Chainmakers Festival 2009 - A Trade Union Family Event

Bring the family along for a day of celebrations at the Black Country Museum on Saturday 12 September 2009 in commemoration of the historic Dudley Chainmakers strike which achieved setting the first minimum wage
The festival commemorates the 1910 dispute in which 800 women chainmaker's were "locked out" of work for demanding the employers paid them the agreed minimum wage for their labours.

Consultation on FE Final Pay Offer 2009/10

The consultation process began this week.  All UNISON members employed in FE Colleges should by now have received a consultation paper.  It is important that completed consultation papers are returned to the Branch before 7th September 2009.

Any member who has not yet received a consultation paper should contact the Branch Office on 01785 245000.

NJC Pay 2009/10 Final Offer - Branch Consultation Begins

All UNISON members employed by Staffordshire County Council will receive a consultative ballot paper in the next few days.  Please be sure to have your say and return you completed consultation paper to the Branch before 4th September 2009.

If you have not received your consultation paper by 14 August 2009, please contact the Branch Office on 01785 245000


The Employers’ Side met yesterday and agreed to increase their offer to a

Improved Final Pay Offer - FE England

Following intense negotiations the Association of Colleges (AoC) has agreed to make an improved final pay offer of 1.5% on all salaries and allowances from 1 August 2009.

 UNISON's FE national committee will be discussing its position on the final offer next week.  The committee will also be agreeing a timetable for consulting members in England on the final offer.  Once the committee has confirmed its position and the consultation timetable we will let members and representatives know via a bulletin.