This offer is open to all support staff. It will be of particular interest to UNISON members, given that it concerns opportunities available through UNISON. We suggest interested parties contact us at the earliest date. Places are limited. While we were able to secure funding for this event, we don’t know if, or when, we will be able to do this again.
We have taken the unusual step (for us) of running this on a weekend. We know staff are busy at work and may have to juggle family commitments as well during the week. And the lead up to Christmas can be stressful. So to sweeten the deal, we are offering refreshments and a draw for shopping vouchers, so participants have the option of combining the event with their Christmas shopping.
We look forward to receiving expressions of interest in attending as per the contact details on the poster.
In the meantime, we are still accepting bookings for Stars in our Schools events in schools and star nominations for a national prize draw. Contact us if you need further details of these.
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.