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Unison LGBT Conference Report November 2017

 

Our delegate to the Unison National LGBT Conference held in Brighton 17-19 November 2017 has produced an excellent report.

Features include:

  • 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

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Election of Branch Officers, Convenors, Stewards & Health & Safety Reps

 

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

Unison Retired Members Conference 10-11 October 2017

The branch retired member’s secretary attended the National Retired Members Conference in Llandudno 10-11 October 2017.

Topics discussed include:

  • WASPI
  • Issues faced by the disabled
  • Social care provision
  • The problems of means testing

The report is well worth a read – Retired Conference 10-11 Oct 2017

For more information on Unison Retired Members nationally visit – https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/retired-members/

If you are interested in becoming a retired member  please contact the branch – telephone 01782 236750 or email ul-stokecity@unison.org.uk

September 2017 Branch Newsletter

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

September 2017

Report On Unison National Women’s Conference Brighton

Our delegate has provided a most detailed report on the following wide range of topics.

  • M1 Zero Hours Contracts – closing the loopholes
  • M6 The Wage Penalty of Motherhood
  • M7 Pregnancy discrimination
  • M8 Women and the cuts – strategies for local campaigning
  • M9 Cuts to domestic abuse support services
  • M10 Where next with the Housing crisis for women?
  • M11 Abortion rights in Northern Ireland
  • M12 Abortion Rights 50 Years since the 1967 Act
  • M13 Proportionality
  • M14 Gender wage gap widens for women with children
  • M15 Equal pay and Black Women
  • M16 Lack of Black women participation in UNISON
  • M17 Young women must not suffer under Brexit
  • M18 Brexit- the women’s voice
  • M19 IMPACT OF EU EXIT AND WOMEN
  • M20 Increasing diversity at women’s conference
  • M21 Protecting the right of EU Women working in social care
  • M22 The Trade Union Act and the government’s austerity cuts and their impact on disabled women
  • M23 Sexual harassment is rife at work
  • M24 Overexposed and underprepared
  • M25 Working with dementia
  • M26 Why Sickle Cell matters
  • M27 Dress Code Inquiry
  • M28 Modern Slavery – Closer Than You Think
  • M29 safe travel
  • M30 Driver only trains deny accessible support for disabled women
  • M31 Bus Services in Crisis
  • M32 The State of girls’ rights in the UK
  • M33 International Day of the Girl Child
  • M036 Standing together to say no place for hate
  • Composite A PENSIONS
  • Composite B ISTANBUL
  • EM002 Child marriage is child labour
  • EM003 A Career in the NHS – still an option for women?
  • EM005 Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
  • EM006 Our girls need high quality inclusive Sex and Relationship Education
  • EM007 The election of Donald Trump and its implications for Women’s Rights on a global scale

It is well worth a read – Brighton Women’s Conference 2017

Branch Annual Report 2016

report

The annual report reflects the work undertaken by the branch January – December 2016. It is well worth a read – 2016

NJC Pay For 2016-2018 Settled

pay justice

Following a meeting of Local Government Representatives across Unison the union decided on Wednesday 27 April 2016 to accept the pay offer from the employers.

Head of Local Government Heather Wakefield said “Having talked to members in local government across England, Wales and Norther Ireland, we have decided that there are to be no further consultations and we have agreed to accept the employer’s pay offer for 2016/2018.”

In summary:

The offer is for a pay deal that would cover the two years from April 2016. Those on spinal points 18-49 would receive 1% in year one and the same again the following year. For the lowest paid (those on spinal points 6-17) this would mean a pay rise of between 6.6% and 1.01% for the first year and between 3.4% and 1.3% the second year.

However, as this authority pays the Living Wage, if your revised pay scale is still below this (£8.25 per hour) you will not see an increase in your actual pay.

The offer also includes a joint review of the NJC Pay spine and term-time working for school support staff.

Revised pay scales  – 2016-2018 pay scales

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact your Convenor for advice:

Children, Adult & Family Services – Justin Ashton – justin.ashton@stoke.gov.uk

Place & Schools Based Staff – Brian Tomkinson – brian.tomkinson@stoke.gov.uk

Public Health, Resources & Customer Services, City Director – Amber Robinson – amber.robinson@stoke.gov.uk