A Camden UNISON member won back their job last month (September) after a successful appeal by a branch officer to a panel of two councillors. In addition they were awarded their full back pay backdated nearly a year. Continue reading
For some years Camden UNISON has been raising the plight of Camden’s casual workers, essentially on zero hour contracts. Over the last year we have been working with HR who have been moving many of these workers on to permanent contracts, and we have negotiated pay increases for long serving casuals in the sports service. Continue reading
Camden UNISON has consistently opposed performance related pay (PRP) and the associated five-point appraisal system since it was first proposed by senior management in 2011. So we are pleased to announce that there have been initial discussions with HR on developing a new, fairer scheme. Continue reading
What have the Romans ever done for us?
Here is a short list of just some of the things achieved by Camden UNISON in the past couple of years.
After more than a year of campaigning, we have a successfully achieved a promise of the implementation of the London living wage of £9.15 per hour from 1 September 2015 for nearly 300 workers in 51 schools on the Caterlink contract: an increase of nearly 40% on their current pay rate of £6.60 per hour. Continue reading
Nearly 540 people joined or rejoined Camden UNISON last year, making 2014 the single best year for recruitment since 2006 when the branch saw 570 join its ranks. The figures for 2014 are all the more remarkable in the light of the continued decline in employment across the lead employer, Camden Council, which still accounts for some 75% of total branch membership. Camden’s current workforce is about 15% smaller than in 2010.
Camden UNISON has been concerned that the Council isn’t doing enough to redeploy staff and to avoid redundancies and we have been pressing them on this point for some time. We think it’s a step in the right direction that, following requests from UNISON, HR have now said on essentials that jobs will be advertised for 8 days internally before going out to external advert. Continue reading
The 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.
What does this mean for our December pay and for our pay in the New Year? Continue reading
UNISON 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 £6500 each. Continue reading
On November 19 Camden became just the third local authority in London, alongside Islington and Southwark, and the ninth nationally to sign up to Unison’s Ethical Care Charter. See here a letter from branch secretary George Binette originally published in the Camden New Journal here. Continue reading