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2007 PAY CLAIM

 

In March the Employers offered 2%.  This was immediately rejected.  A copy of their response to our National Negotiators can be read here.

 

They have now said they may be prepared to increase the overall offer of 2% in all salaries with a further 0.5% towards “other aspects” of the claim (probably bottom loading for the lower paid.) or 2.5% on all salaries.

 

What you may wish to bear in mind is:

 

 

 

We have no actual offer on the table at the moment, just an intimation that we might possibly get less than half what we asked for.

 

Branches were asked to consult on this possible informal offer from the Employers but due to the ridiculous time scale (We only received the information on 5th June yet we were being asked to respond by the following day!) we were only able to email members with this facility, asking for their views.

 

UNISON HQ were asking if members would be prepared to take industrial action to fight for a better offer.  The general consensus of our membership who were consulted and replied, within the timescale, was that they would be willing to take a stand.  The closing date for this consultation was 8th June and we have heard nothing more since then.  However it would have been one of the major items for discussion at the Local Government Conference held on 17th and 18th June. 

 

The claim included:

 

STAFF CAR PARK

 

James Young, UNISON Staff Side Rep had attended the Corporate Staff Consultation Meeting held on 12th June were this item was raised.  It has to be borne in mind that this is now the third time in recent years that parking had been up for review but so far the problem had never been resolved.  However as it was likely that the Car Park would be sold off to TFL, to be used as a bus stand, it was quite possible that it would be taken further this time.

 

PARKING SERVICES

 

TGWU members in Parking Services were due to take industrial action over the handling of a Grievance, with regard to in-house bids for the Parking Services tender.  They had called of the action as a meeting had been held where Council Officers had promised to follow procedures in future, advised members there was still an in-house bid in the running, but had refused to apologise for the handling of the Grievance.

 

An application for a ballot of UNISON members in Parking Services, which was being processed at UNISON Regional Office, had now been withdrawn in light of the above.

 

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.

 

As you may know we held an auction of various club effects just after we closed.  Quite a lot of items remain and we are holding another auction of the remaining items on Sunday 24th June at noon with doors opening at 11am for viewing. If you would like a list of items that we are auctioning please contact Phil Young on the email address above.

PENSIONS

UNISON has won a victory on the Rule of 85 to find out more visit 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!

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.