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Camden UNISON AGM – Wed 4 March, 3.30-5pm Rooms 10.10/11/12, 5 Pancras Square Please Note – Paid time off has been agreed, including reasonable travel time

Each year Camden UNISON holds an Annual General Meeting, open to all our members, where we report on recent activities and also discuss what we plan to do during the coming year. The meeting also discusses any motions submitted by members.
 
Any member can submit a motion to be discussed at the AGM, but it must be sent to unison@camden.gov.uk by the deadline on 5pm on Monday 17 February. If you have never written a motion before and would like to talk to someone about the best way to do it, please contact us at the Camden UNISON Branch Office and we’ll do our best to help you – although don’t be put off, it’s a very straightforward thing to do! We have the deadline so that there is time to get the agenda completed and circulated to members before the meeting. This helps make it possible for anyone to get involved.
 
As well as the meeting on 4 March, we will also be holding satellite meetings. The main one of these will be in the Crowndale Centre and more details are to follow shortly. This will be during a lunchtime. We will also be arranging to have meetings in each of the NSL bases – our members there will not be given time off to attend the main AGM. Dates for these will be out soon.
 
Retired Members AGM – Wed 4 March, 1.30pm
Room 10.10, 5PS
 
On the same day, retired members of the branch also have their AGM – specific emails/letters have gone out giving notice, but please put the date in your diary if you’re one of our retired members.
 
Branch elections
 
Each year, we elect our UNISON stewards and branch officers. Information about this has already been sent out, but if you want to stand as a steward or branch officer, please complete the relevant form (see attachments) and return to unison@camden.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 7 Feb. If you want to know more about what’s involved, please do contact us in the Branch Office. Local stewards represent UNISON members in their work area/team, try to recruit new members and take part in the branch campaigns. Branch Officers have responsibility for departmental/corporate issues, negotiations and campaigns. We are able to offer quite a lot of support and training so just get involved!
 
Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference – Sat 8 Feb, 12-4.30pm
SOAS (Brunei Gallery), Russell Square WC1H 0XG
 
Camden UNISON is sending a delegation to this important conference, so if you are interested in coming along contact unison@camden.gov.uk so that we can reserve a place on the delegation. There’s a great line up of speakers and it’s a good chance for us to discuss with other trade unionists how we can challenge racism in and out of the workplace.
 
March Against Racism – Sat 21 March, 12 noon, central London
 
UN Anti Racism Day is on 21 March, and in London there will be a march and rally/gig. More details will be out soon, but get the date in your diary!
 
Hope to see you at some of these events.
 
Liz Wheatley
Branch Secretary
Camden UNISON
London Borough of Camden

Telephone:   020 7974 1633
Web: www.camdenunison.org.uk
UNISON Office
3rd floor Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD

YOUNG WORKERS EVENT ‘KNOW YOUR RIGHTS’

Camden Staff Young Workers Event.

 Are you aged between 18 – 27?

 Do you want to know your rights within the work place?

If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to the above questions then come along. There will be representatives from Camden UNISON and Camden Black Workers Group there to answer your questions.

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Food and drink will be provided in a relaxed atmosphere.

12:30pm-2pm, Thursday 23rd January

Room 10.12 Kingsgate, 5PS

This meeting is jointly hosted by Camden UNISON and Camden Black Workers Group. Please could you confirm your attendance by emailing Jahnelle Hutton-Parr OR Shenae  Lawrence or feel free to call them.

 

AFTER THE ELECTION – WHAT NOW FOR TRADE UNIONS?

Friday 13 December 2019 was a bad day for anyone who wanted to see an end to Tory austerity – we are now faced with Boris Johnson having a large majority in parliament and even the first Queen’s speech outlined the planned attacks on the right to strike, going back on a promise to increase the Living Wage and worsening immigration rules. So as trade unionists we face a challenge. This meeting is a chance to discuss how that result came about, and what we can do to resist these attacks.

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1pm-2pm, Thursday 16 January

Room 11.12 Kingsgate, 5PS

 

Branch Elections Nominations open Monday 13 January

 
Each year, we elect our UNISON stewards and Branch Officers, and the election period opens on Monday. As well as encouraging those of you who have already been a steward or officer over the last year to stand again, this is a really good opportunity for anyone else to get involved/stand in the elections. A separate email with details of how to do this and nomination forms will go out this week, so please keep an eye out for it and seriously consider getting more active in your union branch.  Continue reading

2020 will be the year we must also start to organise against Johnson’s government.

The results of the General Election will be a shock and disappointing for many of us. Although UNISON members will have voted for different parties, as the Branch Secretary of a public sector trade union, certainly I was hoping to see a different result.
 
Over the next few days and weeks I’m sure we will have lots of discussions about how this result came about, but Camden UNISON has a proud history of resisting austerity and standing up against racism and other discrimination. There are members in the branch who helped organise opposition to Thatcher’s government in the 1980s, and whilst we’re having those discussions about this vote, 2020 will be the year we must also start to organise against Johnson’s government.
 
If you want to find out how you can get involved just get in touch by emailing unison@camden.gov.uk as there’s going to be lots for us to do!
 
In solidarity,
 

 
Liz Wheatley

Pension Committee deputation 26/11/19

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Camden Council has declared a Climate Emergency – we believe that part of taking action around this includes the Council reducing its carbon footprint, and divesting the pension fund from fossil fuel investments is one way to do this.

