Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy — Coventry Unison – Learning and Education

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Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy Training for our members –Online learning for UNISON members During this difficult and worrying time we all need something positive and constructive to focus on. UNISON is keen to ensure that members still have access to the high-quality training that the union provides during the current coronavirus crisis. […]

Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy — Coventry Unison – Learning and Education

#COVID-19 Update! – Will schools be opening over Easter holidays and weekends? If so, do I have to come in and will I be paid?

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Some schools in #Coventry have indicated that they will be opening during what would normally be the Easter holidays in order to provide support for the children of critical workers. Some have also indicated that they intend to open seven days a week.

UNISON is encouraging members to support the national effort to enable critical workers to continue working. However, we do not believe that staff should be forced to work outside their normal contracted hours, particularly if they have caring commitments of their own.

Many staff in schools are on term time only contracts. This means that they are not contracted or paid to work during school closure periods.

If term time only staff are required to work outside their normal contracted hours, i.e. in the school holidays, then they should be paid for this. This is specified (para 4.5) of the NJC guidance on term time only working, which states, ‘If term time only employees are required to undertake work outside of their contracted hours, they must be appropriately remunerated.’

Staff will normally be paid at their standard hourly rate if they are working on what is a normal working day. However, if staff are required to work on a weekend or a public holiday then we would expect overtime premiums to apply. These are normally agreed at local authority level but are typically time and a half for working on a Saturday and double time for Sundays or public holidays.

In addition, we would also expect overtime premiums to apply if you work over the standard working week in any given working week. The standard week is normally 37 hours per week outside London and 36 hours per week in London. Some authorities have a shorter standard working week. Where staff are being required to work beyond the standard working week they should normally be paid at time and a half for these hours.

We would expect schools to seek volunteers in the first instance and to consider any booked holiday or caring commitments. If this becomes a regular working pattern, then consideration will need to be given to the annual leave accrued whilst working additional hours.

If you have any concerns regarding term time only working, please contact the office on 02476 550829 on by email office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

Coventry City Council Trades Union Side Statement

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Dear Councillor Duggins and Martin Reeves

Open letter to the Leader of Coventry City Council and Chief Executive @coventrycc

Coventry City Council Trades union side Statement

The Trades unions side have met this morning to discuss the urgent issue of Covid19 and in a spirit of partnership we would be grateful for your urgent consideration on these matters given the unprecedented situation:

• All sickness absence monitoring to cease and meetings under the PHAW unless by TU agreement.
• Full sick pay to be paid to all staff regardless of length of service or where their entitlement has reduced or expired.
• No reduction in pay for staff who are self-isolating or caring for someone who is at risk.
• No reduction in pay for any worker having to take time away to look after their children.
• No redundancy consultations.
• All restructures to go on hold.
• Disciplinaries where no risk to life and limb or others to be postponed.
• All other grievances/disciplinaries/capabilities/and Appeals to only go ahead on a case by case basis in agreement with the Trades Unions.
• For those workers who would be considered to be vulnerable to Coronavirus, those with underlying health conditions are to be allowed to self-isolate and/or work from home if they so wish.
• All managers to review all workers who have or are about to return to work from sickness with a view to discussing self-isolation.
• Any worker who is willing and able and has the right resources available to be able to work from home with immediate effect should do so if they so wish.
• Coventry city Council to seek information from the workforce as to what skills, expertise they can volunteer in order to assist the Council to be able to redirect resources to socially useful activities and offer training.
• Any worker volunteering to work at a higher grade will be paid at that rate.
• No worker will suffer financial detriment from volunteering.
• Communication to go out daily giving clear guidance about what the Council is doing across all services. This communication should go out in several formats eg Email, flyers, Council website (not just the intranet). This communication will be done in a way as to demonstrate we understand the workforce will be the ones passing on information about the Councils response and can play a useful role in carrying our and reinforcing these messages.
• Business continuity meetings to include Trades union reps.
• Regime of regular cleaning of all Council facilities used by multiple users and the public.
• Urgent reviews and risk assessments to be carried out with the involvement and collaboration of all staff to determine that work must be done and what can be done differently or postponed in order to reduce contact with the public e.g. telephone assessments instead of face to face meetings.
• For employees who are at higher risk of infection due to directly working with the most vulnerable – older people or people in poor health will need more specific precautions. In such cases a specific risk assessment for contamination risk should be performed. This is a COSHH Assessment required under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
• Provision of counselling services for all staff to be promoted in all future communication in order to look after the mental well-being of the workforce.
• To ensure adequate supplies for handwashing is provided for mobile workers.
• End hot desking.
• Where possible allow workers to vary working hours to reduce risk of infection on congested public transport.
• Stop car park charges and review how we support front line staff.

