Camden Eye’s Pay Special is out. Read all about the 1% pay offer, why the branch committee feels we should reject it and about the consultative ballot that’s taking place from 20th May to 10th June electronically (or by paper if you don’t have an email address on record).
The indicative ballot of members in scope of the Council’s new employment contracts has returned an overwhelming ‘yes’ in support of industrial action up to and including multi-day strikes. Overall, 732 members took part in the ballot between 5 and 22 April with 529 or 72.3% voting ‘yes’. The turnout of just under 40% was significantly higher than in recent UNISON ballots on industrial action. Continue reading
As reported in the Camden New Journal today, the threatened closure of Belsize Fire Station could double the response time to emergencies. A letter from George Binette, who is our Branch Secretary and the Chair of the Trades Council, against the fire service cuts can also be read in the newspaper.
Those who are free on 25th May are urged to join the march to defend the fire service from the London Mayor’s proposed cuts.
This is a reminder to vote in the Unison NEC elections by the deadline of 24th May.
Most members will be entitled to vote for NEC representatives from the Local Government Service Group. For your information our branch committee has nominated the following candidates:
- Phoebe Watkins (Camden branch)
- Sonya Howard (Kensington & Chelsea branch)
- Paul Holmes (Kirklees branch), and
- Glenn Kelly (Bromley branch). Continue reading
‘… the richest 1,000 persons in the UK have increased their wealth by no less than £35bn in the last year alone. Since the financial crash 4 years ago, their wealth has soared by a staggering £190bn. That’s just their gains. All told their collective total wealth has now reached a mind-boggling £449bn. Just 200 of them are now worth £318bn, while the richest 100, only 0.0003% of the electorate, now have wealth estimated at £257bn – in other words each of them on average possesses wealth exceeding £2.5bn. There are now 88 billionaires in Britain, 11 more than the year before.’
Michael Meacher MP
The branch has agreed to send its support to a conference on climate change which is being held at London Metropolitan University on Saturday 8th June 2013. The conference brings together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmentalist activists.
The agenda for the day is here.
This is a leaflet promoting the event.
The branch is supporting two important demonstrations that are coming up soon: Continue reading
Unison’s NJC committee (the Unison reps who attend meetings with the national local gov’t employers’ organisation on pay) voted 14-13 not to make a recommendation to reject the employers’ paltry 1% pay offer. Members will be balloted on a consultative basis over the course of this month/early June as to whether they wish to accept this offer or to hold out for a better deal that tackles the substantial losses in our purchasing power we have suffered due to inflation over the past 3 years.
The unanimous position of Camden Unison’s branch committee is to reject the 1% offer and to support a ballot for national industrial action.
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Camden Black Workers’ Group, which aims to represent black and ethnic minority workers in the Council in conjunction with the trade unions, is having a relaunch meeting on Thursday (9th May) at 3pm in the Council Chamber in Camden Town Hall.
Time off for staff to attend has been agreed by HR.
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Camden Unison, parents and children demonstrate against closure of the play service
Camden UNISON has secured a payout of around £106,000 for 74 former play service workers following a claim for compensation for unpaid annual leave, and is now looking into other hourly-paid casual staff. Continue reading
There is a march to save Belsize Fire Station from the proposed cuts on Saturday 25th May. Please march and join with the campaign to ensure that we have a decent fire service to help protect Londoners.