UPDATE – Coming soon
CHRISTMAS WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
You will no doubt have heard by now that the Council propose to have all services available to Croydon residents over the Christmas period. It should be emphasised that although this was the subject of consultation with the Trade Unions we did NOT agree fully to the proposals.
What actually happened was that we said we did not disagree in principle to the idea of providing a minimal service, but before we would formally agree to it we would want to know what level of service was proposed in each department. In particular we wanted to be sure that no one would be forced to work at that time of year against their wishes.
We took this approach in light of the fact that we know that some members are unhappy at being forced to take leave at this time and would rather have the opportunity to work over the Christmas period and take the leave at another time.
We asked management to consult departments about the level of staffing they would be requiring so that we could take a decision about our corporate response in the light of that.
However, what then happened was that departments seem to have been given the go-ahead to inform staff that services would be open. We are still pursuing the issue.
At a recent Corporate Staff Consultation Meeting, management made a proposal to abolish the bar (based on grading) to allow staff access to the highest band of Car Allowance. Therefore all staff, irrespective of grade, will receive a Car Allowance based on the size of their car engine.
We were happy to agree to this change on the grounds of fairness. Although there may be a question on ecological grounds about the whole principle of higher allowances for cars with larger engines, grading shouldn’t come in to it.
For our latest update and details of the 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.
Update coming soon
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 two very successful Mortgage & Savings Days with
We hope to hold a further day towards the end of November but in the meantime 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 07790793286 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.