UNISON and Unite have been in talks with representatives of the Coventry City Council regarding their Workforce Reform Programme.
At today’s meeting UNISON and Unite have requested that the discussions are paused because of the following concerns.
Throughout the meetings the authority seemed to be engaging in consultation rather than negotiation.
Issues regarding inequality and discrimination in the workplace have not been prioritised as part of the planned discussions even though they are fundamental to policy and procedure.
No evidence has been presented that the proposals will address the financial issues or the inequalities suggested as a reason for the changes.
The teaching trade unions have been marginalised by the timing of the discussions.
UNISON and Unite are as committed as ever to fight inequalities in the workplace and to negotiate with the employer to protect the terms and conditions of our members. We await the employers’ response and will update you in due course. In the meantime if you have any concerns or comments please contact your respective trade union.
We are writing to remind you that you have a friend at work. UNISON, your trade union, is the best friend you could have in good times and in bad.
As a member of Coventry City Branch you are part of the biggest recognised trade union within Coventry City Council.
We are aware that you may have been approached by another trade union with the suggestion that you join them. This goes against the agreed practice of trade unions not to poach members of sister unions and we ask you to tell us if this happens to you.
We believe the most valuable thing you receive when you join UNISON is not a free mug, pen or stress toy, not even promises of what we think we can achieve for you, it is
The best representation available to employees, from qualified experienced representatives.
Membership of a democratic branch where everything we do is decided by members
Membership of a fair branch that has equality for all at its core, putting words in practise
Membership of a strong branch that fights to protect individual and collective rights at work and for public services to our city.
There are many big issues in local government at the current time, and we are in no doubt harder times are to come. UNISON Coventry is involved in all of these issues, negotiating in your interests and representing your views and protecting your rights at work.
Your continued loyalty is appreciated by your colleagues and those who represent you: The more members we have the more effective we can be, and together the stronger our voice is.
Please get in touch with any Branch Officer if you have any concerns about your membership, the representation we offer or if you have been approached by another trade union.
Public Meeting for Service Users, Staff, Carers and all Coventry Residents
Service users, carers and Council staff are dismayed that the Council’s Place Directorate are proposing to discontinue flagship services for vulnerable adults & young people with learning disabilities, autism and severe and enduring mental ill health. In addition the proposals could implement post cuts at the highly successful Job Shop.
These services are delivered by some of the most able, dedicated and expert staff in their field, not just in Coventry but nationally. TESS won a national Award for its service only last year, winning Team of the Year from the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) for its outstanding work in encouraging employers to employ those furthest from the labour market. There are currently no other services able to continue this work. The impact for the most vulnerable, their families and employers will be significant.
Please help us to save these services. Ensure all Coventry residents have access to quality jobs, training and education opportunities!