National Demo for Palestine

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Coventry City UNISON are supporting a national march and rally entitled ‘Justice Now: Make it right for Palestine’ that is taking place on Saturday 4th November. Our branch has worked closely with and supported the campaign group Working with Villages in Palestine and we would encourage members to attend the demonstration in November.

If you would like more information please contact Branch International Officer Paul Hunt paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk

To book tickets for transport

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/416787

PRESS RELEASE – UNISON legal victory sees employment tribunal fees scrapped

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Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government on July 26th, 2017. The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.

From Wednesday this week, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court. The government will also have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals since July 2013.

Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200. This has been a huge expense for many low-paid employees, says UNISON.

Reacting to this morning‘s decision, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The government has been acting unlawfully, and has been proved wrong – not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too. It’s a major victory for employees everywhere. UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand. We’ll never know how many people missed out because they couldn’t afford the expense of fees. But at last this tax on justice has been lifted.”

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To keep in contact with Coventry City UNISON visit us on the web via www.coventryunison.co.uk, our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coventry.unison. Follow @coventryunison on twitter.

Download the press release here and place on your notice board 🙂 jul72617unisonpressrelease

A straightforward demand for this summer: Pay Up Now!

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Public services need a pay rise

UNISON members in public services have suffered a pay squeeze for far too long – and the government had proposed another five years of austerity and caps on pay levels. But since the general election, the government is weaker than ever and has no mandate for further austerity measures.

Already there has been talk of freeing up the pay review bodies to allow them to recommend higher awards – but that only applies to some of our members. UNISON is determined to spend the summer building up the pressure on public service pay – for all our members.

Whether you work in local government, the NHS, police, education or any other public service – you need a pay rise. But they won’t pay up unless we speak up.
So from now until the budget in November, we’ll be making a lot of noise on pay. 

In addition to our sector pay negotiations and campaigns, UNISON will be running a high-profile, public campaign to put pressure on politicians to support three key demands: ending the pay cap; putting money aside for an immediate rise for all public service workers, and restoring normal PRB and bargaining arrangements for all our sectors, free of political interference.

Look out for campaign materials and actions you and your members can take to drive the campaign forward and make sure the government has to Pay Up Now!
 

 

Coventry UNISON to support 1st July demonstration in London

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No More Austerity!

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At our recent branch committee, we agreed to support the national demonstration in London called by the People’s Assembly. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for people to take to the streets. Theresa May thought she could call an election and was guaranteed a thumping majority, however ordinary people in this country have shown that we are sick of austerity, pay freezes and cuts to our public services.

The march will begin at the BBC and finish at Parliament Square.

Coventry TUC are organising cheap transport to this demonstration. We urge as many members as possible to attend.

TO RESERVE TICKETS ON THE BUS SEE DETAILS BELOW:

£6 waged, £2 unwaged/low waged. To book seats contact email coventrytuc@gmail.com or text 07970294237 with name, email address and phone number.

Download the flyer here – hotline220617

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