Monthly Archives: June 2013

Asbestos in the Town Hall......

banner.jpgUNISON has finally received the Council’s Asbestos Management Plan for the Town Hall. It identifies 87 areas which are contaminated with asbestos. The Plan recommends that in 13 areas the asbestos is removed, 2 areas it is encapsulated and the other areas are labelled and managed. Work was carried out in the Town Hall in the week beginning 27th May 2013. UNISON is still trying to find out what actual work was done. Continue reading

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Workers’ Memorial Day 2013......

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The amount raised this year was a wonderful £265.62 which the Branch has donated to the Campaign against Asbestos in Schools.  Here is what Michael Lees, the Campaign Organiser, had to say: Continue reading

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Local Government Conference......

Dave Knight and Sylvia Adjei attended the two day Local Government Conference.  The major item on the agenda was the government cuts.  There was a lot of discussion around the pay ballot.  The result of the ballot in Scotland was that they rejected the ballot, members in Scotland are going to be balloted for industrial action at the end of this month.  England, Wales and Northern Ireland reluctantly accepted the 1% offer.  Our branch, Greater London Region and the North West Region all rejected the offer.  There was an 18% turnout.  Conference demanded a more vigorous campaign next year. Continue reading

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Waltham Forest UNISON Members say NO to Derisory Pay Offer......

peanut-pay-packetUNISON members in Waltham Forest have voted to reject the measly pay offer of 1%. The offer is an insult to the hard working public servants and service providers of Waltham Forest and comes on the heels of a three year pay freeze. Members generally are about 16% worse off that they were three years ago as a result of this unfair and unjust pay policy. Our members working in jobs that involve shift work and weekend working are even worse off. They are now about 26% down on where they were three years ago thanks to the Council imposed new contracts issued last year on a ‘sign it or be sacked’ basis. Continue reading

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Local government part-time workers survey......

Working part-time can mean anything from working for just a few hours a week, to working almost full time. In local government, everyone working fewer than 37 hours (36 in London) is considered to be part-time. Some of the main ways of working include: a set number of hours each week, flexible hours, term time only, annualised hours or job sharing. Part-time workers have the same statutory employment rights as any other employee, whether you are employed on a permanent or fixed-term contract. However, the benefits are normally ‘pro rata’, meaning that they should be in proportion to your hours. Continue reading

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Staying Active in UNISON May Newsletter 2013......

Greater London Region Retired Members’ Newsletter

Staying Active in UNISON May Newsletter 2013

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Retired Members’ AGM 4 June......

Bev Wess was elected Secretary and Len Weiss elected Chairman. Continue reading

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Health & Safety and the Cuts Book Launch 24 June......

For further details please see attached flyer.

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Branch Meeting 12 June – Agenda and Motions......

The meeting will discuss the pay claim, Ascham Homes Terms and Conditions, the Anti-Blacklisting Campaign, our local campaign to win back weekend enhancements for weekend workers, instructing delegates to national conference and local workplace issues. Continue reading

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