PRESS RELEASE – Sickness absence at Coventry City Council – ‘Mental Health Matters’

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UNISON welcomes the opportunity to respond to the comments made in the Coventry Evening Telegraph by Councillor Mutton, Cabinet Member for Resources, about sickness absence at Coventry City Council.

We too are very concerned at the upward trend in sickness absence in the organisation. Just a few weeks ago UNISON highlighted the issue of mental health in the workplace and held open meetings on Mental Health in the Workplace, which were well received. The aim of these meetings is to record the issues that affect our members’ mental health and well-being and to begin to address them with our employer.

We have raised questions about this matter with the employer over a number of years, not least as they apply to the Equality Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act. The employer has a duty of care to ensure employees are kept safe at work in all aspects, including health and well-being.

They also have a duty to ensure that those employees are properly supported in order that they can carry out their roles. We have also raised issues about bullying, harassment and cultural issues of discrimination many times with the City Council.

We know that the vast majority of absence is genuine. We also know that austerity and cuts to Council budgets have had a devastating impact on the workplace as employees are asked to take on more work with less staff which simply cannot continue.

Public Service should be respected and embraced. Our members often go above and beyond the call of duty.  That needs to be recognised. For too long our members have been undermined by austerity. To excel, we need to become an employer of choice. Therefore it is important that our members are valued employees regardless of whom they are. The Council could embrace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We are at our best when everyone feels valued.

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Please phone 02476 550829 or email sarah.feeney@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or richard.harty@unisoncoventry.co.uk with any enquiries.

Christmas Welfare Assistance for UNISON members

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Please contact the Branch Welfare Officer if you know of any members, serving or retired, who are likely to suffer hardship or emotional stress over the Christmas period.

Mark any mail as ‘confidential’ and contact us by Tuesday November 28th.

We are currently considering which cases we can put forward to the regional Christmas welfare fund.

Regards,

Chris Burrow

Education Convenor, Pensions Champ, Branch Welfare Officer

UNISON

Coventry City Branch

chris.burrow@unisoncoventry.co.uk

tel. 02476 550829

Direct line: 02476 521126

Mobile: 07535 526034

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https://covunison.wordpress.com/

UNISON: There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017

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https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/
If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You. To be considered, you must either be:
In receipt of Housing Benefit; or

Your net annual income is £18,000 or below [Note: We ignore the following income Child benefit, any childcare element included as part of your working tax credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment].

Also, you will need to have paid a minimum 4 weeks membership subscriptions before 22nd May 2017
To take advantage of this grant please complete the forms via https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ and return to us with all the supporting documentation requested. We’ve also included a Q&A setting out the full conditions and eligibility criteria which should answer any questions that you have.
Please note the closing date is 21st July.

OUT NOW – UNISON ‘THERE FOR YOU’ NEWSLETTER – NEW EDITION

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Lots of support is available to help #UNISON members who are struggling with finances and other issues.

Please find the latest edition of the ‘There for You’ Newsletter via the link below and see if we can assist you.

UNISON – Helping you as your friend at work.

newsletter-nov-2016-pdf

 

 

 

UNISON support for members who are EU Citizens

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Hi All

For info, please find links available for you to get support and advice from your trade union. Do contact UNISON Coventry City branch if you have any queries.

There is currently:

a Right to Remain campaign and legal advice document produced jointly with JCWI https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2016/09/24055.pdf

a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNISONEUMembers/

a page on UNISON’s website on tackling prejudice and xenophobia (including leaflets which can be ordered)https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/knowledge/discrimination/tackling-prejudice-and-xenophobia/

UNISON are also organising regional and other local meetings on issue.  To find out more information on this please contact k.widlak@unison.co.uk

We hope this is a useful start and we will organise an update for you in the new year, as work progresses.

Coventry City UNISON