Daily Archives: 29/05/2013

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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