Advice on NUT Industrial Action 5 July 2016

branch-squareAttached below is advice to School Support Staff on the NUT Industrial Action that is planned for Tuesday 5 July 2016.

 pdfAdvice to School Members re NUT strike 5 July 2016

Nottingham City Council Signs UNISON'S Ethical Care Charter

branch-squareUNISON conducted a national survey of homecare workers in 2012 entitled "Time to Care" to illustrate the reality of homecare work.  The responses showed a committed but poorly paid and treated workforce which is doing its best to maintain good levels of quality care in a system that is in crisis.  The report highlights how poor terms and conditions for workers can help contribute towards lower standards of care for people in receipt of homecare services.  In light of UNISON's findings UNISON nationally is calling for councils to commit to becoming Ethical Care Councils by commissioning homecare services which adhere to our Ethical Care Charter.  Nottingham City UNISON is pleased to announce that Nottingham City Council has now agreed to commit to the charter which was signed on 7 June 2016 by our Branch Secretary, Christina Sanna and the Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health, Alex Norris.

Please see the signed Charter attached pdfEthical Care Charter Signed Agreement


Christina Sanna, Branch Secretary and Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults & Health

 


From right to left: Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults & Health; Matt West, Branch CVS Organiser; Stacey McMullen, Service Conditions Officer; Christina Sanna, Branch Secretary; Local Organisers from UNISON Regional Centre

 

There for You - School Uniform Grants 2016

there-for-you-squareWorried about back to school costs?

Are you:
— struggling to cope with the rising cost of living?
— finding that you're having to economise in every area of expenditure?

Help is on hand
We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.

To apply download an application form or alternatively you can contact the Branch on 0115 8762441.

pdfSchool Uniform Grant 2016 Application Form
pdfSchool Uniform Grant 2016 Questions and Answers

2016 and 2017 NJC Payscales & Allowances

pay-squarePlease see attached for details of the NJC Payscales and Allowances for 2016 and 2017.

pdfNJC Payscales 2016 and 2017

Council Attacks to Pay, Terms & Conditions - Update 5

branch-squareThe trade unions were asked to attend a meeting today with the Chief Executive, Ian Curryer, and Councillor Nicola Heaton, Portfolio holder for Human Resources. They advised the unions that the proposals previously tabled for discussion with the trade unions and which were going to be presented in a total package for the trade unions to consider and provide a formal response, were being withdrawn as a result of the outcome of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. They stated they were going to review what had already been discussed with us and will arrange to meet again with the trade unions in five to six weeks.

Christina Sanna
UNISON Branch Secretary

Trade Union Bill Latest Update

branch-squareThe Trade Union Bill received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016.  Please see the attached for further details.

pdfTrade Union Bill Update 4 May 2016

Update on Employment Appeal Tribunal Decision on Annual Increments

branch-squareUNISON's solicitors are writing to UNISON members involved in the above claim to communicate the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which gave its outcome last week.

The EAT decided in favour of about 90% of the Claimants in that they did have a contractual right to incremental progression despite the employer introducing a pay freeze in 2011. This is excellent news for the majority of our members and further information will be detailed in our solicitor's letter to those concerned. The EAT decision unfortunately also ruled that about 10% of the claimants were not entitled to the increments which is disappointing.

We are led to believe that the City Council will most likely be appealing this decision and UNISON are currently considering whether we also wish to appeal the decision on the 10% of claims which were unsuccessful.

Further updates will be posted to the website as and when we receive them.

Christina Sanna
Branch Secretary

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