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PENSIONS

For the latest news visit our Pension Update Page.  You can also log-on to the UNISON National Website www.unison.co.uk for more information. 

If you haven’t done so already, Take the Pension Test you might just be surprised at the answers!

SINGLE STATUS

You should have received a letter, sent out from the Branch Office on 10th November, outlining progress up until that date.  However, we have had a few letters returned to us stating addressee gone away – we are trying our best to locate where those people have moved to but if you haven’t received a copy of the Single Status letter then please contact the Branch Office with your correct details.

Since then:

 

  • Job Evaluations continue to be carried out.  Members will be supported if they wish to appeal against the outcome.
  • We are still waiting for definite proposals regarding the arrangements for backdating, protection and bonus schemes.
  • The Council want to link proposals for a new Competency Framework and an amended Performance Appraisal Scheme (to be used jointly to determine whether staff receive their annual increment or not) to the Single Status process.  We are resisting this.

CUTS

We now have details of the cuts proposed for 2007-8, including the deletion of two services in Social Services (Hilltop House and the Community Adolescent Mental Health Services).  This includes deleting the equivalent of 87 full-time posts (including 34.7 which are currently filled) and the outsourcing of 83 jobs in Parking Services (see over).  We will of course be opposing these cuts and negotiating further with the Departments concerned.

 

PAY

 

A consultation exercise amongst members resulted in a majority in favour of the 2007 Pay Claim being for a flat rate increase of more than £1,000, although there was some support for a mixed claim and a small number who would prefer a percentage increase.  We’ve therefore reported back to Region that the Branch is in favour of a flat rate increase of more than £1,000.

 

PARKING SERVICES

 

Following on from the recent transfer of Off-Street Parking to NCP, the Council is now conducting a tendering process for the rest of Parking Services.  We’re not al all happy with the way in which this has been carried out.

 

Staff were informed by the Procurement Team that it was in order to be involved in two bids, one a direct in-house bid and one a joint bid with a private partner Steve Halsey (Director of ECSS) then announced that this wasn’t allowed, and that the joint bid would be ruled out (although the staff involved haven’t been informed why that was so, and are unhappy at the level of support and resources made available to the in-house bid).  We have made a request that the tendering process be halted and started again.

 

SKILLS FOR LIFE

 

I’ve been involved in discussions regarding funding for courses of various kinds for staff, as distinct from job-related training.  We need to look hard at recruiting Learning Reps to get involved in this.  In particular, we could use the Council’s desire to introduce a Competency Framework to advance our arguments for this kind of training.

 

BRANCH AGM

 

Advance warning!  We are holding both AGM Meetings on 1st March, the lunchtime one will be held in the Council Chamber at 12.30 pm and the afternoon one will be at the UNISON Social Club at 4.30 pm.  REMEMBER - you only need to attend one meeting and one hour time-off to attend is granted to all London Borough of Croydon employees.

 

Current Stewards and Health and Safety Representatives should be organising elections for their post.  Anyone who is interested in becoming a Steward or Health and Safety Rep should contact their Departmental Convenor, if they have one (listed below) or the Branch Office for more information or you can print a copy of the nomination form here.

 

Housing – James Young - 020 8726 6000 xtn 62673

Planning – Laurie Pocock – 020 8726 6000 xtn 62648

Social Services – Eleanor Tracey – 020 8726 6000 xtn 62167 or Jean Bowes 020 8771 1321 xtn 136

ECSS – Anna Raghunanan – 020 8726 6000 xtn 61113

Finance & Resources – Iteen Stephens – 020 8726 6000 xtn 88336

Policy & Corporate Services – Malcolm Campbell – 020 8760 5435

Education – Mervyn D’Cruze – 020 8760 5435

Prospects Careers – Marian Freedman – 020 8410 4105

Croydon College – Mick Smith – 020 8686 5700 xtn 3645

Parkwood Leisure – Sarah Smale – 01689 842553

 

All Branch Officer posts will be up for re-election too.  The nomination forms will be issued to all our current members of the Branch Executive in the January Executive Committee mailing.  However all Branch Officer posts are open to all members and we would welcome any newcomers.  If you would like further information on any of the Branch Officer posts then please contact the Branch Office.  If you would like to print a copy of the nomination form or to read the list of Branch Officer Posts click here.  If we have more than one nomination for any post, we will have an election at the AGM.

 

Staff Side posts are up for re-election too.  Nominees for Staff Side must have at least 1 year’s current standing on the Branch Executive Committee, as either a Steward or Branch Officer, since May 2005; or 2 years standing, out of the last 5, on Staff Side.  Staff Side members are experienced Officers who can represent members across all Departments.  A major part of their role is to take part in negotiations with the Employers at Croydon Staff Partnership Panel Meetings twice a year.  The current incumbents will continue until May, as this is a Council Committee the incoming Staff Side will take up their positions when the Council's new committees start to function.  We will however, hold our elections at our AGM.  The nomination forms will be issued with the EC mailing.

 

UNISON SOCIAL CLUB

Don’t forget, as a member of Croydon UNISON you are automatically a member of the UNISON Social Club. 

Why not hold your Christmas Do at the Club?

 

Please let the Branch Office know via branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk if you have any ideas that would make the Club more attractive to you.  We will gladly pass them on to the Club Committee.

CALLING ALL DISABLED MEMBERS…….

If you would like more information please contact our Job-Share Disabled Members Officers, Kay Kakad at kay.kakad@croydon.gov.uk  or Julia King at Julia.king@croydon.gov.uk.

YOUNG MEMBERS IN UNISON

If you are 26 or under let the Branch Office know at branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS………

We are always looking for more members to get actively involved in the Branch. There are many areas where members don't have a local Steward.

So - if you would like to get more involved in the Branch and its decision making, take part in negotiations with management and represent members, why not become a Steward or Health and Safety Rep?

We won't throw you in at the deep end. There are many courses available that are organised through the TUC or UNISON and they run throughout the year. You will also have the support of the Branch Office. Time off for full training is available, please contact the Branch Office for more details or e-mail branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk

ARE YOU GETTING IT?

It has recently come to light that some members are not getting information about the Branch and its activities. If this is the case please let us know in the Branch Office either by phone on 8760-5435 or via e-mail to branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk

If you are prepared to be a workplace contact for us, which involves handing out UNISON information, Newsletters etc to your fellow UNISON members again please let us know in the Branch Office.

We want to make sure all our members are informed on what's happening in the Branch.

EVENTS

Croydon UNISON Social Club

MONTHLY QUIZ NIGHTS

The regular monthly Quiz Nights are still proving to be very popular. It costs £4.00 for a team (maximum of 4) to enter and starts at 7.30 pm. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month. If you require any further details please contact the Branch Office or the Cub direct on 020 8688 8142.

The Club is available for departmental celebrations, leaving and retirement parties and birthday parties as well as private functions. As a UNISON member you can hire the hall at very cheap rates. You may also want to challenge another department to a pool, snooker or darts match there is also a table tennis table. For availability contact the Club Steward John Brooks on 020 8688 8142.