Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM, we reached a quorum, so all the business on the Agenda was completed.
Our Branch Officers and Staff Side Reps have been duly elected (a full list can be found on our Branch Reps Page).
There were four motions presented to the Meeting regarding Branch Rule Changes, Restructuring and Job Losses, Honoraria for Branch Treasurers and Auditors, the Social Club and Subscriptions to the now defunct Athletic Club. All were carried. To read them in full please click here.
The Annual Report was presented to the Meeting and can be read here.
This year there were three elections held, the votes were counted by The Branch President, James Young, and the results were as follows:
Malcolm Campbell – 55
Laurie Pocock – 34
Malcolm Campbell was therefore elected as Branch Secretary for the coming year.
BRANCH EDUCATION OFFICER
Hyacinth Charles – 50
Kay Kakad – 19
Hyacinth Charles was therefore elected as Branch Education Officer for the coming year.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES
Malcolm Campbell – 63 (as Branch Secretary Malcolm will attend as of right, according to the Branch Rules)
Rachel Pankhurst – 58 (elected)
Julie O’Maley – 55 (elected)
Iteen Stephens – 51 (elected)
Etna Houldsworth – 47 (elected)
Isa Makumbi – 44 (elected)
Kai Pokawa – 36 (elected)
Caroline Leppard – 28 (Caroline will be 1st reserve)
There was a question raised at the AGM as to whether our current election process (a secret ballot of all members attending the AGM) is the most appropriate, particularly when the election concerned is that of Branch Secretary. It is our intention to review our practice and report back to the next Branch Meeting or AGM.
FREE PRIZE DRAW – RESULT
The winning numbers for the free prize draw were as follows:
1st Prize £25.00 M&S Gift Voucher – 52
2nd Prize Cheese & Wine Gift Bag from
3rd Prize £10.00 M&S Gift Voucher – 59
The second prize has yet to be claimed so if it is you please contact the Branch Office to claim your prize. You will need to produce your ticket.
All those who attended also received their free Lealta Discount Card, if you have used the card already and would like to give your feedback please contact the Branch Office and your comments will be passed on to our Regional Lealta Representative.
BRANCH SECRETARY’S REPORT
REGIONAL CONVENOR - ELECTION
Concerns have been expressed regarding the fact that I was a
candidate for the position of UNISON’s Greater
In the event, I was unsuccessful in the election and therefore there is no need to negotiate different arrangements. I thought it best, however, to explain the situation in case it occurs again. I would like to reassure all members that my commitment to the Branch remains as high as is has done for the last 10 years as Branch Secretary and many years previously in other positions. I would never take a course of action as Branch Secretary that would disadvantage the Branch.
The Restructuring in every Department goes on apace. Reps continue to cover an enormous amount of meetings and to challenge proposals wherever necessary. The amount of redundancies entailed in the final proposals will of course be the crucial factor and we will have to make a decision about how we collectively respond.
In particular, HR & OD are facing swingeing job cuts. Not only is this unacceptable in terms of staff facing redundancy, it also has severe indirect implications for staff support, including the vital element of Health & Safety.
The above was the subject of a motion at the Branch AGM
There are two more Signing Days planned for 26th and 31st March. These are intended to be the “final” days, but it seems extremely unlikely that this will be the case.
We have now collated a list of those members who have been denied back-pay for previous jobs and will be submitting a Collective Grievance on their behalf.
Members on the standby gritting rota for the Highways DSO have been balloted regarding Industrial Action about their outstanding claim. The result was vote in favour of taking action and they are now working to rule.
As members will no doubt be aware, the result of arbitration was that we are to receive a further 0.3% increase, making the pay award for 2008 2.75%. Whilst this is a long way short of what we deserve, we should still be clear that this would not have been achieved if we hadn’t taken strike action back in July 2008.
Having resolved the pay claim for last year, we now await a response from the Employers regarding the 2009/2010 pay claim. We are asking for a settlement of at least the rate of inflation – unfortunately the current recession means that we are likely to be offered a very small rise indeed.
The Government Regulations on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) can be found on the Pension Page
You can also log-on to the UNISON National Website www.unison.co.uk for more information on Pensions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com 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.
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