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 

Our Union, Our Services, Our History - New Free Short Course

UNISON will be running a short course for any UNISON members interested in learning more about the history of UNISON.

The course consists of 6 Thursday evening sessions plus a Saturday School, commencing on Thursday 7th November from 6:30pm to 9pm at UNISON Regional Office, Birmingham.

For more details please contact Gurdeep Singh on 0121 685 3126 or register on the website: www.learninunison.org.uk.  A flyer is also available to download below.

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.