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.

UNION STREET NEWS – Issue 15 – GET IT HERE…

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Latest Issue – articles on Connecting Communities, Palestine, Jeremy Corbyn and more….

Essential reading for all public service workers in Coventry.

GET IT HERE – union-street-news-issue-15

WE ARE COV UNITY STATEMENT

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We condemn the threat by the English Defence League (EDL) to bring ‘protest’ to Coventry on May 21st. Fascist organisations such as the EDL and Britain First are trying to use the fear over terrorism and war to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslim people.

 

Coventry is a city which has a very proud tradition of promoting peace and unity. Our city was built on tolerance and respect for the huge contribution made to our city by people from many different backgrounds. Coventry has a proud history of combating racism in all it’s forms. Coventry is a great city, because it is built on immigration and by refugees finding sanctuary here. We must not give a quarter to those who would judge an entire religion, race or nationality by the actions of a few.

The EDL have no solutions for real problems in our society. They have nothing to offer on jobs, housing, young peoples services, education or the economy. The EDL offer no future for Coventry people of any background. The EDL want only to see Muslims attacked and a race war on our streets. We condemn them and oppose their attempts to call “demonstrations” to exploit these issues.

Jewish, Sikh and Hindu organisations have all spoken out publicly to condemn the EDL and have refused to be used by the racists and fascists. When EDL supporters tried to whip up Islamophobia under cover of a supposed LGBT ‘pride’ event in east London, local LGBT organisations refused to let the racists hijack the traditions of pride. We need to show we are not complacent. We will not allow the EDL to use our city as a platform for their agenda of hate. It is the EDL who are the outsiders and the violent threat to all in Coventry.

We also call on the media and politicians to stop using inflammatory language that feeds the fascists and racists. We must reject those who want to divide our communities and set them against each other, and stand fast to the ideals of anti-racism, multiculturalism and respect for all. We will therefore be supporting the #wearecov peaceful protest against the EDL in Coventry to celebrate our proud city and show that fascists will not be welcome here. We urge as many people as possible to support us and attend.

 

Please give your backing to this statement. Email to coventryunite@yahoo.co.uk or text 07503 668346

 

CALLED BY

Unite against Fascism – Coventry

SUPPORTED BY

Coventry Against Racism

Coventry Trade Union Council

Coventry and Warwickshire Peoples Assembly

PCS – Midlands Region

Unison – Coventry City Branch

Unite – WM6050 Coventry & Warwickshire Local Tom Mann Branch

Love Music Hate Racism – Coventry

Download the statement below:

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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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VACANCY – Branch-Employed Caseworker/Organiser – Coventry City Branch

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12-month fixed-term contract (subject to one month’s notice)

Starting salary: £29,587 rising to £31,318 pro rata

17.5 hours per week

Ref: R12/B12285C

Closing date: Wednesday 22 April 2015

Successful candidates will bring their experience and skills to assist this active branch to recruit, map membership density, develop new activists, organise, undertake casework and drive forward our work, particularly in academies and small employers.

To undertake this role you must have good interpersonal and IT skills, excellent administrative and organisational skills and a good understanding and knowledge of the trade union movement.

You will need to be able to travel within the area covered by the branch and also possibly to Birmingham for meetings/training as required.

To apply for this opportunity, please download a pack from the branch website, and complete the Branch Caseworker/Organiser Application Form and monitoring forms. See the job description and person specification below:

Please note that ONLY the application form, as published on the branch website will be accepted.

Please send 3 copies of the application form together with the recruitment and disability monitoring forms to UNISON Coventry City Branch, 308 Broadgate House, Coventry CV1 1NG or email them to office@unisoncoventry.co.uk quoting reference R12/B12285C.  

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 22 April 2015.

The assessment and interviews for this post will take place in the week beginning 5th May 2015.

Please note that if you do not hear from us you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.

UNISON Coventry City Branch is a dynamic, progressive branch, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us

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STATEMENT – UNISON Coventry City Branch response to the Coventry City Council Budgetary Council proposals for 2015/16

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·              UNISON is fundamentally opposed to the budget cuts proposed in the pre-budget report 2015/16 (02.12.15)

·              “Windfalls” or one off income provides opportunity to preserve services in the short term pending lobbying for a fair settlement for the City.

·             We are concerned that budget medium term forecasts are not subject to public consultation.

