Petition – Alternative Futures Group

Colleagues

Alternative Futures Group (AFG) is a major North West provider of care services for adults with learning disabilities and employs around 700 UNISON members.

AFG is planning to remove top-up payments for staff working sleep-in shifts from January 2019.  This will amount to a loss of up to £90 per week for AFG’s dedicated care workers and take those workers to below National Minimum Wage rates for sleep-ins.  

UNISON NW is currently in dispute with the employer and will shortly launch a consultative ballot for industrial action.

We have also launched a petition (click on link below) and ask that you please sign and circulate as widely as possible.

https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/care-at-night-pay-us-right

NPS PAY BALLOT OUTCOME

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached a UNISON NPS Bulletin which I would be grateful if you could send to all NPS members as soon as possible.

UNISON members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the National Probation Service pay modernisation offer in our ballot which closed at 5pm today. The voting was as follows:

·         90% to accept the pay offer

·         10% to reject the pay offer

There was a 49% turnout in the ballot, which is very credible and a reflection of the hard work put into the consultation process by regions, branches and activists. Thanks to everyone who played a part in putting our consultation materials in front of members and dealing with questions and queries during the consultation process.

Given that both Napo and GMB/SCOOP members have also voted to accept the pay offer, it is expected that most NPS members will see the pay award in their November pay packets.

UNISON is continuing to represent the interests of ex-private sector enforcement officers in relation to the NPS pay award and their own personal harmonisation circumstances.

UNISON appreciates that information about the NPS pay award will be of great interest to members working for the CRCs. UNISON’s policy is to maintain a broadly comparable pay and grading system across the NPS and the CRCs, so, as the NPS pay offer has now been accepted by NPS members, we will  want to deliver comparable benefits for our CRC members. UNISON’s aim is to see the Probation Service reunited, so we do not want to see big differences in pay and conditions across the NPS/CRC split.

Please let me have any questions on the bulletin.

Regards

Ben

Ben Priestley

National Officer

NPS Pay Ballot Bulletin- November 2018

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BLACK ACTION – AUTUMN NEWSLETTER FOR BLACK MEMBERS

 

If you would like a hard copy (very limited supply) please email your name and address to unison20085@hotmail.co.uk

REGIONAL DISPUTES SEMINAR

NW Regional Disputes Leaflet – A5 – Oct 2018 v5 (1)

The North West Disputes Seminar is going to be held on Thursday 31 January 2019 at The Mechanics Institute, Manchester.

Please see the attached flyer for further details, copies of which will be sent to you via branch dispatch. Please promote this in your branches and encourage activists to register.

Registration is open and delegates can register now via Eventbrite at the following link: https://unison-nw-disputes-seminar-2019.eventbrite.co.uk

* NPS PAY BALLOT – CLOSES 5PM THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER – GET YOU BALLOT PAPERS IN*

Divest/Reinvest Day School

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JOIN UNITE AGAINST FASCISM’S PROTEST AGAINST THE FASCIST ‘FRONTLINE PATRIOTS’ IN LIVERPOOL 

JOIN UNITE AGAINST FASCISM’S PROTEST AGAINST THE FASCIST ‘FRONTLINE PATRIOTS’ IN LIVERPOOL

Meet 12.00 noon at Lime Street Saturday 3rd November

Supported by UNISON North West Region

Unite Against Fascism Merseyside have called a protest against the fascist ‘Frontline  Patriots’ who plan to demonstrate in Liverpool on 3rd November.  Join us to protest against the fascists.  Bring union banners/flags.

Signatories to the statement supporting the UAF/SUTR demo include Kevan Nelson, North West Regional Secretary, UNISON; and Paula Barker, North West Regional Convenor, UNISON.  UNISON North West Region is one of the supporting organisations.

