Have a say on YOUR pay claim for 2018-19

Your union has started to consult members across councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland about the pay claim to submit to the local authority employers for the next financial year. Here is how you can have your say. Continue reading

Register to vote in the 8th June 2017 General Election

As people will be aware, a general election has been called for 8th June. UK, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged over 18 will be eligible to vote. If you believe you or anyone you know is eligible to vote and not registered – or if you have moved home recently and believe you have not been registered at your new address, then please do so by 22 May.

The online link to start the process is here.   

Cancellation of 23rd May rally against school funding cuts

As a mark of respect for the victims of last night’s horrific atrocity in Manchester, Camden NUT and UNISON have called off the ‘Big School Assembly’ at Talacre Gardens, which had been organised as a protest against threatened cuts in school funding. In the meantime, Camden UNISON extends its gratitude to healthworkers and others in the emergency services – many of them UNISON members – who have had to respond in the aftermath of the bombing  with compassion in caring for the injured and bereaved.

 

Rally against school funding cuts – 23rd May at 5pm in Talacre Gardens

There will be a rally called by the NUT on 23rd May in Talacre Gardens against the cuts the Conservative government’s new funding formula will mean for schools. 

Leaks from Labour? Manifestly welcome!

The Mirror has an article up this morning revealing policies in Labour’s draft manifesto for the 8th June general election. They include more funding for the NHS and social care, a return to free higher education, taking the railways and the postal service back into public ownership, a repeal of the draconian 2016 Trade Union Act and an increase in workers’ rights.

There is a need to strengthen workers’ bargaining power as Britain is one of the few countries in Europe (other than Italy and Greece) to have seen a fall in average wages over the past decade after taking inflation into account.

The increase in spending on public services will be funded by reversing the cuts in tax on company profits which the government has made since 2010, and there will be an increase in income tax on earnings above £80,000 (which will only affect the top 5% of earners).

These are policies that trade unionists and many other members of the public can get behind – as these will benefit the British public as workers and as citizens.

Settlement reached in Derby TAs dispute

Unison Teaching Assistants in Derby fought back against downgrading and pay cuts that the City Council were trying to impose on them. After 73 days, a settlement has been reached in the dispute. We would like to thank members who donated to their hardship fund, for which there was a collection at our AGM.

Unison NEC elections

A reminder that the Unison NEC elections began on 3rd April and will close on 28th April. Members should have received their ballot papers in the post by now and, if not, they should contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0857857 to ensure they get replacements.

UNISON NEC Elections: Have your say – don’t throw those papers away!

Elections for all of the seats on your union’s National Executive Council (NEC) start on Monday 3 April and run until Friday 28 April. Continue reading

UNISON advice on the new contracts for members on old contracts

contractIn light of the changes to the pay scheme on the “new” (post-2012) contracts, I was requested at the supporting people shop stewards committee to circulate revised advice on these contracts for members still on the “old” (pre-2012) contracts, because some members may want to consider switching. Continue reading

Camden Unison AGM – 9th March 2017 @ 3.30pm

Camden Unison AGM will be on Thursday, 9th March 2017 at 3.30pm in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall. We will have Diane Abbott MP as a guest speaker, as well as a speaker from Derby on the teaching assistants’ dispute there.

Please read the agenda here.