Unison members vote to accept the pay offer – 65% to 35% – in the consultation

The 2014 National Joint Council (NJC) Pay Campaign is effectively over and it appears that the vast majority of local government workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are saddled with a pay deal that will run until 31 March 2016, and amounts to a real pay cut. Members of all three recognised unions voted to accept a complex revised offer from the council employers’ umbrella body, the Local Government Association, which involves a 2.2% increase on basic pay for the vast majority of staff from January next year, but no back-dating to the start of the financial year and only a taxable lump sum of £100 by way of ‘compensation’. Continue reading

Special branch meeting on pay and cuts – 10th December @ 3.30pm

There will be a special branch meeting at 3.30pm on Wednesday 10 December in the Council Chamber, Town Hall (1st Floor), Judd Street, WC1H 9JE. Time off has been agreed for Council employees.

Agenda:

  • NJC Pay in the aftermath of this year’s pay dispute
  • Responding to the next round of cuts, including a lobby of the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wed 17 Dec considering massive cuts

Updates on the agenda will be carried on this website closer to the time.

Members with specific access requirements should contact paul.england@camden.gov.uk ASAP, so that arrangements can be made to enable them to fully participate in the meeting.

November edition of Camden Eye – our branch newsletter

Click here to see the latest version of our branch newsletter, Camden Eye.

Camden Council signs Unison’s ethical care charter

Today (Wednesday, 19th November 2014) Camden Council was the third local authority in London and ninth nationally to sign up formally to UNISON’s ‘Ethical Care Charter’. The charter is hardly a panacea for the reality of chronically low pay and poor conditions for homecare workers, but Camden UNISON welcomes the Council’s public commitment to the charter. Continue reading

Excellent coverage of our Caterlink living wage campaign in CNJ

Living_Wage_Lobby_-_3This week’s Camden New Journal has two articles about our campaign for the living wage for Camden school meals at Caterlink, which you can read here. Continue reading

LGBT workers group meeting 25th November 2014 @ 17:00

The LGBT workers group is open to those who self-define as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning and is open to non-trade union LGBT officers.  Continue reading

Thank you from the Camden Black Workers’ Group

Thank you to all who helped organise the Black History Month social on 24th October and to all those who attended and who bought raffle tickets in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Special thanks to the Charlie Ratchford Centre for allowing us to host the event there without charge.

UNISON wins PRP pay increase and bonuses for member

cashCamden UNISON has won a performance related pay increase and bonus for a member who was appointed to a new role on 1 April, which HR originally stated would not be paid. The win then indirectly benefited two other members of staff in the same position. Continue reading

Unison political fund ballot pending

Keep your eyes peeled when you get the next issue of U, the Unison magazine, as there will be a ballot paper on it asking you to vote on whether Unison should keep its political fund. Trade unions are required by law to ballot their members every 10 years as to whether they want to have a political fund. Continue reading

Camden Unison self-organised groups write to the CNJ to oppose cuts in HIV services

Camden Unison’s self-organised groups of LGBT and BME members have written to the Camden New Journal to highlight our concerns about the impact of cuts in sexual health services, which could result in an increase in HIV infections. As the old proverb goes – prevention is better than cure – and the application of the austerity agenda is losing sight of this.