European Advocate General: "Privatised workers should retain ongoing parity of pay & conditions"

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, today backed UNISON’s claim that privatised workers should continue to benefit from increased pay and conditions negotiated at their previous workplace, setting an important legal precedent.

Over the past seven years, UNISON has argued that 24 members transferred from the London Borough of Lewisham to Parkwood Leisure, were entitled, under their contracts of employment, to continue to benefit from nationally agreed pay and terms negotiated by the local government pay body.

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day with events taking place across the country at Schools, Libraries and book shops.

Reading is one of the cornerstones of learning and is also one of the cheapest forms of entertainment available.

Why not check out to find an event near you or simply visit your local library or bookshop.

If you have children their school / nursery should have provided them with a book voucher entitling them to a free book from a specially produced range or £1 off any other book.

Reading is fun so go on, treat yourself to a book!

Stuart Nixon
Union Learning Rep, Staffordshire UNISON

Recruit a Friend - Important News

The recruit a Friend Campaign will be withdrawn on Friday 8 March 2013. Any forms received up to the 31st March will receive vouchers, but unfortunately any received after that date will not qualify.

Many thanks to all members who took part in the campaign.

Climate Week Swap Shop

Climate WeekNoel Edmonds won't be there and it's not multicoloured but Staffordshire UNISON and Staffordshire County Council are hosting a Swap Shop on 6th March at Staffordshire Place 1, ground floor room B00-015, 12pm to 2pm.

We all have things we don’t want – clothes that don’t suit us, DVDs we don’t watch, toys that kids have outgrown or books we’ve finished with. Now you can SWAP these unwanted items for great things you DO want. And you’ll also be helping the environment, by giving stuff a new life rather than just throwing it away – saving precious resources.

Just come along & swap with your colleagues!

For more info contact Stuart Nixon, UNISON Learning Representative:

Climate Week Pub Quiz

Climate WeekAs part of Climate Week 2013 Staffordshire UNISON in conjunction with the County Staff Club and Staffordshire County Council are hosting a Climate Week Pub Quiz on Monday 4th March 12:30 – 13:30.

All questions will be around the Climate Week theme with rounds including Entertainment, Science, Geography, Music and Sport.

AGM Guest Speaker: Kate Godfey, Labour’s Prospective Candidate for 2015

kate godfrey We are please to announce that Kate Godfrey, Labour’s Prospective Candidate for 2015, will be the guest speak for this years Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th February.

The meeting is open to all members of The Staffordshire Branch of UNISON, to be held at The White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH, starting at 5:30pm, with a free buffet available prior to the meeting at 5pm.

UNISON Visit to Staffordshire Place - Tuesday 12th February

Staffordshire UNISON will be visiting Staffordshire Place 1 & 2 on Tuesday 12th February. Please see below for the diary of events.  A poster is available to download and print below:

Birmingham Chinese New Year Festival 2013

2013 is the Chinese year of the Snake.

The Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee would like to invite you to join their celebrations which will be taking place on Sunday 10th February 2013, from 12:30 – 5:30pm in the Arcadian Centre, Birmingham. This popular event is free and open to members of all communities and in previous years has attracted over 30,000 visitors.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines & The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Sir Albert Bore will open the ceremony by performing the traditional ceremony of Dotting the Dragons Eye’s. The dragon & lion dances’ will then commence, followed by a full programme of acrobatics, various martial arts, traditional music and dance performances. A variety of Chinese craft stalls will be sited along Hurst Street and there will be a fireworks finale at 17:25.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Published

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was introduced into Parliament and had its first reading on 24 January. The Bill was published today. This is an important step towards same-sex couples being able to marry in England and Wales, and follows the publication of the Government’s proposals on 11 December which made clear its commitment to introducing this legislation.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will:

Annual General Meeting 2013

Staffordshire Branch of UNISON's Annual General Meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday 28th February 2013 at The White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH.

There is a free buffet available from 5pm and all attendees can enter a Free Prize Draw, sponsored by Frizzells.

All members should have received their copy of the AGM Booklet. If you are a member and have not received yours, please contact the Branch to confirm that we have the correct address for you.