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
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
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
The annual report reflects the work undertaken by the branch January – December 2016. It is well worth a read – 2016
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.”
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Place & Schools Based Staff – Brian Tomkinson – email@example.com
Public Health, Resources & Customer Services, City Director – Amber Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org