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.
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
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.
The branch has vacancies on its Executive Committee for the following officer posts:
- Equality Officer
- Youth Officer (must be aged under 27)
- Membership & Recruitment Secretary
- Welfare Secretary
- LGBT Officer – male job share
- Education Secretary
- International Relations Officer
- Workplace Stewards
Information on job description, training and how to apply are on the enclosed newsletter – October 2017
The latest branch newsletter is now available. Featuring:
- Introducing Key Branch Officers
- TUC National Inspection Day 25 October 2017
- Unison’s Landmark Legal Victory For All Workers
- A Call To Action For Black Members Of The Branch
- Workplace Representatives
- A First Time Delegate’s Experience At The Unison National Delegate Conference Brighton June 2017
- Sue’s Snippets – Academy Conversions And School Payroll Provider Changes