Latest update for Coventry City Branch members in Friargate.
Coventry City UNISON has received a number of queries from members in Coventry City Council @coventrycc about the new arrangements for car parking, the removal of Trade Union Car Park passes and other related matters.
Please note that the City Council Trade Unions have not agreed to these new arrangements and have disputed this.
The City Council management team have still not resolved the issues we raised. We therefore cannot advise on the arrangements themselves as we are not party to their implementation.
If you have questions about the arrangements, or there is something you have not understood, we recommend you speak to your Line Manager or to your HR advisor who should be giving you clear guidance and support.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly and want to discuss this then we recommend you speak to your UNISON representative direct or to Branch Office – email email@example.com
We want to update everyone on this issue as a number of members have been in contact with us.
UNISON has been made aware that some staff in Friargate have been informed of changes to their workplace location arrangements, however UNISON have been neither been informed nor consulted on these changes.
We have particular concerns that some staff report that they are being told they have to restrict the amount of work time they spend at Friargate.
Our corporate rep Sarah Feeney has contacted the employer. We will be updating members on these discussions when we have more information. In the meantime, we welcome your suggestions and comments on the issue.
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Meetings identify significant issues around Mental Health & Wellbeing in Coventry City Council
UNISON has held two meetings with staff in recent weeks to discuss the impact of mental health on the workplace, how issues have been with by the employer and what other steps might have been taken to address them.
We wish to thank all those who attended the meetings. Staff gave the union a big insight into the depth of the issues and concerns that people have. For some this may not have been easy. We really appreciate the input we have received.
UNISON will now be considering the information we have received, identifying any common themes, and making arrangements to establish a working group with members. The working group’s task will be to come up with specific actions for the employer which could improve Mental Health & Wellbeing in the workplace.
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Read the Joint Trade Union response to the employer here: Joint_TU_Update050718
The Joint Trades unions of Coventry City Council, UNISON, UNITE and GMB are in Dispute with Coventry City Council regarding proposals to change the employee car parking scheme.
The proposals are to be considered by the City Council on 10 July 2018, in spite of the Dispute being lodged and our request to withdraw the item from the agenda in order to resolve the matter in accordance with the Disputes Procedure. The ill thought proposal will not save money as is suggested, and in fact will potentially cost more to the public purse. The proposals will affect many workers providing frontline services to the people of Coventry, using their own cars, maintained and fuelled at their own expense. We believe that if they had followed the existing procedure correctly the organisation would have made adequate savings in any event.
A spokesperson for the joint trade union side said,
“We see this as a direct attack on our members’ terms and conditions. Workers who have had effectively a 20% pay cut over the last 8 years due to austerity. If every worker who uses their car for work, stopped doing so, they would have to rely on either a very limited number of ‘pool’ cars which will cost £26 per day per car to the council budget or public transport which will slow their productivity down which will have an impact on services. These consequences defeat the object. This at a time of great strain on the organisation in trying to deliver services with less employees. It is all the more unfortunate that Councillors themselves will, we understand, keep their car park passes. What is more the cost savings that will actually be achieved are unclear. What has not been established is exactly who will receive a car park pass. This proposal potentially leaves the council and our members worse off”
The Trades unions will be demonstrating outside the Council House on 10th July at 12.30p.m. before the Meeting.
Contact: Dawn Ward – UNISON – 07535 526062
Mick Shortland – UNITE – 02476 834947
Andy Groves – GMB – 07908 213721
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