General

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.

Thank You Teaching Assistants

To All Teaching Assistants,

Mr Gove may not value Teaching Assistants, but here at UNISON we believe you are a vital part of our Children’s Education and as the school years ends we just wanted to say a quick thank you on behalf of all our members for all the hard work and dedication you’ve put in; we know many of you go above and beyond what’s required.

Thank You!


See more about UNISON’s Campaign to Save Teaching Assistants

You might want to sign this petition.

If you are not a member of UNISON, you’re always welcome to join us, find out more about us here: www.joinunison.org

Read more about government plans to abolish teaching assistants.

UNISON Can Help With School Uniform Costs

If you're struggling with the rising cost of living, and worried about how you'll be able to cope with back-to-school costs, UNISON might be able to help.

The union's welfare charity, There For You, has set up a limited fund to help with school uniform costs with a one-off payment of up to £120, and is now accepting applications from members on low incomes.

To apply, and to find out if you may be eligible, download the application form. Alternatively, you can contact the branch.

You will need to submit completed application forms by 5 July 2013.

The Women Chainmakers' Festival 2013

A Festival celebrating an historic strike by women Chainmakers will return to Cradley Heath this weekend.

The ninth Women Chainmakers festival will be held in Bearmore Park in Cradley Heath on 8th June, preceded by a new addition to the festival -'Friday night at the Chainmakers'.

The venue for both events, Bearmore Mound, is in the heart of the Cradley Heath community where the Chainmakers worked and lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector.

Bank Holiday - Branch Office Closure

Please note the Branch Office will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May 2013 and Tuesday 28th May 2013.  If your call is urgent please contact UNISON Direct on 0845 355 0845.  The office will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 29th May 2013.