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BALLOT ON NPS PAY MODERNISATION OFFER CLOSES 8 NOVEMBER

NATIONAL PROBATION SERVICE

BALLOT ON NPS PAY MODERNISATION OFFER CLOSES 8 NOVEMBER

 Many UNISON members in the National Probation Service have already cast their vote on the NPS Pay Modernisation offer.

The ballot closes at 5pm on Thursday 8 November, so if you have not already voted, UNISON strongly encourages you to complete your ballot paper and send back in the pre-paid envelope in time to reach us before this deadline. Any ballot papers received after 8 November will not count.

All members should have received a ballot pack by now in the post with details of the pay offer, a ballot paper and a pre-paid envelope to return your vote to us.

Members who have not received their ballot pack should ring UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 to request a replacement be sent to them. The last day on which you will be able to request a replacement ballot paper is Friday 2 November (mid-day).

More details of the pay offer are also available at: www.unison.org.uk/npspay18

UNISON is continuing to run pay offer presentations for members to attend during the ballot period. Speak to your UNISON branch, or local UNISON representative, to find out whether there is a presentation in your locality. The presentations are a really good opportunity for you to understand the offer in more detail and to ask any questions that are on your mind.

The NPS pay modernisation pay offer proposes major changes to the way in which NPS staff will be paid in the future. That is why UNISON is encouraging all members to familiarise themselves with the offer and then to let us know your views by exercising your vote.

 

NPS PAY BALLOT

As of today we have issued 1,365 ballot papers to NPS Members on the pay modernisation offer  and received 388 completed ballot papers  – a 28% return.

26 October is the last day for new members to join and be guaranteed to receive a ballot paper.  Non Members can join by calling 0800 171 2194 or online at www.join.unison.org.uk

Any member who has not received a ballot paper should ring UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 no later than mid day on Friday 2 November.

The ballot closes at 5PM on 8 November.

Dave Bryant

Local Government Police & Justice Section

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

VICTORY – Hospital Workers Celebrate as iFM Bolton Agrees to Pay NHS Rates in Full

To: All UNISON North West Branches

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I’m delighted to report that our members at Royal Bolton Hospital have won their dispute and that staff employed by the wholly-owned subsidiary company iFM Bolton will be paid NHS Agenda for Change rates in full.

It is a great victory and a just reward for the members’ solidarity and determination.

I wanted to pass on thanks to branches for all your support during this dispute.  Bolton iFM members were hugely supported by branches, members employed by the Trust, MPs and the public – and you can be sure of their support when you face a dispute in your branch. Onwards and upwards.

A press release about the resolution of the dispute is copied below.

In solidarity

Tim Ellis

UNISON North West PRESS RELEASE

22 October 2018

For immediate release

Hospital Workers Celebrate as iFM Bolton Agrees to Pay NHS Rates in Full

Facilities staff employed by iFM Bolton – the Trust’s wholly-owned subsidiary company – will now receive the full NHS pay rates after taking strike action last week.

Cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff are amongst the hospital workers celebrating the agreement, which will see their minimum wage rate increase from £7.83 to £8.95 immediately, and reach £9.92 by the end of 2020.  The pay rise will be back-dated to April 2018.  The pay rise will be worth some £2,000 this year for the lowest paid, rising to over £4,000 a year for full-time staff by 2020.

At packed meetings on Thursday and Friday, UNISON members voted unanimously to end the dispute as the employer offered to pay NHS Agenda for Change rates for all iFM staff.

A second wave of strike action scheduled to begin tomorrow (Tuesday) will now not take place.

Vicky, a cleaner at Royal Bolton Hospital at UNISON rep said:

“We all work in the NHS.  It is only right that we will all be on NHS pay.  We are no longer invisible.  We are strong and proud.  We stuck together and we won!”

Tim Ellis, UNISON North West Regional Organiser said:

“The staff had to fight to get the pay rise they were due and that they had been promised.  This is a great result and it has been achieved by the unity and determination of the hospital workers.

