Unison Elections – Use your Vote!

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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

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CARING FOR COUNCIL SERVICES

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We’d like to update you on what your branch has been doing in the past few months on your behalf.

  •   A high profile media campaign, that involved working with community groups and organisations.
  •   A successful rally in the city centre, in partnership with the local TUC, to highlight our alternative to the local budget proposals.
  •   A number of meetings with elected members to share our views and highlight our alternatives

    We were disappointed with the negative reaction in the Council Chamber on budget day, to the work that we did on your behalf.

    Our purpose was to make constructive suggestions about the use of reserves and disposal of assets to protect the jobs of our members and the services you deliver to the citizens of our City.

    However we are delighted that our collective efforts have delayed any immediate closure of services and that the Council have reflected that they need to consult more widely about services that are held in high regard by Coventry people.

    We hope to meet with elected members shortly to discuss ways that we could work together to mitigate the impact of austerity and the devastating cuts imposed by this government on our local authority.

P&P – Coventry Unison

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Unison call on Coventry City Council – Join the Campaign Tackling Poverty and Inequality…

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Coventry UNISON welcomes the call by the leaders of 119 Councils across England for an end to Austerity.

Coventry Unison branch call upon Coventry City Council to join the 119 other authorities and campaign for better funding for our City.

Use our Council reserves to protect jobs and services, build Council housing again, protect the Young and Old from harm.  We need a stronger Council that will help rebuild our local economy. Coventry City Council needs a new Agenda that tackles Poverty and Inequality in our City. A Council that will help rebuild our local economy. Coventry City Council needs a new Agenda that tackles Poverty and Inequality in our City. hotline041214

 

Open Letter to Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council

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Dear Martin  

City Council ER/VR Programme 2014

You will be aware of the Council’s plan to manage a reduction in the workforce by offering ER/VR to employees. Sadly, it comes as no surprise to UNISON that the offer has meant that many employees have been disappointed and distressed by the fact that they have not been able to go.

It is very unfortunate that the tone and tenor of comments made at the beginning of the consultation exercise about ER/VR suggested that most people could in fact go.

For example in a Director’s cut it states ‘Other than for a small number of excluded posts, where we know we cannot lose staff without needing to replace them, there will be a presumption that those who want to go can go. Staff will not need their Manager’s permission either to apply or to be accepted onto the scheme. So, it’s getting tough, and it’s going to get tougher.  It’s time for everyone to think about the future, and to make a choice.’

Many members have approached us very upset about the outcomes for them. They have quite naturally, spent a considerable amount of time thinking about their futures and have applied accordingly. Only to find they are unable to go.

This has also left them feeling very despondent and will cause difficulty in encouraging a sense of wanting to continue to belong to the organisation many have worked for so tirelessly.

These are difficult times for us all and it will come as no surprise to you that we do not share the view that the answer to austerity is to reduce our workforce. However, we have a duty of care and responsibility to our members to point out that it is important that the employer acts in a more sensitive way in discussions about these matters which affect our members’ lives directly. Some of our members have commented that they feel very let down by the way in which this matter has been managed, disregarding their wellbeing and mental health and that this has shown that they are not valued.

Good industrial relations relies on respectful interaction with the workforce and their trades unions. It is very unfortunate that this matter has had the opposite effect. Trust and confidence is essential to ensure good working relations. We would like know what you intend to do about rebuilding that confidence and trust with your workforce.

Yours sincerely

UNISON Coventry District Branch

Room 308, Broadgate House, Broadgate COVENTRY, CV1 1NG Phone: 024 76521125 Visit www.coventryunison.co.uk for further information. hotline021214

Notification Of Industrial Action – NEW STRIKE DAY WILL BE OCTOBER 14TH 2014

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Council and school workers voted for strike action for fair pay.

Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for action after rejecting the employers’ pay offer of just 1%. The first strike day took place on 10 July. Now a second strike will happen on Tuesday 14 October.

Once again. Unison is co-ordinating the action with the other local unions involved. We will be organising picket lines on all Council workplaces, to be followed up with a rally in Coventry City Centre (details to be confirmed).

Please ask all your colleagues to respect the democratic decision made by  Unison  members to take strike action and do not cross our picket lines on the day.

Anyone with questions about the action can speak to your local steward or phone Branch Office – 02476 550829 – email office@coventryunison.co.uk

 

Four Reasons to go on Strike 

  1. We can’t afford another pay and pension cut

The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of your life.

  1. We are worth fair pay for the work we do

Our pay and conditions are the worst in the public sector – from top to bottom.

  1. Taking another pay cut won’t save jobs and services

Despite a pay freeze, 1,000 further jobs cuts are planned by Coventry City Council. Services continue to be stripped to the bone, privatised or stopped all together. There’s no reason to believe a pay cut will stop this.

  1. All this will continue unless we act now

Low pay is bad for workers and bad for the economy. That’s why politicians from all parties are calling for an end to low pay. Many local government workers rely on benefits to pay bills. Right now, the taxpayer is subsidising local government to pay poverty wages.