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.
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!