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Pay Offer 2014-16 Accepted – but the campaign goes on (21/11/14)
LCC Employees - changes to terms and conditions (19/11/14)
Holiday pay – additional payments (19/11/14)

The European Court has recently ruled in a UNISON case that workers ought not to suffer financially when they take annual leave.  This means that if you receive any of the above payments or any other additional payments when you are at work (other than expenses) but do not receive them for periods when you are on holiday, you may be able to claim back pay in respect of non-payment of these additional sums. 

Please contact the Branch immediately if the above applies to you and complete a case form.  It is also important that you contact the Branch and complete a case form if your employer has recently started to include any additional payments in your pay that are referred to in your payslip or if you have just noticed that your pay has increased without explanation.   

You must act quickly.  Most tribunal claims must be submitted within three months less one day of the date of the act complained of.  In these circumstances, the act complained of is the failure to pay the additional sums for annual leave.  Therefore, if the payments are now being made, time started to run from the date on which you were most recently paid holiday pay that did not include any additional sums. 

Upon receipt of your case form, your claim will be considered and you will be contacted and advised as to whether your claim has reasonable prospects of success. 


Latest Stewards Bulletin published (04/11/14)

You can find the latest Stewards Bulletin here...


 

Social Work Watch – Inside an average day in social work (12/08/14)

The 29th April was an ordinary Tuesday in social work. Except that at the end of their day, 1,140 social work staff from across the UK took part in Social Work Watch, a joint initiative by UNISON and Community Care. They took the time to complete a survey about their work at the end of a day which for many was exhausting, challenging and stressful.

We can now reveal a comprehensive picture of the diversity of social work: the onerous responsibilities; the challenges and rewards; the dilemmas and pressures; the impact of austerity cuts; the lengths many go to protect and support people; and the diverse ways practitioners touch the lives of children and adults going through difficult times.

Download the full Social Work Watch Final Report here. pdf logo
Further news for social workers can be found on the Members News page.


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.


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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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