UNISON Opposed to a pay FREEZE for Public Sector Staff!

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Branch Consultation shows that UNISON members overwhelmingly want decent pay!

Thank you to all UNISON members who took part in our recent consultation on what our pay claim should be for 2021/2022.

UNISON, the largest public service union, has responded with dismay to news that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is considering the implementation of a pay freeze for public sector staff, including thousands of Coventry residents.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Friday):
‘Key workers across all public services remain at the heart of the fight against Covid…pay restraint …would be a cruel body blow to health, care, and public service employees working tirelessly to get us through the pandemic. It would also backfire badly with the public. The government must do what’s right next week and announce the wage rise all staff have more than earned. Anything less, risks destroying morale when the entire country is counting on them’.

The news comes as the Coventry City UNISON branch reveals that our members overwhelmingly voted for a 10% pay rise in an indicative consultation. This reflects real hardship for many public service staff, the impact of COVID-19 on hard-working families, and the continued negative influence of over a decade of austerity.

The results of the branch consultation on the 2021/2022 pay claim are below:
There were 3 options


A) 5% or £10 per hour pay rate whichever is greater
B) 8% or £10 per hour pay rate whichever is greater
C) 10%

Members voted as follows

A) 8.1%
B) 9.7%
C) 82.1%

Therefore we have reported back to the national union that our branch thinks the union should submit a claim for 10%.

Quite simply, our members deserve decent pay for providing vital public services.

Meeting for Coventry City Unison Members – Connecting Communities

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Cuts &/or Privatisation plans for:

  • Nurseries
  • Libraries
  • Youth Service
  • Childrens’ Centres

Come and tell the Branch Your Views.

Help UNISON oppose these threats to Jobs and Services.

Any query please contact UNISON Coventry City Branch either by phone or e-mail.

02476 550829      office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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

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  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 www.unison.org.uk/saveourlocalservices

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

 

Read it Here – Union Street News – Issue 13

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Union Street News Issue 13 – Branch Magazine of Coventry City Unison. Articles on learning opportunities for Unison members, facility time and why it is important, the Trade Union Bill and more.. Do have a read and why not send us an article or review for the next issues.

Thanks

Coventry City Unison Communications

Union Street News Issue 13

 

 

National demonstration against Austerity – March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education

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National demonstration against Austerity

March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education

Saturday 16th April

Coventry City UNISON are supporting the People’s Assembly Demonstration in Central London on Saturday 16th April.

Cost per ticket is £15, and the branch have paid for an initial 6 seats for UNISON members which are available on a first come first served basis. If there is further demand we will cover the cost of the ticket for members.

If you would like to come please email George.sands@unisoncoventry.co.uk to reserve your place.

 

Peoples Assembly Coventry & Warwickshire Facebook Page is via https://www.facebook.com/groups/176332289208775/?fref=ts

PRESS RELEASE – Coventry UNISON condemns the proposals to close Woodlands Academy

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Coventry City Branch of UNISON, that represents most Support staff working at Woodlands Academy in Coventry, today condemned the proposals to close the school.

The decision to effectively close Woodlands Academy without explaining the reasons for doing so with such a short consultation is completely unacceptable.

It’s the first Secondary School Academy in this city to face possible closure causing a potentially devastating impact on our members and their livelihoods. Richard Harty Corporate Representative from UNISON said

“Our entire membership at the school could ultimately lose their jobs. They are devastated by this news, many being long serving, loyal professionals who have given their best in the service of the school and its community”

UNISON are not satisfied that this matter can simply be seen as a lift and shift of pupils from one school to another and cannot simply allow the school to be erased from the map in this way.

“We will be seeking an urgent explanation from the DFE about this matter. We have long stated that the development of Finham Park 2 would have a detrimental impact on the area where there are already surplus places. The DFE have allowed this and they need to explain themselves. After all this is about pupil’s education and the employment contracts of our members, as well as the use of taxpayers money.

We have so many questions to ask. For example, how have we got to the point where an entire school is being closed so suddenly? Why hasn’t there been earlier intervention by the DFE? We understand the school is running a deficit budget – who will pay for staff redundancies?. What happens to staff during the proposed changes?

We are concerned at the potential destabilising effects of these proposals both to the pupils and staff at Woodlands Academy.

These issues reflect the fact that the Academy system x does not work and has not made any real difference to the lives of the pupils and our members compared to the previously local democratic structures that were previously in place. Instead we see a market driven approach where schools have to compete to get pupils, regardless of the impact on the wider community, and see the potentially catastrophic impact on a school with the history and integrity Woodlands has. Unnecessary extra school places are being created using taxpayers money at a time of extreme austerity and cuts in local government of more than 40%.

 

Contact: Richard Harty   024 76521125             Richard.harty@unisoncoventry.co.uk

Save Edgwick & Eagle Street Play Centres

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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

WATCH THIS SPACE…

PRESS RELEASE – Coventry Unison to Build and Support city wide Campaign against Trade Union Bill

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Coventry City Branch of Unison is deeply concerned that:

  • For the first time, employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for strikers. This could have big safety implications, lead to worse public services, and will undermine the right to strike.
  • The Bill proposes huge restrictions on peaceful picketing and protests.
  • The Bill proposes attacks on union reps in the public sector, restrictions on how unions collect and spend our money and lots more unnecessary red tape.This week the chief executive of Thompson’s Solicitors told MPs the Trade Union Bill is “unlawful, unwarranted and unworkable” . In his evidence to the Trade Union Bill Committee, Steve Cavalier said it appeared the Bill had been designed specifically to make it difficult, if not impossible, to take the necessary steps to comply with its provisions. He said: “It is an unwarranted ideological attack on internationally recognised rights in this country.”UNISON Coventry City Branch spokesperson Richard Harty said. “Not only is this a moral outrage and direct attack on trade union members in the UK and workers’ fundamental human rights rights, we now have a definitive response from Employment Lawyers that this is unlawful”. Unison in Coventry will work with our sister unions in the City Council, the Coventry TUC, other trade unionists and the public to ensure the campaign against this Bill gathers momentum. For details of our campaign work and future events contact Coventry City Unison via the above address or visit on the web via http://www.coventryunison.co.uk, our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coventry.unison.
  • Follow @coventryunison on twitter.