Extended suspension to Dismiss and Re-Engage SLT staff sees 5th November Strike Action Pulled

UNISON welcomes the fact that discussions between Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) and Sandwell Council to end the dispute continue. SLT proposed to extend their notice to dismiss and re-engage all staff, moving them from the national NJC negotiating body for pay, terms and conditions while these talks continue. To show goodwill both UNISON and GMB …

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Send this Letter on Exit Payments to Government

UNISON nationally continues to lobby the Government over the impending imposition of the exit payment cap which could affect many members in the future. In addition UNISON has drafted the attached letter for members to individually send to the relevant Government Department. Please download and send so it reached them before 9 November 2020. Template_Letter_-_exit_payment_members_response …

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Strike Days Named at Sandwell Leisure Trust

UNISON and GMB have issued formal notices for strike action to take place at Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) on Thursday 5th November and Friday 27th November. The action is against SLT’s proposal to dismiss and re-engage all staff, moving them away from national pay, terms and conditions negotiating body – the NJC. Unless this proposal …

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UNISON Members at SLT vote for Action

UNISON members working for Sandwell Leisure Trust have voted for industrial action against the Trust’s plans to dismiss and re-engage all staff to remove them from national pay, terms and conditions (referred to as the NJC). On a 71.8% turnout, UNISON members voted 68.6% in favour of taking industrial action. Colleagues in the GMB voted …

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Exit Payment Cap enforced quickly

Latest Update The legislation has been signed into law and will come into effect from 4 November 2020. Sandwell MBC will be contacting individuals affected who currently have planned leaving agreements in place. Please contact UNISON if you need to. Previous The Westminster Government has tabled, at short notice, the final votes on the regulations …

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UNISON’s National Letter regarding Leisure Services to Council Leaders

UNISON has written to every Council Leader across the Country asking about their plans regarding the pandemic and their plans. It has been made clear to every Council that the choice they face due to the pandemic is either to bail-out Leisure Trusts, or take them back under control. Sandwell UNISON is aware that these …

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UNISON Members want All Libraries to Re-open Safely

Most Local Authorities have already re-opened their libraries in a COVID-secure manner. In Sandwell this is only just beginning to take place. Whilst the safety first approach is welcomed by UNISON, staff working in the library service now want all libraries to re-open. In a survey of UNISON members working in Sandwell’s Library service, 97% …

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NJC 2020 Pay Offer Agreed

The trade unions nationally have agreed to the pay offer for 2020. UNISON members voted by 67% on a 22% turnout to accept the offer of 2.75%, back dated from 1 April.  We have been informed that for Council Workers, this will be in September’s pay. For those on the minimum leave of 21 days …

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Branch Nominates Roger McKenzie in General Secretary Election

Sandwell General Branch Committee voted to nominate Roger McKenzie in the upcoming national election to replace Dave Prentis as our General Secretary.  Those that attended our AGM earlier this year would have heard a passionate speech from Roger McKenzie. This is the top position within the union and we urge all members to use their …

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A Message to SLT’s Board

Trade union members across all three trade unions have now twice given overwhelming votes against Sandwell Leisure Trusts proposals attack NJC pay levels and withdraw from NJC body that nationally negotiates terms and conditions. Below is a joint union message to the Board members of SLT. Dear Board Members of SLT, We would have liked …

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