Dear Member, UNISON are aware that a paper on the outcome of the Operational and Service Review of Community and Learning and Development will be put before a meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee for discussion and agreement tomorrow, Thursday 6th December. Whilst some consultation has taken place with local UNISON representatives on this review in recent weeks we were only sent the paper outlining the options being put before the committee yesterday. Immediately we received this paper we raised a number of issues and concerns with the council on the proposals it contains. Our letter to the council outlining our concerns is attached for your information (See below). Please do read this and share it with your colleagues. Link to letter We will try to get answers to the questions we have raised and as soon as we do we will update you on developments. We will also keep an close eye on developments at the Committee meeting tomorrow and review the position depending on what happens at that meeting. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to mitigate the effects of these proposals on you. We will seek to arrange a meeting with you as soon as we have further information that we can share with you. In the meantime if you have any specific concerns, which are not already covered by the letter that we have sent to the council, please feed that in to the branch office either by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01698 276 291. Best wishes, Johanna Baxter Regional...
Thank you to all members and activists who voted in the recent pay ballot and for all your hard work in getting out the vote. The result of the consultative ballot is: 79% of those voting voted to reject the offer 67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in pursuit of the Joint Trade Unions pay claim. We will inform the employer of these results tomorrow and invite them to get back around the negotiating table. We will discuss the possibility of co-ordination of activity with our sister trade unions tomorrow and start to put in place the process for moving towards holding a statutory industrial action ballot. We will need to discuss this, and the strategy for this, with you all at the Local Government conference on the 30th November so please do start to have the conversation in your branches about what you think you could deliver (all out strike action, action short of strike, targeted action etc) and what support you would need to help secure the required turnout. There will be further communication on this in due course but in the meantime please diarise the following: · 9th November – TOMORROW – if any activists are available there will be a small demonstration happening outside CoSLA HQ at 12.30pm, Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH, in advance of the SJC AGM. · Demonstration outside the meeting of COSLA Leaders meeting at 10am on Friday 30th November (the start time for the Local Government conference will be moved to accommodate – Delia will advise of these arrangements) at Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH. · Demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on 12th December in advance of the Scottish Budget (time tbc). Best wishes, Johanna Baxter Head of Local Government...
Your Pay, Your Say – Vote to REJECT now
Over the course of this summer thousands of you participated in UNISON’s ONE Team campaign to improve the 2018 pay offer and smash the pay cap in local government. And we did. So thank you to all of you for the work you did to help achieve that………
Early Years Expansion
Unison has been in talks with the council over the last few weeks about the expansion of early years and the effect that the enlargement of the service will have on Unison members.
The headlines for members working in early years are:
UPDATE – Local Government Pay
UNISON have been working hard to secure an improvement to the current pay offer put forward by COSLA. This briefing is to bring you up to date with this activity, to outline our next steps in trying to secure you a decent pay rise and let you know what you can do to help the campaign. (Links to copies of all of the correspondence referred to in this update can be found at the bottom of this mailing.)
The AGM due to take place on Saturday 3rd of March has now been rescheduled to Saturday the 10th of March at 10am. Please let the branch know if you can attend. Thank you.