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Leeds Branch Magazine Nov 2015Members' bulletins

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Trade Union Bill Second Reading - Letter to your MP (16/09/15)

The Trade Union Bill currently before Parliament is unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic. MPs need to focus on the real problems the country faces and talk to us about how we can work together for a better future.

You can download a model letter to send to your MP here... Word Logo

You can download the MP Briefing note here...PDF


Recruit a friend to UNISON - extended until end of 2015 (26/06/15)

Our “Recruit a Friend” scheme has been extended until 31st December 2015.

Join Leeds UNISON, get the first 3 months membership FREE. Recruit a New Member, get £10. (See all the details on the form below)

Download the 'Recruit a Friend Form' here...

Anyone joining before the end of 2015 using the form attached will get three months free membership, and you can earn £10 for each new member you recruit – there is no upper limit.


Are you a Personal Assistant? A learning grant could help (21/07/15)

UNISON Personal Learning Development Grants
working in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes
or employed directly by individuals

We know how difficult it is to afford training to improve your job prospects due to huge increases in course fees and the withdrawal by many employers of financial support for career development.

Members who provide personal care in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or individual’s own homes make up an increasing proportion of UNISON’s membership. To help you get on at work and develop your career, UNISON is piloting Personal Learning Development Grants with this group of members. 10 awards of up to £300 each are offered for course fees.

These grants can be used for a wide range of courses. They can help pay for fees on any general non-vocational course (e.g. IT courses, skills training, languages etc.) or any vocational course relevant to working in public services (e.g. counselling, accountancy and management courses would be supported but not beautician training or electronic engineering!). This includes Personal Care Assistant members working for private contractors or employers who deliver public services.

We will give preference to members with few or no qualifications when allocating these awards. We are also keen to hear from members who are active in their branch. However applications are welcomed from all members who deliver personal care in private or community run-homes.

To Apply
Complete and return the application form HERE to reach us by 27 August 2015. We will consider all applications on that date so that grant criteria can be applied fairly, and let all applicants know the outcome very shortly after that date.

Children's Services Social Workers Bulletin (09/07/15)
Leeds City Council signs up to Ethical Care Charter (01/05/2015)

UNISON's Ethical Charter

(Pic: Leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield stands alongside Cliff Williams, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, signing UNISON's Ethical Care Charter)

Leeds City Council signs up to Ethical Care Charter to answer Mayday calls of care workers

Making sure there are minimum standards for care at home for both the people who receive it and the workers who provide it are priorities for Leeds City Council as they become of the largest local authorities to sign up to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter.

The charter commits to carers not having to rush from client to client and that people should keep the same carer wherever possible. It also commits employers to provide guaranteed hours contracts as the norm rather than zero hours contracts, to pay for travel time and a target of paying at least the living wage of £7.85 per hour.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“This May Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the vital contribution care workers make to our communities. We are determined to make sure Leeds City Council is rewarding homecare workers properly for the vital services they provide every day to thousands of Leeds citizens.

"Leeds is the biggest city to sign up to the charter and we are absolutely committed to people in Leeds receiving the high-quality homecare we would all want for ourselves and for our loved ones. That means we need to recognise everyone who receives homecare as an individual person, with their own particular needs.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:

"This Charter gives a benchmark for the future of homecare in Leeds, and we are very proud to have signed up to it. Providing care can be one of the toughest roles to have, and if we don’t treat those delivering it decently, it makes it harder for them to do the job properly.”

UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Cliff Williams, said:

“We know how tough it is when budgets are under so much pressure, so we are particularly pleased Leeds City Council has been able to adopt UNISON's Ethical Care Charter.

"It shows a clear commitment that staff are properly rewarded and respected for the work they do with vulnerable people in our communities.

"Home care workers are dedicated to providing the best care that they can. The council's adoption of the charter enables good employment conditions and quality training, which helps to reduce staff turnover and improve the quality of care for service users."

Providers will have to minimise zero-hours contracts, pay at least the national minimum wage and move towards paying a living wage of £7.85 per hour. There will also be a commitment to providing training.


2015 Stewards training programme - places still available (09/03/15)

Leeds UNISON is running several in-house training courses this year for UNISON stewards.  Legislation states that training must be undertaken by stewards to enable you to fulfil your role as a steward, and you also need to undergo training to become a fully accredited Unison steward.  If you haven’t already attended the courses below please do consider attending – they are free and we apply for your paid time off.

If you are interested in attending any of these branch courses, please contact the branch office on (0113) 245 8442, or email branch@leedsunison.org.uk. The courses take place at the UNISON Branch Office, are accredited and the tutor is a TUC trainer/lecturer from Leeds City College.

Find out more here...


Safety successes for Leeds UNISON Safety Reps (19/12/14)

At Roseville Enterprises, where many of the staff have learning difficulties, the  Health and Safety Inspection by UNISON representatives lead to improvements to the boiler room; a thermostat has now been installed to provide hot water at a comforatble temperature;  plus a number of other outstanding items were resolved.

Improvements at Cross Green included the encapsulaton of a roof which was suspected to contain asbestos.

Another Leeds UNISON representative , with support from the Leeds UNISON Branch, has worked with management to establish a local Safety Committee. This can now help work on a number of health and safety issues that arise from the client group that use this service and can now start resolving thiese out standing issues.

Improvements are now ongoing at Woodhouse Lane car park following the involvement of Leeds UNISON. Cars were parking in hatched areas making the car park hazardous. Following pressure from the UNISON safety representatives these are now being resolved, making the car park safe for both the workers in the car park and the public.

Improvements at Killingbeck to the outdoor lighting which made it safer for the cleaning staff, this involved resetting the time clock for swtiching on the lights at a more useful time. Several improvements have also been made in the offices with areas for staff breaks and to the general tidiness in the office.

These are just a few examples from this month’s report to Leeds UNISON on Health and Safety improvements. This why Leeds UNISON safety representatives are vital to protect the people who work in Leeds City Council and also keep the public of Leeds safe.


LCC Employees - changes to terms and conditions (19/11/14)

Learning in UNISON

Learning in UNISONAs a member of UNISON you have access to a wide range of learning opportunities. Find out more here...

New members will be invited to free one day “taster” learning workshops to help you cope with the challenges that life throws at you either at work or in your daily life. We can help you get to grips with new technology – from using the internet on your smart phone to making the most of your office email.

We’ll tell you more about your union, UNISON, how to access our help and support and how the union can support you in the workplace. And it’s all FREE. Find out more...

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 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 or email Steve on walkingowl2@gmail.com


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