Victory for UNISON’S Home support workers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Council have announced that there will be no TUPE transfer of home support workers, meaning that the privatisation of home care will NOT now go ahead. this is a huge victory for home support members who tirelessly campaigned against privatisation of the service. This result shows what standing together and campaigning can achieve. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The process of re-evaluating the posts involved in the equal pay litigation is almost complete. There are a small number of outstanding issues that the job evaluation team will be able to conclude in the next few days. The new job overviews will then be passed to the project board which is made up equally of management and trade union representatives. The project board is then responsible for implementing any changes that arise from the new evaluations. UNISON are pushing for the process to be concluded without further delay and we’ll update members when we can. Marie Quigley Branch...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Do you want to find out more about your union? Do you want to get more out of your union? Have you thought about becoming more involved in your union? UNISON’s membership is over 70% female and we are keen to get more women in- volved. We are organising a Pathways Course in the Lanarkshire area. This course is aimed at women members who would like to find out more about their union and see how the skills they already have can be used in a union setting. Pathways into UNISON is your chance to find out all you need to know and explore the many different ways to get involved and get more out of your union. The course is run over 2 days in a local venue. You don’t need qualifications and courses are very informal and relaxed. Women who participated previously said, “I met lots of interesting people and at the Pathways course in Stirling, I found out a lot of things the union can do for you.” Janette France “Having been a member for 20 years I learned more about UNISON in that weekend than I had in the 20 years as a member, well recommended.” If you think you may be interested in coming along to our course, or want to find out more about it please contact UNISON on 01698 276291 The course will take place on 18th & 19th May 2016 at the Moorings Hotel, Motherwell Where teas, coffees and lunch will be provided, as will travel expenses Marie Quigley, Branch Secretary Lanarkshire Application Form...

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Unison Retired Members Meetings

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Unison Retired Members group meets every second month in the Branch Office @ 10 oclock on the second friday of the month. The dates of the next meetings will be 13th May,8th July,and 9th September. At the last meeting Jean McBride Scottish Delegate for the Retired Members Group spoke to the group about the recent National Conference she attended. The group is open to all Unison retired members where they will be made very...

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North Lanarkshire’s Retired Unison Members Group

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The group continues to meet on the second Friday of each month at Dalziel Building, Scott St, Motherwell. All retired Unison members are welcome. Contact the branch office 01698 276291 for further information. Part of the programme this year has included speakers who covered topics of interest to the group, ie. Changes in Hospital Services: Housing for Older People: Casualisation of Women Workers. Lillian Macer, Regional Convenor, Lanarkshire Health Branch talked to the group about the plan for Integrated Care between Health and Social Care services and how this may impact on workers’ conditions when the two services combine. The aim of the plan is to reduce the number of people remaining in hospital because there is no other setting or services available for them to move on to. The NLC Housing Strategy for Older people was explained to the group by Margaret Kelly, Community Care Development Officer. The housing stock number is 2000 for sheltered housing. It is acknowledged there are an increased number of older people with more complex needs being supported at home and this has required adaptations to their property. The plan is to pilot new models of specialist older person’s housing provision: exploring the feasibility of shared equity and equity release options for older owner occupiers. STUC Organiser John Slaven spoke to the group about the innovative ways members have taken to expose poor employment practice in place by a Glasgow pub and restaurant owner, who did not pay minimum wage, used zero contracts and did not pass on workers’ tips. Changing from the usual on street demo the members took to a pub ‘sit in’ with a flash choir highlighting of the plight of the employees. From this John was able to say that tips are now being paid and the organisation and its owner are aware that Union eyes are upon them and can bring shame and embarrassment to their business. The matter of private companies being used for homecare services and the poor terms and conditions they operate was also discussed. The issue of out sourcing services and the profit motive which underpin the private sector remains a challenge for Unison in terms of women and casualisation. The Retired members group are grateful to the speakers and hope that this summary will attract new members to come along to the...

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