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.
Coventry City UNISON
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Staff will have seen on Beacon a communication from Senior Management and the Council Leadership regarding their Workforce Strategy programme. Currently, UNISON have no details on this. We understand that many union members will be concerned by the list of policies and practices that the Council are saying they will be reviewing. These include, but are not limited to:
- Collective dispute;
- Facilities Agreement;
- Performance, capability and Probation;
- Security of employment;
- Sickness and absence;
- Subsistence and excess travel.
UNISON stewards and branch officers have been discussing what we know so far, and what sort of response will be needed to these sorts of proposals. We will communicate further updates in the future.
As we get further details we will seek to meet with members to discuss the response to proposals.
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Thanks, Coventry City UNISON
Members of staff will have seen the email from the Chief Executive regarding the news surrounding the Friargate project. Articles have also been published on the Beacon intranet and in the Coventry Telegraph. UNISON have concerns about what has been communicated. For example, staff and the Coventry public have been told on many occasions that the project will create 15,000 jobs – is this figure likely to be realised and what were those figures based on?
Friargate has been put forward as the saviour of the city, at a time when staff are losing their jobs and Coventry people are suffering cuts to libraries, youth services, children’s centres and much more, yet it appears that the project is having difficulty attracting support. We were also told that moving Council staff in to Friargate will save us money – it now appears that not all staff will be moving.
Coventry City UNISON will be seeking clarification on these points and others as soon as possible and will keep members informed. If you have any questions or comments about this please contact your local UNISON rep or the branch office. UNISON communication regarding Friargate development
Members have contacted the branch regarding the subs banding that they have been placed in. We have been contacted by the Council’s Payroll department who have explained that they made an error when processing the subs.
Payroll have said that they will contact each person affected to discuss what has happened and reconfirming the proper rate of subs to be paid.
Please do get in touch with the branch if you are concerned and have any further questions on this.
Sarah Feeney, Branch Secretary
Coventry City UNISON
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Your UNISON Officers and Reps have received a number of questions from members about the planned implementation of a new ‘behaviours framework’ within Coventry City Council. This framework is being heavily promoted. Many staff will have attended briefing sessions with senior managers and HR representatives. Some members are concerned that the new framework has been implemented without prior consultation with them. They feel there has been little discussion about how the framework may change current processes and agreements. The proposals have wide ranging implications for colleagues, the way we are managed, the way we are assessed and the processes involved.
UNISON have been informed that HR want to implement this new framework but we have not yet agreed to it. We wish to make this clear because some of our members have reported that it was implied in briefing sessions that UNISON were in support and had no concerns. We are happy to discuss the proposals further with management but want your input and views before we do that.
UNISON also remains seriously concerned that the Council need to work on the Equality Policy that affects all workers. We need to engender dignity and respect for each other in the Workplace, that comes from the management down. There needs to be a framework for training on Equalities, not an hour session, where you cannot begin to discuss and learn about its impact in the workplace and on each other. We want to see a kinder, more tolerant workplace, that respects each person whomsoever you are.
Please let us know your views by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by speaking to your UNISON rep. In the meantime, if you are asked to participate in the new framework in any way and have concerns please let us know. We will make sure we give you assistance where needed.
Coventry City UNISON
This Wednesday members of the Greek public sector union federation, ADEDY, will take part in a 24 hour general strike against the brutal austerity measures that are being proposed by the EU, IMF, European Central Bank and sadly accepted by the Greek government as part of the ‘bail out’ deal agreed earlier this week.
The deal will include mass scale privatisations, devastating job losses, increases in VAT (which will hit working class people the most) and will do nothing to help ordinary Greeks who have been ravaged by austerity.
Since the economic crisis of 2008, there have been 11,000 suicides related to the crash, youth unemployment has gone over 40 per cent and the International Red Cross have had to set up facilities in Athens to administer basic medical supplies.
Our branch of Unison believes it is critical to show support to workers in other countries campaigning against these destructive attacks. We show our solidarity by sending greetings to the ADEDY in Greece and by redoubling our efforts to defend trade union rights, public services, our terms and conditions and to build a strong anti-austerity movement here in the UK as part of a Europe wide movement that puts people and public services before profit.
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The Council recently introduced a proposal to reduce Trade Union facility time.
The Trade Unions have what is called a ‘Facilities’ agreement with Coventry City Council. This allows union reps time to represent members in situations which include disciplinary meetings and promoting health at work meetings.
The Council proposal would potentially prevent trade union members from receiving advice and guidance on procedures and the law affecting their employment contract.
Time is currently given to discuss, negotiate and receive information from Coventry City Council on issues that affect your employment. Cutting facility time will seriously undermine this and seriously limit our ability to properly represent you.
It would also place all council employees at increased risk of attacks on their terms and conditions.
UNISON, UNITE, NUT, NASUWT, ATL and CYWU have lodged a dispute with the Council on the basis that the proposal has not been made through the correct negotiating process.
The Council is currently refusing to acknowledge the dispute and attempting to proceed with consulting on its proposal. The joint unions are not engaging with this consultation exercise. High-level meetings are ongoing between the unions and the employer regarding the dispute, the outcome of which should be known within the next few days and will be shared with you.
In the meantime, the joint unions will continue with the current trade union facility time arrangements until the proposal is withdrawn or the collective dispute is heard. We urge all members to support the union on this serious issue.
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