Message to Coventry Unison Members & Supporters

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As agreed by the branch, we have prepared model letters to councillors and MPs which you can use to support your union in our facility dispute with Coventry City Council.

In addition to the model letters, please note that you can find your local MPs’ details on http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mps/ or both MPs and Councillors on https://www.writetothem.com/

As mentioned before, we see the Council’s move as counter-productive on so many levels and we are doing all we can to spread the message:

We have taken out an advert in the Coventry Observer this week.

 We also recommend you listen to the interview on BBC CWR Shane O’Connor show (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02vgz0h#auto) with Professor Kim Hoque of Warwick Business School which was on at approx. 8.08am – 8.16am last Friday morning.

NB: please do any letter-writing, petition signing etc at home or in your own time and not using work facilities.

 

SAVE THE EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICE – TESS – By Liz Crowter – Save TESS Pressure Group

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Hello and thank you for reading this.

I’m Liz Crowter and my daughter is Heidi.

We would like to ask for your support to help save a really important and valuable Coventry service that works with some of our most vulnerable adults and young people.

TESS (The Employment Support Service) is funded by Coventry City Council. The service has been helping people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health issues gain and stay in employment for more than 22 years.

Like a lot of disabled people, Heidi wants the same opportunities in life that we all want. To be as independent as possible and be part of the community, having a job and earning her own money is an important part of this. TESS have been instrumental in finding her work experiences and supporting both her and the employer in those experiences. Without TESS she would be unable to fulfil her dream of getting and keeping a valuable job and place in the work force.

Despite vowing to protect the most vulnerable, the Council is planning on closing TESS in December if it can not find the money. TESS is a unique service in Coventry, 100’s of people depend on its support both now and in the future. We cant just sit back and let the Council close this vital service.

BUT WE CAN NOT DO THIS ALONE

WE REALLY DO NEED YOUR HELP

Help save employment support for disabled people

Thank You

Richard with his mum Jane

Jane says: “If people like Richard aren’t in work, it’s a false economy because they’d instead claim benefits. TESS helped Richard get a job 15 years ago and without the ongoing support they have provided when there have been changes at work he wouldn’t still be there. Richard’s mixing with people who don’t have learning disabilities. He’s more independent and has learned about money and social interaction. Please help us to save TESS for people like Richard and all the other people out there, who have such a lot to offer given the chance and support”.

How can you help?

  • Please sign our e-petition at http://epetitions.coventry.gov.uk/2015/04/save-the -employment-support-service/ and ask your family, friends and others to.

    Please note: once you submit your name on the e-petition you will receive a reply asking you to click on a link to confirm that you are who you say you are, if you don’t do this your signature will not count. Please check your “junk” folder as this is where it often ends up.

  • Would you be willing to help collect signatures for our petition? If you would then please contact me (details below) and I will send you details.
  • Follow us on Facebook and send the link to others who may support us https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Employment-Support-Service- TESS/1628758824033355?fref=ts
  • Write to, call or see your local Councillor and MP and ask them what they are doing to save TESS and protect some of the most vulnerable people in Coventry.

Join the Save TESS Pressure Group Contact Liz Crowter Email: liz.crowter@lfsbc.org.uk or Call: 07542571427

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WE ARE NOT ALL IN IT TOGETHER – Protest Against George Osborne’s Emergency Budget – Assemble btwn 5-5.30 pm, Broadgate, Coventry, Wednesday 8th July

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The only ‘emergency’ is the Tories’ desperate rush to cut as much of the welfare state as they can before they are rumbled. 250,000 people demonstrated in London against austerity on June 20th. Come and join the fightback, tell your friends, family and workmates.

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Message to all Unison Members in Coventry City Council – URGENT Meetings Tuesday 7th at 5pm or 7pm

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In wake of Coventry City Council’s proposals to attack your right to representation it is necessary to ask all members to attend meetings after work this Tuesday. This to explain what has happened and to discuss our response.

All Council Unions that are disputing the proposals will be inviting members to these meetings.

This issue has implications for every Unison member. The impact of the proposals could cause serious detriment to your terms and conditions of employment. Please prioritise attendance at these meetings if you possible can.

TUESDAY JULY 7TH, WARWICK ROAD UNITED REFORM CHURCH, (NEAR LITTEN TREE PUB), COVENTRY

MEETINGS START AT 5PM OR 7PM

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Press Release COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL ATTACK WORKERS RIGHTS TO REPRESENTATION

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The main trade unions of the City Council, UNISON, UNITE, NASUWT, NUT, CYWU and ATL are locked in a dispute with the City Council who are determined to attack workers’ rights to representation in the Council.
They are seeking to remove experienced, trained Union Reps by August 2015 in a rushed so called “consultation” process. 

Richard Harty, speaking on behalf of the Trades unions in dispute said “We are dismayed that a Labour controlled Council would seek to go further than a Conservative Government and more quickly.”

A steward who recently supported members said “I couldn’t work without the support of our full time reps with their expertise and knowledge”.

We are assuming that this is being done to clear the way of any opposition to attack council workers terms and conditions.

Today it is the Trade Union Reps. Tomorrow it’s the Council Workers.

We need more people to join a Trades Union to show support for our cause and defend workers’ rights!!
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Contact: Richard Harty on 07941344294 and David Cairns on 07983481672;