*********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

Support Staffordshire strike

Dear Unison Member,

Staffordshire University employers have announced that they will move lower-paid staff into a “subco” or wholly-owned subsidiary company, with the aim of cutting the pensions of mainly lower-paid women.

Our branch is currently in dispute over these changes. Our employer wants to  transfer grade 1-6 staff over to the new subco. This would strip them of the local government pension scheme (LGPS) and replace it with an inferior defined contribution scheme. This would result in much lower pensions for the majority of these staff – who are already the lowest paid and are mainly women.

In addition, it creates a two-tier pension scheme in the workplace, where the better paid staff remain in the LGPS but the lower paid staff lose out.

Our members at Staffordshire University were recently balloted for sustained strike action. On a 56% turnout over 80% voted yes for strike action; and have embarked on a series of strike days.

We are asking UNISON branches to support us because this issue has national implications and if the employers are successful, it will be attractive to other universities looking to cut costs at the expense of lower-paid workers and other areas of the public sector.

Send us a messages of support to enquiries.unison@staffs.ac.uk 

Send a donation cheque
Make it payable to UNISON Staffordshire University and post it to:
Staffordshire University UNISON Branch
E237, Cadman
Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE

Together we can stop this and protect fair pensions for our members.

Yours in solidarity,

Amelia Rout
Branch Secretary
Staffordshire University Branch

Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Members’ Survey Probation & CAFCASS

Dear  Colleagues

UNISON is collaborating with Napo, ABPO (Association of Black Probation Officers) and RISE (Racial Inclusion & Striving for Equality. Staff Network for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic matters across HMPPS, CRC’s and Contracted Prisons in Eng & Wales) to survey Black members in the NPS, CRCs, CAFCASS and associated private, or voluntary sector providers to these employers.

Napo, UNISON, ABPO and RISE want to find out more about the workplace experience of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members who work in the National Probation Service, a Community Rehabilitation Company, The Probation Board for Northern Ireland, in CAFCASS, or in a private or voluntary sector body providing services to one of these employers.

All members who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic who work for any of these employers, or for private or voluntary sector organisations providing services to any of these employers, are invited to complete the following on-line questionnaire: https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90089559/PROBATION-CAFCASS-BAME-MEMBERS-SURVEY

This questionnaire is completely confidential, and we will not seek to identify you a result of your answers.

Please help to keep your answers confidential by not referring to the name of your employer, place names, or the names of individuals.

The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Please complete this questionnaire by no later than Friday 19 October 2018

Your views are important and we look forward to hearing from you.

Ben Priestley

National Officer

UNISON Police and Justice

Unison Response to ‘Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence’

Dear Colleagues

UNISON has responded today to the MOJ consultation paper on the future of Probation ‘Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence’. Please find attached the following:

1.       UNISON NPS/CRC UPDATE: summarises our consultation response

2.       Full UNISON response

Please could you send to all NPS and CRC members as soon as possible.

Any questions, just let me know.

Regards

Ben

Ben Priestley

National Officer

Local Government , Police and Justice

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

NPS CRC Update Sep 18

Strengthening Probation Building Confidence’ Response Sep 18

 

NPS MEMBERS – CLAIM FOR TOIL PAY FOR CALL OUT DURING STANDBY

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Colleagues

Some members have raised a problem over the failure of NPS to properly recompense staff who are called out during periods of standby. This is likely to predominantly affect members in managerial positions.  It is reported that some members in this situation may have missed out on proper compensation for this duty since the creation of the NPS. If you know of members in this category it may be possible to make a claim for retrospective compensation if individuals have kept a record of claims for TOIL/payment for call out during standby.

(Sect A5 24 NNC . Staff in Pay Bands 4-6 who work in excess of the normal working hours will ordinarily be compensated by time off in lieu. Alternatively, where this is not possible within a reasonable period, and subject to prior management approval, payment may be authorised at plain time)

Please find attached a pro-forma claim form for any members who are experiencing difficulties in recompense for call out during periods of standby. Please forward to any members who might find this claim form of benefit. The claim form should be submitted to the member’s line manager.

NPS Claim for TOIL Pay for Call Out during Standby

Any questions, just let me know.

Regards

Ben

Ben Priestley

National Officer

Local Government , Police and Justice

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

NPS PAY TALKS

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Colleagues

I would be grateful if the following message on NPS Pay Talks could be sent to National Probation Service members as soon as possible please.

UNISON has been in pay talks with the NPS since the end of August over our pay claim, submitted with Napo back in May this year. Further negotiations are due to take place on 26 September next week. UNISON’s NPS Committee will then meet on 2 October to consider the outcome of the negotiations and to agree UNISON’s position on any final offer. The offer will then be put to members to vote on. At present we have no timetable for the vote. More information will follow after 2 October.

