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 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.   

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.

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: 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.

UNISON’s NEC is elected every two years and has responsibility for deciding policy on important questions impacting members across the whole of our 1.2 million member union in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between annual conferences. It also is responsible for implementing decisions taken by UNISON’s National Delegate Conference each June.

Your branch committee has nominated the following candidates for the London regional seats:

  • Sonya Howard, an incumbent member of the NEC and secretary of the Kensington & Chelsea local government branch
  • Sean Fox, the secretary of the Haringey branch and a member of the National Joint Council committee for local government
  • Helen Davies, who is an incumbent NEC member and chair of the Barnet branch.

In addition, our branch has made the following eight nominations including for the newly created NEC positions specifically reserved for disabled members:

Local Government Seats (four in total):

  • Paul Holmes (general seat)
  • Jane Doolan and Andrea Egan (women’s seats), and
  • Paul Gilroy (male seat).

 

 National Seats for Black Members:

  • April Ashley (female), and
  • Hugo Pierre (male) – yes, Camden UNISON’s very own schools convenor, and

 

National Seats for Disabled Members:

  • Pam Howard (female), and
  • Roger Lewis (general).

 

Ballot papers should go to members’ home addresses from 3 April. If you’ve not received a ballot paper by Tuesday 11 April, then please contact the ballot helpline through UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857. Please don’t contact the branch office in this regard.

Unfortunately, turnout in these important elections is often very low, which undermines your union’s credibility, so please make use of your democratic right to vote in these important elections.

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.

Why I celebrate International Women’s Day

121030_mr_26th-march_women2-745x4208 March is International Women’s Day. In this post Louise Trewavas gives her personal reasons for celebrating IWD. Continue reading

Camden Unison shows support for Unite “mixed fleet” crew members at BA

Camden Unison’s branch secretary (and our banner!) made an appearance at the picket line near Heathrow to show support for Unite members in BA’s “mixed fleet” crew who are taking industrial action.

 

My Performance: better but still discriminatory, unless you are a senior manager

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Average bonus allocation per employee by salary level

Camden UNISON has completed a detailed analysis of the My Performance PRP scheme. Data on its first year was shared with us by management, and it shows that while in some areas it is a significant improvement on the new scheme, with bonuses it still discriminates against those earning under £40k per year, those from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, part-time workers and those aged over 45. Continue reading

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Don’t forget to come to our AGM this year – we will be discussing crucial issues which affect us all

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