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Last Chance to Vote "YES" in the Pay Ballot

Vote “YES” today – ballot closes 10:00 Monday 23 June.

This is the last day for you to vote “YES” for strike action over pay.  The ballot closes at 10:00 on Monday 23 June and any ballot papers received after that deadline will not be counted.

Care Workers Newsletter

 UNISON welcomes Kingsmill report on working conditions, Sleep In night shifts should be paid, further information in the newsletter.

 

Heather Wakefield NJC Pay Ballot

 UNISON is asking council and school workers to vote 'yes' for strike action: 

Staffordshire UNISON welcomes Kingsmill Report on working conditions in the homecare sector

The Kingsmill Report on working conditions in the UK care sector is "A comprehensive programme of recommendations that would begin to redress the exploitation of the homecare workforce," said UNISON's Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield. 

Learning at Work Week 19th - 25th May

SCC staff can partake in a free Yoga session, meet with learning providers, sign up for courses, join a running club, learn about the local environment or enter a 6 book reading challenge with Stafford Library which could win them an expenses paid weekend trip to London including travel, West End Theatre Trip, accommodation and £150 spending money.

UNISON calls on LGA to engage in further talks with trade unions over pay dispute

UNISON, the union representing 600,000 local government workers, is today calling on the Local Government Association to re-consider its refusal to take part in arbitration through ACAS and engage in further talks with trade unions.  The call comes following the union’s announcement to ballot members for strike action following the a consultative ballot which showed 70% of members rejected the employer's 1% pay offer.

Local Government Strike Ballot will start on 23 May

 UNISON's local government industrial action ballot in England, Wales and Northern Ireland  will start on 23 May after members overwhelmingly rejected the employers' 1% pay offer.

The ballot will last four weeks, ending on 23 June.  

Members will be asked if they are prepared to take strike action. If there is a 'yes' vote and the union's industrial action committee gives the green light, industrial action will start in July.

International Workers' Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April, commemorates all those who die across the world each year, through their work.

On this day we "remember the dead, and fight for the living" by focusing our campaigns and demands for safe and healthy work to protect the living.

In the UK alone, up to 50,000 people die each year through their work, mostly from work-related illnesses. Read more about that.

We must remember not only those UNISON members who die through their work, but also the many who suffer injuries and work related ill health. This affects not only the workers, but also their families and the wider community through pain and suffering, loss of income, reduced job prospects, lower productivity, and less spending.

Click here for more information.

Recruit A Friend

We know times are tough for our members, so if you recruit a friend in April both you and your friend could win a weekly shop, download the application form and talk to your colleagues now.

UNISON membership has never been more important, with pay, allowances and job security high on everybody's agenda it's important to be part of UNISON and for us to stand together.

Prize draws will take place on 1st May 2014.  For more information please contact the branch.