Ballots

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues there are a few ballots under way for different groups of our members at the moment, and I wanted to remind everyone to make the effort to return their paper.   NLC & NLL employees – Pay Ballot closes 3rd November Culture NL Employees – Pay Bargaining ballot closes 31st October First Stop Shop staff – Consultative ballot closes 31st October   As I say, make the effort to contribute to the decision making process, we are here to act on your behalf.   John Mooney Branch...

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Second Wave Equal Pay Claims

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

Colleagues Please see below letter being issued tonight by first class post to all UNISON claimants (represented at court by Thomsons). Headline facts are that the Council has made their first offer, we have rejected it and intend to go back to tribunal next week. Please save any questions/issues for the meetings next week where we can have a fully informed, open conversation.   Dear UNISON Member In June 2014 UNISON accepted North Lanarkshire Council’s invitation to negotiate full and final settlement of equal pay claims against the council. We had hoped to be writing to you before now with positive news, sadly the council’s approach has not met our expectations. After four months of meetings we have yet to receive an individual compensation offer that would bring your claim to an end. On Tuesday 21st October, six days before the resumption of the tribunal hearing, we received a complex proposal through which the council intends to deliver equal pay. This proposal came with an insistence that – yet again – your tribunal claim should be suspended for another six months. All your previous comments to the union make the position clear – we cannot agree to further unnecessary delay in the progress of your tribunal claim. UNISON members want two things from this campaign – progress in the legal action and information on what’s going on. The council says you can have one, but not the other. We disagree. We will negotiate for equal pay with the council at any time, regardless of what’s happening in the Employment Tribunal. So we have written to the council urging them to remain in the discussion process.  We will keep you informed of what happens and we will advise you of any settlement proposals where the individual outcome for you is clear. If we get an individual settlement offer that is reasonable, clear and specific to your job, we will suspend the litigation to let you have your say. Otherwise the claims go ahead as planned. If you have questions or comments about the progress of the legal action we have arranged members meetings for 28th October and 30th October from 7.30 – 9.30pm in the Glo Centre, 78 Muir St, Motherwell,  ML1 1BN. Branch and regional representatives from UNISON will be available at both meetings. John Mooney Branch...

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Time up for PFI Pro£iteers in Lanarkshire

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

Colleagues Please see below campaign being ran by our colleagues in UNISON Lanarkshire Health, I’d appreciate you reading the document and supporting the campaign. Time up for PFI Pro£iteers in Lanarkshire UNISON Lanarkshire Health Branch has launched a campaign to bring staff providing ‘Soft’ Facilities (catering, portering, domestic and security) currently employed by Serco in Wishaw General Hospital and ISS at Hairmyres Hospital back in-house. The Branch has taken the decision after discovering that NHS Lanarkshire planned to rollover the existing contracts on both sites to the private pro£iteers who are currently operating them. The Health Board has ‘bench-marked’ the services in both hospitals against the in-house services at Monklands Hospital. UNISON believes this ‘bench-marking’ exercise was a farce, who in their right mind would compare services currently provided at a dilapidated Monklands with relatively new facilities at Wishaw and Hairmyres. To be clear this is NOT an attack on the staff who provide a service in Monklands but more a comment on the great work they do in difficult circumstances in an extremely old building not fit for purpose! UNISON has produced a PFI bulletin which we have directly mailed to all Lanarkshire MSP’s and MP’s along with a letter asking them to support UNISON’s campaign to bring the staff back in-house were they belong. The Branch has also produced a model letter for members, their families and supporters to send to local MSP’s and MP’s urging their support and a petition asking the general public to also support this campaign. Let’s be clear PFIs are bleeding Lanarkshire’s NHS, its time to put a stop to pro£iteers draining OUR National Health Service. Support our campaign You can support our campaign in a number of ways you can directly email NHS Lanarkshire Chairperson Neena Mahal Nina.Mahal@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk and/or Chief Executive Ian Ross ian.ross@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk Alternatively you can write to them both at: NHS Lanarkshire Headquarters, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BB John Mooney Branch...

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UNISON Travel Club Offers for Scotland

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in News | 0 comments

This month’s best offers from your UNISON Travel Club   4* Tenerife Winter Sun From £399pp Half Board 7 Nights Including Flights, Transfers & Baggage​​ FREE Half Board  5* Atlantis The Palm, Dubai From £759pp Flying With Award-Winning Airline Emirates Direct from Glasgow Airport Family Fun in Fuerteventura Summer 2015 Only £1449 14 Nights All Inclusive Flying from Prestwick Airport London City Break 2 Nights Including Rail & FREE Excursion from £125pp Includes Return Rail from Glasgow and Hotel We look forward to hearing from you to book your next dream...

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NLC Members – “Holiday Pay Issue”

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues The Council has released a circular explaining how they will respond to payments due to members resulting from the Lock v British Gas case (The Holiday Pay issue) on an ongoing basis (not for back claims). From now on employees who receive payment for NON CONTRACTUAL pay elements, excluding travel or subsistence, will automatically receive an additional 8.3% added on to compensate them for the holiday pay issue. For example, if you receive £100 for working non contractual overtime since your last pay, you will now receive 8.3% on top, bringing it to £108.30. The explanation for how this calculation is done is provided on the circular itself. Importantly, this has no effect on any historical claims (i.e. the Holiday Pay claim forms you may have filled in), apart from setting a 3 month time limit on making any claim. As you will remember we have covered this time limit in one or two previous briefings. Look out for the difference in your pay, I hope this update has been helpful John Mooney Branch...

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