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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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