October is Black History Month
The National Black Members will be having a webinar on 30th October – details to be published in due course.
I have attached some links and ideas for Black History month and a link from the West Midlands region.
October is Black History Month
Every October, we mark Black History Month to celebrate and honour the all too often undervalued contribution of Black Britons throughout history. There is a wealth of ideas and resources here http://msg.unison.org.uk/c/11b5yCKfoCdMICBZotdAG . Email details of your branch and regional plans to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can help you publicise them, alongside national events. Watch this space!
Click here for resources http://msg.unison.org.uk/c/11b5yTNm0XVMwGQoj27aV
All the details of events and how to book can be found on the West Midlands regional website – https://westmidlands.unison.org.uk/home/black-history-month/
Tickets will go fast, and what’s even better they are all FREE!
Just go to the schedule of events to book – https://westmidlands.unison.org.uk/home/black-history-month/
Have a good day and stay safe
UNISON represents public sector staff.
We negotiate for better pay and conditions, help individuals in trouble and campaign for a safer, fairer society.
UNISON is Britain’s biggest union, representing almost 1.3 million people across the UK’s public services.
COVID19 – Returning to the workplace
Is the risk assessment for the building available?
2m Social Distance signage?
PPE required in the risk assessment available?
Hand sanitising and one way systems in place?
Individual risk assessments completed for staff shielding or at high risk?
Report staff/visitors not complying using the “near miss form”, link below
If multiple infringements of the risk assessment occur? Then remove yourself from the danger.
Contact UNISON Stewards if you require any assistance, email email@example.com
COVID Workforce Issues Update
Recovery Guidance for Public Libraries
The public libraries recovery guidance has now been published. Please note that safer workplace planning in public libraries must align with wider local authority planning. This is also the case for contracted arm’s length external organisations (ALEOs), as the statutory responsibility for libraries remains with the local authority. This will ensure consistency of mitigation measures across the library service and other local authority services.
You can view the guidance here:
Scottish Government Occupational risk assessment guidance
The Scottish Government has today published occupational risk assessment to help staff and managers consider the specific risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. It is relevant to all staff, but will be particularly relevant to those who are returning to work after shielding, those who are returning to normal duties after COVID-19 related restrictions, those who are returning to the workplace after working from home or anyone who has a concern about a particular vulnerability to COVID-19.
The guidance was developed using the latest clinical evidence that sets out best practice on risk assessment for COVID-19 as an easy to follow tool and it will be kept under review as more is learnt about COVID-19 in Scotland.
Employers have a legal responsibility to keep their staff safe and promote their wellbeing – this guidance is supposed to assist that. They also have important duties under equalities legislation, and should make reasonable adjustments to support workers with disabilities. Employers should continue to follow public health and sector-specific advice, and where possible, home working should continue.
After a workplace risk assessment has been undertaken and measures to reduce the risk of transmission have been put in place, staff and their managers are being encouraged to use the risk assessment tool to identify the individual’s vulnerability level.
You can read the risk assessment guidance here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-individual-risk-assessment-for-the-workplace/
Covid-19: Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery – June 2020
The independent group advising the Scottish Government on post-Covid 19 economic recovery reported on
22 June. The group was led by Benny Higgins, former CEO of Tesco Bank.
The group had been asked to recommend solutions:
to ensure transition towards a greener, net zero and wellbeing economy, and;
to address the challenges faced by different sectors of the economy in recovering from the
This briefing provides a summary of the recommendations. Some of these are in line with the calls made by
UNISON in its submission to the Advisory Group, which you can read in full here.
The Advisory Group’s full 77 page report is available here. The Scottish Government will publish its
response to the report by the end of July 2020.
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY
On 28th April every year Trade Unions around the world hold events to remember the dead and fight for the living.In Clackmannanshire Trade Union Officials, Senior Council Officers and Elected Members gather at the memorial stone in front of the Council Headquarters and say a few words to mark the event and to lay wreathes. Unfortunately this year we have had to forgo holding our usual memorial gathering, however we will be marking the event with a minutes silence at 11am for key workers who have lost their lives during Covid-19. A moment to remember those who have sadly lost their lives at work over the past year; to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many workers during the pandemic; and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great personal risk.Council members of staff continue to provide crucial public services and have stepped up to help even more people who have become isolated during this difficult time. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of staff for everything that they have done and continue to do during this very difficult time. We would invite everyone to take part in the minutes silence whether they are in their workplace or at home. If you use social media we would also invite you to add a purple twibbon to your profile image for the day. https://twibbon.com/Support/intl-workers-memorial-day/
Updated Advice on PPE from the UK Government
Please on this link – Updated PPE Advice
UNISON Clackmannanshire Branch – Covid 19 update.
