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Unions to escalate pay strike action on 14th October (04/08/14)

Unions representing over a million local government workers – GMB, UNISON and Unite – have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a campaign running into the autumn. 

The three unions have agreed that their members will run a co-ordinated strike of their local government and school members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday 14 October. UNISON will not proceed with strike action on 30 September. 

The strike will be just a few days before the TUC organised national demonstration on 18 October calling for decent pay.

Local government workers have suffered three years of a pay freeze, followed by a below inflation pay deal and have now been offered a paltry 1%. They have seen their pay reduced in value by 20% since 2010. This resulted in a one day strike on 10 July. 

No further talks have taken place since that date, despite the unions offering to go to the Government’s arbitration andconciliation service. 

UNISON Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield, said:

“Employers and Government must be left in no doubt that we are serious in this dispute. As sister unions, we stand together to make sure that our members are treated with decency and respect. Our members cannot afford to carry on propping up local services through their pay packets. Many are low paid women who are being forced to resort to food banks and payday loan sharks just to survive. We need to put the heart back into local government by paying a living wage.”

GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

"Our members in GMB, UNISON and Unite expect us to maximise our joint effectiveness and that's why we are announcing thenext strike together. Our members deserve a fair pay deal and we have to fight together to achieve that. Council leaders should reconsider their parsimonious pay offer and do the right thing by their staff.”

Unite National Officer, Fiona Farmer, said:

“Local government workers have had years of real pay cuts, working harder to deliver vital local services while being paid less and struggling to make ends meet. Low paid members unable to afford basis essentials are having to choose between heating and eating. On 1st October the National Minimum Wage will overtake local government pay scales, we need Fair Pay not Poverty Pay.”

Local Government workers taking strike action include care workers, librarians, cleaners, environmental health officers, street cleaners, home carers, parks and recreation workers, teaching assistants and school meals workers and refuse workers.

March in London: 18 October 2014

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Self Organised Black Member's Group Meeting: Tues 9 Sept 2014 (20/08/14)

The next meeting of the Self Organised Black Members’ Group will be held on

Tuesday 9 September 2014
12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
Unison Branch Office
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9EN


1. Introduction
2. Apologies
3. Equality Meeting update
Attracting new members
4. BME SOG Meetings for the rest of the year
Set dates for the next 4 meetings
5. Election of members to the Regional Black Members’ Group
6. Regional AGM
7. BME National Conference
Submission of motions

People's march for the NHS: Coming to Leeds in August 2014 (19/08/14)
Jarrow March for NHS
All Members' Meetings – LCC Cuts to Terms and Conditions (12/08/14)

A series of Joint Union Meetings has been arranged to allow members to discuss the
proposed changes to terms and conditions including the threat of redundancies. Since
our original consultation, there have been a number of revisions to the proposal and
these meetings should be seen as the final opportunity to make comments.

The dates of the meetings are:
Wednesday 13th August 12.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Civic Hall
Tuesday 19th August 12.00 p.m. Council Chamber, Civic Hall
Wednesday 20th August 8.30 a.m. Pudsey Civic Hall
Thursday 21st August 8.30 a.m. John Charles Centre for Sport

We look forward to seeing you at one of the meetings.
With best wishes
Brian Mulvey
Branch Secretary


UNISON briefing for registered social workers (12/08/14)

In the summer of 2012 the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) took over responsibility for registering social workers in England.

HCPC operates a two-yearly registration renewal cycle for all the professions it regulates. Social workers have to renew their registration by the end of November 2014 in order to continue to practise.

Download the UNISON briefing for social workers pdf logo for more details.
Further news for social workers can be found on the Members News page.

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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