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School Uniform Grant Applications - Closing date 10 July 2015

School Uniform Grant 2015. Apply by 10 July 2015

Members on low incomes can apply for a grant from UNISON There For You to help with school uniform costs. For further information visit www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou

Download the School Uniform Grant 2015 Application Form here.
The completed form must be returned before 10 July 2015.


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.


A Dinner Dance in Honour of Brendon Ormsby - Fri 10th July 2015 (08/04/15)

Dinner Dance 10 July 2015

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.

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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.


 

AGM Timetable (05/12/14)

BRANCH YEAR END ARRANGEMENTS - TIMETABLE

Will stewards please note the following deadlines which apply to the arrangements for the Annual General Meeting which is to be held during the weeks commencing 9th and 16th March 2015.

Stewards Committee secretaries should ensure that AGM Motions and Nominations for Branch Officers are included on the Agenda for stewards committee meetings in January.

MOTIONS FOR AGM

i) Closing date for motions from stewards/individuals to be considered by the AGM
1 February

ii) Closing date for AGM motions to be submitted to the Branch Committee
1 February

To be taken at 11th February Branch Committee. Motions to be submitted in writing to Branch Office, with names of proposer and seconder.

Please make it clear whether the motion is to be submitted direct to the AGM, or whether it is intended that it be endorsed and submitted in the name of the Branch Committee.

NOMINATIONS FOR BRANCH OFFICER POSTS

The Branch Officer posts to be elected by the AGM are:

Branch Chairperson
Branch Vice Chairperson
Branch Secretary
Assistant Branch Secretary
Branch Treasurer
Assistant Branch Treasurer
Affiliated Political Fund Officer
Welfare Secretary
Education Co-ordinator
Health & Safety Officer
Equality Officer
Publicity Officer
Membership Services Officer
Youth Officer
International Officer
Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator

In addition the AGM will appoint the following having received nominations submitted by the Branch Committee:

Branch Auditors (2)
Branch Superannuation Adviser

i) Closing date for nominations: 10 February

Brian Mulvey
Branch Secretary



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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 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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