UNISON North West LGBT Group Training Day

Sodexo Pay Claim

Interserve Pay Claim

Interserve

UNISON Dental Plan – DRAW CLOSING SOON

Let’s Fix Probation Bulletin 2 – NAO Report findings

Pub Quiz! for Justice for Colombia, 21st March, Crown & Kettle, Manchester

TELL THE JUSTICE SECRETARY TO BRING PROBATION IN HOUSE

Pease go to this website to sign the petition

https://weownit.org.uk/

North West Fightback: Morecambe!

We are mobilising dozens (perhaps hundreds) of members and activists from across the region to help campaign to unseat Tory MP David Morris, and hope the you can promote this event to Unison members across the North West (or anywhere within a reasonable driving distance) – and help get our candidate Lizzi Collinge, elected in Morecambe and Lunesdale. There will be speeches from Shadow Cabinet members Andrew Gwynne MP and Mike Amesbury MP, plentiful refreshments and opportunities to go out and do some campaigning on the doorstep. 

North West Fightback: Morecambe!

Where: War Memorial Hall, Church Street, Morecambe, LA4 5QD

When: 10:45am, Saturday 16th March 2019

David Morris has his head in the sand over the level of poverty in Morecambe and has publicly denied there is an issue. The area needs an MP who listens to their needs instead of claiming the roll out of Universal Credit has been a huge success.  Come and help us get rid of Morris and make Lizzi the MP!

We hope Unison can join with us to send a powerful message – David Morris does not represent the people of Morecambe & Lunesdale and its time for him to go!

Your members can let us know they are coming by RSVPing on our website, or on our regions Facebook event – and can share with other members, activists and supporters in the North West! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours in solidarity,

Phil

Phillip Black

Constituency Secretary – Morecambe & Lunesdale Labour Party

AGM UPDATE – EXTRA DATE ADDED

AGM NOTICE

NORTH WEST PROBATION & CAFCASS UNISON AGM NOTICE

Dear Unison Member,

It has been another busy year for us all and it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since the last AGM.

This year the branch has attempted to open up the AGM to be more available to more members therefore we have decided to hold aggregate AGM’s – dates and venues below.  We really hope that you will be able to make it to one convenient for you, be it home or work.

Manchester – Arena Point , 1 Hunts Bank,  M3 1UN               14th March 2019

Preston – Gujerat Centre,  South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JN                  19th March 2019

Carlisle – Unison Office 6 Spencer Street, CA1 1BG 21st March 2019

Merseyside – The Brain Charity, Norton St, Liverpool L3 8LR   26th March 2019

All meetings commence at 5.30pm. Note you can attend only one of these meetings. For all branch updates look on our website     http://nwpc.org.uk/  

We are also continuing with the raffle prizes, each AGM will have a main prize with two 2nd prizes and 10 3rd prizes

Please could you complete the attached slip so we know whether you are attending or not, then we can order enough food for us all!

As we are undertaking meetings in different areas we have no guest speakers , however we are opening the floor to you, have you got any suggestions on how you want the branch to communicate with you?? We are looking into using social media, what would you prefer??

WhatsApp group, Facebook Pages, Tweets, email, post or text – there is no right answer but we want to be able to reach everyone – what are your thoughts??

Come and meet us and let us know what you think, we will also have the usual freebies for you to collect.

We look forward to seeing at one of the above events.

Steve Buckley                    Zoe Todd

Branch Chair                       Branch Secretary

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North West Retired Members Newsletter

AFG Strike Rallies

Meeting: Standing Up to the Empire – Opposing Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela and Latin America

Monday 11 March, 7pm, Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess St., Manchester

The event is being jointly organised by UNISON North West and the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, to which the union is affiliated.

Speakers include:

  • Her Excellency Rocio Maneiro, Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK
  • Dr Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
  • Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas, Journalist, Venezuela Analysis and contributing editor at Alborada
  • Kevan Nelson, UNISON North West Regional Secretary
  • Chair – Tracy Delaney, UNISON North West International Committee

UNISON has called on the government to promote dialogue to foster a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis, instead of stoking tensions.

The UK has joined a number of countries, including Germany, France, Spain, the US, Canada and several Latin American countries, in endorsing Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and president of the national assembly, who has declared himself interim president of Venezuela.

UNISON is concerned at the escalation of international interference, including the possibility of military intervention, in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

The union vehemently rejects a militarised solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the history of US-backed military rule in the region.

UNISON believes that Venezuelans need to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and democratic processes, without resorting to violence.

International intervention risks intensifying existing political divisions and inflaming tensions that are the consequence of the severe social and economic crisis facing the country.

