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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.

NUT and NASUWT Industrial Action - Advice for UNISON Members in Schools

You may be aware that colleagues from NUT & NASUWT are taking strike action in Staffordshire on 1st October, as a result of this action UNISON National Office have provided the following advice for members during this time.

Local Government Unions Accept Pay Offer

UNISON & UNITE have reached agreement with Staffordshire County Council that Green Book Staff will  receive the agreed 1% pay increase (backdated to 1st April 2013) in Septembers pay. Further information can be found here.

29th September March & Rally

The situation is critical.  Our NHS is in crisis: starved of funds; sliced up and sold off to private companies; haemorrhaging staff, the lifeblood of the NHS.

UNISON  is leading the campaign to defend the NHS against the coalition government's plans to break it up and sell it off.

We care about the NHS, its staff, and patients.

Answer the call for your NHS.

Join UNISON on Sunday 29th September at 11am in Liverpool Road, Manchester City Centre.

We will be arranging a coach to the march, picking up from Stafford, Lichfield and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

If you would like to book a seat or would like further information contact the branch on 01785 245000 or unison@staffsunison.org.uk.

2014-15 NJC Pay Claim

The UNISON NJC Committee met on Thursday 1st August to discuss the contents of the NJC pay claim for 2014/15. The Committee felt our core objectives should be to restore pay levels and ensure that the Living Wage becomes the basic rate of pay in local government. The full consultation document is available here.

The UNISON NJC Committee agreed to consult on the following two alternative options for the proposed 2014/15 NJC pay claim:

OPTION 1: The Living Wage (LW) hourly rate to be the minimum pay rate, with an equivalent percentage increase on all other spinal column points.

OPTION 2: A flat rate increase of £1 an hour on all pay points, which would achieve the current Living Wage as the bottom NJC spinal column point.

The branch have emailed members to ask their opinions on the two options.  If you haven't received an email please update your details to ensure we hold a correct email address for you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 27th September

UNISON will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 27th September to raise money for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee and cakes in the the 7th Floor Meeting Room in The Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford, any time between 10am and 12pm.

A poster is available if you wish to display it in your workplace.