Read it Here – Union Street News – Issue 13

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Union Street News Issue 13 – Branch Magazine of Coventry City Unison. Articles on learning opportunities for Unison members, facility time and why it is important, the Trade Union Bill and more.. Do have a read and why not send us an article or review for the next issues.

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Coventry City Unison Communications

Union Street News Issue 13

 

 

National demonstration against Austerity – March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education

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National demonstration against Austerity

March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education

Saturday 16th April

Coventry City UNISON are supporting the People’s Assembly Demonstration in Central London on Saturday 16th April.

Cost per ticket is £15, and the branch have paid for an initial 6 seats for UNISON members which are available on a first come first served basis. If there is further demand we will cover the cost of the ticket for members.

If you would like to come please email George.sands@unisoncoventry.co.uk to reserve your place.

 

Peoples Assembly Coventry & Warwickshire Facebook Page is via https://www.facebook.com/groups/176332289208775/?fref=ts

Update from Unison ref Pay

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Hi All.  Please below the statement from UNISON on the latest pay position. You may see that GMB are taking a different position, however both UNISON and UNITE are very clear that this is a poor deal and that our members deserve far better.

Pay Justice 2016 Bulletin Issue 10.doc

22 March 2016
Issue Number 10

Developments on NJC pay and GMB Bulletin

This bulletin is to update you on recent developments on NJC pay and to alert you to a bulletin circulated by the GMB. As you will know, 64% of members voted to reject the LGA’s two-year pay offer.

At its meeting on 23 February, the NJC Committee decided that we should approach the LGA to explore the possibility of a single-year deal, but with certainty about the timetable for completion of the review of term-time working andthe pay spine.

Having consulted GMB and Unite, who both agreed to UNISON’s proposal to approach the LGA on this basis, the proposal was put to the employers. They are meeting on 1 April to consider our proposal.

Since then, GMB members have voted by 9-1 to accept the two-year offer. Unite have rejected it by 87% and have decided that they will consider targeted selective action alongside the other unions. GMB have made it clear that, in the light of their
consultation results, they are not prepared to take industrial action.

The NJC Committee has submitted a request to the Industrial Action Committee for a ballot for all-out strike action which will be considered after the LGA meets on 1 April.

The NJC Committee held a further meeting on 18 March to take stock of the situation and re-affirmed the proposal to pursue a one-year deal with the employers. Disappointment was expressed at the GMB’s acceptance of the offer.The Joint Trade Union Side Executive met after the 18 March NJC Committee.

Unite and UNISON sought support from the GMB to pursue our proposal with the LGA -which GMB initially agreed to – of a one-year deal with agreed completion dates for the review of term-time working and the pay spine.

Rather than act in a spirit of unity, GMB has instead sent out a bulletin, which attempts to construe ourselves and Unite as responsible for disunity on the Trade Union Side. This is unhelpful in the run-up to the LGA’s meeting on 1 April.

We are working with Unite to pursue our proposal with members of the Employers’ Side and will keep you updated about any developments.

PRESS RELEASE – Coventry UNISON condemns the proposals to close Woodlands Academy

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Coventry City Branch of UNISON, that represents most Support staff working at Woodlands Academy in Coventry, today condemned the proposals to close the school.

The decision to effectively close Woodlands Academy without explaining the reasons for doing so with such a short consultation is completely unacceptable.

It’s the first Secondary School Academy in this city to face possible closure causing a potentially devastating impact on our members and their livelihoods. Richard Harty Corporate Representative from UNISON said

“Our entire membership at the school could ultimately lose their jobs. They are devastated by this news, many being long serving, loyal professionals who have given their best in the service of the school and its community”

UNISON are not satisfied that this matter can simply be seen as a lift and shift of pupils from one school to another and cannot simply allow the school to be erased from the map in this way.

“We will be seeking an urgent explanation from the DFE about this matter. We have long stated that the development of Finham Park 2 would have a detrimental impact on the area where there are already surplus places. The DFE have allowed this and they need to explain themselves. After all this is about pupil’s education and the employment contracts of our members, as well as the use of taxpayers money.

We have so many questions to ask. For example, how have we got to the point where an entire school is being closed so suddenly? Why hasn’t there been earlier intervention by the DFE? We understand the school is running a deficit budget – who will pay for staff redundancies?. What happens to staff during the proposed changes?

We are concerned at the potential destabilising effects of these proposals both to the pupils and staff at Woodlands Academy.

These issues reflect the fact that the Academy system x does not work and has not made any real difference to the lives of the pupils and our members compared to the previously local democratic structures that were previously in place. Instead we see a market driven approach where schools have to compete to get pupils, regardless of the impact on the wider community, and see the potentially catastrophic impact on a school with the history and integrity Woodlands has. Unnecessary extra school places are being created using taxpayers money at a time of extreme austerity and cuts in local government of more than 40%.

 

Contact: Richard Harty   024 76521125             Richard.harty@unisoncoventry.co.uk