Re: Not One Day More #ToriesOUT – National Demonstration – Saturday, 1 July 2017
Branches sending delegations on regional transport please note the following arrangements:-
1. Outward tickets are flexible. For those branches travelling on early trains to Euston, North West members are encouraged to gather on the concourse outside of Euston Station at 1030am and walk together behind the regional banner to the assembly point.
2. The assembly point is at BBC Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. (Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street).
3. The march at 12 noon is to Parliament Square. (Nearest tube: Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross). Train tickets include underground travel in Zone 1.
4. A limited number of tickets remain available from Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Please contact Angela Twigg (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Regional Office ASAP.
5. The hashtag for the day is #endausterity
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The Government has acted unlawfully by attempting to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel through their pension schemes.
Palestine campaigners hailed the triumph the ruling represented for the BDS movement, stating “Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy, and for the rule of law.”
Administrative Court judge Sir Ross Cranston granted the judicial review on 22 June, determining that the Government had acted for an improper purpose.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won a key victory for the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the UK government today. War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Quakers supported the legal challenge with witness statements.
What this means for Pension Funds,
Kev Allsop, Unison Delegate to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund
Members of the Northwest Probation and CAFCASS branch will remember the divestment motion that it passed back in 2015. That motion this week became UNISONs national policy
What it means is that unison will encourage the LGPF (All probation staff amongst many others are members of the GMPF) to divest from Fossil Fuel extraction and then invest into a just transition.
Kev Allsop, who has been at the fore of the campaign said “ Unisons National Delegate Conference, our trade unions sovereign body, has today accepted the very real progress we can make in achieving carbon neutral pension funds.
Whilst austerity has certainly benefit the ruling classes it has done nothing to increase the lot of our members and the communities in which we live. And at a time when fuel sovereignty is vital we should not be investing in nuclear energy but instead sustainable forms of energy production“
Not only do Unison see a very real opportunity to move £billions from Fossil Fuel extraction but have the foresight to imagine how these funds could be used to boost the economy and create jobs delivering anything from Sustainable Energy production to Council Housing creating both jobs and much needed homes benefitting generations to come whilst reducing the cost of pensions and housing benefit to the taxpayer.
Sustainable Energy production and Council Housing require a significant amount of Capital investment but give stable returns over a very long time, this suits pension schemes perfectly as they have significant capital and seek investments that will provide stable returns over a long period which means secure jobs, which will be held by unison members will be created. Basic economics tell us that for every £1 of net pay we generate a further £2.08 of re spend thus boosting the local economies.
As probation staff we see all too frequently the problems that families face when they are unable to have safe secure homes and our comrades in the NHS will be quick to point out that one of the key factors to health is being able to maintain a home above 18 degrees”
A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.
In what critics dubbed a “devastating report on a growing scandal” Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, and Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons, say that the work done by the 21 community rehabilitation companies in the government’s Through the Gateprogramme is having a negligible impact on reducing prisoner reoffending rates, two years after its introduction.
The chief inspectors say that too many prisoners have been released not knowing where they would sleep that night, that in too many cases prisoners’ risk to the public had been inadequately assessed before release, and despite much talk about the use of mentors, they could find only one prisoner out of a sample of 98 who had been mentored.
“None of the early hopes for Through the Gate have been realised,” they said. “The gap between aspiration and reality is so great, that we wonder whether there is any prospect that these services will deliver the desired impact on rates of reoffending.”
The chief inspectors’ report was based on visits to nine prisons where Through the Gate services were delivered by seven different rehabilitation companies in England and Wales and a detailed examination of the cases of 98 long-term prisoners.
“The overall picture is bleak,” they conclude. “If Through the Gate services were removed tomorrow, in our view the impact on the resettlement of prisoners would be negligible.”
They said that CRC staff focused most of their efforts on producing written resettlement plans to meet contractual targets, while the needs of prisoners received much less attention.
The provision of post-release resettlement services was one of the key aims of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms which saw the part-privatisation of the probation service.
The inspectors say that while many CRCs have employed well-respected voluntary organisations to deliver resettlement services, their potential has not been realised as they have focused on completing delivery plans. The few examples of the promised innovation, they add, have been on a very small scale.
The performance of the CRCs raises questions about whether they will qualify for any payments under the payment-by-results mechanism in their contracts when the first reoffending data becomes available in October.
Frances Crook, of the Howard League for Penal Reform, described it as a “devastating report on a growing scandal” adding: “One of the first challenges for the new government is to sort out this mess.
“The break-up of the public probation service, with a large part of it handed to private companies, was supposed to turn lives around, reduce reoffending and make us all safer.
“Instead, successive inspection reports have shown that the risk to the public has increased, and now we learn that Through the Gate services are so useless that they could stop tomorrow and we would not notice the difference. People who are trying to lead crime-free lives are being let down,” she said.
Labour’s shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, added that the report’s central conclusion pointed to “a complete failure of the Tories’ reckless part-privatisation of probation. Public safety is being put at risk because ex-offenders aren’t getting the support, supervision and rehabilitation they need,” he said.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “We will take all necessary action to make sure the probation system is reducing reoffending and preventing future victims.
“We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account. Additionally, we have made changes to how community rehabilitation companies are paid so they can focus on activities that will help cut crime.
“As part of part of the probation review, we have been looking at Through the Gate services and will be publishing our findings in due course.”
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The North West Probation and CAFCASS Branch AGM is to be held on Thursday, 9th of March 2017, 5.30 p.m. at Gujerat Hindu Centre, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JN
Future of pay bargaining, NPS E3 and other members issues will be on the agenda – come and have your say.
*MEMBERS PRESENT WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE FOR SEVERAL CASH PRIZES UP TO £500
Delicious vegetarian curries, sandwiches, cakes etc.
*Members on work duties who cannot attend please inform us and we will include you in the draw.
There are two economic myths that fail the interests of women. The first is the fallacy that government budgets conform to “the household analogy”: that, as with family budgets, a state’s outgoings cannot exceed its income. The second is that “there is no money” for the services women use and need.
On the first, the public are told that cuts in spending and in some benefits, combined with rises in income from taxes will – just as with a household – balance the budget. Even though a single household’s budget is a) minuscule compared to that of a government; b) does not, like the government’s, impact on the wider economy; c) does not benefit from tax revenues (now, or in the foreseeable future); and d) is not backed by a powerful central bank. Despite all these obvious differences, government budgets are deemed analogous (by economists and politicians) to a household budget.
UNISON invite our members working in the Purple Futures CRCs to complete a short survey into workplace stress in the Purple Futures CRCs. The results will pave the way for a joint union campaign to reduce the pressure on members at work and to deliver health, safety and welfare in Purple Futures workplaces. Purple Futures has agreed to staff completing the survey in work time. The survey is entirely anonymous and no member can be identified from their response. Completing the survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes.
All members are encouraged to take part in the survey in order to give UNISON the evidence we need to protect your health and safety at work. You can access the survey on line here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JointUnion-StressSurvey
Following on from our last communication Unison Members Meetings will be held as follows
Monday 13th February 12:00 to 14:00 HLNY
Tuesday 14th February 12:00 to 14:00 Leeds
Wednesday 15th February 12:00 to 14:00 NLPC
Thursday 16th February 12:00 to 14:00 Crewe
Staff will be able to join UNISON on the day and it is hoped that members can drop into the meetings during their lunch break to discuss
- The future role of Pay and other negotiations
- Stress Questionnaire
- The 2017/18 pay claim
- Becoming a Shop Steward
- Becoming a Health & Safety Representative
- Acting as a local contact keeping notice boards up to date