Walker Grange set to be Saved

Joint Trade Union Statement-Walker Grange The Joint Trade Unions sent the attached statement to all Cabinet members at Sandwell Council on 11 November. We have noticed on social media that politicians have already stated that the home is to be saved. This is welcome news. Public services should be provided by the public sector and …

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Tell the Chancellor to Fund Public Services – Sign the e-petition

After 10 years of austerity and now promises of ‘levelling up’, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the government are instead letting public services down. The damage to our essential services is clear to see. The NHS, social care, schools, policing and local government are all underfunded and undervalued. But we cannot let our key services be …

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Stars in Sandwell’s Schools 2021

starspostcard It has been an incredibly challenging year for all staff working in our schools. We know all staff have, and continue to, help our children learn during the dangers and difficulties of the pandemic. UNISON wants to celebrate some of the amazing things Support Staff have done in Sandwell’s schools, which is why we …

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Local Government Workers Reject Pay Offer

UNISON’s NJC Committee, representing 400,000 members in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,  agreed to ballot members for industrial action over pay. UNISON members in local government were asked to vote on the employers’ pay offer of 1.75%, and 79% voted to reject it. This overwhelming majority makes clear the strength of feeling …

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NJC Pay Ballot Results for Sandwell

Thanks to all members who took part in the consultative ballot on the 2021 NJC pay offer of 1.75%. The results were 76% to REJECT the offer (404 votes) and 24% to ACCEPT the offer (126 votes). The votes from the Branch have been submitted to the Regional office and the national NJC committee meets …

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Use Your Vote on the 2021 NJC Pay Offer

Branch members covered by NJC pay, terms and conditions have been emailed a link to vote on the pay offer for 2021. Click on the link in the email to vote to reject or accept the 1.75% pay offer. At a time when RPI inflation is already 3.8%, with fuel bills set to rise dramatically, …

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Guidance on Improving Ventilation in Schools

Please see the attached joint union guidance for schools. Wherever you work, ventilation is a key measure to controlling the spread of COVID-19. Check out the brief video COVID-19 Ventilation and air conditioning – YouTube Joint-union-guide-to-improving-ventilation-in-schools-and-colleges-AUG21 If you have any queries or concerns when you return to your school then call UNISON on 07803 844712 …

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UNISON Strike Picket Monday 23 August

UNISON pickets were out in force at Portway Lifestyle Centre on Monday 23 August. This is the third one-day strike by UNISON members at Sandwell Leisure Trust, after they were fired and rehired to move them away from national pay, terms and conditions. Car horns were tooted in support and the pickets were joined by …

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Olympics finish – Commonwealth Games 2022 to be remembered in Sandwell by ‘fire and rehire’?

How can a Labour Council allow staff set to run the new £73million Aquatic Centre in Sandwell be forced off national pay, terms and conditions, by an employer that has £3.5million in reserves? Well that’s what is still happening in Sandwell, unless the Labour Council fixes the dispute soon. UNISON have announced another strike day …

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Latest on NJC Pay Offer 2021

The employers have made their ‘final’ offer to council workers and support staff working in schools, increasing their original 1.5% by just 0.25%. Increased offer of 0.25% is “insignificant” Staff working for councils and in schools are worth more than the 1.75% pay offer put forward by employers after working through the worst of times, …

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