Vauxhall Savings for UNISON Members

Please see attached details of the latest deals from Vauxhall for members.

Care Homes Close in Birminghan

Three Care homes close in the Birmingham
UNISON West Midlands have today confirmed that it is in discussions with Four Seasons Care Homes regarding the closure of three of there sites in the region, Heath House in Kings Norton, Ivy House in West Heath and Oaklands in Moseley.
Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:
“UNISON is in consultation with Four Seasons Care Homes over the closure of these three properties in the region.

UNISON Complaint upheld by Health and Safety Executive

UNISON Complaint upheld by Health and Safety Executive

Following a complaint by UNISON made to the Health and Safety Executive a letter of contravention has been issued to Christopher Whitehead Language School

in Worcester UNISON raised concerns of a breach in Health and safety while removal of an asbestos roof took place.

Charlie Sarell, UNISON West Midlands Regional Organiser said: "We are glad that the Health & Safety Executive have concluded their investigation into issues at the school, after concerns raised by UNISON.

5.4% Campaign

Shropshire UNISON Branch is now actively pursuing the 5.4% Campaign as previously advertised. 
The original pay reduction in 2011 was supposedly a “time limited measure to allow us time to make different long term, structural changes.”  In reality salaries are still 5.4% below the NJC agreement making us the lowest paid local government staff in England.
We say that the “time limited “ period has now elapsed and it is time for Shropshire Council  to address this issue

The BIG UNISON Prize Draw

If you haven't already done so then take this opportunity to take part in the Big UNISON Prize Draw with prizes such as:@

 Top Prize of £10,000 Cash - Provided by

  • Second Prize of 3x family holidays worth up to £2000 - Provided by UIA Mutual
  • Third Prize of 20 x Health and Dental Plans up to £300 - Provided by UNISON Health and Dental Plans

For a chance to win either:


Text 07960 020461 with either your Unison Membership Number or National Insurance Number AND your email address


Cut to Government Office Space

The Cabinet Office has announced plans to cut Government office space by 75% by 2023. This comes as it is revealed that the Government has cut 2.4 million square meters of office space since 2010. It was also announced that local authorities will now be required to report on assets which will “deliver savings by making better use of empty buildings.” There will also be a requirement for local authorities to publish information about surplus assets that have been retained for longer than 2 years.

Finance Surgeries

UNISON's recommended Finance advice provider, Lighthouse, will be holding 2 surgeries in the Branch Offices, to find out more and book a time to see a Financial Advisor please see attached.

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'”.


Wednesday 25th November 2015
For immediate Release