already booked and paid for. Your fares will be paid by the branch and you will receive a subsistence allowance of £40 for each full day that you attend. Continue reading

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Asbestos in Waltham Forest......

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Following a complaint by UNISON in Waltham Forest to the Health and Safety Executive about the lack of consultation and the withholding of information regarding asbestos in the Town Hall, Waltham Forest Council were issued an Improvement Notice by the HSE.

This Branch had continually requested information regarding the ongoing situation at the Town Hall. When no consultation or information was forthcoming the branch contacted the HSE and made them aware of the situation. The HSE then carried out a full investigation.

The Waltham Forest Guardian ran the following article in last week’s issue. Here is a section of it:- Continue reading

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Animals v Humans – Safety Prosecutions in Perspective......

It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out. Continue reading

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Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group Event......

Migrants Action Group Launch headingThe launch of Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group takes place on Saturday 22nd June. The event runs from 6:45 to 8:45pm at Harmony Hall in Truro Road E17, just off the High Street. The attached  flyer has more details but it promises to be a lively and interesting event.

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