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OPEN DISCUSSIONS WITH KEITH BARROW

Attached is a flyer advertising public meetings to discuss the cuts in services and to ask for your opinions, please make every effort to attend these meetings and encourage friends and family also -  and have your say.

Alan James -  Branch Secretary

Barrow Fiddles While Shropshire Burns!!!

The Branch was recently alerted to an article in 'Private Eye' about a comment made on Keith Barrow's blog the day after the massive redundancies were announced:  See below the extract from the page:

Keith Barrow ‏@KeithBarrow21 26 Jul

drinking a good brandy, smoking a Havana and looking forward to the best show on radio, love #trunkoffunk :)

26 Jul 13 from San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Palmas
Keith Barrow ‏@KeithBarrow21 26 Jul

SILENT EPIDEMIC OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WORKING MOTHERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY 8 AUGUST 2013
SILENT EPIDEMIC OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WORKING MOTHERS

UNISON is calling for “a cultural shift” to end discrimination against pregnant women and mothers returning to work.  The union, which has 1m women in membership, called it a disgrace that a new survey has found that more than one in four mothers feel discriminated against.

BERWICK REVIEW

NO TIME TO WASTE IN TURNING BERWICK RECOMMENDATIONS INTO ACTIONS

The Berwick Review should act as a rallying cry to the Government, the NHS and to patients said UNISON, the UK’s largest health union today. The review calls on the Government to “place the quality and safety of patient care above all other aims for the NHS” and the union is calling for the necessary investment to make that happen.   

WHAT UNISON SAYS ABOUT THE 50% CUT TO COUNCIL EMPLOYEES

The Branch have been very vocal about the recent announcements and if you would like to hear what we have been saying follow the links below to hear us.  The Branch would appreciate any feedback or comments on these and any comments regarding the recent announcement.  Please send these to unison@shropshire.gov.uk.

Alan James, Branch Secretary on Midlands Today at 6.30 24.07.13:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b037b13j/

SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL REDUNDANCY STATEMENT

Colleagues will now have seen the statement released by Shropshire Council regarding their intention to instigate a voluntary redundancy programme.

Our understanding of these proposals is that The Council are looking to lose up to 50% of the workforce - across all areas - in the next 4 years with the intention of making as many of these losses happen as quickly as possible. The rationale for this course of action is that they have to save £80 Million pounds in the next four years.

Office Closure - 11 July 2013

Please note that the Branch Office will be closed between 9.00am - 11.30am tomorrow for staff training.

 

Alan James - Branch Secretary

Muslim Prayer Room

Picture of Building

Muslim Prayer Room

As a Branch we support the planning submission for the change of use of this building as a Muslim prayer room and would encourage as many members as possible to do the same at the following link:  http://planningpa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/

The planning reference number is: 13/01585/COU

Alan James - Branch Secretary

Guardian On-Line Discussion.

Today the Guardian is having an on-line live discussion using a UNISON survey on local government as the starting point.  The survey points to the stresses on LG workers and Heather is among those taking part. Questions can be raised from today and it would be good to encourage local government members to take part – see details below.

Please take part if you are interested and pass on to any contacts you think would be interested in taking part can you please let them have the details.

Thanks

Anne

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