COVID-19 Update for @coventrycc UNISON members

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As management begins communicating with staff about the reopening of #Friargate and other council buildings we would like to update you on the discussions held thus far.

Corporate management have been very clear that in opening these buildings there is no instruction to staff to return to them if they can continue and would prefer to work from home or in a more agile manner.

Corporately management have shared the work done in preparation of opening, including engineer reports on air ventilation systems, floor layouts, and changes to work practices to support a safe return to the office for those who would benefit from it. This information needs to be supplemented by service area rationales for return and local risk assessments and UNISON is waiting on some of this detail.

If you have concerns about a return to your workplace please get in touch with the branch as soon as possible so that we can offer advice and support.

Proposed Changes to Location Arrangements for Council Staff in Friargate

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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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Coventry City UNISON 

UNISON Communication to Coventry City Council staff regarding Friargate development

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Members of staff will have seen the email from the Chief Executive regarding the news surrounding the Friargate project. Articles have also been published on the Beacon intranet and in the Coventry Telegraph. UNISON have concerns about what has been communicated. For example, staff and the Coventry public have been told on many occasions that the project will create 15,000 jobs – is this figure likely to be realised and what were those figures based on?

Friargate has been put forward as the saviour of the city, at a time when staff are losing their jobs and Coventry people are suffering cuts to libraries, youth services, children’s centres and much more, yet it appears that the project is having difficulty attracting support. We were also told that moving Council staff in to Friargate will save us money – it now appears that not all staff will be moving.

Coventry City UNISON will be seeking clarification on these points and others as soon as possible and will keep members informed. If you have any questions or comments about this please contact your local UNISON rep or the branch office. UNISON communication regarding Friargate development