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Welcome to UNISON, our Trade Union. We support and protect almost 1.3 million working people, with over 10,000 members in the Leeds Local Government Branch and offer a huge range of benefits to our members (if you are not already a member join UNISON now). Our branch is run by a committed group of individuals who believe passionately in public services and the public sector ethos.

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Winter Fuel Grant - Apply Now (18/12/15)

Winter Fuel Payment

Have any questions? Download the Winter Fuel Grant Q&A sheet

Download the Winter Fuel Grant Application Form 2015/16

Applications need to be submitted by 23 Feburary 2016.

AGM Timetable - Stewards and Branch Officer Nominations (15/12/15)

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 7th and 14th March 2016.

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

Download the Stewards Nomination Form here...

MOTIONS FOR AGM
i) Closing date for motions from stewards/individuals 1 February
to be considered by the AGM
ii) Closing date for AGM motions to be submitted to 1 February
the Branch Committee
To be taken at 10th 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
Each Stewards Committee represented in the Branch or any two members shall be entitled to nominate candidates for each of the following offices.

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
Young Members 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

Closing date for all nominations: 9 February

Please note that the attached timetable is provisional and may be subject to change. The information contained in this communication is also available on the branch website: www.leedsunison.org.uk.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all stewards for their service over the past year – it’s been another difficult year but Happy Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year.

Brian Mulvey
Branch Secretary


Recruit a friend to UNISON - extended until end of 2015 (11/12/15)

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.

 

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

 

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

UNISON Personal Learning Development Grants
For PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT MEMBERS
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.


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...

 

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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