PRESS RELEASE

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Read the Joint Trade Union response to the employer here: Joint_TU_Update050718

06.07.18

The Joint Trades unions of Coventry City Council, UNISON, UNITE and GMB are in Dispute with Coventry City Council regarding proposals to change the employee car parking scheme.

The proposals are to be considered by the City Council on 10 July 2018, in spite of the Dispute being lodged and our request to withdraw the item from the agenda in order to resolve the matter in accordance with the Disputes Procedure. The ill thought proposal will not save money as is suggested, and in fact will potentially cost more to the public purse. The proposals will affect many workers providing frontline services to the people of Coventry, using their own cars, maintained and fuelled at their own expense. We believe that if they had followed the existing procedure correctly the organisation would have made adequate savings in any event.

A spokesperson for the joint trade union side said,

“We see this as a direct attack on our members’ terms and conditions. Workers who have had effectively a 20% pay cut over the last 8 years due to austerity. If every worker who uses their car for work, stopped doing so, they would have to rely on either a very limited number of ‘pool’ cars which will cost £26 per day per car to the council budget or public transport which will slow their productivity down which will have an impact on services. These consequences defeat the object. This at a time of great strain on the organisation in trying to deliver services with less employees. It is all the more unfortunate that Councillors themselves will, we understand, keep their car park passes. What is more the cost savings that will actually be achieved are unclear. What has not been established is exactly who will receive a car park pass. This proposal potentially leaves the council and our members worse off”

The Trades unions will be demonstrating outside the Council House on 10th July at 12.30p.m.  before the Meeting.

Contact:      Dawn Ward – UNISON – 07535 526062

Mick Shortland – UNITE – 02476 834947

Andy Groves – GMB – 07908 213721

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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.

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