The branch is now taking food orders for all members who wish to attend one of our two AGMS:
Monday 12 February 2018 at 1pm – City Central Library
Monday 19 February 2018 at 12.30 pm – Windsor Room, Civic Centre
Promotional posters are available for display –
AGM City Central Library 12 February
AGM Windsor Room 19 February
During October 2017 members in the West Midlands Region received £96,959 in compensation payments for Personal Injury Claims. For November 2017 the figure was £542,438 and for December £90,648.00.
A rather quiet period for members of our branch but it still always pays to be a Unison member!!
Our delegate to the Unison National LGBT Conference held in Brighton 17-19 November 2017 has produced an excellent report.
- A first time delegate’s experience
- Non binary inclusion
- Negotiating LGBT equality
- International LGBT issues
- Campaigning, recruiting and organising
Well worth a read – LGBT Conference November 2017
Unison’s National LGBT Newsletter – Out – Autumn 2017 issued on 28 November 2017 is also available – Out In Unison Autumn 2017
There For You are now inviting applications for their Winter Fuel Grant 2017-2018. In order to be considered the survey must also be completed and returned with your form.
Only one application per household will be considered. The maximum grant award is up to £50 and will be paid by cheque to the member.
There is a limited amount in the fund and once exhausted, no further awards can be made.
Priority will be given to anyone who has not previously received a winter fuel grant.
Eligibility Criteria apply as detailed on the application form.
Please note the following important information:
- Due to the growing number of incomplete applications that we now receive, this year we will be returning any form that has information missing. A letter setting out what information is needed along with a Freepost Envelope that can be used to resubmit their form will be included.
- The closing date for receipt of completed applications is no later than 16 February 2018. The postal address is on the application form.
Application Form & Survey – Winter Fuel Grant Application Form 2017-2018
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers – Winter Fuel Grant FAQS 2017-2018
Promotional Poster – Winter Fuel Grant 2017-2018 Promotional Poster
The branch is now seeking nominations for its activists.
For Convenor positions the closing date for receipt of nominations at the branch office is 9 am Friday 22 December 2017. For stewards and health and safety reps it is Tuesday 9 January 2018. The election meetings for these posts will take place on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 1pm Ridgway Room, Stoke Town Hall.
Members who pay into Unison’s Affiliated Political Fund are able to stand as branch Labour Link Officer and to elect this post holder. This election will also take place on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 1pm Ridgway Room, Stoke Town Hall.
Branch Officers will be elected at the branch Annual General Meetings on Monday 12 February 2018 at 1pm Tolkien Room, City Central Library and 12.30 pm Monday 19 February at the Windsor Room, Stoke Town Hall. The closing date for nominations is Friday 26 January 2018.
Information on who to contact for further information and how to apply are available –
Labour Link Officer – Affiliated Political Fund Election 2018-2019
Officers – Stewards & Convenors – annual elections exec
Job descriptions for each post can be found on the branch rule book
Two advance diary dates:
The City of Stoke-On-Trent Local Government Branch AGMS will take place on:
Monday 12 February 2018 at 1pm, Tolkien Room, City Central Library. Buffet at 12.30 pm – must be pre-ordered by Friday 2 February 2018.
Monday 19 February 2018 at 12.30 pm, Windsor Room, Civic Centre, Stoke. Buffet at 12 midday – must be pre-ordered by Friday 9 February 2018.
Promotional poster including instructions on how to order food and details of the the free prize draw – agm2018poster
New evidence of the good unions do has been published by the TUC in a series of reports.
The reports by academics Alex Bryson and John Forth take account of the characteristics of the workplace, including size, industry and ownership, to isolate the impact of unions themselves on what happens at work.
The studies also take account of how strong the union is in the workplace and whether an individual worker is actually a member of a union or not. They also analysed the impact of collective and workplace bargaining agreements separately.
The top five findings are:
- unions are good for pay: Bryson and Forth found that unions secured a 6.5% increase in pay across like workplaces
- unions improve training: union members are up to 5% more likely to have received off-the-job training in the past year
- unions are better for family life: workers in unionised workplaces are less likely to say that there is a long hours culture at work and employers in workplaces with a strong union are less likely to say that it’s up to the individual employees to balance their family and work life;
- unions keep the workforce stable: unions reduce the number of people who voluntarily leave their place of work, reducing turnover and
- unions are good for innovation: Bryson and Forth found that workplaces with collective and workplace bargaining agreements had higher scores for innovation.
These studies, say the TUC provide fresh evidence for what union members and enlightened employers have always known – a strong union is good for workers and good for business.