I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and that you were able to spend time with the ones you love.
It is that time of year again when we, as a Branch, plan for our AGM’s. This year we are able to hold face to face meetings again so it will be great to see you. This year we are holding 2 meetings, one in Preston and one in Manchester (details below) so I hope as many of you will be able to attend as possible.
Attached to this email is a Nomination Form and a Branch Role Description Form, if any of you would like to take up a role within the Branch Executive Committee, or if you would like to become a steward or workplace contact, this is the form to use.
Please complete and send back to the Branch as per the instructions and by Wednesday the 16th of February this will allow us time to collate the nominations and arrange for ballots if necessary.
Details of AGMs(further info to follow)
Manchester – Mechanics Institute – 16th of March 2022 – 5.30pm start
Preston – Gujarat Centre – 23rd of March 2022 – 5.30pm start
Food and refreshments provided
In addition to the the above face to face AGM meetings, we will be offering the opportunity for you to join the planned dates virtually via teams.
If you would like to join the meeting virtually, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred email address and you will be sent a invite link to join the meeting of your choice. The dates are
We look forward to seeing you face to face or via teams.
Subject: Skills for Strength 2022: Registration now open
UNISON North West January 2022 Happy New Year Zoe, Our Skills for Strength organising convention takes place this March and registration is now open!
Skills for Strength is a convention for UNISON members in the North West, bringing us together with other trade unionists from across our region, country and from across the globe to share ideas, best practice and skills.
This is a practical event to help you win in the workplace, build our union and improve people’s working lives.
Registration is open to all UNISON North West members who are looking to get more involved. Registration and attendance at the event is free and the 2022 event will take place at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester. Click here to register for your place at Skills for Strength A host of exciting speakers will be announced shortly, but for now registration is open to all UNISON North West members who are looking to get more involved.
Registration and attendance at the event is free, including lunch and refreshments, but registrants will need to claim any travel expenses incurred from their UNISON branch, with their permission.
A number of accommodation places are available for activists who are travelling a significant distance from Manchester to attend, and you can apply for one of these places as part of the registration process.
This event may need to be postponed if not consistent with COVID restrictions or guidance at the time. Those registered will be kept informed of any changes or COVID-related measures for the event.Click here to registerUNISON North West
Posted by Vance Butterworth on January 18th, 2022 in National News
Any member who left the Probation Service between 1 April 2021 and the end of December 2021 is likely to be entitled to back pay (for basic pay/unsocial hours/overtime etc) if they were due an increment on 1 April 2021, as this has only recently been paid on 31 December 2021.
Members who were Approved Premises Residential Workers on pay band 2 and who left the Probation Service between July 2020 and the end of December 2021 are likely to be entitled to back pay (for basic pay/unsocial hours/overtime etc) for the recent regrading of the APRW role to pay band 3 which was paid on 31 December 2021, but backdated to the date of job evaluation in July 2020.
Leavers who believe that they are eligible for any arrears should contact SSCL by phone or email, they will need to provide their staff number / NI number and will be asked a couple of security questions to confirm identity. This will allow SSCL to validate bank details and current address. SSCL will confirm eligibility with Pay & Reward team before making payment of arrears.
SSCL contact details are:
0345 241 5351
Helen RaymondTeam Administrator
Police & Justice Service Group
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Please find attached advice and a ballot paper with instructions. If you haven’t received one via an email it is because we do not have one or valid one on your record. You can contact the branch at email@example.com to update your details
Dear Probation Member, it is now more important than ever to check whether your details are correct. This will become apparent very shortly and we need to communicate effectively to you as the membership
If you wish to check and amend any of your details you can log on to My Unison to do so.
Social Work England (SWE), the regulator for social workers in England, is consulting on proposed changes to their requirements for social workers carrying out and recording continuing professional development (CPD). They are proposing to implement these changes from 1 December 2021. The Service Group has designed an online survey to get members views on SWE’s proposals. Branches are asked to email the survey link to their social worker members, encouraging them to complete it. A model branch email to send to members with the survey link is attached. The deadline for members to complete the survey is Friday 30 July. Member feedback will help shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker members.
Changes proposed by SWE include: increasing the CPD requirement from 1 to 2 pieces per year, with a set theme for 1 piece including an element of peer review merging the unstructured and structured forms into a single form making changes to our validation process, including focusing on specific parts of the sector (as opposed to a random selection) This consultation is important for members’ careers. Social workers are required to record CPD with SWE to renew their professional registration. The consultation comes at a time when social workers are under immense caseload and workload pressure, exacerbated by the pandemic. Changes to working practices such as home working have reduced opportunities for peer support. The survey results and UNISON’s response to SWE will be circulated to branches in due course. Many thanks for your help. With best wishes Jon Richards National Secretary Local Government, Police and Justice Section
TAKE OUR SURVEY HERE: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90355378/Social-Work-England-CPD Your feedback will help shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker members We will share the UNISON consultation response with members. SWE aim to publish their consultation response and updated policy in autumn 2021. The new requirements will come into effect from 1 December 2021, after 2021 registration renewal. This means any changes will not affect this year’s renewal or CPD requirements. The requirement for registration in 2021 is one piece of CPD. If you want to view SWE’s full consultation proposal here is the link: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/about/consultations/cpd-consultation/