During this very difficult time for public Services UNISON has been working flat out to ensure that steps taken by employers are reasonable and fair to employee’s.
Our officers and officials have been lobbying politicians at all levels of government and have been working with national bodies to agree some fair principles and make sure your interests are being met. At the local level our branch officers have been working with the Council’s senior managers and Incident Management Team for the past few weeks and have been dealing with a very large amount of queries from members. We’ve tried to respond directly to questions where we could, and if a more general point was being made then we’ve tried to make sure managers have answered these questions during staff cascades and briefings.
We know that this is a very challenging time for all staff and that there is a great deal of concern for our safety and that of our friends and families. We hope that you are all staying safe and following all guidance that has been issued. UNISON will be publishing some communications and an FAQ shortly.
At this time it is no longer feasible to maintain the office in Bank Street in Alloa and so as of today this office is closed until further notice. This will limit our ability somewhat to deal with enquiries so we would like to ask all members to use our email address if they wish to contact us for any reason. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you will no longer be at your place of work it will make getting information to you directly more difficult as well so we would encourage you all to visit our website where we will publish all the relevant information we can.
Please take care of yourselves and if you have any questions or concerns get above at the email address above.
Annual General Meeting
Thursday the 27th of February 2020
Alloa Elim Church 12:00 til 2:00
(The Elim Church is on Greenside Street next door to the Patons building )
The Clackmannanshire Branch of UNISON would like to invite you to join us at our 2020 AGM
For those attending there will be a lunch provided from 12:00
Our local branch is always on look out for new stewards and this is perfect time of year to join up.
Becoming a UNISON steward is a rewarding experience and it comes with training, a chance to develop new skills and the time off from your workplace to carry out the duties of a Trade Union representative. We would encourage you to consider becoming a new steward, especially if there is not currently a representative in your own area of work.
Our speaker this year is still to be confirmed
Save from Harm – A survey of Social Work Teams
The Damage series of surveys looks at the impact of austerity on public sector staff and the services they are trying to deliver. The briefing gives an overview of Save From Harm and highlights key issues
UNISON surveyed staff working in a range of roles in social work teams across all of Scotland’s local authorities. The responses show that budget cuts are having a severe impact on staff. They are under enormous pressure due to staff shortages and growing demands for their services.
Read the full report here.
Local Government Waste Incineration and Climate
Clackmannanshire UNISON branch are very concerned by 11 (1) new incinerators under construction in Scotland, 2 of which are located in our neighbouring authorities Fife, near Loch Leven (2) and Falkirk, Grangemouth (3). read more
CSREC / FVC4C in partnership with LGBT Youth and S-X are organising Forth Valley Pride on Saturday 10 August 2019 at the Bowmar Community Centre, Scott Crescent, Alloa FK10 1BT from 1pm to 4pm.
This is a static event at the location.
There will be fun activities, information stalls from local organisations, music and refreshments, so come along and show your support in this 50th year anniversary of Stonewall.
For more information on this event please contact Elaine Hill on 01324 610 950 or email@example.com
School Uniform Grant 2019
Get help with the cost of school uniforms
Families living on low incomes with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard.
But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniform through a one-off payment of £40.
The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone!
So don’t miss out. Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible. All the information you need can be found below. Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you.
Just one more thing please don’t keep details of this grant a secret. Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand. There will be many, like you, worrying about how they will be able to afford uniforms to send their children back to school in the Autumn.
Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 19 July 2019 at the latest.
Please click the link below to access the application form and FAQ
A number of members have contacted us regarding media reports that the Teaching Unions have received a revised pay offer and asking whether that now means our own pay negotiations have re-opened.
The re-opener clause in our pay deal states “A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.”
Here’s what we know of the current position:
– The press is reporting on a letter sent to the Teaching Trade Unions by John Swinney MSP
– We understand that this is not an ‘offer’ made as part of the collective bargaining machinery – it is a ‘proposal’ made by the Scottish Government without reference to COSLA
– Only the employer (COSLA) can make an offer – they have not (yet) done so
– COSLA Leaders, who would have to sign off any revised offer, does not meet until the 29th March
– We have asked COSLA for clarity on this proposal – how much money is being put in, whether it relates to cost of living increases or pay restructuring and what it would mean in terms of the total pay offer value – we understand the Scottish Government have not yet provided this information to COSLA
– We need, and will examine carefully this information when it is received, in order to assess whether the terms of the re-opener clause in our pay deal have been met
– Our Local Government Committee meets on Thursday and will consider our position further at that point
We will keep you abreast of developments
UNISON Accepts Local Government Pay Offer
GMB ballot closed on the 28th of February and their members decided to accept the offer alongside UNISON and UNITE Craft Workers.
