Tell the Tories…End Austerity NOW!

Following the referendum vote to leave the EU the Tories have signalled that they need to give the economy a boost. What better way to do that than stopping the cuts to all public services, lifting the public sector pay caps and investing for the future. Instead of this their measures seem set to be …

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School Support Staff Industrial Action Ballot Put on Hold

Unison’s national committee on pay, terms and conditions met on 11 August to decide on whether to ballot School Support Staff over threats to pay, terms and conditions from the Government academisation plans. The decision of the meeting was to wait “as the expected government proposals around forced academies and funding have not been introduced….Therefore …

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UNISON Lobby Against ‘Poll Tax’ Parking Charges

Around 50 UNISON members lobbied the Highways Cabinet Meeting that was set to make a decision on the introduction of car parking charges of £4 a day or £240 a year on Sandwell Council House staff car park on West Bromwich Street. UNISON welcomes the lowering of annual parking tickets for elsewhere in the Borough …

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Challenge High Caseloads in Children’s Social Care

Caseloads for many Social Workers in Children’s Social Care are far too high. UNISON has formally requested management to agree maximum workload levels with the union. Whilst we await further dialogue UNISON has drafted a ‘Caseload Notification’ form for you to use if you wish to register the fact that your caseload is too high.Caseload …

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Sandwell Leisure Trust Petition at Full Council

Sarah James from GMB and Tony Barnsley from Unison represented the unions at the Council meeting 19 July. The formal presentation of the 5,000 plus petition prompted a Council debate. Councillor Richard Marshall (Cabinet Member for Leisure) paid tribute to the staff at SLT and commended their hard work. Council Leader Steve Eling stated he …

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NO to a Children’s Trust in Sandwell

Union members from UNISON, GMB and Unite met on Monday to voice their opposition to the Tory Governments attempts at privatising Sandwell’s Children’s Services. Tony Barnsley, Joint Branch Secretary for Sandwell UNISON stated, “Creating uncertainty over the pay, pensions and conditions for staff working in Children’s Social Care does nothing to improve the service provided …

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UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services

PRESS RELEASE 10 June 2016 UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services Discussions are underway about future proposals for Sandwell’s Children’s Services following recommendations made by commissioner Eleanor Brazil. No decision has been taken at this time however proposals to either move Children’s Services to a voluntary trust with the co-operation of the …

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The Wragge Report

The findings in the published Wragge report, together with the QC’s report are truly shocking and must never be allowed to happen again. It is deeply saddening that Sandwell Council’s name is being tarnished by the actions of a very small number of Councillors and the inaction of those at the top of Sandwell Council that …

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NJC Pay Dispute Settled

The National body looking at our pay claims narrowly voted to accept the Government’s pay offer, rather than progress to a national industrial action ballot, after several Regions expressed doubt over a lack of support for such support. Members had voted 64% to reject the offer but on a low turnout. Not only does this demonstrate …

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Government withdraws plan to stop check-off for subs payment

The government has withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from their wages. As the House of Lords started its report stage debate on the Trade Union Bill last night, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges confirmed that the government was withdrawing the plans to end check-off in the public …

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