UNISON Opposed to a pay FREEZE for Public Sector Staff!

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Branch Consultation shows that UNISON members overwhelmingly want decent pay!

Thank you to all UNISON members who took part in our recent consultation on what our pay claim should be for 2021/2022.

UNISON, the largest public service union, has responded with dismay to news that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is considering the implementation of a pay freeze for public sector staff, including thousands of Coventry residents.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Friday):
‘Key workers across all public services remain at the heart of the fight against Covid…pay restraint …would be a cruel body blow to health, care, and public service employees working tirelessly to get us through the pandemic. It would also backfire badly with the public. The government must do what’s right next week and announce the wage rise all staff have more than earned. Anything less, risks destroying morale when the entire country is counting on them’.

The news comes as the Coventry City UNISON branch reveals that our members overwhelmingly voted for a 10% pay rise in an indicative consultation. This reflects real hardship for many public service staff, the impact of COVID-19 on hard-working families, and the continued negative influence of over a decade of austerity.

The results of the branch consultation on the 2021/2022 pay claim are below:
There were 3 options


A) 5% or £10 per hour pay rate whichever is greater
B) 8% or £10 per hour pay rate whichever is greater
C) 10%

Members voted as follows

A) 8.1%
B) 9.7%
C) 82.1%

Therefore we have reported back to the national union that our branch thinks the union should submit a claim for 10%.

Quite simply, our members deserve decent pay for providing vital public services.

COMMUNICATION ERROR ALERT

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A Covid update, intended for a small proportion of our members in schools was sent to all members of Coventry City branch alerting them to a covid instance at their workplace.

A recall message has been sent to all recipients and an investigation will be undertaken to ascertain the cause of the error.

The branch apologises for any concerns or anxiety created as a result of the error

Whilst it is the case that schools are experiencing cases, as the rest of the city is, and there may have been a recent case at your workplace, please do not assume this email is correct for your workplace. The branch would appreciate you disregarding and deleting the email you were sent. 

Once we have established the cause of this problem, we intend to contact members in workplaces where there have been recent confirmed cases so that members are correctly informed. Until you receive a further email from us please assume your workplace is not affected. 

Please be aware, the branch office is experiencing high volumes of enquiries on this matter so if you have contacted us we will get back to you as soon as it is possible.

“Looked after” Children’s Christmas appeal and Foodbank Appeal

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Hi everyone,

As you know for the last 4/ 5 years? Coventry City Council staff have collected at Christmas for both the Foodbank, and for Christmas presents for our “looked after children”.

Every year we’ve been overwhelmed with the sheer volume and generosity of all you kind souls out there. See last years haul in the pic above.

This year things are obviously very different, even father Christmas is socially distancing, and has gone ”Virtual” in the grottos; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54816579

So instead of buying gifts for our looked after children and care leavers, we can now donate to the “Just Giving Page” that has been set up here:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michelle-wallace?utm_term=a8vrzyn8e

Its super easy to use, literally takes seconds, and any donation great or small would be hugely appreciated.

They’re aiming to raise £3k by the deadline of 30th November

You can follow them on social media too – @VoicesOfCareCov and @CovVoices

Secondly as ever the Foodbanks are always looking for donations and this time of year is always the hardest financially. You can still donate to supermarket collection points (a complete list is on this website) and you can also donate cash really easily too.

URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS

·       TINNED TOMATOES

·       UHT LONG LIFE MILK

·       TINNED VEGETABLES

·       TINNED POTATOES

·       PACKETS OF MASHED POTATO

·       TINNED FRUIT

·       LONG LIFE JUICE

·       SQUASH

·       COFFEE 

·       TOILETRIES – TOILET ROLL, SHOWER GELS, SOAP, HAND SANITISER, TOOTHPASTE, WASHING POWDER PODS

Please help get the message for donations out there!

Let’s make this a bumper year for both Childrens services and Coventry Foodbank, and thank you all so very much.