·              An inevitability scenario is being created of the need for cuts when the Councils reserves have risen dramatically to more than £81million and there are assets of nearly a billion pounds.

·              UNISON wants to see the use of assets and reserves to offset the deficit and protect fundamental services for the benefit of all our citizens and protects jobs

·               Equality Impact assessments would show disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable, young and old.

·              Clarity is needed about the sale of assets to Coventry University in the city centre – prime land.

·              The council should be seeking to maximise grants to stop services from collapsing.

·              How can you grow Business rates and what contingency is there for over spend on the Friargate development?

·              It is unacceptable to say that service cuts so far have had little adverse effect – There is no longer a universal offer from Children’s Centres to families for example.

·              Who will be undertaking services identified in 6.6 of the Budget report? We all have a right to know and how will that save money?

·              When will the Council start talking to Coventry people about what services they want rather than making assumptions?

·              Why are the Council paying down a £4million debt when there was no need, given the level of borrowing rates being so low and when there are fundamental cuts proposed?

·              Why are we cutting Public health when we are a Marmot city?

·              Why cut Adult Education when it is doing so well?

·              How can the Council close Children’s centres without it having a serious impact on safeguarding?

·              Fuel and Energy prices have dropped – has this been factored in to the Budgetary position?

·              Why hasn’t the Council considered an increase in Council Tax beyond 1%?

 Ends – Click Here for the full response to the budget proposals from Coventry City Unison UNISON Coventry City Local Government Branch response to the Coventry City Council Budgetary Council proposals for 2015

Coventry Against The Cuts – Save Our Services – Your Services Under Threat

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Millions of pounds have been cut from local authority budgets, resulting in severe cuts to local services. And now Coventry City Council has announced yet more. Important services will go – services that will affect all children, young people, the elderly and any of us who need support at different times in our lifetime.   None of us can afford to let this happen.

What does this mean to you?

  • Elderly care – slashed!
  • Children’s Centres – shut!
  • Libraries – closed!
  • School Crossing Patrols – sacked!
  • Youth Services and Community Centres – closed!
  • Public Toilets – boarded up!

1000 local people who deliver these services sacked!………. AND MUCH MORE!

We cannot afford to let this happen. Ordinary people of Coventry did not create this crisis – we must join together and refuse to accept these cuts. There is enough wealth in our society to provide housing, education, employment and care for all – it’s just in the wrong hands!

What can YOU do about it?

Join with us in a campaign to STOP these cuts in our City.

  • GET INVOLVED

LOBBY your local Councillor

NO CUTS

CITY WIDE DEMONSTRATION

Saturday 21st February

Assemble at 12 noon

Millennium Square (Coventry Transport Museum)

For more info and to keep in touch:

coventryagainstthecuts@gmail.com

Facebook: Coventry Against the Cuts

Twitter Hashtag #covagainstcuts

Successful meeting of Coventry TUC plans anti-cuts campaign in the city

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Unison branch officers attended a very successful meeting organised by Coventry TUC on Monday night called to discuss and organise against the massive cuts that are planned in Coventry.

The meeting focussed especially on the cuts being proposed by the Council that will see virtually every local service closed down and cut, for example children’s and community centres, public libraries, toilets, lollipop ladies, school transport for children with disabilities and much more.

As well as members of Unison there were activists from other unions present such as Unite, PCS, CWU, NUT, UCU as well as the TUC. There was a wide ranging discussion on the current situation and how we can organise against what is happening. Some key dates were agreed for protests and demonstrations. Put them in your diary now!

Tuesday 13th Jan  Outside Council House 1- 2pm. Protest lobby against last full council meeting before the vote on the budget

Saturday 21st Feb (Time and assembly point TBC) Demonstration through Coventry

Tuesday 24th Feb (Time TBC)  Full council meeting which will vote on the budget cuts.

The meeting discussed supporting the petition that is currently on the council website which is available here http://epetitions.coventry.gov.uk/2014/12/stop-the-council-cuts/ (if you are a council worker please ensure you sign in your own time).

There will be further meetings to discuss the campaign including the production of leaflets (includingin different languages), further protests and developing alternatives to austerity. Unison will play our part in this campaign.

There is much to do and we call on all members to get active and get involved. Please contact the branch office for more information office@unisoncoventry.co.uk