Thanks

Ben

Ben Priestley

National Officer

Local Government , Police and Justice

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

CUBA – CHE STUDY TOUR

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Cuba Update 12 September 2018

Last few places available for
In the Footsteps of Che Study Tour
12-27 November 2018

Travel to Cuba’s western and central provinces, including Havana, Santa Clara and Pinar del Río

In the Footsteps of Che Study Tour

As Cuba approaches the 60th anniversary of the revolution, this is a unique opportunity to visit and explore some of the key sites relevant to Che Guevara’s role in the struggle against dictator Batista and US imperialism, meet the Cuban people in their neighbourhoods, workplaces and schools with time to relax and enjoy the local culture and stunning scenery. Find out about the achievements of the Revolution as well as the problems caused by the US blockade of over 57 years through unique and inspiring visits.

  • Visit the Che Guevara museum, mausoleum and Tren Blindado site in Santa Clara, where Che intercepted Batista’s troop train and heralded the end of Batista’s brutal dictatorship.

Visit the Che Guevara museum

  • Explore the Museum of the Revolution in Havana and La Cabana fortress, formerly Che’s first Command centre after 1 January 1959, where he trained troops.
  • Visit Che’s secret headquarters at Los Portales cave, in the Sierra de la Guira mountains of La Güira park. This was where Che relocated the HQ of the western Cuban army for 45 days during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Visit Che’s secret headquarters at Los Portales cave

  • Learn about Cuba’s healthcare system through visits to a policlinic health centre, a maternity hospital, a rural family doctor and a community mental health project.
  • Learn about Cuba’s education system through visits to a primary school, technical school and specialist music school.
  • Meet workers at a farm in Viñales.

Meet workers at a farm in Viñales

  • Meet representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) and the Federation of Cuban workers (CTC).
  • Enjoy the Caribbean sea and beaches at Playa Del Este and Cayo Jutías, a beautiful remote mangrove covered sandy key on the north coast of Pinar del Río.

Led by experienced tour leader, Geoff Bottoms, a CSC Executive member with an extensive knowledge of Cuban politics, culture and society.

The cost of this unique 14-night tour is £2,494 including international flights per person.

Call CSC for a pack and book now 020 7490 5715

 
 
 
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FUTURE OF PROBATION – MEMBERS’ SURVEY FINAL REMINDER

To:  Secretaries of Branches with Probation members

Cc:  Police and Justice SGE members

       National CRC Committee

       National NPS Committee

       UNISON Regional Staff (Probation)

Dear Colleague,

Please find the latest UNISON NPS/CRC Update regarding a member consultation on the future of Probation.

UNISON is putting together our own plan for the future of Probation because it is far too important an issue to leave in the hands of the Ministry of Justice.

All our Probation members working in the NPS and CRCs are invited to take part in a survey to give their views on UNISON’s alternative plan for probation.

The online survey can be accessed via this link: https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90098168/Future-of-Probation

The link can also be found on page 3 of the attached newsletter.

Please circulate to ALL Probation members and encourage them to read the newsletter and take part in the survey.

The survey closes on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Many thanks,

Helen Raymond

Committee Administrator

Local Government, Police & Justice Service Groups

UNISON Centre

130 Euston Road

London

NW1 2AY

Direct line: 0207 121 5342

 

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NATIONAL RALLY
#ONEVOICE #ONEVOICE #ONEVOICE #ONEVOICE #ONEVOICE #ONEVOICE

10TH OCTOBER 2018 –
12.00 – 3.00 pm at Reformers Tree, Hyde Park.
3.30 – 6.00 pm at Parliament Square.
The Waspi Campaign, Back to 60, We Paid In, You Paid Out and other Women’s pension groups
will join together ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ as #OneVoice “to hold the direction” for the forthcoming
National Rally on the 10th October in London in a joint endeavour to secure back their earned dues.
Besides an open invitation to the public/loyal supporters all women affected by the changes in
Pension Provision are invited to attend.
Together they share the opinion that the implementation and tapering of the State Pension changes
are wholly unacceptable.
We refuse any longer to be divided and ruled by those unfairly keeping our National Insurance
Contributions from us.
Speakers: Speakers at the SHOULDER TO SHOULDER #onevoice Rally are key figures in the political
and legal dispute, including David Hencke, Yvette Greenway, Sam Smethers, Helen Shay and Frances
Barber, and others TBC will call for an end to the injustice.
Press Enquiries:
Waspi Campaign
Anne Keen: waspigroupnetwork@gmail.com
http://www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk
Rally Organisation and Press enquiries:
Ziggi Golding on 0739 635164 or Email: waspicampaignpr@gmail.com

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CUBA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
May Day in Havana – last chance to join

May Day in Havana plus visit to Pinar del Rio’s rural communities and Viñales countryside

If you want to join Havana’s legendary May Day march in Revolution Square this year you’ll need to book quickly as there’s just six spaces left on our popular May Day Study Tour.

