Dump on Trump’s Visit to UK Friday 13 July

A national demonstration in London has been called against the visit of Trump to the UK on Friday 13 July. Your Branch Committee of stewards has unanimously passed a motion to support those wishing to attend this huge demonstration. The sexism and racism from Trump is against the values of equality held by UNISON. Trump’s …

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The Women Chainmakers’ Festival Saturday 7 July

The 2018 Women Chainmakers’ Festival celebrates the 1910 victory of over 800 chainmakers’ from Cradley Heath, who after a ten week long strike won the first ever minimum wage in Britain, that doubled their wages overnight. The family festival celebrates this historic victory made in Sandwell and is the only festival that celebrates women fighting …

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Better Pay Deal negotiated at Sandwell College

A local agreement on pay has been reached with Sandwell College which will put more money into members pockets as well as secure the Foundation Living Wage for the lowest paid. The deal is as follows:- Year 1 (1 August 2017): 2.25% consolidated increase on all pay scales (including 1% already paid from 1st August …

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Remember the dead. Fight for the living

UNISON took part in the first ever Workers’ Memorial Day event held in Sandwell on 27 April. Speakers from our sister trade unions also attended. Cllr Steve Trow also gave his commitment to continue to work with trade unions to make workplaces as safe as possible.

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Children’s Trust TUPE Agreement

Sandwell Children’s Trust was launched on 1 April 2018, which saw over 400 staff transfer from Sandwell MBC to the Trust. Your UNISON representatives have been negotiating the best possible terms to transfer on. Attached is a copy of the agreement. In summary your employment rights, length of service conditions, pensions and pay have all …

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SLT Sign Up to Charter

Sandwell Leisure Trust on 19 March signed up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter that promises to treat any workers unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with a terminal illness with dignity, as outlined in the Charter.

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AGM Says Thank You to Manny

A picture of images from a more youthful Manny Bueno was a surprise gift to him at the AGM. The picture was presented by Tony Barnsley, current Branch Secretary and Mike Roberts, former Branch Secretary of UNISON (and before that NALGO) when Manny was Assistant Branch Secretary. We wish him well in retirement and thank …

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AGM votes to support anti-racist demonstrations

Sandwell UNISON’s AGM voted unanimously to support the forthcoming national demonstration against racism. See below for the flyer. The AGM also voted to support the Birmingham United demonstration on 24 March in opposition to the FLA’s plan to march through Birmingham.

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Sandwell’s Pay Ballot Consultation Results for members in schools and local government

Thanks to all members who returned ballot papers in the recent consultation on the 2018/20 pay offer for staff working in schools and local government. Sandwell’s results were as follows: 245 voted to REJECT the offer (45%) 294 voted to ACCEPT the offer (55%) These results have been forwarded to the Region. As soon as …

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Branch Election Results

Thanks to all who returned ballot papers for the contested positions. The results are as follows: Vice Chair –      Simon Green   134 votes :  Ian King   151 votes (Elected) Assistant Branch Secretary (Education) – Simon Green  76  votes : Louise Harrisen-Powis   231 votes (Elected) Assistant Branch Secretary (Local Govt)  – Shiv …

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