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NEWS

2007 PAY CLAIM

 

At present the only pay offer we have from the employers is 2%, although they’ve mentioned a possible further 0.5%, either across the board or to address other parts of our claim including low pay.

 

With inflation running at nearly 5%, their offer is a pay cut in real terms.  It’s essential that we reject this miserable offer and show that we’re prepared to take action to secure a decent pay rise for all public sector workers.

 

The recent (informal) consultation regarding the employers’ offer of 2% (or possibly 2.5%) was deemed inconclusive – not surprising considering branches were given less than a week to consult members!

 

However on 13th June the National Joint Council Committee decided to initiate a formal consultation process on the offer and to recommend rejection of the 2% offer.

 

At the Local Government Service Group Conference last week, an emergency motion from Tower Hamlets was passed which committed UNISON to recommend rejection to members of any offer based on a total “envelope” of 2.5%, and to co-ordinate any industrial action with other public sector unions.

 

At National Delegate Conference, a motion was passed that similarly committed us to a strategy of coordinating action with other public sector unions.

 

The consultation circular will be sent out to branches next week (2nd July onwards) and the consultation process will finish at the end of July.  We will be asking all Stewards to conduct workplace meetings.  Branch Officers will assist with these meetings where necessary as well as holding meetings in workplaces that don’t have a Steward (we may hold Departmental meetings or joint workplace meetings if appropriate).  Please note that we will also be using these meetings to consult with members regarding Pensions (see separate article).

 

Please make sure you attend your workplace or departmental meeting, and please vote to reject the offer so that we can stand up to the Government and the employers who want to treat us as second class citizens.

PENSIONS

The latest news can be found on our Pension Update Page where you will also find the Government Regulations on the Scheme.

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!

TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS' FESTIVAL 2007 15TH JULY - Dorset

 

Join the Croydon Trades Council coach to this year's Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival.

 

The coach will leave leaving Park Lane next to Ruskin House at 8.15am and should arrive at Tolpuddle at around 12.00 pm, giving you plenty of time to take part in the annual march, hear from speakers such as Tony Benn and Brendan Barber and music from Billy Bragg and The Men They Couldn't Hang. The coach will then return to London, leaving Tolpuddle about 5.30.

 

If you are interested, please ring 020 8774 1661 or 07941 890756 for details and registration form.

 

The History Lesson

 

The annual festival commemorates the six farm labourers from the Dorset village of Tolpuddle who were arrested on February 24th, 1834, on a charge of taking part in an 'illegal oath' ceremony. In the eyes of their masters, however, the real offence was that they had dared to form a trade union to defend their livelihood. For this they were sentenced to seven years' transportation to the penal colonies of Australia. The sentences provoked an immense outcry, leading to the first great mass trade union protest.

 

The campaign won free pardons and the Martyrs' return to England, a historic episode in the struggle for trade unionists' rights in Great Britain.

 

SOCIAL CLUB

 

We are pleased to inform you that we have negotiated for the Branch members the chance to use the bar facilities at the Labour & Trade Union Club at Ruskin House, Coombe Road for the time being.  In order for you to be able to use this Club please take your UNISON membership card with you.

 

We are still in discussions with Croydon Council over the possibility of a new club and we will update you on the progress of these negotiations at an appropriate time.  Don’t forget, we are still seeking your views on what you would like to see included in the new club, if you’ve any items you’d like included on the “wish list” please contact the Club Secretary, Phil Young at phil.young@croydon.gov.uk.

 

We are hoping to hold monthly Quiz Nights at Ruskin House with effect from August or September – further details to follow.

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT

 

You can still read the Annual Report here.

CALLING ALL DISABLED MEMBERS…….

If you would like more information please contact our Disabled Members Officers, Kay Kakad at kay.kakad@croydon.gov.uk 

YOUNG MEMBERS IN UNISON

Thanks to the Rule Change being agreed at the AGM, we are now able to have the post of Young Members Officer added to our Branch Officer posts.  Ellie O’Maley was nominated and elected into the position.  If you are 26 or under and want to get involved then please let the Branch Office know at branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list and pass your name onto Ellie.

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.