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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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NJC Pay Campaign 2014

Pay claim 2014-15: A fair deal for local Government workers (20/01/14)

2014-15 PAY CLAIM

A minimum increase of £1 an hour on scale point 5 to achieve the Living Wage and the same flat rate increase on all scale points.

The Living Wage has risen to £7.65 an hour, so we would need an increase of £1.20 on scale point 5 to reach it.

You will find on this website the Seven reasons why our pay claim is fair and just and a Powerpoint presentation.

Please use these to inform your colleagues about the Pay Claim.

Talk to your work mates about what’s going on – let them know UNISON is fighting to win them a pay rise and defend their jobs.

If they’re not UNISON members sign them up – we’re stronger together.

- REMINDER -
UNISON has organised a lobby of a Local Government Association roadshow to get our message across regarding the 2014 Pay Campaign.

Thursday 23 January at 9.30am at the Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG

Please try to attend. If you are able to go contact the Branch Office (0113) 245 8442.


Important Stewards Bulletin (20/01/14)

You can download the latest stewards bulletin here...

You can also find out more about the NJC Pay 2014 campaign + download the poerpoint presentation to help you make the argument for a fair deal for local government workers.


News headlines

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.


Vauxhall deals for UNISON members: Offers end 1st April 2014 (17/2/14)

Vauxhall deals


Win £200 towards your winter fuel healting bills (UNISON protect) (07/02/14)
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Self Catering Holiday Cottages at Croyde Bay - Deals (07/02/14)

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Affiliated Political Fund - Members meetings (06/02/14)

Affiliated Political Fund members meetings

  • Friday 14th March 2014 12.00 to 1.30pm
  • Friday 11th April 2014 12.00 to 1.30pm

Both meetings to be held in the Leeds UNISON branch office.


Winter Fuel Bill: Help is on hand (closing date 28 Feb 2014) (07/01/14)

Winter Fuel Bill help is on hand

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried
about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand

“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on
low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £40.

To apply download the application below - fill it out and send it to:-
UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

APPLY NOW - CLOSING DATE 28 FEBRUARY 2014


Meeting for Leeds UNISON Affiliated Political Fund (02/01/14)

Meeting for Leeds UNISON Affiliated Political Fund

Friday 10 January 2014 from 12 noon to 1.30pm
in the Leeds UNISON Branch Office, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN


Want to start learning again? Return to Learn places available (02/01/14)

Return to Learn Course
We have some places on this course - contact the branch now.
Starting Tuesday 21 January 2014 at 10am to 12.30pm each week.
The course is run over 13 weeks from January to May.

It is for members who want to start learning again or want to have an introduction to getting into learning.It is run in the branch office. You will need to be released from work or not be at work at that time.

For more details contact Ian Burton or Neil Rhodes email branch@leedsunison.org.uk or phone the branch on 0113 245 8442 leave your contact details and we will get back to you.


Doncaster Raceday 2014 - A great day out for UNISON members

Doncaster raceday

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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 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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