“The campaign for fair pay in Bolton has been widely supported – by MPs, by the public, and by hospital staff not directly involved in the dispute.  Everyone has acted in unison to ensure that all hospital workers will be paid the NHS rate for the job.”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The victory in Bolton should send a strong signal to any NHS trusts who think creating a wholly owned subsidiary will allow them to short change their staff over pay. Anyone who provides a service to the NHS should get the same wages rises as the health colleagues they work alongside.

“The hospital workers employed by iFM do work that’s at the heart of the NHS. The move by iFM to try to deny them their share of the national NHS pay deal was quite simply immoral. But the employer wasn’t banking on the determination and solidarity of UNISON members in Bolton, who have been unflinching in their stand for fair pay.”

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NPS PAY BALLOT – NOT RECEIVED A BALLOT PAPER?

NPS members who have not received a ballot paper should ring UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 to request a replacement be sent to them.

The last day on which members will be able to request a replacement ballot paper is Friday 2 November (mid-day).

Unite Against Fascism/Stand Up to Racism.

The fascist EDL will be protesting in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, this Saturday, 20th October, after planning to protest at Didsbury Mosque. Join the Unite Against Fascism/Stand Up to Racism protest against them.

Bring union banners/flags

Link to FB event page here:

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*********NPS PAY BALLOT URGENT*********

UNISON Member Briefing NPS Pay Offer 2018 (1)

Annex A – Pay-scale illustrations

NPS_BallotLetter

NPS Pay Modernisation bulletin 2

Dear Colleagues

As you will be aware from previous correspondence, UNISON is to ballot NPS members this month on a significant and far reaching pay modernisation offer for NPS staff. The offer relates only to the NPS.

CRC staff will not therefore be balloted; but see below for statement on the implications of the offer for our CRC members.

Information on the offer will be published officially by the NPS and the Probation Unions on Monday 15 October. The NPS will publish on its intranet.

UNISON will publish at: www.unison.org.uk/npspay18

UNISON has been set an ambitious timetable for the consultation by the NPS, which would like to implement the pay offer in November, subject, of course, to a majority members in each of the three Probation unions voting to accept it.

Our ballot runs from 18 October and will close on 8 November.

It will be a fully postal ballot with voting papers sent direct to NPS members’ home addresses with a pre-paid envelope for the return of completed voting papers by the closing date. A ballot pack will start to be sent out to members from this office from Monday 15 October. The mailing will be first class, so members are likely to start to receive materials as soon as Tuesday 16 October.

NPS members who do not receive a ballot paper by Monday 22 October should ring UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 to request a replacement be sent to them. The last day on which members will be able to request a replacement ballot paper is Friday 2 November (mid-day).

UNISON hopes that branches and regions are able to run some pay offer presentations for NPS members to attend during the above ballot period. We have asked for the UNISON Divisional Convenors to be released for 100% facility time during our 3 week ballot period to facilitate this. At this point in time, we are waiting for a response from the NPS, but hopefully  this will be forthcoming and branches and regions are encouraged to start planning presentations where possible now.

NPS staff who are not in a trade union will not get a vote on the pay offer. All non union members should therefore be encouraged to join UNISON now so that they can take part in this important vote. Non-members can join by calling 0800 0 857 857, or by visiting www.join.unison.org.uk

October/November have been designated as months for UNISON to focus on recruitment activity, and this ballot provides an ideal opportunity to undertake some targeted recruitment in the National Probation Service. The NPS has  recruited over 1,000 staff over the last 12 months. These staff will not have a voice on the far reaching pay modernisation proposals unless they are in a trade union.

The last date on which non-members can join UNISON in order to vote is Friday 26 October.

Attached to this e-mail you will find the following resources, most of which are contained in the ballot pack which will be sent to members:

1.       Member letter

2.       UNISON Pay Offer Briefing

3.       Pay Scale Illustrations

Also attached is a UNISON power point presentation which branches and regions can use at workplace meetings to publicise the offer. I hope that this is useful. Please provide any feedback from the meetings.

