SOS 2016: Cuts to older people’s social care services

  Do you work for a social care service that supports older people (aged 65+)? Tell us how cuts have affected you at work!

As part of its Save Our Local Services (SOS) campaign, UNISON is embarking on a piece of research that will expose the impact of cuts to social care services for older people on workers and service users.

To do this we need your help! Please complete our survey and tell us how cuts have affected you at work. Your answers will be completely anonymous.

The survey will close on Friday 2nd September 2016

Find out more about this project and the SOS campaign at

Click on this link to begin the survey. Thank you!!


Save Edgwick & Eagle Street Play Centres


As part of the Council cuts and as part of the the ‘Connecting Communities’ Consultation some of the parents from Edgwick and Eagle Street Play Centres have organised a demo on January 30th at midday, at Edgwick Play Centre at midday and then meeting again in town for a demonstration outside the Council House at 2pm the same day. They are also meeting on Friday 15th January at 5:30pm to plan more information and to add more ideas.

Coventry Unison will be supporting this campaign and urge our members to attend the demo if possible. The Campaign also has a Facebook Page – Save Edgwick & Eagle Street Play Centressave our play centres


Leamington & Warwick Peoples Assembly Public Meeting


Leamington & Warwick Public Meeting


Stop the War national officer & leading People’s Assembly activist and other campaigners, including a speaker from the junior doctors’ campaign

Austerity isn’t working. Millions of people face an uncertain and impoverished future, as our wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision are cut. We’re not ‘all in it together’, as luxury goods and housing are snapped up by the super- rich while millions of young people are under- or un-employed and real wages for many workers have fallen in real terms. Here in Leamington and Warwick we have seen the rise of foodbanks as families struggle to survive. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a broad national campaign, which aims to bring together individuals and organisations against cuts and privatisation in a fight for social justice. The increasing level of resistance since the General Election shows the mood to oppose the Tories. Facebook- Leamington & Warwick People’s Assembly (includes map of venue)

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 7.45pm

St Patrick’s Irish Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3PW


Pensions event – Coventry 1 October – 10.30-3.00pm including lunch


1 October is International Day of Older People.

The Midlands TUC and Coventry British Pensioners Trade Union Action Association are holding an event at Koco Building, The Arches, Spon End.

This event is open to all, not just retired people. We will be exploring pensions issues and considering how we ensure that the older generation is not set against younger generations.

All welcome but please let Michelle Kesterton (see link) know as soon as possible for catering/access issues.

This is the link and a copy of the flyer, with more information:




Hello and thank you for reading this.

I’m Liz Crowter and my daughter is Heidi.

We would like to ask for your support to help save a really important and valuable Coventry service that works with some of our most vulnerable adults and young people.

TESS (The Employment Support Service) is funded by Coventry City Council. The service has been helping people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health issues gain and stay in employment for more than 22 years.

Like a lot of disabled people, Heidi wants the same opportunities in life that we all want. To be as independent as possible and be part of the community, having a job and earning her own money is an important part of this. TESS have been instrumental in finding her work experiences and supporting both her and the employer in those experiences. Without TESS she would be unable to fulfil her dream of getting and keeping a valuable job and place in the work force.

Despite vowing to protect the most vulnerable, the Council is planning on closing TESS in December if it can not find the money. TESS is a unique service in Coventry, 100’s of people depend on its support both now and in the future. We cant just sit back and let the Council close this vital service.



Help save employment support for disabled people

Thank You

Richard with his mum Jane

Jane says: “If people like Richard aren’t in work, it’s a false economy because they’d instead claim benefits. TESS helped Richard get a job 15 years ago and without the ongoing support they have provided when there have been changes at work he wouldn’t still be there. Richard’s mixing with people who don’t have learning disabilities. He’s more independent and has learned about money and social interaction. Please help us to save TESS for people like Richard and all the other people out there, who have such a lot to offer given the chance and support”.

How can you help?

  • Please sign our e-petition at -employment-support-service/ and ask your family, friends and others to.

    Please note: once you submit your name on the e-petition you will receive a reply asking you to click on a link to confirm that you are who you say you are, if you don’t do this your signature will not count. Please check your “junk” folder as this is where it often ends up.

  • Would you be willing to help collect signatures for our petition? If you would then please contact me (details below) and I will send you details.
  • Follow us on Facebook and send the link to others who may support us https:// TESS/1628758824033355?fref=ts
  • Write to, call or see your local Councillor and MP and ask them what they are doing to save TESS and protect some of the most vulnerable people in Coventry.

Join the Save TESS Pressure Group Contact Liz Crowter Email: or Call: 07542571427

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WE ARE NOT ALL IN IT TOGETHER – Protest Against George Osborne’s Emergency Budget – Assemble btwn 5-5.30 pm, Broadgate, Coventry, Wednesday 8th July


The only ‘emergency’ is the Tories’ desperate rush to cut as much of the welfare state as they can before they are rumbled. 250,000 people demonstrated in London against austerity on June 20th. Come and join the fightback, tell your friends, family and workmates.




Dear Members,

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.