Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in News | 0 comments

All UNISON members in the service will be receiving the following letter in the next few days. Please make every effort to attend!   Dear Member   UNISON – EARLY LEARNING MEMBERS As indicated before Christmas, we intended to have a meeting with all members involved in Early Learning to discuss issues surrounding the introduction of the 600 Hours Provision, and various other issues. The meeting has been set for:- 7pm on Thursday 19th February 2015 in Airdrie Academy, South Commonhead Avenue, Airdrie, ML6 6NX I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the night. Yours sincerely,   John Mooney Branch...

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Equal Pay Statement

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues A joint approach on behalf of UNISON, UNITE, Fox and Partners and North Lanarkshire Council has been made to postpone the Employment Tribunal dates beginning 19thJanuary due to progress made in settlement negotiations. More info to follow in due course. John Mooney

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Equal Pay Update

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

[oCounter id=’step500′] *Projected second wave equal pay liability   This is our Equal Pay calculator, showing the constantly increasing liability that NLC have for equal pay. As you know, UNISON has been actively trying to deal with NLC’s equal pay liability since Job Evaluation was imposed on our members in 2006, and this counter illustrates the cost of the Council’s delay in settling the matter. All figures are based on earnings of claimants and comparators as pled at employment tribunal.   Current Situation   After the Council had been forced to admit that they could not provide supporting documents for 4 jobs at the equal pay tribunal in March, we started our Pay Up On Equal Pay campaign with a view to bringing the Council to the table to negotiate full and final settlement for all claims. Our campaign involved press releases, posters and ad trailers across North Lanarkshire and after announcing a protest at the Commonwealth Games, the Council agreed to negotiate with us. We then entered a series of meetings with the Council from late June 2014 to October 2014 and, in advance of the next set of Employment Tribunal (ET) dates in late October, we received a proposal on how settlement could be achieved. The proposal included a condition asking us to postpone the ET for 6 months. As you know, the proposals were rejected, the ET went ahead, and our campaign started back up. In November & December 2014 we started releasing statements to the press again and organised protests/visits to Councillor surgeries which were  very successful and we are currently in fresh negotiations with the Council on settlement. Our position since the cancellation of the Commonwealth Games protest is that we will not cancel any campaigning activity that we have planned, although as long as talks are ongoing and potentially fruitful, we will not do anything to jeopardise settlement for our members either. Current dates for equal Pay ET’s are as follows:- 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 January 2015 23, 24, 25, 27 March 2015 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 April 2015 The Branch would like to thank all of our members for their involvement and support on the campaign so far, and ask everyone to continue to get behind us as we push to bring pay inequality in North Lanarkshire to an end. John Mooney...

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Freedom of Information Request

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Folks You might remember that we submitted a Freedom of Information request to NLC a couple of months ago asking for the total paid to employees in sick pay, and the number of dismissals on capability/sustainability grounds. The figures show 2 trends which were expected:- 1. That the cost of sickness in the Council is coming down. 2. That the Council has actively increased dismissals on capability grounds (almost doubling in 2 years), and is now dismissing more than 1 person every week through this method alone. Freedom of Information Request John Mooney Branch...

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