Leisure Staff’s Pay, Terms and Conditions to be Guaranteed? Up to 50 members of UNISON and GMB lobbied the Cabinet meeting 9 March, where a paper on the future of Leisure Services in Sandwell was discussed. A joint union petition of over 5,000 names, collected in just 5 weeks, was handed over to the …

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National Insurance and State Pension – Important changes

Today the press is full of stories regarding the reviews regarding Stage Pension ages. However, there is changes to National Insurance Contributions and the State Pension that come into force from 6 April 2016. We advise that all members read the briefing on the below link to familiarise themselves with the details of these changes. …

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Campaign Launched to Save Sandwell Leisure Trust

Workers of Sandwell Leisure Trust were enraged at their annual awards ceremony where they were informed that the organisation could end for good in December 2017. Workers were informed that the Council proposals could see all financial support ended by 2019/20. This means that Staff face the prospect of TUPE transferring to another private organisation, …

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Children’s Services Workers Vote to Fight ‘Trust’ Status

On 29 January a joint union meeting of workers from Children’s Service heard from Doncaster’s UNISON Branch Secretary, Jim Board, on what had happened to Children’s Services in Doncaster. Jim Board pointed out that Doncaster and Sandwell had used the same so called ‘improvement partner’, iMpower, which had failed to improve the service in both …

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Children’s Services Hits News Over 150 staff working in Children’s Social Care signed a UNISON petition to the Government against possible plans to privatise the service. This petition was sent with a letter from UNISON to the Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson MP. There is simply no evidence that the private sector, with its main motive …

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Anger that Car Parking Charges are a Further Cut in Pay!

PRESS RELEASE 4 December 2015   Anger that car parking charges are a further cut in pay Union members working for Sandwell Council in Oldbury have been enraged at the Council’s plans to charge them £4 a day or £240 a year to park their car. Those that currently park on the staff car park …

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The report due to go to Cabinet on the 9th December makes some proposals that affect our pockets. Despite this, Sandwell Council is treating this matter as a public consultation not a union-employer consultation. For members working in West Bromwich, the proposal to reduce the annual pass from £390 to £240 will be welcome news. …

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Cuts Don’t Work, They Just Make Us Hurt

David Cameron has had the two faced cheek to write to his local council in Oxford complaining that they are cutting front line services! On the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News for You’ Tory MP Rees-Mogg argued for Councils to cut the ‘fat’ and not front line services! These comments just show that the Tories …

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Over 150 workers from Sandwell’s Children’s Services have signed a UNISON petition calling upon the Government Minister Edward Timpson MP, to keep the service as a Public Sector Service. Tony Barnsley, Joint Branch Secretary stated, “We want to give Government Inspectors a clear message that workers in Children’s are committed to improve the service as …

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Total Reward Mockery Statement

You may have received a ‘Total Reward Statement’ with your latest pay slip. This was presented to the Trade Unions just before it was sent out. The Joint Trade Unions objected to it and asked for further consultation on it, but this was ignored. Please see the attached ‘Total Reward Mockery Statement’ for your amusement. Please …

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