Palestine – Coventry City UNISON members hear more about the Reality.

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Coventry City branch members were invited to our Branch Committee meeting on Thursday 20th September to hear about an important campaign that the branch supports.

Members heard from Rachel, a UNISON member, who gave an update on the Working With Villages in Palestine campaign. This is a campaign that the branch agreed to continue to support.

Working With Villages in Palestine supports the establishment of sustainable projects in local communities in Palestine, that enable vulnerable people develop positive initiatives that build self-reliance, self-esteem and community endeavour whilst living in an extremely challenging situation.

The campaign is committed to raising awareness of the conditions under which Palestinians live and the daily problems they encounter. 100% of funds raised is spent in Palestine.

Find out more via http://www.working-with-villages.com

Protest at the Tory Party Conference

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Victoria Sq, Birmingham | 29 September| 11.00am

Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, join thousands of ordinary workers as we march to call time on failed austerity and instead to campaign for a new deal for working people.

Our message could not be clearer. There is an alternative:

  • We need a minimum wage of £10 an hour, now.
  • Ban those exploitative zero hours contracts.
  • Fund our NHS and public services properly.
  • Repeal the trade union act which makes it harder for us to stand up for working people.
  • Crack down on tax dodgers who starve our schools and hospitals of funding.

Together – we can build a growing economy for the many not the few. Together – we can nurture a society free from sexism, racism and discrimination. And together – we can win the New Deal working people are crying out for.

Let’s get to it.

 

 

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

Download this press release via the link below. Thanks

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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