UNISON FIFE’s response to GMB workplace meetings.
Your local Government Branch has been made aware, by members, that our colleagues in the GMB have been participating in workplace meetings within the Education Sector in Fife.
UNISON members are cautioned against attending these “open” meetings as the information that is being relayed by the GMB officials in relation to employee’s in Fife Council who work within Janitorial is not accurate.
UNISON Fife on your behalf has contacted Fife Council who have confirmed that there are no proposals to change the grades of posts or change any Janitorial employees to term time contracts.
Members can be reassured that if management have any proposals to carry out any changes to contracts/grades etc that your union will be at the forefront of defending members rights and will not resort to scare tactics as a recruiting tool by suggesting that a sister trade union is not defending members interests.
A day of action was held at Fife College on Tuesday 6th September, where college support staff were on strike over pay. All four campuses were covered, and had a good turnout. The photographs here are from the Dunfermline campus.
Three delegates from Unison Fife attended the Hazards Conference, 29-31 July 2016 at Keele University.
The title of the conference was “Building the Hazards Resistance to support Safety Reps to defend our lives in Brexit world”.
The opening plenary on the Friday evening consisted of a number of presentations on how Brexit could affect health and safety, and the problems caused by lack of enforcement by the HSE following funding cuts.
On the Saturday the Unison Fife delegates attended various workshops and seminars on the themes of “Dealing with risks” and “Employers offensive/workplace tyranny”; and meetings on death & suicide by overwork, and international solidarity. Stress was identified as being a major issue, and the importance of carrying out risk assessments before harm occurs was emphasised. Listening to the speakers and having discussions with other delegates gave ideas of how we can organise for and promote health and safety locally, nationally and internationally.
One of the highlights of the conference was the final plenary on the Sunday morning, with inspiring presentations by speakers including Sarah Wiktorski of the STUC’s Better than Zero campaign for young people, and the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who got a standing ovation after saying that a Corbyn-led Labour government would restore trade union rights, ensure there was no watering down of the regulatory environment post-Brexit, and work with us to develop a new agenda of health and safety.
For more information on the Hazards Campaign, see www.hazardscampaign.org.uk
Delegates from the Branch showed support for striking RMT members before setting off on Tuesday for the UNISON National Delegate Conference.
The RMT are in dispute with their employers about the introduction of driver only trains.
Over 100 UNISON members joined their RMT colleagues this morning in a well attended widely publicised demonstration with members of the public and passing motorists also showing support noting their concerns for public safety in relation to driver only trains.
One passer by raised her concerns noting that the “on train guard” had come to her aid during an assault vowing to never use the train again if the guards are removed”
Unison Fife Woman’s Group
Calling all Female Members & Colleagues, Please come along and join us in our Women’s Group
Remaining Programme for the Year Ahead
Tuesday 31st May Police Scotland Self Defence
Tuesday 28th June Summer Social Night (TBA)
Tuesday 30th August Equality and Rights at Work
Tuesday 4th October Arlene Russell Breast Cancer Now
Tuesday 15th November Movie Night Suffragettes
Tuesday 6th December Christmas Social Night (TBA)
All Meetings are held at Fife House Glenrothes 7-9pm
The Following Fife Roadshows will also be taking place at: –
Kirkcaldy Glebe Park Community Centre
Wednesday 8th June 2016 from 7 – 9pm
Bell Baxter High School, Cupar
Wednesday 14th September 2016 from 7 – 9pm
Please come along and discover the benefits of Unison membership. Information & benefits available to you include:
Members’ Discounts/Assistance with work issues/Disciplinary hearings/Accident claims & benefits/Insurance/Legal Assistance/Free Wills/ etc. Our Woman’s group programme will also be available, Pathways and more.
SCHOOL UNIFORM GRANT
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What are UNISON There for You School Uniform Grants?
In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulties many members on low income face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms.
How much are the Grants?
They are one-off grants of £40.00 per school age child, up to a total of £120.00
Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must be:
- A member who has paid 4 weeks subscriptions before the launch date of this programme (23/5/16)
- Have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. [Note:By household income we mean net earnings after tax, national insurance, pension deductions of you, your partner and any other adults living in the property. Please also refer to next bullet point:
- The following is not included as income for the purpose of this specific grants programme:
- Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Child Benefit and the childcare cost element only of Working Tax Credit
- Responsible for meeting household bills and struggling to pay them
- Financially responsible for the child/children.
- Not eligible for funding for uniform costs from your Local Authority
Is there anything else that may affect my entitlement to apply?
- Members and their partners must not have combined savings or, a rolling bank balance of more than £800.00. Savings of any other adults in the household do not apply
- You must not have received financial assistance from UNISON There for You during the previous six months
- Applications are limited to one per household
- Ensure you send all requested paperwork with the form or the application cannot be accepted
How do I apply?
To apply for a School Uniform Grant simply:
- Print out and complete the short 2-page application form that is attached to this email
- Contact Unison Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be posted to you
- Provide us with evidence of your entire household income by sending copies of :
- You and your partner (if applicable) last month’s payslip(s)
- Last full month’s bank statements for all bank accounts held by you and your partner (if applicable)
- Submit the form along with the completed short survey by 15 July 2016.
- Post your application including all supporting paperwork to: UNISON Welfare, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY.
Where can I go for further help or advice?
There is a limited amount of funding in the school uniform grants programme and once it has been exhausted no further awards for the year can be made. However if you are facing unforeseen hardship it may be possible for you to apply to our general grants programme. We will let you know if this applies to you.
For further information, please see our web pages at www.unison.org/thereforyou, contact your Branch Welfare Officer or the There for You Support Team on 020 7121 5620 or email email@example.com. If you are experiencing difficulty with credit card and other consumer debts, please refer to our additional information at https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/debtline-support/, or contact our Debline direct on 0800 389 3302.
2016 UNISON LGBT Conference
Please find attached the Conference Bulletin for the 2016 UNISON Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Conference.
This Bulletin is being sent by e-mail via all service groups, to Branch Secretaries, Branch Chairs, Branch Admin Staff, Branch Equal Opps Officers, LGB&T Officers and Young Members Contacts. The bulletin will also be available on the UNISON Conference website so individual members can access the information directly online https://www.unison.org.uk/events/lgbt-conference-2016/.
Please note the important deadlines for delegate registration, motions submission, and applications for crèche and reasonable adjustments.
Please pass this information on to the relevant structures in your branch to encourage members to attend the conference.
Members who are not out in their branch
Members who are not out to their branch secretary should contact their regional LGBT officer if they wish to attend, who will act as an intermediary between the branch and the member. The regional officer will discuss their attendance with the branch, while protecting the member’s confidentiality. Branches must be aware that they have LGBT members wishing to be involved in self-organisation. The rules on fair representation still apply and the branch will still pay the member’s expenses for attending the conference, but via the regional officer. Details of regional officers are on the web at www.unison.org.uk/out or are available from Carola Towle, UNISON LGBT Officer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for 2016_LGBT_Conference_Bulletin
If you require any assistance please contact the Conference Office on 0207-121 5123.