Early Years Workers – 600 Hours posts

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Please see e-mail sent to Lorraine Fisher and Ellen Doherty today. Dear Ellen/Lorraine With reference to our meeting of 27 May and Ellen’s undertaking to investigate the circumstances surrounding many of our job share members not being granted interview due to issues with the application forms, it has come to my attention that you intend to begin informing candidates on whether they have been successful or not tomorrow. In light of Ellen’s investigations and our request that you somehow resolve the issue UNISON would insist that you do not carry out this exercise until the issues that our members have experienced are fully investigated and resolved. Whilst we appreciate that this will delay the process, we must act to ensure that our members are not unduly disadvantaged.   John...

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2014/15 Pay award – for all members whose pay is linked to Council agreements (SJC)

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues, I have been advised that UNISON Scotland will be running a ballot of all members on the matter of the 2014/15 pay award. The ballot will run from 9 June – 7 July and will be a postal ballot to members home addresses and UNISON’s Local Government Committee is urging members to support a full industrial action ballot. The Scottish Employers have rejected UNISON’s 2014 Pay Claim for £1 per hour and consolidation of the living wage. It is their view that pay has been settled until April 2015. This is because, after UNISON members accepted a 1% rise in 2013 in good faith, the employers imposed 1% for 2013 and 2014. The purpose of the consultative ballot will be to… Consult members regarding the employer’s rejection of our pay claim with a view to campaigning for and winning a ballot for industrial action in support of an improved offer. Seek to build a campaign of engagement with members over the issue of pay with a view to developing a pay claim to be lodged in November this year for the period 1 April 2015. This to include promoting a number of pay related events throughout 2014. I have asked our stewards to consult with members on this matter and advise that the ballot is on its way. As mentioned above, UNISON’s recommendation is to vote yes for industrial action.   John...

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Home Support Workers

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues We are sending another letter to you all today asking you to submit a further 2 letters to the Council. I have posted the text of the letter below which advises you what to do with the letters we send you. This is part of our campaign for equal pay and it’s important that we maintain solidarity in the fight. We have had over 400 of you return your grievance slips and this was lodged last week. As more slips come in we are adding the names to the grievance. We can win this together.   Dear Member EQUAL PAY CAMPAIGN – HOME SUPPORT With reference to my previous letters and the members meetings of 12th, 13th, 14th May 2014, our campaign to ensure that your equal pay (and other colleagues in the Council) is paid out is now underway. As part of the campaign I have attached two letters that should be sent back to the Council. One is a request for your job evaluation scores and the other is a freedom of information request asking how they obtained the information to score your job. As before, all you need to do is add your name and address to the top right of each letter, date them underneath your address, and sign the bottom. You should then return them direct to the addresses on the letters. As part of the campaign we have released a statement to the local and national press which can be viewed on our website (www.unisonnorthlan.org.uk) or Facebook page, and have organised an ad-trailer which will travel round the North Lanarkshire area from 2 June 2014. Please remember, no-one can win this campaign for you, we need to stay committed, have solidarity, and be involved in the action that we recommend to you. Together we can make sure equal pay is paid out.   Yours sincerely John...

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“PAY UP NOW” – UNISON Demands Council stops stalling

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in News | 0 comments

NEWS from North Lanarkshire UNISON “PAY UP NOW” – UNISON Demands Council stops stalling on equal pay claims. UNISON Branch to take to streets to pressure council into fairness UNISON North Lanarkshire is stepping up the pressure on North Lanarkshire Council in the union’s long running campaign to end the unfair treatment of low paid women. UNISON is demanding the Council settle their many outstanding equal pay claims. As well as continuing to use internal council procedures UNISON is planning to campaign publicly with leaflets and ad trailers. The Council has conceded that many of the 1200 equal pay claims that UNISON has brought will be settled. The Council has had little choice in this after admitting that it had destroyed records, altered results of assessments, and its job evaluations were not reliable John Mooney, UNISON Branch Secretary said; “NLC cannot continue to dodge the issue of equal pay. We have been clear all along that the Employment Tribunal claims we have lodged will prove to be successful. We call on NLC to do the right thing and settle all cases now. For an employer to purposely change job scores which lowered pay rates and to admit that they have destroyed the paperwork is astonishing and UNISON demand to know who sanctioned such disgusting behaviour.” One of the predominant groups affected are Home Support Workers and Mooney said; “Home Support Workers receive poor pay for doing an extremely demanding and responsible job. They are charged with looking after our elderly and vulnerable people, but who has looked out for them? Certainly not NLC who deliberately paid lower wages than these workers deserved. Home Support Workers have died waiting for the Council to give them what they should rightfully have earned. UNISON has again asked the Council to hear the grievances of this group of workers and settle the matter once and for all.” “Despite owning up to deliberately keeping low paid workers on low pay with no justification. North Lanarkshire Council remain at Employment Tribunal spending thousands of pounds of Council Tax tax payers money defending their actions. The Council needs to face up to its responsibility to its workforce and the people of North Lanarkshire and end this charade now” ENDS For Further Information Contact John Mooney Branch Secretary North Lanarkshire UNISON Tel 01698 276291/ 07880384656...

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Home Support Workers

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Can you make sure you get the group grievance slips signed and returned to us asap, we are hopefully going to submit the grievance at the end of the week and the more the merrier. We have already had 300 returned. Remember – if you don’t fight for your rights no-one else will, everyone needs to stand up and be counted! Join the fight with UNISON. John Mooney

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