The austerity cuts for Fife Council over the next 3 years equate to £91 million.
This is a critically damaging amount of finances taken away from much used public services. All this achieves is to drive down living standards within the Kingdom of Fife. Austerity means the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Food banks and on the increase and families are struggling to meet everyday costs. Our services are going to be slaughtered and we will face closures of many places in which we as residents of Fife rely upon. The TU bill is a blatant attempt to stop unions fighting back against these brutal cuts.
Our services are worth fighting for – without them, the most vulnerable groups will be the ones mostly losing out.
What can we do?
On 6th February Unison are holding public stalls in the town centres in Fife. We will be in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes from 1:30 – 3:30. Help us fight for your service and petition against the Trade Union bill.
For further information, contact Brian O’Donnell, one of our branch officers on:-
You can also have your say on the current budget proposals on Fife Direct –
For the attention of Home Care Workers…
If you haven’t received the consultative ballot with regards to the changes to homecare (Jan 2016), then can you please get in touch with the branch on 01592 583686. Everyone needs to have their own unique ballot paper and not a photocopy from someone who has one.
Just a reminder that our AAGM’s are coming up at the end of next month. For information our Scottish Secretary (Mike Kirby) has kindly agreed to attend the first meeting in the Town House, Kirkcaldy and the meeting to be held at Bankhead in Glenrothes.
Members are encouraged as always to attend any one of these meetings but I would urge as many of you as possible to make yourselves available for the meetings that Mike is speaking at. As members you will be aware that the ongoing challenges facing us arising from the continuing austerity budget measures, pay restraint, ongoing reform of public services are having a devastating affect on us all.
I doubt if there is an individual member of our Branch that hasn’t been affected by a Managing Change exercise in the last few years, many of us have had multiple experiences of hours being cut, re-deployment into lower paid jobs etc.
The Austerity Agenda along with the (Anti) Trade Union Bill, together with the Scottish General Election in May and the prospect of a referendum on Europe in 2016 will also provide a platform for discussion to allow members to influence our unions policy on these and any other topics that are raised.
Hoping to see as many of you as possible at an AGM…
UNISON FIFE BRANCH 2016 AGM DATES
MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY, 2016
IN THE TOWN HOUSE, KIRKCALDY
BETWEEN 5.00 P.M. AND 7.00 P.M. IN ROOM KTH01.002
TUESDAY 1ST MARCH, 2016
IN NEW CITY HOUSE, DUNFERMLINE
BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2.00 P.M. IN ROOM NCHLG.002
WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH, 2016
IN BANKHEAD, GLENROTHES
BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2.00 P.M. IN ROOM BNKGF.001
WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH, 2016
IN BELL BAXTER HIGH SCHOOL
BETWEEN 5.00 P.M. AND 7.00 P.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM (ADJACENT TO STAFF ROOM)
THURSDAY 3RD MARCH, 2016
IN FIFE HOUSE, GLENROTHES
BETWEEN 12.OO P.M. AND 2.00 P.M. IN ROOM FHWGF.007
Unison Fife have replied to the criticism that the equal pay claims have brought Fife Council to the brink of bankruptcy………………..
On behalf of Fife Council Joint Trade Unions I would like to express our anger and dismay at the savage cuts announced yesterday by John Swinney to the councils budget. This level of funding reduction will see thousands of jobs placed at risk and potentially will lead to some of our services being lost. Our members deliver vital services to our communities across the whole of fife many of whom are already suffering from high levels of deprivation this further attack will push more people into poverty and will leave our vulnerable residents not being able to access services they desperately need.
Under the previous SNP/Lib Dem administration we have already lost services such as Shopping Delivery and Playground Supervisors, have seen the contracts of our lowest paid workers slashed and have successfully defended attempts to privatise services such as Adult Care and Fife’s Care Homes. If this trend of sustained attacks on local authorities is not stopped we will witness the irreversible demise of public services.
An audit report published in the press in October 2015 showed that the SNP government had a significant underspend in 2014/15, we question why they appear to be amassing millions of pounds of tax payers money while local authorities across Scotland are facing unprecedented cuts to funding.
We would urge the Scottish Government to urgently reconsider its’ funding strategy to local authorities and to call an end to the 8 year publicity stunt that has seen council tax frozen in that time. Fife residents have been clear that they would be prepared to pay slightly more in council tax if it meant they could keep and improve the public services currently delivered.
Unison Scotland conducted a Survey of staff, working in Information and Communications Technology. It’s a well written and interesting document.
UNISON have reached a multi million pound settlement with Fife Council for over 1400, mainly low paid women UNISON members, for their equal pay claims.
UNISON members will now be properly recompensed for historic discriminatory pay practices within Fife Council. It is a deal worth £millions and will include compensation for members back pay in some cases to 2006.
UNISON have been at the forefront of the legal campaign to fight for equal pay for women workers and to ensure they receive the back pay to which they are entitled.
Dougie Black, UNISON regional organiser for Fife local government said, ‘This has been a long time coming, many claims stretch back to 2006, we can only thank UNISON members for their hard work and patience. We will now discuss individual claims with the employer to ensure each claim is calculated properly. This a good day for low paid women workers and UNISON is proud to have been a part of it.’
Suzanne Craig, UNISON’s legal officer said, ‘UNISON will be seeking early payment from the employers. Regrettably it took the threat of proceeding to an Employment Tribunal to focus the employer’s minds to settle, but it is great news for everyone that we have agreed. This settlement also agrees the legal principles for moving forward to ensure wherever possible that job evaluation and pay practices remain free from discrimination in the future. Members will receive individual letters, in due course, outlining their settlement figures. I want to thank everyone for their patience.’
UNISON continues to fight for equal pay particularly for low paid women across Scotland