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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.


 

Worried about paying your winter fuel bill? Help is on hand (17/12/14)

Winter fuel help

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 FORM or
simply contact your UNISON branch office.

  • Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future.
  • There is a limited amount in the winter fuel grants fund and once exhausted no further awards can be made. Priority will be given to those who have not previously applied.
  • Your application must be received no later than 13 February 2015. Applications will then be processed and decisions communicated over the following few weeks.

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



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. 


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.


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

Vauxhall deals


Saturday 7 March 2015

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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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