Increment Freeze Employment Tribunal Appeal

branch-squareA date has now been set to hear the Employment Tribunal Appeal which is the 4th and 5th May 2016.

Council Attacks to Pay, Terms and Conditions Update 3

branch-squareYesterday, representatives from UNISON, Unite and GMB met with Council Officers and Councillor Nicola Heaton to continue discussions about the pay,terms and conditions of Council Staff.  Please see the attached Joint Trade Union Update 3.

pdfJoint Trade Union Update 3

EU Referendum

branch-squareUNISON has produced a guide on the EU Referendum for members.  Please click here to view the guide.  The UNISON branch consultation on the EU referendum is an opportunity to give branches a say on what position, if any, UNISON should take on the referendum.


National Insurance and State Pension – Important Changes

branch-squareFrom 6 April the Basic State Pension and Second State Pension will end and be combined/replaced by a new State Pension. Those who are paying reduced rate National Insurance Contributions at the moment (because they are in a workplace pension scheme that is better than the Second State Pension) will start to pay the standard NI contributions and start to earn a higher State Pension.

Please read the attached circular for information on the changes and the implications for you. pdfNational Insurance and State Pension important changes

Members Reject LGA Pay Offer

pay-squareUNISON members rejected the LGA's offer, with nearly two thirds – 64% - voting to reject and 35% voting to accept it.

See attached for further information. pdfPay Justice 2016 Bulletin issue 08

Annual General Meetings March 2016

branch-meetings-squarePlease come along to one of the meetings to find out what your branch has been involved with over the past year, including an update on the NCC pay, terms and conditions proposals.

Please come along to take part in the election process.

Click here to view full details of the meetings.

Home Care Workers

branch-squareOur newly formed Social Care Team are currently trying to locate, recruit and represent homecare workers. Homecare workers rarely get paid for their travel time and they often do not receive adequate training. Since Christmas, UNISON has released research which shows how 74% of Councils in England are still commissioning 15 minute homecare visits. On top of this the pay and conditions of homecare workers, rather than getting better, have been gradually getting worse. Not only are the workers being pushed to breaking point but what is the inevitable impact this will have on their clients, when the carers have not had dementia training or are generally being overloaded with work?

So what can you do? Two simple steps:

Fill in our anonymous survey if you are a homecare worker. If you are not, share it. It only takes a minute and it will give us information about what local homecare providers are like. You will also automatically be entered into our prize draw. (Click 'anonymous survey' to take part).

Know a homecare worker? Get them to join UNISON. We all know that word of mouth is the best way to do this. Why not have a 5 minute chat and pass on our details. They can email, call, text or arrange a visit with us, details below.

Approximately 168,000 homecare workers worked on Christmas Day and in Nottingham that number was anywhere up to 5,600. What would happen if we all issued a belated New Year's resolution to improve the conditions of homecare workers right across the City and County? Make sure you share the survey and get friends/colleagues to fill it in.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sean, Lorraine & Sylvia.

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