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 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.

 

CAR ALLOWANCES

 

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.

 

SINGLE STATUS

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

PENSIONS

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. 

EVENTS

 

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 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

 

BRITANNIA BUILDING SOCIETY

 

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

 

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 emma.thompson@britannia.co.uk

 

CROYDE BAY

 

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.

 

 

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?

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.