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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CHILDRENS SERVICES HIT THE NEWS!

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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CAR PARKING CHARGES

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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CHILDREN’S WORKPLACE PETITION sent to GOVERNMENT MINISTER

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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Tory Leaving Cap Could Threaten Your Pension!

The Governments’ proposed ‘Exit Payment Cap’ has been presented as being about limiting excessive severance payments to public sector workers. However, the reality will be an attack on the statutory rights for those in the Local Government Pension Scheme; it will be forced upon many more workers than just the most senior managers. The proposed leaving …

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Apprentices

Did you know all Apprentices at Sandwell Council earn just £2.73 an hour for the first year! UNISON has formally requested that all Apprentices are paid the minimum wage from day one of employment. This is the minimum we expect from a socially responsible Labour Council. With the recent budgets hitting young people hard, including …

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PRESS RELEASE: OFSTED REPORT on SANDWELL CHILDREN’S SERVICES

OFSTED Report on Sandwell’s Children’s Services   UNISON is today publically expressing concerns at how Children’s Services in Sandwell are run.   For some time members in Sandwell have internally expressed their concerns and raised these through the appropriate internal channels but today in light of the OFSTED report there has become a need to …

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