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NJC Pay: 2014

Strike 10 July 2014

Pay Bulletin - June 2014

Download our Pay Bulletin (June 2014) here...

There will be a March around Leeds City Centre starting from
Victoria Gardens (outside the Leeds Art Gallery) on

Thursday 10 July 2014
at 11.30 a.m.

This will be followed by a Rally – again at Victoria Gardens.

Please make every effort to attend. We need large numbers to
demonstrate our strength of feeling.

Local Government strike date set for 10 July 2014 (23/06/14)

UNISON today confirmed that its local government and school support staff members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking one day of strike action on 10 July in support of better pay. The decision was taken following a yes vote in a strike ballot, announced earlier today.

Local government employers have offered a 1% pay rise.

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July. We expect to be joined in that action by other unions in local government and will be campaigning amongst our members for maximum support on that day.

“Many of our members are low paid women earning barely above the minimum wage, who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable and they deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government. The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”

Local government workers have been condemned to three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving their pay reduced by almost 20% since the Coalition came to power.

You can see the full ballot result here...

NJC Pay 14: Activists Briefing (30/05/14)

This briefing looks at five of the most common myths about local government pay, and gives the real story. It also outlines UNISON’s real alternative to cuts in pay, jobs and services. Why not use this when you are talking to members voting in the NJC pay ballot?

Download it here...

Pay claim 2014-15: A fair deal for local Government workers (20/01/14)

2014-15 PAY CLAIM

A minimum increase of £1 an hour on scale point 5 to achieve the Living Wage and the same flat rate increase on all scale points.

The Living Wage has risen to £7.65 an hour, so we would need an increase of £1.20 on scale point 5 to reach it.

You will find on this website the Seven reasons why our pay claim is fair and just and a Powerpoint presentation.

Please use these to inform your colleagues about the Pay Claim.

Talk to your work mates about what’s going on – let them know UNISON is fighting to win them a pay rise and defend their jobs.

If they’re not UNISON members sign them up – we’re stronger together.

UNISON has organised a lobby of a Local Government Association roadshow to get our message across regarding the 2014 Pay Campaign.

Thursday 23 January at 9.30am at the Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG

Please try to attend. If you are able to go contact the Branch Office (0113) 245 8442.

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Festival of Learning - Thursday 5th June 2014 - Leeds Central Library

Festival of Learning


Help with School Uniform costs (closing date 11 July 2014) (23/05/14)

School uniform grant pic

Worried about back to school costs? Help is at hand

We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120 (this is the maximum grant available where there is more than one child).

You can download an application form here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 11 July 2014

Recruit a friend to UNISON - closing date 23rd May 2014 (12/05/14)

Recruit a friend

As an incentive it has been agreed to have two recruitment incentives both open to all members (excluding UNISON Staff) the first is a prize draw with various prizes supplied by UNISON Plus providers, any member who recruits a member during the 4 week period from 28th April and 23rd May 2014 and sends in the new members completed application form with the name and branch of the recruiter clearly printed on that form will have their name entered into a region wide prize draw. This draw will be made after the 23rd May and winners will be notified of the prizes they have won during the month of June. There are no limits on the number of members you can recruit for this but the more members you recruit the more times your name will go into the draw which will increase your chance of winning. Prizes from our UNISON Plus providers are coming in and already there are prizes of :

  • A brand new iPad
  • Tickets for two to the LV Cricket County Championships at Headingley(sponsored by Liverpool Victoria)
  • £100 Tesco shopping vouchers (Sponsored by the TC Group)
  • Two x £50 Gift/ Shopping vouchers (sponsored by UIA Home Insurance)
  • Two £30 M&S Gift vouchers (sponsored by UNISON Protect)

The second incentive is a recruitment competition within each of the 4 County areas i.e. West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and North and NE Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire, the competition is open to all members and activists (excluding UNISON Staff) and every individual who recruits 5 members or more will be entered into the recruitment league in their county area. The person who recruits the most members, on hard copy application forms and submits them to the Regional Office during this 4 week period with their name and branch clearly written on the form will win a brand new iPad. Only those recruiting more than 5 members will be entered onto the league table with a chance of winning the iPad if they recruit the most members.

Both these recruitment competitions are open to all members, to obtain a membership form contact your branch, the regional office or just download one from our website. Get the new member to complete the application form and then just post it into the UNISON regional office freepost address with your name and Branch written on it in block capitals and you’ll be included in the prize draw if you recruit more than 5 members. You’ll also be entered in the County competition for the best recruiter with a chance of winning a new iPad.

Joint Trade Union Statement: Council cuts (28/04/14)

You can download the statement here...

Dear Member

(28th February 2014) Following a meeting last Friday with your employer. The council have formally informed the Trade Unions that they wish to negotiate on significant cuts to pay and conditions of service for all Council staff including :-

  • Removing or considerably cutting subsistence, car allowance and excess mileage payments.
  • Abolishing incremental progression and replacing with ‘Spot Salaries’. - Removal of pay protection.
  • Removal of the current redeployment provisions to be replaced with statutory redundancy notice.

The employer is also saying that they cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.
Whilst we all accept that the Council is being forced to make cuts by the Tory/LibDem Government, we believe that the Council are using the Government cutbacks as a camouflage for cutting Terms & Conditions of employment – the council tried to introduce many of these same changes years before the current government was elected. Your Trade Unions, acting collectively at the time stopped that from happening.

The truth is that local government employees have already suffered from significant pay cuts. The combined effect of pay freezes and lower than inflation pay rises has resulted in a real terms cut in pay for council staff, over recent years, of 18%. Enough is enough. It is now time to say NO. We have made our position clear to the employer regarding this situation, we are not prepared to accept cuts to Terms & Conditions as we do not believe this is the solution. Whilst we will work with the employer, to try to find ways to reduce costs, we accept that this has to be balanced and we will always be guided by what you, the members, tell us. With that in mind the following Trade Union meetings have been arranged to hear your views and guide our negotiations:

Council Chamber Civic Hall 18th March 17:30 and 21st March 13:00
Pudsey Civic Hall 19th March 13:00 and 21st March 08:00am
John Charles Centre : Parkside Suite 19th March 08:00 am

Please do your utmost to attend one of the meetings and ensure any colleagues that are not a Trade Union member, join now, as this will ensure that they also have a say.

On behalf of the Leeds City Council, Joint Trade Union Committee.

Vauxhall deals for UNISON members: Offers end 1st April 2014 (17/2/14)

Vauxhall deals

Self Catering Holiday Cottages at Croyde Bay - Deals (07/02/14)

Croyde Bay advert

Want to start learning again? Return to Learn places available (02/01/14)

Return to Learn Course
We have some places on this course - contact the branch now.
Starting Tuesday 21 January 2014 at 10am to 12.30pm each week.
The course is run over 13 weeks from January to May.

It is for members who want to start learning again or want to have an introduction to getting into learning.It is run in the branch office. You will need to be released from work or not be at work at that time.

For more details contact Ian Burton or Neil Rhodes email branch@leedsunison.org.uk or phone the branch on 0113 245 8442 leave your contact details and we will get back to you.

Doncaster Raceday 2014 - A great day out for UNISON members

Doncaster raceday

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Social events

Leeds UNISON Walking Group

The Groups has a different walk each month, apart from August.  Everyone is welcome, not only UNISON members, so encourage your family, friends and colleagues to come along.  The walks are on a Sunday starting at 10.15am and range from 4 miles to 9 miles. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for information please contact the branch office on 0113 245 8442 or for more information contact Stephen Johnson on 0113 267 5487.


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