General

Working Arrangements: Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2009

Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Friday and Saturday respectively.

The Governement has designated Monday 28th December as a public holiday with pay in substitution for Boxing Day.

A number of questions have arisen as to the payments to be made to employees required to work on Saturday 26th and/or Monday 28th December.

Authorities advised that payments, unless a local agreement is in place, should be made in accordance with Green Book Part 3 Paragraph 2.6 as follows:

Department of Health (DH) Suspends Home Care Worker Registration in England

The Department of Health (DH) has suspended the long-term plan to begin voluntary registration of the homecare workforce in 2010 by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).  The decision was made to enable the GSCC to concentrate on improving its conduct function.  In July GSCC indentified a backlog of over 200 conduct cases which has prompted a review of its conduct function and to extend the register to home care staff would increase pressure on the conduct system.  In Scotland and Wales, registration has been extended to a range of other staff groups, while in Northern Irel

Disability Living Allowance & Attendance Allowance Threat

Time is running out to save disability living allowance and attendance allowance from being axed. 

A government green paper has revealed plans to stop paying disability benefits and hand the cash over to social services instead.  Join the Benefits and Work campaign to stop these cuts by visting www.benefitsandwork.co.uk and signing their petition by typing your first name and email address into the boxes provided.

Chainmakers Festival 2009 - A Trade Union Family Event

Bring the family along for a day of celebrations at the Black Country Museum on Saturday 12 September 2009 in commemoration of the historic Dudley Chainmakers strike which achieved setting the first minimum wage
 
The festival commemorates the 1910 dispute in which 800 women chainmaker's were "locked out" of work for demanding the employers paid them the agreed minimum wage for their labours.