1 million strike on J10 – next day of action set for 30 September

j10Camden UNISON has produced a special two-page mini issue about the July 10 strike of 1 million public sector workers which you can download and print below. Also, UNISON nationally has announced that the next day of strike action will be 30 September so please put it in your diary, talk to colleagues about it and encourage non-members to join! Continue reading

UNISON defends social worker member disciplined for helping family

Camden UNISON has successfully defended a social worker member with over 30 years experience who was pulled in front of a disciplinary hearing following coming into work outside of standard working hours to support the family of a child who died. Continue reading

Camden UNISON wins further pay rises for social workers

cashCamden UNISON has won pay rises worth around £800 a year, with backdating worth up to around £2400, for at least 12 children’s social workers. Continue reading

Unison to ballot NHS workers over pay

Following the refusual of the government to honour the NHS pay review body’s recommendation for most staff, Unison is to ballot its members in the NHS on industrial action.

The pay review body recommended a 1% pay rise for staff – but the government has not honoured this and, instead, wants to make the 1% rise a non-consolidated one-off payment to those at the top of the pay scale – with no cost-of-living adjustment for those who are at the bottom or middle of the scale.

Tories to rig rules to try to stop J10 happening again

The Conservatives have pledged to put in their next manifesto a requirement for strike ballots to have a turnout of 50% to be valid. Turnout thresholds are not used in public elections here in Britain – and many local councillors and the Police & Crime Commissioners as well as some MPs have been elected on a less than 50% turnout. So it would be inconsistent in the extreme to impose turnout thresholds on independent, non-governmental organisations such as trade unions. It illustrates the anti-union mentality that flows through the Tory hierarchy. Remember – employers can often autocratically make decisions without any form of balloting or consultation and there are very few safeguards against them abusing their powers. Continue reading

Camden UNISON newsletter for Caterlink staff #01

Camden UNISON has produced a new newsletter for Camden Caterlink workers. This issue, from July 2014, has an update from our meeting with management about the living wage pay claim, INSET days, sick pay and holiday pay, other living wage campaigns and more. Continue reading

July payroll error

It came to our attention that some Council employee members on the new contracts have not receive their bonuses or backdated element of their performance related pay increases. We raised this issue with HR on 14 July. They have since informed us that the error should be rectified in pay packets in August, however if individuals have particular circumstances which means they need the payments immediately this can be done so contact HRDirect and speak to your union rep if you don’t get a timely response.

Thank you from Camden Unison’s Branch Secretary

York Way picket with Frances O'Grady  UNISON and GMB   10 July 2014Thanks and well done to all Camden UNISON members who took part in last Thursday’s day of strike action across local councils in England and Wales. A special vote of thanks goes to those who helped mount picket lines – sometimes from 6.30 AM – and joined the march from the Town Hall to the main central London demonstration and rally. Continue reading

Solidarity message from John McDonnell MP

“I send my solidarity to all our members taking action on 10 July. You have my 100% support

People have been forced to take industrial action because of the continuing erosion of their living standards by pay freezes and still further real pay cuts. At a time when massive payouts are still being given to bankers and company directors, our members are under mounting, sometimes severe financial pressures. The industrial action is a first step in making it clear that we have had enough and are not willing to take it any more

We demand better; we demand fairness.”

Yours in solidarity,

John McDonnell, Labour MP, Hayes & Harlington, Chair of the Labour Representation Committee & ex-member of Camden NALGO.

Statement from Natalie Bennett in support of the strike action on 10th July

To the workers and members of trade unions striking in Camden on July 10th 2014,
As the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and on behalf of
Camden Green Party, I would like to express solidarity with you in
your struggle for decent, secure work and fair pay, pensions and
working conditions.
We believe that public sector workers provide excellent and vital
service to our country, and that our public services represent a very
significant part of the true wealth of this nation.
The public sector in the UK has, for decades, been systematically
attacked. Workers are bearing the brunt of this, and are being
expected to pay the price for an economic crisis not of their making.
We recognise that going on strike is the option of last resort, and
that the decisions to do so have not been taken lightly. We sincerely
hope that this co-ordinated action succeeds in defending your jobs,
fair pay, pensions and working conditions – all of which are vital if
we are to protect the integrity of our public services.

With very best wishes,
Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader and Camden resident, also on
behalf of Camden Green Party