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Union Street News Issue 13 – Branch Magazine of Coventry City Unison. Articles on learning opportunities for Unison members, facility time and why it is important, the Trade Union Bill and more.. Do have a read and why not send us an article or review for the next issues.
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There is a huge amount going on, we have a lot to do as a union. Nationally there is a real mood of resistance in the air. Up to 100,000 marched for Workers Rights and against Austerity in Manchester. Huge numbers are joining the Labour Party and discussing how to fight back in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Leader. In Coventry City Council we have major challenges to face, while many employees in smaller public service workplaces face huge uncertainty. So – a couple of suggestions…
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The main trade unions of the City Council, UNISON, UNITE, NASUWT, NUT, CYWU and ATL are locked in a dispute with the City Council who are determined to attack workers’ rights to representation in the Council.
They are seeking to remove experienced, trained Union Reps by August 2015 in a rushed so called “consultation” process.
Richard Harty, speaking on behalf of the Trades unions in dispute said “We are dismayed that a Labour controlled Council would seek to go further than a Conservative Government and more quickly.”
A steward who recently supported members said “I couldn’t work without the support of our full time reps with their expertise and knowledge”.
We are assuming that this is being done to clear the way of any opposition to attack council workers terms and conditions.
Today it is the Trade Union Reps. Tomorrow it’s the Council Workers.
Important Information from your Branch
Unison members will soon be receiving ballot papers through the post for elections to the National Executive Council (NEC) of our union. The NEC is a very important body made of members from across the country and has a big impact on the direction of our union.
Please do not bin your ballot paper! Turnouts in these elections are normally very low but it is our union. We should all make sure we have our say in how the union is run. The NEC elections are a good chance to do this.
The election runs from 7th April 2015 until 15th May 2015. If you have not received a ballot paper by 14.04.15 please call Unison Direct on 0800 0 857857
For information purposes your branch nominated the following candidates;
West Midlands (Female seat) – Sharon Campion
West Midlands (Male seat) – Dave Auger
Local Government (Female seats ) – Jane Doolan, Phoebe Watkins
Local Government (Male seat) – Glenn Kelly
Local Government (General seat) – Paul Holmes
Black members (Female seat) – April Ashley
Black members (Male seat) – Hugo Pierre
Coventry City Branch of UNISON has welcomed the announcement that no City Library will close in the coming twelve months. UNISON is campaigning to protect public services and is happy to work with the elected members to ensure that a comprehensive and efficient Library service is there for current and future citizens but also that jobs within those services are protected.
“UNISON will continue to work with the authority to lobby for a fairer financial settlement from Government to seek to protect all the services that are currently at risk.” Sarah Feeney Branch Secretary
#Coventry #Unison agrees £500 donation to first ever @covpride planned for 27th & 28th June. Visit http://t.co/HG2RGIfVJq for details.
The City Council is considering a budget that proposes to cut finance to Children’s Centres, Youth programmes and Community Centres. City Centre First would see £5,000,000 cut in the next 3 years by “reviewing “ and “rationalising” Council Buildings:
18 Children Centres,
9 Youth Clubs
21 Community Centres
All fall within the focus of the proposal in respect of reduction in services.
The review of Children’s Centres in 2012 saw day care places cut and staffing reduced but remained a key part of the Councils Early Intervention and Prevention strategy to help families in need of extra support. Youth Clubs also experienced reduction in services last year.
UNISON strongly objects to the Councils view that earlier reductions to services were made “without having a fundamental impact on services delivered to the people of Coventry.” Vital sessions ranging from Dads groups, and “talk First” sessions to parenting groups are now at risk. UNISON will work with staff, service users and community groups to lobby the authority who prioritise buildings and businesses over people and services.
George Sands, UNISON convenor for the People Directorate, said
‘It doesn’t make sense to neglect these services, it is short sighted of the Council. I believe that they make a difference to peoples lives’’. The council should see these centres as the assets they are. The loss of these centres will impact upon essential early intervention and prevention, which is not just about focussing on “troubled families”. The impact will not be felt immediately but will have an effect on demand for expensive interventions later in a young person’s life’.
Notes to editors
Contact details: George Sands 024 76521128, 07535526039 firstname.lastname@example.org
Millions of pounds have been cut from local authority budgets, resulting in severe cuts to local services. And now Coventry City Council has announced yet more. Important services will go – services that will affect all children, young people, the elderly and any of us who need support at different times in our lifetime. None of us can afford to let this happen.
What does this mean to you?
- Elderly care – slashed!
- Children’s Centres – shut!
- Libraries – closed!
- School Crossing Patrols – sacked!
- Youth Services and Community Centres – closed!
- Public Toilets – boarded up!
1000 local people who deliver these services sacked!………. AND MUCH MORE!
We cannot afford to let this happen. Ordinary people of Coventry did not create this crisis – we must join together and refuse to accept these cuts. There is enough wealth in our society to provide housing, education, employment and care for all – it’s just in the wrong hands!
What can YOU do about it?
Join with us in a campaign to STOP these cuts in our City.
- GET INVOLVED
- ORGANISE to save your local services
- Please download the flyer and circulate anti cuts leaflet demo
LOBBY your local Councillor
CITY WIDE DEMONSTRATION
Saturday 21st February
Assemble at 12 noon
Millennium Square (Coventry Transport Museum)
For more info and to keep in touch:
Facebook: Coventry Against the Cuts
Twitter Hashtag #covagainstcuts