Monthly Archives: July 2013
The next Branch Meeting will take place at 12 noon on Thursday 17 October in the Council Chambers, Waltham Forest Town Hall. Put the date in your diary!
As the government’s welfare reforms start to bite and we witness the injustices being meted out to the poor and vulnerable in our community it seemed like an opportune moment to share this UNISON briefing with you all. Please have a read, pass on to all your UNISON colleagues and talk to your friends and relatives about how unfair this new system is and the hardship it will bring for the elderly, the disabled and families living in poverty.
You and your colleagues could also write to your local MP and councillors. See the attached for more information.
LGS Pay Award 2013......
NHS Rally – 29 September......
999 – Answer the call for your NHS
Put the date in your diary! Continue reading
TUC trade union courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CoHenel) are listed below. Reps and Branch Officers are welcome to attend. Continue reading
Nearly half of UNISON’S members work part time. The attached gives information on part time rights at work.
Local government unions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have written to employers accepting the 2013 pay offer – while warning them that a similar offer next year ‘will be totally unacceptable’.
The offer is for:
- a 1% increase on all pay points and nationally-agreed protected allowances with effect from 1 April 2013; deletion of the lowest pay point – pay point 4 – with effect from 1 October 2013.
However, the joint letter – signed by UNISON’s head of local government Heather Wakefield on behalf of the joint union secretaries – held a warning for local government employers. Continue reading
This story starts in April 2011 when 14 UNISON members were dismissed after Lewisham Borough Council withdrew funding for the Connexions service. The 14 were members of the Waltham Forest Branch as the lead Branch for Connexions in East and South East London. They were employed by Babcock (formerly known as Careers Enterprise Limited) who had argued that they should transfer under TUPE to the Council at the end of the contract. The cases were referred to the union solicitors and following representation at a Tribunal in Croydon 10 cases were settled for a total of just under £140,000. However 4 members wished to pursue their case and settlement was eventually agreed at just under £200,000 and a further £18,000 was collected by the union as compensation for a failure to consult under the TUPE regulations. This was shared out between 6 members. Continue reading