All Trade Unions met to discuss the offer and they have now all agreed to accept the COSLA 3 year pay deal.
UNISON have written to COSLA to inform them of the decision and we are hopeful that COSLA will inform the employers quickly enabling the HR/Payroll team to process the 2018 award and back pay for the March pay run.
We know that this has been a long process and we thank all members for their understanding.
Thank you also for your campaign activity – it has been through our collective effort that we have secured the best pay deal in local government in a decade.
UNISON Dental Plan – Free Holiday Prize Draw – Closes April 30th 2019
Sign up for UNISON’s Dental Plan before the 24th of February 2019 and get 25 free entries into the prize draw
An amazing 7 Night Holiday worth over £2,000 at the UNISON Croyde Bay Resort in North Devon where you and your family or friends will be staying in a luxury 3 bedroom lodge. This incredible prize includes breakfast each day for up to 6 guests, £200 towards your travel or expenses and is valid for bookings throughout the year including August Bank Holiday.
For more details please click on link below
Press Release – UNISON delivers early Christmas Present to its Members
Clackmannanshire Council today voted to overturn a previous decision which would have cut the pay of staff who work evenings and weekends. UNISON has campaigned relentlessly for several years to stop Clackmannanshire Council from unfairly targeting those on low pay with cuts to terms and conditions.
After long running talks were successful in persuading the SNP Administration that the proposed cuts unfairly impacted upon the lowest paid staff, they put a motion to today’s Council meeting to reverse there previous decision.
The motion was supported by the Labour Party who had previously offered us their support in this regard.
Pam Robertson, UNISON branch secretary said “This is great news for our members and a victory for UNISON in our ongoing battle to protect low paid women from being unfairly targeted in budget cuts. The SNP administration and the Labour group should be praised for listening to our arguments and for doing the right thing. ”
UNISON overwhelmingly reject pay offer and vote to move towards strike action.
UNISON Scotland’s local government members have overwhelmingly voted to reject their employer’s pay offer (CoSLA) of 3% for workers earning up to £80,000, and to move towards strike action in support of their claim for fair pay.
UNISON will start to take steps towards strike action. The local government joint trade unions – who have also run consultative ballots of their members – will be meet with CoSLA to inform them of the results of their ballots, tomorrow Friday 9th November.
Mark Ferguson, chair of UNISON Scotland local government committee said: “UNISON members have overwhelmingly rejected the 3% pay offer. They do not think it is fair that the Scottish government found £38m extra to put into teachers’ pay, over and above their cost of living increase, but they have offered no additional money for low paid local government workers. UNISON will now meet other local government trade unions and employers tomorrow. If UNISON and other unions decide to move towards strike action the next step will be to hold a statutory industrial action ballot.”
Johanna Baxter, head of local government (bargaining) said: “What this result demonstrates is a real anger and frustration amongst UNISON members at the lack of action by CoSLA and the Scottish government to address the serious issue of low pay in local government. UNISON will talk to other local government trade unions on Friday to discuss further action and we will inform employers of the ballot results then. As the Scottish government prepare their budget we will put further pressure on them to make more money available to fund a decent pay rise for local government staff. Local government workers have endured a decade of real-terms pay cuts, and they have now simply had enough.”
UNISON to Ballot on final COSLA pay offer
UNISON will recommend that its local government members reject the latest revised pay offer from COSLA when they hold a consultative ballot of members in the next few weeks.
The final revised pay offer was made yesterday (6 September) by COSLA offering a 3% pay increase for all local government workers earning up to £80,000. However after 8 months of campaigning and talks by UNISON, they will recommend rejection.
Carol Ball, vice chair of UNISON local government committee said: “UNISON has worked hard to get where we are, but this revised offer does very little for the lowest paid workers like care workers and support for learning assistants. These workers rightly feel they have taken the brunt of austerity over the last 10 years, with pay cuts and job losses. UNISON will continue to campaign on their behalf. A decade of pay cuts has left local government workers very angry. In the end our members make the decision and we will be balloting them to ask what they want to do.
“UNISON campaigns have made real progress. It is only through our action that we have seen the end to the public sector pay cap, we have got more money on the table from employers, and the employers have agreed that all local government workers should be treated equally. UNISON will continue the campaign for all our local government members, especially those on the lowest pay.”