Coventry Schools:

Request that all schools regardless of establishment status adopt this approach.

Contractors:

Coventry City Council to seek confirmation from all contractors who staff work alongside Coventry City Council workers that they are also providing full pay for their staff who are off sick or self-isolating or needing to look after children.

Agency:

Coventry City Council to seek confirmation from all agency organisations who do as above they are also providing full pay for their staff who are off sick or self-isolating or needing to look after children

The Community:

What plans are in place to work alongside all other public services in the city, the Voluntary Sector and Private businesses to protect citizens and life.

We look forward to your response

Richard Harty

On behalf of GMB, NASUWT, NEU, UNISON and UNITE

COVID-19 (Coronavirus). UPDATE

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Dear UNISON member, 

We welcome the latest communication from Coventry City Council on the intranet regarding the Coronavirus situation. As members will recall UNISON have been requesting basic health and safety measures for some weeks including writing to the Chief Executive. 

Whilst we welcome these new steps from the employer, we would question why it has taken this long to bring in these preventative measures (the length of time it has taken for action on this means, as the CCC communication states, a possible delay in receiving anti-bacterial hand sanitiser). Whilst we encourage all members to follow the advice given, we also want to make sure that there are appropriate resources for the cleaning staff to do their jobs to full effect. 

We will be pressing for the hand washing facilities to be made available post the Coronavirus outbreak as well as genuine practical health and safety protection for our members. 

Many UNISON members contacted the union to express their support for our firm stance on this matter and we thank all members for being in touch – for us the safety of our members is paramount. 

Thank you for your support on this matter – we have made a difference. 

Kind regards 

Coventry City UNISON

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Coventry City UNISON motion ref Transphobia

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Coventry UNISON passed the following motion at our Branch Committee meeting last week.

This Branch is alarmed that the Morning Star produced a transphobic cartoon in the 18th February edition of its newspaper.

The cartoon made a comparison between Trans people and animals that endanger other animals.

It is unacceptable that such a newspaper would adopt such a stance which directly attacks the Trans community and society in general.

It is not acceptable that the Morning Star, which is supported by our own union, can also give an apology after the event as if it had no prior knowledge of the actions it had taken by producing such a cartoon.

We expect more from a newspaper that purports to support the Trade Unions movement. Trans people are part of our movement and an injury to one is an injury to all.

We call on UNISON to suspend any financial support for the Morning Star until the union is satisfied that the paper’s views are in line with the aims of UNISON on this issue.

The Morning Star published a statement on this issue later on Thursday. This is available via https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/we-failed-our-duty-equality-and-liberation

Thanks

Coventry City UNISON

Care Workers Seminar for UNISON members

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Friday 5 July 2019 – UNISON Centre, London

UNISON is holding a social care seminar for members from across the UK on Friday 5 July 2019 at the UNISON Centre in London. UNISON members in Coventry who deliver frontline services across the whole range of adult social care settings are invited to attend. 

The seminar is open to all social care UNISON members, whether you work for the council, not for profit community or voluntary organisation, a for profit company or delivering social care in a healthcare setting.     

Members will have the opportunity to hear about UNISON’s future plans for social care, to learn how best to campaign and organise in the sector and to allow people to help shape the union’s work in the area.  There will be a mix of excellent speakers, including talks from inspiring care workers who have been involved in industrial disputes and an update on UNISON’s ongoing legal action over the sleep-in issue.  

Workshop topics currently include:

  • Dealing with violence at work
  • How to try and achieving safe staffing levels in care homes
  • Campaigning and organising in the care sector across the UK
  • Pay and tax issues facing care workers 
  • Establishing career progression for care workers

Places are limited to 90 members.  We are keen for a mix of homecare, residential home, nursing home, supported living workers and all other frontline care workers to come along and to ensure that there is fair representation of members at the event.  We also want to try and make sure that members who work for private and voluntary sector employers attend.

The cost of the seminar will be met by Coventry City UNISON.  This will cover travel, refreshments, lunch and administrative costs for the event. 

The seminar will run from approximately 10:15 until 15:30.  A full and detailed programme of events will be available nearer the time.

If anyone wants to attend this please contact George Sands, Coventry City UNISON Branch Office – phone 02476 521128 or email george.sands@unisoncoventry.co.uk

Anyone interested should let us know before Wednesday next week (29thMay) so we have time to make your booking before the deadline. 

Thanks

Coventry City UNISON