Camden Unison wins 2.2% NJC pay award for all eligible staff

Percent growthThe Council is now implementing the National Joint Council (NJC) pay award, which covers the vast majority of council staff apart from senior managers, teachers, craft workers and youth workers. A similar settlement for craft workers, who are covered by a different national negotiating body, is being implemented at the same time.

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UNISON winter fuel grants now available

heaterWorried about being able to pay your fuel bill this winter? UNISON has set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes with one-off payments of up to £40. To apply, just download and complete the application form below, after the jump, and submit it before 13 February 2015. Continue reading

Camden UNISON wins big regrading claim for family support workers

catUNISON has successfully won an increase in grade for around 30 family support workers in CSF worth up to over £4000 per year each, plus backdating worth up to over £6000 each. Continue reading

Thank you to those who saw ‘Pride’ at the Rio on Saturday afternoon

Camden UNISON says thanks very much to all those (200+) who attended the 06 December benefit screening of ‘Pride’ at Dalston’s Rio Cinema. Some £700 was raised from the collection of the day, with the promise of more to come, with donations distributed between the FBU and the Doncaster Care UK UNISON members who mounted 90 days of strike action earlier this year. Continue reading

Letter to the CNJ on the ethical care charter

Click here for a letter from George Binette, the branch secretary, on the Council’s signing of the Ethical Care Charter that was published in the Camden New Journal.

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.


  • 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


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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

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