FROM THE BRANCH OFFICE
The Branch Office will be closed on Wednesday 24th December until Monday 5th January, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.
DON’T LET THE BNP STEAL CHRISTMAS!
BNP's South-East Xmas jolly this SATURDAY
13TH DECEMBER. Gather at 6.00 pm,
B&Q Car Park,
PEACE AND GOODWILL TO ALL IN THE FESTIVE SEASON – bring Candles, Banners, Whistles and Festive Songs. Called by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism
For further details visit www.lovemusichateracism.com
RUSKIN HOUSE GRAND CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAW
1st Prize – Lap Top Computer
2nd Prize – LCD Television
3rd Prize – Camcorder
20 Prizes to be won
Tickets available from the Branch Office £1.00 each.
Draw takes place at the Ruskin House Christmas Party on the evening of 20th December – free entry!
With Council Staff having received the interim Pay Award of 2.45% in last month’s salary we still await the outcome of Arbitration regarding the final settlement.
The Pay Claim for next year is to be for a minimum of the level of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI) on 1st January 2009. This was agreed by the Trade Union Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) as an attempt to avoid a below-inflation settlement next year. However, in the light of the current economic crisis, bringing with it deflationary pressures, it might prove to be an unwise move if our aim is still to regain the ground we’ve lost over the years.
Every Department is now involved in carrying out reorganisations resulting from both the Corporate Restructure and budgetary constraints. There are a massive of number of consultation meetings taking place and UNISON Reps are doing their best to cover all of these.
The impact on different workforces varies from those with minimal change to those where significant numbers of jobs are under threat. We will doing our utmost to oppose redundancies and minimise the effect on our members.
Following the Signing Days on 21st and 22nd November the number of outstanding cases is now relatively small, but still significant.
Of these, some have recently been evaluated and are still to be the subject of an offer of compensatory back-pay, some are claims by people who have left the Council (and have yet to be made an offer), and some are people who are contesting the amount offered.
Further Signing Days are planned for 30th and 31st January 2009. As with previous Signing Days, letters should be sent out from HR to those invited two weeks prior to this.
For details of he Appeals Procedure please click here.
SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF – LITTLE POCKET BOOK
These very useful booklets are still available from the Branch Office.
This 168-paged booklet sets out the rights, responsibilities and duty of care for Support Staff in Schools.
Some of the issues covered in the booklet include School Matters, Employment, Health, Safety, Welfare and Security and a mine of other useful information.
A must for all Support Staff in Schools.
If you would like a copy please contact Karen on 020 8760 5435.
The Government Regulations on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) can be found on the Pension Update Page
You can also log-on to the UNISON National Website www.unison.co.uk for more information on Pensions.
The 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution brings
sunny-side up socialismo to
Featuring the superb Cubano-inspired mix of reggae, punk, drum n bass from Radio Revolucion with Hank Wangford picking at the underbelly of country n western. Performance poetry from Luke Wright, plus Cuban sound-system from Movimentos.
A night to remember - a revolution not to be forgotten. For further information or to book your tickets visit www.philosophyfootball.com and click on “events”.
OTHER USEFUL INFO
UNISON Welfare Debtline and online Debtclinic
Many people fall into debt at
some point in their lives. Sometimes all it takes is a small change in
circumstances to tip the balance and turn a manageable situation into a debt
debt management plan is paid for by the credit industry so every penny of
your repayments goes towards your debts unlike some debt management companies
who charge a fee.
Telephone UNISON Welfare Debtline Freephone 0800 389
3302 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm Saturdays.
BRITANNIA BUILDING SOCIETY
The Branch has
recently held three very successful Mortgage & Savings Days with
You can download a PDF Voucher worth £5.00 which you can use to open a UNISON ISA account.
If you require further details please get in touch with our Branch Contact Emma Thompson on 07790 793286 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
UIA is owned and run for the benefit of it’s policy holders, so they can give you a better deal.
For insurance at competitive rates telephone 0800 66 88 55 or visit www.unisoninsurance.co.uk
Don’t forget to check out the deals at UNISON’s
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 email@example.com
ARE YOU GETTING IT?
Please let us know in the Branch Office if you have changed your address, either by phone on 8760-5435 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org it’s important we keep your records up to date so that you are fully informed on matters that could affect you.
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.