This fantastic tour offers participants a special invitation to attend the May Day Rally in Plaza de la Revolución, joining over one million Cubans to mark this important day in the Cuban political calendar.

The tour includes a 3 night stay in Pinar del Río province, with visits to rural health and educational services and to an agricultural cooperative in the fascinating landscapes of Viñales. You’ll also meet with Cuban trade union organisations and visit workplaces, schools and local health care centres. Plus there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy Cuban history, culture and music.

Participants can also take part in the International Solidarity Conference, sharing ideas and values with our Cuban hosts and participants from around the world.

No other country celebrates May Day quite like Cuba. The colour, music and joyous atmosphere of hundreds of thousands of Cuban’s celebrating together is a once in a lifetime experience. Find out how you can join this year’s celebrations in Havana.

Full details, itinerary and price here

Download the booking form

May Day in Havana – last chance to join

The May Day Study Tour runs from 26 April – 8 May 2018. Alongside the spectacular May Day parade, you will also have the chance to:

 
Explore Pinar del Río and the dramatic landscapes of Viñales
 
Try out your salsa steps in the exciting capital Havana
 
Meet with workers in their workspaces and community organisations
 
Support Cuba and help the campaign to end the US blockade

There will be wonderful opportunities to share experiences with the Cuban people in their local neighbourhoods and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the vibrant Cuban culture both in the city and countryside.

Be more than just a tourist!

Escape the usual tourist trail and discover the revolutionary island and its people. To book or find out more visit the links above, email tours@cuba-solidarity.org.uk or call the office Monday – Friday 9.30am-5.30pm on 0207 490 5715.

The May Day Study Tour is exclusive to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Cuba Travel shop and cannot be booked through any other travel operator.

We hope to welcome you to Cuba in May.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign Team

 

Cuba Solidarity Campaign c/o Unite, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, UK
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 21st MARCH 2018

AGM NOTICE

The North West Probation and CAFCASS Branch AGM is to be held on WEDNESDAY, 21st March 2018 at 5.30 p.m. – Unison Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1UN

Pay bargaining, NPS/CRC/CAFCASS terms & conditions and other members issues will be on the agenda – come and have your say.

Guest Speaker: UNISON ORGANISING STAFF WILL PRESENT UNISON STRATEGY IN RESPECT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND PROBATION

CASH PRIZES 

Members present will be entered into a cash draw, prizes agreed £200 (x1) £100 (x3) £50 (x4) £25 (x12)

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Justice 4 Grenfell 14th February

#GMSolidarityGrenfell

Feb 14 – Manchester to host Grenfell solidarity march led by Grenfell community members

A commemorative march in Manchester on the seven month anniversary of the Grenfell disaster, led by Grenfell Community members.

14th February, 6.15 pm

From Market St Manchester to Piccadilly gardens

Organised by Manchester Association of Trades Councils and community groups, and Manchester residents who wish to express solidarity.

Silent marches led by Grenfell community members have taken place on the 14th of every month in London to commemorate the lives of those who killed in the Grenfell Towers disaster. In February the first such march will take place in Manchester.

Our event will consist of a silent march led by people walking in single file, carrying placard size photos of those Grenfell Tower residents who died in the tragedy.

We will assemble at 6:15 to distribute placards and the march will proceed at 6.30pm (prompt to coincide with the March in Grenfell itself) from the covered area outside Boots, Market St along Market Street to the statue in Piccadilly Gardens where there will be a minute’s silence, followed by a few short speeches by two Grenfell residents, The Bishop of Manchester, the Fire Brigades Union, North West UNISON & TUC, and Greater Manchester Housing activists.

Kev Allsop, one of the organisers of the march said:

“On February 14th, the people of Greater Manchester will stand in love and solidarity with the 71 people of Grenfell who lost their lives, and those that are left behind to grieve without their loved ones; their possessions or anywhere to call home.  We will welcome Grenfell activists Jacqui Haynes and Joe Delaney to Manchester to march with us in that hope that they can take back a message to the Grenfell community that they are not alone, that the people of the northwest will honour the working class principle of standing side by side with those that have been betrayed by the state.”

If you would like to carry a placard, contact:

Kev Allsop  / 07752 213514 / kevallsop@gmail.com

NORTH WEST PROBATION & CAFCASS UNISON ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

AGM NOTICE

The North West Probation and CAFCASS Branch AGM is to be held on WEDNESDAY, 21st March 2018 at 5.30 p.m. – Unison Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1UN

Pay bargaining, NPS/CRC/CAFCASS terms & conditions and other members issues will be on the agenda – come and have your say.

 Guest Speaker: tbc

 *MEMBERS PRESENT WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE FOR SEVERAL CASH PRIZES

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