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Housing Benefit Staff Letter to Duncan-Smith from Unison

Dear Mr Duncan-Smith

Universal Credit                

We note your statement of 10 December 2015  that “there will be no 'staff transfer arrangements' for local authority housing benefit staff as universal credit rolls out”; and that this decision was “reached following 'extensive consideration of the issue and engagement with the local authority associations'”.

UNISON WARNS OF DISRUPTION TO HOSPITALS ACROSS BIRMINGHAM

Wednesday 25th November 2015
For immediate Release
 

UNISON WARNS OF DISRUPTION TO HOSPITALS ACROSS BIRMINGHAM

UNISON Job Vacancies

Yorkshire and Humberside Region: Head of Corporate Services

The Yorkshire and Humberside region is currently recruiting a Head of Corporate Services.
Starting salary                                                    £37,713 per annum
Contract type                                                    Full time, permanent
Closing date for applications                       12 November 2015
 

Heather Wakefield for General Secretary

Dear Member

At the Branch Executive Committee Meeting held on September, the Branch nominated Heather Wakefield for UNISON General Secretary.

Heather has been a supporter of the Branch and attended our Branch AGM in 2014.

On 9th November you will receive a postal ballot paper for the election of UNISON’s next General Secretary.
 

The Shropshire Kick It Out Cup 2015

Shropshire Council & Shropshire FA are inviting team's to enter this year's Kick It Out Cup at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

 

For more information see the poster attached.

 

Steve Cunningham

Equalities Officer

01743 252361

Fear over future over West Midlands NHS 111

The NHS 111 Service is the non emergency helpline used by people across the West Midlands and today UNISON are raising concerns over the future of the service.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) have run the service since 2013 when it took over providing non emergency telephone advice from NHS Direct. The service is commissioned by Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG for the whole of the West Midlands and earlier this year put out to tender a temporary contract to run the service until the full 5 year contract is awarded early next year.

UNISON's Fight Against Tribunal Fees

For immediate release
UNISON to continue fight over Employment Tribunal fees in Supreme Court
UNISON has today (Wednesday) vowed to take its battle to the SupremeCourt after the Court of Appeal rejected its appeal against the government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees.
Describing this case as ‘troubling’, the Court of Appeal expressed a ‘strong suspicion that so large a decline [in claims] is unlikely to be accounted for entirely by cases of ‘won’t pay’ and [that] it must also reflect at least some cases of ‘can’t pay’.

MP's Pay Rise

If pay austerity is over MPs, it should end for other public sector workers too, says UNISON

Commenting on the confirmation last week that MPs are to receive a 10 per cent pay rise, Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

"Pay austerity might be over for MPs, but it goes on and on for everyone else in the public sector.

If pay restraint is at an end for politicians – who are public servants too – it should also be over for nurses, teaching assistants, hospital cleaners, council staff and other public sector workers.

Trade Union Bill proves the government is not on the side of working people, says UNISON

Trade Union Bill proves the government is not on the side of working people, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Trade Union Bill yesterday, Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

“The Bill proves that the government is not on the side of working people. These unfair changes will make it much harder for nurses, teaching assistants, midwives and other public sector workers to ever strike for a pay rise or challenge the behaviour of bad employers.

Barnet Council Strike Action

Dear Colleagues

Today UNISON issued the strike notification to Barnet Council for a 24 hour strike on Wednesday 8 July 2015.

We have chosen this date as it is the day that Osborne unleashes his £12 billion cuts on the disabled, low paid workers. It is also the day that he confirms the ending of Council funding by 2020.

I am proud that we are carrying on the fighting spirit shown at our UNISON conference by the Glasgow Homeless case workers and the Glasgow UNISON branches campaign to reinstate Rab O’Donnell.

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