2017 Pay Rise or Pay Cut?

From 1 April 2017 there will be an extra 1% on all pay points as part of a two year pay settlement.
However, with inflation currently running at 3.2% this means that the real value of pay across local government has been reduced.
Since 2010 the real value of pay across local government has fallen by a staggering 20%!

UNISON will shortly begin consulting members on the pay claim for 2018. If we are to pressurise the government into giving more than 1% it is clear we must be prepared to fight for it.
With the new laws over ballots we now need to get 50% of all members voting, with at least 40% of all members voting for action before any industrial action can be legal. We urge all members to take part in any consultation on our pay.
Pay Rates Apr 2017

UNISON Elections

Elections for UNISON’s national representatives takes place between 3 April and 20 April.
Sandwell General Branch has nominated the following candidates:-

Shazziah Rock for West Midlands Low Paid Seat
Rose Brown for West Midlands Female Seat
Dave Auger for West Midlands Male Seat

Paul Holmes – Local Government General Seat
Paul Gilroy – Local Government Male Seat
Jane Doolan – Local Government Female Seat
Josie Runswick – Young Members Seat
Hugo Pierre – Black Members Seat
April Ashley – Black Members Seat

We urge all members to vote in these elections. Ballot papers will be sent to your home address.

Fantastic Offer for Apprentices

If you are an Apprentice you can join Sandwell General UNISON Branch for just £10 for the whole year. Furthermore if you join and return the attached slip to Sandwell UNISON at West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, B70 8DY then we will send you a £25 one4all gift card.
By becoming a member of UNISON you will gain access to :-
– expert workplace advice
– the union’s legal services
– offers available to UNISON members
– expert representation should you need it
An offer too good to refuse!

SLT Deal Agreed – without attacks on terms and conditions

The Joint Union campaign against the ending of the contract with Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) has been a success.

Last January staff working for Sandwell Leisure Trust faced the prospect of being transferred to another employer (with all the uncertainty that brings) – or the prospect of cuts in pay, terms and conditions if the contract remained with Sandwell Leisure Trust.

The trade unions in Sandwell worked together to launch a petition which attracted over 5,000 names in just five weeks. We lobbied the Cabinet for a change of direction.

It was pleasing to see that Sandwell’s new Leader give a commitment at a full council meeting that he thought a deal could be reached without any attacks on pay, terms and conditions.

Following the Council’s Cabinet meeting 8 February 2017 a Business Plan was agreed that ensures SLT continue to run the service, with no change to terms and conditions.

Whilst this is a victory from the position staff faced twelve months ago there are still a small number of redundancies involved with the deal and UNISON will work with the employer to try and avoid any compulsory redundancies.

Black Country Stands Up to Racism Rally 15 Feb

Black Country Stands Up to Racism

Speakers include: Louise Regan NUT senior vice president, Roger McKenzie UNISON assistant general secretary, Jackie Taylor Sandwell Labour Cllr, Azad Ali Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), Ian Hodson BFAWU National President, Colleen Molloy City of Sanctuary, Weyman Bennett Stand Up To Racism Co-Convenor.

7pm on Wednesday 15th February
West Bromwich Town Hall,
High St. B70 8DT

Overwhelming Vote for Strike Ballot against being privatised into a Children’s Trust

UNISON members in Children’s Services have given a huge mandate for a formal strike ballot against being privatised into a Children’s Trust.
97% of UNISON members voted for a strike ballot on a strong turnout. Our sister trade unions also balloted for strike action against being TUPE transferred into a Trust with the GMB receiving a 100% vote and Unite an 87% vote for a strike ballot.
The joint trade unions have shared these results with the Children’s Commissioner and Sandwell Council.
If staff still face their employment being privatised the joint trade unions have already set a date with Regional Officials to co-ordinate a formal strike ballot, which is likely to take place early in the new year.
If the Trust is about improving the service and not about attacking pensions, pay, terms and conditions then there is no reason for not giving us the security we have asked for with a ‘secondment’ model that would see staff remain as council workers.
Joint Union ballot announcement Nov16

Sandwell at Demo Against Library Cuts

Sandwell UNISON’s banner toured the streets of London on Saturday 5 November as more than 1,000 marched against cuts to libraries and museums. The attached pictures are from the assembly point at the British Library and the rally point at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
librarydemobook thief