UNISON calls on the government to abstain from seeking regime change and intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. Instead, the UK should promote stability through constructive dialogue with the international community.Categories: ArticleTags: international

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Bring probation contracts back into public control to avoid further disaster, says UNISON

Bring probation contracts back into public control to avoid further disaster, says UNISON

Responding to today’s insolvency of Working Links – a company that oversees three outsourced probation contracts – UNISON national officer for police and justice Ben Priestley said:

“This privatisation has been a disaster and one that was long predicted. The government must immediately step in to bring these collapsed services back in-house.

“The priority is to reassure the public in the South West and Wales that communities will remain protected. Staff too need assurances about their jobs, and that they will still be paid.

“This is yet another catastrophe to be added to Chris Grayling’s growing record of failure. He was repeatedly warned when Justice Secretary that privatisation would fail. The collapse of these contracts is proof.

“Despite the chaos, the Ministry of Justice is still planning to award more probation contracts to private firms. Nearly half a billion pounds of public money has already been wasted propping up failing contracts.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON has written a joint letter with Napo to the current Justice Secretary David Gauke urging him to bring the contracts back into the public sector and calling for urgent talks.
– Working Links operates three community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) in: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire; Dorset, Devon and Cornwall; and Wales.
– In 2015, Chris Grayling announced reforms to probation services through the £3.7bn “Transforming Rehabilitation” programme. Under this, medium and low-risk cases were to be managed by 21 community rehabilitation companies. High-risk offenders continue to be handled by the National Probation Service.
– The Ministry of Justice announced in July 2018 that CRC contracts were to be shortened by two years, meaning they end in 2020. In a consultation that month, it said: “In a number of areas the quality of probation services being delivered is falling short of our expectations.”
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors. 

Further information will be available next week.

AGM NOTICE

NORTH WEST PROBATION & CAFCASS UNISON AGM NOTICE

Dear Unison Member,

It has been another busy year for us all and it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since the last AGM.

This year the branch has attempted to open up the AGM to be more available to more members therefore we have decided to hold aggregate AGM’s – dates and venues below.  We really hope that you will be able to make it to one convenient for you, be it home or work.

Manchester – Arena Point , 1 Hunts Bank,  M3 1UN               14th March 2019

Preston – Gujerat Centre,  South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JN                  19th March 2019

Merseyside – The Brain Charity, Norton St, Liverpool L3 8LR   26th March 2019

All meetings commence at 5.30pm. Note you can attend only one of these meetings. For all branch updates look on our website     http://nwpc.org.uk/  

We are also continuing with the raffle prizes, each AGM will have a main prize with two 2nd prizes and 10 3rd prizes

Please could you complete the attached slip so we know whether you are attending or not, then we can order enough food for us all!

As we are undertaking meetings in different areas we have no guest speakers , however we are opening the floor to you, have you got any suggestions on how you want the branch to communicate with you?? We are looking into using social media, what would you prefer??

WhatsApp group, Facebook Pages, Tweets, email, post or text – there is no right answer but we want to be able to reach everyone – what are your thoughts??

Come and meet us and let us know what you think, we will also have the usual freebies for you to collect.

We look forward to seeing at one of the above events.

Steve Buckley                    Zoe Todd

Branch Chair                       Branch Secretary

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I will/will not be attending the AGM’s

Name

Employer

Office

————————————————————————————————————————————– Email to unison20085@hotmail.co.uk or post to Unison, 87 Moss Lane West, Manchester M15 5PE

Ex Capita Enforcement Officer Harmonisation Offer URGENT Update!

UNISON has had further clarification from the NPS regarding our questions over the harmonisation offer given to ex-Capita enforcement officers. The deadline for accepting the harmonisation offer in order to get paid in February is today, but staff accepting the offer after today will be paid in March.

UNISON was seeking to clarify whether the pay progression element of the offer was correct. We were particularly interested to find out whether there were any ex-Capita enforcement officers who received notification of their E3 posting and salary changes before 1 October 2016. This is because any staff who were notified of their E3 posting prior to 1 October 2016 may be entitled to additional incremental progression in the pay harmonisation offer.

The NPS has confirmed that no ex-Capita enforcement officers were notified of their E3 posting, or salary changes before 1 April 2017.

If this information is correct, then UNISON believes that the pay harmonisation offer is correct as far as we have been able to ascertain.

Members wishing to accept the offer are therefore advised that UNISON can see no reason that they should not go ahead and accept.

Please let Ben Priestley, National Officer, know if you were notified of your E3 posting and salary changes prior to 1 October 2016 as we can find out whether you are may be entitled to any additional money.

Please let me have any questions on this bulletin.

Ben

NPS Enforcement Officers

Interserve Pay Award

UNISON Free Accidental Death Cover

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Acceptance is guaranteed for UK residents aged 18-69. 
For full policy details, please click here: https://bit.ly/2xRFNEn

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UNISON Protect 
www.unioninsurance.co.uk/unison

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John Eccles 
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