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PAY 2008


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. 


PAY 2009


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.




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. 





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 problem.

UNISON Welfare are used to helping members who are struggling to cope with the stress and worry of debt. Through our partners at Payplan we can provide you with free and confidential advice to help clear your debts.

With Payplan's debt management plan you get:

  • Reduction of multiple debts to a single payment
  • Choice of payment methods including PayPoint cash option
  • An assigned case officer to call for advice throughout the repayment programme
  • Supported self-help if you prefer
  • A completely free service with no hidden charges

Payplan's 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.

This is just one of the ways they can help and you will be offered a solution that best meets your individual circumstances.

Payplan's advisers are aware of the types of grant that UNISON Welfare can offer and will refer you to us if they think we can help to ease your situation.

Contact details


Telephone UNISON Welfare Debtline Freephone 0800 389 3302 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm Saturdays.

UNISON Welfare Debtclinic, the online version of our debt advice service, contains advice and debt information and outlines some of the main debt problems. There are also diagnostic tools to help you set up the best recovery plan for your particular problem. Like UNISON Welfare Debtline the service is completely free to UNISON members. www.debtclinic.co.uk/unison




The Branch has recently held three very successful Mortgage & Savings Days with Britannia Building Society, where Britannia’s advisers have helped our members save money. 


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 emma.thompson@britannia.co.uk




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 Holiday Village in Croyde Bay.  Visit the website for all the latest offers www.croydeunison.co.uk.




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


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 branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk 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.