Update on Employment Appeal Tribunal Decision on Annual Increments

branch-squareUNISON's solicitors are writing to UNISON members involved in the above claim to communicate the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which gave its outcome last week.

The EAT decided in favour of about 90% of the Claimants in that they did have a contractual right to incremental progression despite the employer introducing a pay freeze in 2011. This is excellent news for the majority of our members and further information will be detailed in our solicitor's letter to those concerned. The EAT decision unfortunately also ruled that about 10% of the claimants were not entitled to the increments which is disappointing.

We are led to believe that the City Council will most likely be appealing this decision and UNISON are currently considering whether we also wish to appeal the decision on the 10% of claims which were unsuccessful.

Further updates will be posted to the website as and when we receive them.

Christina Sanna
Branch Secretary

Nottinghamshire Trades Union Council May Day Rally

branch-squarePictured are Nottingham City UNISON members on the march at the Notts Trades Union Council May Day Event which took place on Saturday 30 April.

 

Homecare Workers Recruit a Friend

branch-squareAre you a Homecare Worker?

Are you a Member of UNISON?

If so, why not recruit a colleague into UNISON and both of you will receive a bag of UNISON Goodies and entry into a prize draw.

pdfHome Care Recruit a Friend flyer

UNISON LGPS Parliamentary Petition

branch-square46,000 signed - 70,000 needed

We have established an LGPS Parliamentary petition which requires 100,000 signatures to get a debate in the House of Commons over changes to your pension funds.

We have 46,000 signatures to date (27 April 2016)

You can sign it by clicking here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125475 the text below describes the petition

Please pass it on to colleagues – they don't have to be a UNISON member to sign!

Debate in the House the Local Government Pension Scheme Investment Regulations
5 million people rely on the LGPS to pay their pensions. Government wants powers over LGPS investment funds, but they could gamble away members' money on infrastructure projects. This is not allowed in any other UK scheme, including the MPs'. The LGPS must be invested in members' best interests.

Parliament must debate this issue and make the government accountable for these powers of intervention as any such direction may breach the law. Specifically Article 18 paragraph 3 of the EU Directive 41/2003 Institutions for Occupational Retire Provision: "Member States shall not require institutions located in their territory to invest in particular categories of assets."

 See press article below.

Read more: UNISON LGPS Parliamentary Petition

UNISON to Accept Local Government Pay Offer

pay-squareFollowing a meeting of local government representatives from across UNISON, the union decided yesterday (27.4.16) to accept the pay offer from the employers.

Head of local government Heather Wakefield said: "Having talked to members in local government across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we've decided that there are to be no further consultations and we have agreed to accept the employers' pay offer for 2016/18."

The offer is for a pay deal that would cover the two years from April 2016. For the lowest paid (those on spinal points 6-17) this would mean a pay rise of between 6.6% and 1.01% the first year, and between 3.4% and 1.3%the second. Those on spinal points 18-49 would receive 1% in year one and the same again the following year.The offer also includes a joint review of the NJC pay spine and term-time working for school support staff.

 The attached gives details of the new pay scales pdfNJC pay scales 2015, 2016, 2017

Notts Trade Union Council May Day Rally 2016

branch-squareSaturday 30 April

Assemble at 11am at Robin Hood Statue, Nottingham Castle

Details on the attached pdfflyer

Service Group Executive Elections 2016

branch-squareElections are being held for all seats on the union's Service Group Executives.

The Ballot opens on Monday 11 April.

Voting process

Full members (as of 11 January 2016) in the relevant region and service group will be eligible to vote in this election.

Ballot papers

Ballot papers will be sent to members' home or other notified address. A prepaid envelope for the return of the ballot paper will be provided. .

Ballot helpline

If you have not received your ballot paper by 19 April 2016 you should contact the ballot helpline on 0800 0857 857. The latest date you can request a ballot paper is 12.00noon on 17 May 2016.

Close of ballot and result

The deadline for receipt of ballot papers by the independent scrutineer is 5pm on Friday 20 May 2016.

The result will be available on 14 June 2016 and the successful candidates will take office at the close of national delegate conference 2016.

Further guidance and advice is available on the UNISON website.

For your information Nottingham City UNISON nominated:-
Adrian Picton, Local Government East Midlands General Seat
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