UNISON appreciates that information about the offer will be of great interest to members working for the CRCs. UNISON’s policy is to maintain a broadly comparable pay and grading system across the NPS and the CRCs, so, if the NPS pay offer is accepted by NPS members, we will  want to deliver comparable benefits for our CRC members. UNISON’s aim is to see the Probation Service reunited, so we do not want to see big differences in pay and conditions across the NPS/CRC split.

Thanks you in advance for your help and assistance in delivering what we hope will be a high turnout in the NPS ballot.

Regards

Ben

Ben Priestley

National Officer

Local Government , Police and Justice

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

Industrial Action at iFM Bolton – Strike on 11th & 12th October 2018

Dear Comrades

Industrial Action at iFM Bolton – Strike on 11th & 12th October 2018

I am writing to you to request your support regarding a dispute by our iFM members at Royal Bolton Hospital.

iFM Bolton is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary company of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and provides estates and facilities service for Bolton Hospital and other Trust facilities. They employ mainly domestics, porters, maintenance and catering staff, some of the most poorly paid roles in the NHS.

There are 400 UNISON cleaners, catering assistants, porters and other facility management workers who are going to be taking strike action on the 11th and 12th October.  Our members are striking over the refusal of iFM to pay them NHS pay; they are currently being paid £7.83 an hour, £2,000 a year less than they should be paid.

At its inception, iFM had signed a Partnership and Recognition Agreement with UNISON and other unions guaranteeing that iFM staff pay would mirror Agenda for Change terms and conditions.  They are now refusing to honour this agreement, plus they will not clarify whether NHS staff transferred to iFM in 2017 will receive next year’s implementation of the NHS pay award.  Management offered a derisory 2% pay rise which has been overwhelmingly rejected by our members.  96.8% of our members in iFM voted to take strike action and 93.6% voted for action short of strike action. The turnout was 65.2%. These figures show the disgust our members feel and that they are united in their resolve to take action.

I am asking all UNISON branches to support this fundamental dispute by our lowest paid members.  If iFM win then the flood gates may well open for other similar companies to follow suit.

As such, UNISON members in iFM will be on an initial 48 hour strike from 7am on Thursday, 11th October until 7am Saturday, 13th October 2018.  Picket lines will be in place at the Minerva Road and Plodder Lane entrances both days from 7am on Thursday the 11th and Friday the 12th.

 If you are able to attend please support the Rally which will be taking place outside Bolton Town Hall, Bolton Town Centre on Friday, 12th October at 12 noon.

Our members have been active in engaging the public and politicians in the dispute, collecting petitions and getting the support of local MPs and Councillors.

We are asking all UNISON Branches to support us in this dispute. We need to stand together with our members in iFM in demanding a decent wage, and for the respect their work deserves.

Please send messages of support to our members.  Donations to the hardship fund will also be welcome and very helpful to ensure the success of this dispute.   Please send any correspondence and donations to:-

UNISON Bolton Health

Royal Bolton Hospital

Minerva Road

Bolton

BL4 0JR

Email:  linda.miller@boltonft.nhs.uk

Yours sincerely

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Kevan Nelson

Regional Secretary

Paula Barker

Regional Convenor

NPS PAY BALLOT INFO

Dear Colleagues

UNISON has been set an ambitious timetable for the consultation over the NPS pay modernisation offer by the NPS, which would like to implement the pay offer in November, subject, of course, to a majority members in each of the three Probation unions voting to accept it.

To this end, we are organising a ballot for UNISON NPS members to vote on the pay modernisation offer.

·         Our ballot will open on 18 October and will close on 8 November.

·         It will be a fully postal ballot with voting papers sent direct to members’ home addresses with a pre-paid envelope for the return of completed voting papers by the closing date. Members can visit www.unison.org.uk/my-unison, or call UNISON direct on 0800 0 857 857, to make sure that their contact details for the ballot are up to date. This must be done by Thursday 11 October at the latest, as we will run the RMS ballot register report on Friday 12 October.

