CULTURE NL – VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE POLICY (VERA)

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Please see below letter issued today to Frazer Simpson, in response to his recent correspondence regarding the VERA policy. I hope this clarifies the reasons for our position on this policy.   Dear Frazer CULTURE NL – VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE POLICY (VERA) UNISON note your correspondence to members regarding the newly introduced VERA policy. We would like to clarify that regardless of what other UNISON branches may do, UNISON North Lanarkshire did not feel that we could endorse this policy. However, we made no moves to hinder it’s introduction, being aware that CNL are entitled to advance policies of this type without a Collective Agreement as they are not considered contractual. Our sister unions, GMB and UNITE did approve the policy, but their decision making is a matter for them and has no bearing on any positions taken by UNISON North Lanarkshire. We understand that the policy will be used on a voluntary basis, and welcome your clarification that there are no plans to change the existing redundancy arrangements. However, given the level of cuts for the coming few years, and a fairly bleak picture for public services in the longer term, UNISON North Lanarkshire feel that offering reduced terms of redundancy, even on a voluntary basis, is a slippery slope. It is our responsibility to fight to maintain Terms and Conditions for our members in the face of cuts, service redesigns, and restructures, and we would have been remiss in our duties if we had endorsed this policy. Yours sincerely John Mooney Branch...

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FAO Culture NL members

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

Colleagues, Please see letter sent today to HR Officer Frazer Simpson, and posted to all CNL members.   Dear Frazer CNL CATERING REVIEW I am writing to express UNISON’s surprise at the content of a power point presentation on the above issue that is currently being distributed to staff. The power point presentation, which I understand was produced by Craig Smart, very clearly says that the catering review has been endorsed by all three unions. To clarify our position, UNISON do not endorse this process. After speaking recently with members involved it has come to our attention that redundancies may now be an outcome of the process; this was a surprise, as this has not been discussed at either of the meetings that we have attended. It appears that all catering staff may be at risk of redundancy, although no formal notifications have been received. UNISON’s viewpoint from the offset has been that if managed properly, the review had the potential to be carried out without detriment to our members. In light of the above, I ask that you issue a retraction of the comment to the workforce; and that the presentation is updated and reissued to reflect UNISON’s position. I would like to reiterate UNISON’s commitment to working with CNL to find a way forward that works for both the organisation and UNISON members. If you require any further information on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me, otherwise I look forward to your...

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FAO Early Learning Workers

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Please see below letter sent to Lorraine Fisher today. Dear Lorraine EARLY LEARNING GRADING STRUCTURE As you may know, UNISON held an Early Learning members meeting on 11 June 2015. Once again, the issue of the supervisory/managerial structure within the service was raised by members. UNISON has consistently raised this issue with you at our regular meetings and had expected to receive news that a report would be prepared for the June committees. Our members have made it clear that this is an issue that they expect to be resolved and as such I would urge you to put plans in action as soon as possible to meet with UNISON to address this issue and allow us to consult with our members on your proposals. I look forward to hearing from you. John...

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FAO Culture NL members

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues, Please see below letter that will be issued to all CNL members in the coming days. We have further comments for CNL members so please check back for updates. Dear Member CULTURE NL – VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE POLICY (VERA) As you aware, Cuture NL has approved the above new policy in which people seeking early release (redundancy) can apply to be allowed to leave the organisation. UNISON North Lanarkshire has serious concerns that the introduction of this policy has a potential future impact for your terms and conditions. Currently, if you are selected for redundancy, or apply through a voluntary release scheme, you could be entitled to a maximum of 66 weeks wages. Under the terms of VERA, the entitlement is capped at 45 weeks wages. For comparison purposes this equates to:- £200 per week at 45 weeks = £9,000 £200 per week at 66 weeks = £13,200 £450 per week at 45 weeks = £20,250 £450 per week at 66 weeks = £29,700 As you can see, there is quite a difference to the payment that you would receive. UNISON’s view is that we don’t want to see job losses at all, but if they happen by mutual consent, then our members should receive the full benefit of the terms and conditions that transferred from North Lanarkshire Council. It makes no sense to access a policy that will pay you less money than you are currently entitled to. In addition to this UNISON is also concerned that this is the first step towards replacing the current entitlement (66 weeks) across the board, meaning that any future redundancy situation would hit our members in the pocket. This is not acceptable. Ultimately, as things stand, the above policy is voluntary only, but rest assured that any moves to change any current terms and conditions will be rejected in the first instance and we will move to ballot you for your views. I hope this is helpful, John Mooney Branch...

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