Early Years Workers

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

FAO Those with Permanency Rights (have been TEMPORARY for 4 years or more) Colleagues We are pulling together the grievances for these cases and will be in contact soon. If anyone thinks the above applies to you (that you have been a temporary Early Years Worker for 4 years or more) and you haven’t been in contact with us, please get in contact immediately. John Mooney

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Early Years Workers

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

Colleagues Regarding those who didn’t get interviews due to “lack of experience/qualifications”. At a meeting on 18 June with HR we were advised that only 2 people had e-mailed in to query the reasons for them not being offered an interview in more detail. UNISON were surprised to hear this as it was agreed at our Early Years member meeting of 5 June that everyone involved would do this. UNISON are working hard to make sure that the issues around these jobs is resolved but without the involvement and support of the members we won’t be able to do so. To confirm: IF you were not offered an interview and were told that it was due to lack of experience/qualification you should e-mail Elizabeth Gordon at L&L HR who will pull your form, investigate the issues, and respond to you. Her e-mail address is:- GordonE@northlan.gov.uk You should then contact us and forward us the response. If you are forwarding your responses on, or if you already have a response to forward on, can you forward to branchoffice@unisonnorthlan.org.uk Our intention was to hold a further Early Years meeting to discuss these issues but without this information from management we are unable to do so – we will hold a further meeting when we obtain this. John...

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Equal Pay

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Earlier this week 8 long years of litigation against North Lanarkshire Council surrounding equal pay came to a head after our branch campaign to bring NLC to the negotiating table was successful. The framework for the negotiations are currently being worked on with the intention to provide an agreement that all parties involved will sign up to. Now that we have been convinced that we are entering constructive negotiations, UNISON are prepared to suspend all campaign activities to allow the negotiations to go ahead. As such we will remove our ad trailers from the streets, and our planned protest at the Queens Baton Relay at Strathclyde Park on 23rd June is now cancelled. These negotiations will not be easy and will not be resolved overnight, but rest assured that we will update you all when we can. Make no mistake, it was local union activity that brought about this breakthrough and I want to thank everyone involved in planning and taking part in this campaign. John...

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Pay Up on Equal Pay

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Please see statement below from us and NLC. Whilst we are not quite there yet, things are progressing how we want them to. Statement by North Lanarkshire Council and Fox and Partners, UNISON and Digby Brown: North Lanarkshire Council and claimants’ representatives agree to enter discussions on equal pay We are pleased to announce that, following meetings between North Lanarkshire Council, Fox and Partners, UNISON and Digby Brown, all parties wish to engage in exploratory discussions around equal pay. This will include discussions on the three posts where the Council made concessions at an ongoing tribunal. Councillor Jim McCabe, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “I have instructed officers to enter into talks with the claimants’ representatives with a view to progressing negotiation on outstanding equal pay matters. “This is a positive step forward and there will be further meetings. We have always had a commitment to ensure equality and to seek a mutually agreeable solution where this is appropriate. Carol Fox of Fox and Partners said: “We are pleased that the council have agreed to enter in to discussions. This is the first step. There is no guarantee of success and unless the council are serious we will return to the Employment Tribunal. We are committed to reaching the best possible settlement in the interest of all our claimants. Our legal team have worked extremely hard to reach this point. As ever we will engage in constructive settlement discussions but these discussions must be progressed without delay.” Peter Hunter of UNISON added: “UNISON cautiously welcomes the talks and, while negotiation is always difficult, we are optimistic that we can get agreement. “We want two things. Our members have waited too long for the justice they deserve and the current claims should be settled now. However, we must also resolve the differences which gave rise to the claims. So we need the council to adopt measures to ensure fairness and equality for the future and that will be achieved through negotiation rather than litigation.” Douglas Jaap of Digby Brown said: ‘We are hopeful that this long running litigation may now be brought to an end. We are looking forward to resolving matters positively on behalf of the GMB members with claims’ The parties involved have agreed to engage in a series of meetings over the coming months. In order to facilitate these discussions an application will be made to postpone further hearings due to take place at the Employment Tribunal in Glasgow. In the event that parties are unable to agree, new hearing dates can be fixed in due course....

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Pay Up on Equal Pay

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues As you may know, there will be an event at Strathclyde Park (M&D’s side) on 23rd June to celebrate the Queens Baton being in the area. We will be protesting at this event against NLC’s decision to refuse to pay out on equal pay claims. We will be there from 5.30pm and we need as many of you to be there as possible. We will be in attendance with the banner and will be releasing 500 black balloons to highlight the issue and also to commemorate members of this branch who passed away without benefiting from pay equality. As we have said before, to win this campaign we need you to take part in as many events as you can and this is one of those where we need your support. No one will win this campaign for you, you are the union! We have cleared this protest with the police so we will not have any issues on the day, and in addition to this action our ad trailers will be following the procession all day. As I say, this is a very important event for the branch and I strongly urge as many of you to attend as possible. Together we can win this! John...

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