As a trade union of course we want a decent pension for our members, and for working class people in general, but we also want a world where we can enjoy our retirement and to know we are leaving a sustainable world for future generations.

UNISON believes that modern fiduciary duty requires that pension fund investments are made in the interests of scheme members, that the financial obligation is not to maximize returns but to ensure there is enough resources to meet the pension benefit obligation. Therefore these financial regulations do not justify investment in the fossil fuel industry, nor slowing moves to decarbonise the fund. Continue reading

Rydon – Hands Off Whittington Hospital!

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Some of you may remember that the contractor responsible for the cladding work at Grenfell was Rydon. They were being awarded a contract to refurbish the Whittington Hospital. However, following Grenfell, there was a campaign against them doing this work, and the hospital withdrew the contract offer. However, Rydon have decided to challenge this in court, and the case starts in the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand on Monday 9 Dec. There is a protest at 9am on the first morning if you can make it along there.

There’s an election coming up!

We seem to be having quite a few General Elections in recent years, which in itself suggests there are a few problems in government! As a trade union, we realise our members may vote for a variety of parties, but we would recommend firstly that you make sure you’re registered to vote (a link to register by 26 Nov is below) and secondly that you think about both funding of public services, and the voting record of the main party leaders. On our website www.camdenunison.org.uk we will be posting a quick guide to this, as well as the register to vote link from the national UNISON website

https://www.unison.org.uk/register-vote-general-election/

Donald Trump Visiting! Tues 3 Dec, assemble 4pm in Trafalgar Square

 

 

RTX6B1UD1-e1531476107577[1]Donald Trump is coming to London in December for the NATO Heads of State summit. On Tuesday 3rd December, the Queen will be hosting a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace and it’s important we raise our voices against the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance which is overseen by one of the most reckless US Presidents in history. Donald Trump is a racist, a misogynist and a climate change denier who threatens communities at home while destabilising the rest of the globe so it’s worth turning up to show him he’s not welcome!

Unison Disabled Members’ Conference, Brighton – Report by Asif Iqbal

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I attended UNISON Disabled Member’s Conference as a representative for Camden Unison, which took place at Brighton Conference Centre on Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd November 2019.

It was well-attended with over 250 delegates, the majority have some form of disability. The conference was led by Josie Bird, Unison President and Christina McAnea, Assistant General Secretary for Bargaining, Negotiating and Equalities. It was also pleasing to a good diversity of people as Chairs of each sessions.

During the conferences, there was some workshops, I attended an interesting workshop: Negotiating Reasonable Adjustment policies and Passport which was very popular and attended by large number of delegates.

We talked about deaf and hard of hearing employees and the challenges they faces with their employers eg: noises in work place, their rights to reasonable adjustment under Equality Act e.g: request for quieter room/ environment to meet their individual needs. This was fully supported by UNISON.

The conference reminded the delegates about the Equality Act 2010 which says that employers must provide reasonable adjustment to disabled job applicants/ workers and former employees who face a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled. If employers do not provide reasonable adjustments where they have a duty to do so, then they may face Employment Tribunal claims.

Unison highlighted the importance for all delegates and employers to be aware of ‘Disability passports in the workplace’, which encourage the introduction and ensure continuous support of reasonable adjustment in a form of disability passport. Essentially, a disability passport provide a framework for discussion with a manager and disabled employee regarding the support required for that disabled employee.

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The workshop also discussed ‘What is Social Model of Disability’ and delegates urge all employers not to use Medical Model when considering the employee’s needs. It is really crucial to encourage employers especially managers and HR to use the Social Model of Disability, looking at environmental/attitudinal barriers that ‘disable’ the employee that needs removing and adopt a ‘can do’ positive attitude as key message, rather than seeing the person’s disability as the problem.

One of the topic discussed during the conference was ‘Tackling the Disability Pay Gap’ which introduce a mandatory monitoring and reporting for the Employers, on the disability pay in the same way as Gender and BAME (currently being monitored).

Other areas discussed were:

•Awareness of Access to Work – calling Government to expand the Access to Work scheme to include young, black, deaf and disabled people in voluntary placements, where these offer opportunity for paid work and do not replace permanent staff. By extending the ATW scheme to voluntary placement (currently only on those on internships), this would enable more people to gain valuable work experiences and skills as a pathway to paid employment. Currently, lots of disabled people want to work but unable to access to voluntary placement opportunity without appropriate ATW support in place and many employers were reluctant to offer voluntary placement to disabled people without ATW, due to additional cost.

•Disability Confident Scheme campaign for all public sector employers to participate in the national accredited Disability Confident Scheme encouraging them to demonstrate a genuine commitment include employment, progression and management of disabled workers that would allow organisations to evidence they are closing the disability gap.

•PIP assessment support – to create guidance materials on the process for PIP assessments and the support channels that can be used during this process and work with the national office branch welfare officers to be trained on PIP assessments to provide support to members.

•Access to Mental Health Services for Deaf People – lobby the Department o Health and NHS to provided improved mental health services for Deaf people including increasing the provision of one to one counselling directly through BSL, without the need for an interpreter.

During Day 2 of the conference (Sunday 3rd November 2019), I stood on the platform during UNISON Conference with a great applause.

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If you want more information about how Camden UNISON can support or represent members with disabilities and campaign for equality, contact Jare Oyewole or Asif Iqbal or email unison@camden.gov.uk