Compulsory redundancies are unnecessary: but we need to fight them

redundanciesAs the Council begins a new wave of cuts, figures obtained by Camden UNISON demonstrate that compulsory redundancies are avoidable. Over the last four years while the Council has made nearly 450 compulsory redundancies it has hired over 2100 new staff, but only redeployed 78. But to get the Council to change course will take pressure from UNISON members. Continue reading

Don’t forget to vote in UNISON’s NEC elections

Elections start on 7 April

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Camden UNISON and Trades Council election hustings Mon 27 April

HustingsCamden Unison and Camden Trades Council are inviting you to a hustings for the upcoming general election in Holborn and St Pancras. Continue reading

UNISON Special Conference: Fight over pay hasn’t gone away

"Smash the pay freeze, well, maybe next year or the year after, or…"

“Smash the pay freeze, well, maybe next year or the year after, or…”

George Binette reports back on the conference earlier this week as UNISON reps in local government around the country met in London and voted to reopen this year’s NJC pay dispute.

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Camden UNISON newsletter for Caterlink staff #05

IMG_7453 See below the latest issue of our newsletter for Camden Caterlink workers, with information about the campaign, explaining the indicative ballot for industrial action which will begin next term and pointing out reasons we think members should vote Yes for strike action, and that nonmembers should join us and fight for the London living wage. Continue reading

2014 – a vintage year for recruitment

Nearly 540 people joined or rejoined Camden UNISON last year, making 2014 the single best year for recruitment since 2006 when the branch saw 570 join its ranks. The figures for 2014 are all the more remarkable in the light of the continued decline in employment across the lead employer, Camden Council, which still accounts for some 75% of total branch membership. Camden’s current workforce is about 15% smaller than in 2010. 
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Sign our petition for a living wage for residential care workers

Please take a moment to sign our online petition for a living wage for residential care workers at Shaw Healthcare, who are currently pay just £7.53 per hour and deliver vital care for vulnerable older people, most of whom have dementia. Continue reading

Living wage campaign: CNJ takes aim at Caterlink

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In an excellent article in the latest Camden New Journal, they have revealed that while their Camden employees earning £6.60 per hour demonstrated outside the Town Hall earlier this month, Caterlink’s parent company was selling £1400 bottles of champagne just yards away in King’s Cross station. And while the company claimed it couldn’t afford £460,000 to pay its 300 Camden school meals workers the living wage of £8.80 per hour it made an operating profit of £24.6 million. Continue reading

Demonstrate against the cuts: Mon 13 April

lobbyJoin Camden UNISON’s lobby of the full Council meeting on Monday 13 April at 6 PM at the Judd Street entrance of the old Town Hall. Demonstrate against £73 million in cuts, 600+ job losses and compulsory redundancies. Continue reading

Our living wage lobby makes CNJ front page

2015.03.05 CNJ front pageCamden UNISON’s lobby of the council on Monday for the living wage of around 60 residential care worker and Caterlink school meals worker members  got front-page coverage in the Camden New Journal, as well as detailed reporting within.  Reel News also made a short film about the demonstration and the campaigns, which you can see below. Continue reading