·         Members who do not receive a ballot paper by Monday 22 October should ring UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 to request a replacement be sent to them. The last day on which members will be able to request a replacement ballot paper is Friday 2 November (mid-day).

·         UNISON hopes to be able to run some pay offer presentations for members to attend during the above ballot period. We are preparing a UNISON power point presentation for representatives to deliver at meetings. To this end, UNISON has asked the NPS to release the following UNISON NPS Divisional Convenors on a 100% facility time basis for  the duration of the ballot:

Wendy Stuart:                   South West

Ian Croskel:                        South East

Trevor Bernard:                London

Steve Allender:                 Wales

Chelsea Skervin:               Midlands

Steve Buckley:                  North West

Larry  Whyke:                    North East

·         I expect to hear back from the NPS early next week in relation to the facility time request, but in the meantime, I would be grateful if colleagues could begin to discuss possible timings/venues, whilst understanding that until you have the green light for facility time, it is difficult to plan.

·         NPS staff who are not in a trade union will not get a vote on the pay offer. Non union members are therefore encouraged to join UNISON now so that they can take part in this important vote. Non-members can join by calling 0800 0 857 857, or by visiting www.join.unison.org.uk The last date on which non-members can join UNISON in order to vote is Friday 26 October.

Further information will be forthcoming next week.

NPS PAY UPDATE

Dear NPS/CRC Member

UNISON will consult NPS members later this month on a significant and far reaching pay offer from the National Probation Service. NPS members will be asked to vote on whether they accept, or reject the pay offer.

UNISON’s NPS Committee met yesterday and agreed that UNISON would consult members on the offer without any recommendation as to how NPS members should vote. Instead, we will point out the pros and cons of the offer and allow NPS members to weigh these up before making their decision.

We have been set an ambitious timetable for the consultation by the NPS, which would like to implement the pay offer in November, subject, of course, to a majority members of the three Probation unions voting to accept it. To this end, we anticipate that our ballot will open on 18 October and will close on 8 November. It will be a fully postal ballot with voting papers sent direct to members’ home addresses with a pre-paid envelope for the return of completed voting papers by the closing date. NPS members can visit www.unison.org.uk/my-unison, or call UNISON direct on 0800 0 857 857, to make sure that your contact details for the ballot are up to date.

We appreciate that information about the offer will be of great interest to members working for the CRCs. UNISON’s policy is to maintain a broadly comparable pay and grading system across the NPS and the CRCs, so, if the NPS pay offer is accepted by NPS members, we will  want to deliver comparable benefits for our CRC members. UNISON’s aim is to see the Probation Service reunited, so we do not want to see big differences in pay and conditions across the NPS/CRC split.

NPS staff who are not in a trade union will not get a vote on the pay offer. Non union members are therefore encouraged to join UNISON now so that they can take part in this important vote. Non-members can join by calling 0800 171 2193, or by visiting www.joinunison.org

More information on the offer and the consultation process will follow.

Ben Priestley

National Officer

Local Government , Police and Justice

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

YOU ARE LEGEND

NPS MEMBERS URGENT

To:   Secretaries of Branches with Probation members

Cc:   National NPS Committee

        UNISON Regional Staff (Probation)

      

Dear Colleagues,

Please distribute the attached newsletter to all members working for the NPS as a matter of urgency. 

It would be appreciated if Branches and Regions print out the newsletters for activists to pin on workplace notice boards to use as a recruitment tool, as only trade union members will be eligible to vote on the proposals.

Many thanks,

Helen Raymond

Committee Administrator

Local Government, Police & Justice Service Groups

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

 

NPS Pay Ballot – September 2018

 

2018 Police and Justice Service Group Executive Annual Report

Copies of the report will be sent direct to delegates of the Police and Justice Conference on 13 September and can be found on the UNISON Website at the following link:

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2018/09/24970.pdf