General

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.

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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.

Love Music, Hate Racism: Free Music Festival

LoveMusicHateRacism

Saturday 26th April
from 2pm to 11pm
at Dudley Town Hall

Bringing artists from different backgrounds and genres together to celebrate and enjoy music. If you love music and hate racism, come and celebrate our unity at this free event.

Seminar for African Migrant Workers

UNISON are organising a seminar for African Migrant Workers on Saturday 15th March here at UNISON Centre in London.

The Seminar will start at 11am and finish at 3pm with lunch included. The day will include speakers from our international work and Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie and day will also focus on our members active learning and development within UNISON.

For more information see below flyer.

UNISON Welcomes Decision To Keep Services In House

UNISON today welcomed Staffordshire County Council’s announcement that services previously being considered as part of the Core+ project will remain in house. The announcement today draws to an end a nine month project that has been considering the future of back office services such as ICT, HR, Procurement and Finance where business cases for two potential options have been considered. The two options being considered were:

  • To transfer the services to Entrust (Staffordshire County Council & Capita’s Joint Venture)
  • Keep services in house and redesign the delivery models whilst working with SAP, the Council’s current IT systems provider.

Steve Elsey, Staffordshire UNISON’s Branch Secretary, said: “We are delighted at the decision to maintain services in house, UNISON have been concerned since the start of this project that the likely change in shape and function of the council over coming years is likely to change the requirement for these services more than could be imagined and on that basis it seemed unwise to commit to a 19 year contract for delivery of services which in time may no longer be required, with services maintained in house the flexibility remains to tailor services and staffing requirements to the ever changing face of local government.”

He added: “UNISON have been doing a lot of work with the staff affected and throughout the process many questions have been asked which have challenged the Council’s thinking over the viability of outsourcing these services. We would like to thank our members for getting involved and for making their concerns known, the road ahead will be challenging for all of us, with the financial challenges clear.”

UNISON National Conferences 2014

If you are interested in attending either of the conferences below or would like further information please contact Sharon Jenns at the branch on 01785 245000 or unison@staffsunison.org.uk.

National Black Members' Conference 2014

  • Friday 17th January — Sunday 19th January 2014
  • The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR
  • Deadline for submission of delegates to branch: Thursday 7th November
  • More information on UNISON website

National Women's Conference 2014

  • Thursday 13th February — Saturday 15th February 2014
  • The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR
  • Deadline for submission of delegatesto branch: Thursday 14th November
  • More information on UNISON website 

Macmillan Coffee Morning: A Big Thank You!

The Branch would like to say a big thank you to everyone that helped, contributed and attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday.

We had a great turn out and managed to raise £210, which I’m sure you’ll all agree is going to a very worthy charity.

UNISON plan to take the donation in person to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent in the next few weeks.