EARLY LEARNING MEMBERS

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues A meeting of all Early Learning members has been called for 7pm on Tuesday, 8 September at Airdrie Academy, South Commonhead Avenue, Airdrie. Please make every effort to attend as we have issues that we need to consult with you on. See you on the night, John Mooney Branch Secretary

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Demonstration against Austerity Cuts, 4th October, Manchester

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UNISON’s Scottish Committee is supporting a demonstration and lobby of the Tory party conference in Manchester on 4 October to protest against austerity cuts. As such, UNISON will be running buses. If you are interested in attending can you contact the branch on 01698 276291 or at branchoffice@unisonnorthlan.org.uk to confirm numbers by 12pm Friday 4th September in order that we can co-ordinate? Austerity cuts are destroying public services and people’s lives – this is a chance to make our feelings...

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SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY 2015 – 2017

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As you will be aware UNISON and the other SJC trade unions have been in negotiations with the Scottish Employers for a number of months on the issue of pay. We submitted a claim in November last year, the headline of which was an increase of £1 per hour. Unfortunately we were unable to convince the employer’s to make a flat rate increase in this pay round. It was also the case that the employer’s were prepared to offer an increased ‘pot of money’ if the trade unions were able to agree to a two year pay settlement. That being the case the final offer from the employer’s is as follows; · A pay agreement which covers the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017 · 2015 -2016. As of 1st April 2015, the Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.85ph will be applied, following which there will be an increase of 1.5% on all spinal column points. This would achieve a Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.97ph · 2016 – 2017. As of 1st April 2016, the Living Wage will be increased to the recommended figure of the Living Wage Foundation, following which there will be an increase of 1% on all spinal column points. · A commitment from the employer’s to examine the feasibility of a ‘flat rate’ settlement in future pay rounds subject to the trade unions making such a claim. The Scottish Local Government Committee have carefully considered this offer and whilst they recognise that it does not meet the terms of our claim, it is their view that further negotiations will not improve this offer. It is also noted that the employer’s have committed to discussions with the trade unions commencing in September 2015, regarding the full consolidation of the living wage and the deletion of spinal column points below the level of the living wage It is therefore their view that this offer is the best that can be achieved by negotiation and that the recommendation to members is to ACCEPT. A full consultation with members will now take place. This will be in the form of a consultative ballot sent to member’s home addresses. The ballot will open on 3rd September and close at 12 noon on 25th September 2015. Please encourage all members to use their vote. Any member who does not receive a ballot paper please email the following address before 22nd September....

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FAO New College Lanarkshire Members

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues Please see the below letter which has been sent to all UNISON members in New College Lanarkshire today. John Mooney Branch Secretary   Dear Member UNISON STATEMENT ON AUDIT SCOTLAND REPORT Audit Scotland recently published their report on Coatbridge Colleges 2013/14 accounts, in which they criticise the college for failing to follow their own rules on voluntary severance when dealing with senior management. The report can be accessed at this location:- http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/media/article.php?id=305 As you may know, UNISON, along with the other unions in the college, challenged the decision at the time and released a joint press release. In light of the above report, UNISON has today released the following statement and have taken the issue up with New College Lanarkshire management to ensure that we do not face an issue of this type again. UNISON North Lanarkshire welcomes Auditor General’s report on Coatbridge College UNISON North Lanarkshire welcomes Audit Scotland’s report on Coatbridge College’s 2013/14 accounts which vindicates the union’s views on the severance packages that were offered to senior management, which far outstripped the agreed voluntary severance scheme. After UNISON challenged the level of severance being paid, the Chair of the Board at the College issued a press statement stating that the comments were ill informed, and that a statement would be issued after an emergency board meeting. No statement was ever released, and it is now clear that the Chair of the Board and the Principal were advised on several occasions by the Funding Council that the proposed severance packages were outwith guidelines. It also appears from the report that this information was never discussed at a board meeting, prompting concerns over transparency at board level. Elaine Smith, MSP has raised questions over the actions of the College on this issue. John Mooney said “We warned that awarding enhanced settlement packages to Senior Management was divisive amongst the workforce and a slap in the face to the lower paid members of staff. It seems that earlier statements from the College were inaccurate, and this report highlights failings in managing the public purse at a time when the College was £700,000 in the red.” UNISON has written to New College Lanarkshire regarding this issue, seeking assurances that such mistakes are not repeated. I will ensure that you are kept up to date with any further developments. Yours sincerely, John Mooney Branch...

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FAO ALL NLC/CULTURE NL MEMBERS

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

FAO ALL NLC/CULTURE NL MEMBERS It has come to the attention of Jan McKay, Unison Steward in Early Years, that some Depute’s in Early Years who are or have been covering a Heads post have been misinformed of the details of when payment for working Higher Duties (Acting Up) are due. It appears that this mix up has resulted in members not being paid for the extra duties that they have been formally requested to do. Although this has come to light in Early Years it is relevant to anyone with NLC/Culture NL conditions. I have copied the policy details below and anyone who feels that they may be affected by this problem should contact HR by e-mail to evidence to them the start and finish dates of the times that the Higher Duties were undertaken to claim back any money that is due to you. If you have any problems with this process please contact Unison for advice and support. Jan McKay Steward   7. Higher Duties Payment a) Where, for reasons other than absence on normal holiday, an employee in receipt of a salary up to NLC Grade 7 is required temporarily, for a continuous period exceeding one week, in addition to their normal duties, to undertake duties of a post the grade of which is higher than the employee’s own grade, the employee will be granted an allowance equal to the difference between his/her existing salary and the minimum point of the higher post, due regard being taken of (a) the salary scale for the higher post, (b) the extent of the additional duties and responsibilities, and (c) the period for which these are undertaken. The allowance referred to will be paid retrospectively, with effect from the day on which the employee is required to undertake the duties of the higher post. In circumstances where an employee temporarily assumes 100% of a post, the grade of which is higher than the employee’s own grade (and, therefore ceases to undertake their normal duties) for one day, or part thereof subject to both a minimum of one hour and the authorisation of management as to the extent of the higher duties, the employee will be paid the rate of pay for the higher post for the day or part thereof. b) An employee in receipt of a salary above NLC 7 and who is required temporarily, for a continuous period exceeding four weeks, to undertake the duties of a post the grade of which is higher than the employee’s own grade, will be granted an allowance equal to the difference between his/her existing salary and the minimum point of the higher post, due regard being taken of (a)...

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