Save Wornington College

The Save Wornington College campaign has collected over 1600 signatures for the petition.

They will now be addressing the RBKC Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 26th April atJpeg college the Town Hall, on Hornton Street and we will take this opportunity to explain to the Councillors why the much loved adult education establishment is far too important an institution to be turned into more unaffordable housing with an unseen commitment to re-provide a smaller educational space.

The Save Wornington College campaign will highlight to the Council how the College has brought many positive, life changing opportunities to the North Kensington community and how this important resource needs to be protected for the future.

They will asking RBKC to support their demands that the entire building remains in educational use, that there is no reduction in the provision and diversity of courses offered, that there are no staff cuts and that the creche and other facilities on the Wornington site are protected.

There are three ways that you can help support the campaign over the coming month:

  1. Attend the banner making/social evening at the Venture Centre on Thursday 20th April at 6.30pm.

The meeting will take place at 6.30pm at the Venture Centre in Wornington Road on Thursday 20th April to make some placards and banners in preparation for the rally and address to the Council on 26th April. Materials will be supplied and  the session will end with an informal social gathering at the nearby pub “The Eagle” to discuss the campaign.

  1. Support the rally and address to RBKC Council on Wednesday 26th April at 6.00pm.

The gathering will take place outside the Town Hall in Hornton Street at 6.00pm on Wednesday 26th April to hold a rally prior to the campaign’s address to the Full RBKC Council Meeting that will commence in the main Council Chamber at 6.30pm. Please spread the word among the community about this important event.

  1. Campaign strategy meeting at the Venture Centre on Thursday 4th May at 6.30pm.

There will be a meeting at the Venture Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday 4th May to reflect on the address to Full Council and to plan the future of the Save Wornngton College campaign. Meeting will end at 8.00pm.

[Campaign leaflets here and here].

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UNISON NEC Elections

A reminder that the UNISON National Executive Committee (NEC) elections began on 3 April and will close on 28 April.

Turnout is often low in these vital elections and we would hope you would participate.

Members should have not received their ballot papers in the post by now and if not then contact UNISON Direct on  08000857857 to ensure they get a replacement.

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National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) Update

UNISON has been consulting our members for their views on the government’s plans to introduce a news jpecgNational Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for children and family social workers who carry out statutory roles.  The Government plans to begin the roll out this year to your council and 30 others across England. The full list is here.

Our social worker members’ responses to our survey show that they overwhelmingly oppose the introduction of this system.  Our social care forum has also requested that we oppose it.  UNISON have therefore written the a letter that will be sent to the Leader and chief executive of this council and the 30 others, outlining our members’ objections and requesting that they refuse to participate in the roll out of NAAS.  The letter can be viewed here.

Once the Children and Social Work Bill becomes law and we have the finalised details relating the NAAS, we will then explore the implications of members not participating in it.  In the meantime we should focus our efforts on encouraging councils to not participate in the scheme.

PS.  The Association of Directors of Children’s Services have today highlighted their criticisms of the system http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/03/14/social-worker-accreditation-scheme-poor-value-directors-warn/

 

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The 2017 K&C Branch AGM

The 2017 Branch AGM was held on Wednesday 15 Feb in the Small Hall at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall.

Sean Fox, Haringey Branch Secretary & National Joint Council Member for Greater London was the speaker at yesterday’s Branch AGM. Sean sits on the UNISON national committee that negotiates on pay with the local government employer.

NJC scales are local government pay scales, which are extensively used in the voluntary sector. They areagm-pic-one a result of negotiations between trade unions. Due to government restricted pay increases spinal points have begun to bunch up. Negotiations on a revised pay spine will begin in March, after the pay data to be used to model alternatives has been finalised and jointly agreed with the LGA.

Last year’s nominal 1% increase was actually wiped out by the 1 1/2 % increase made by the government to our members National Insurance contributions.

In 2010 and 2011 there was a national pay freeze in local government and no pay increase was given. Since then there has been an annual 1% pay increase and we are currently in the second year of a two-year 1% pay deal. The government (under Chancellor Osbourne) restricted local government pay increase to 1% until 2020. This would mean that earnings for our members in local government would be worth 1/3 less than in 2010.

Additionally this pay suppression is further impacted by higher inflation.

The UNION and its members will have to take action if they are to achieve a decent offer. If this fails to happen we run the risk of becoming accustomed to annual 1% increases and continual pay deterioration.  

A copy of the AGM booklet can be downloaded here.

 

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Pay Update

moneyNational Joint Council (NJC) Pay Spine Review

As part of the 2016-18 pay deal, the NJC agreed to review the NJC pay spine and established a working group to conduct the review. UNISON’s NJC Executive members and an NJC Committee low paid member represent UNISON on the working group.

At its first meeting on 11 January, the working group agreed (on a without prejudice basis) to proceed according to the three principles below:

  • That a revised pay spine should look similar to the existing one: i.e. individual pay points linked to a specific salary figure
  • That the differentials between each of the pay points should be consistent
  • That a revised pay spine should be extended beyond the existing maximum pay point 49

We anticipate negotiations on a revised pay spine will begin in March, after the pay data to be used to model alternatives has been finalised and jointly agreed with the LGA.

NJC Pay Claim 2018/19

The NJC Committee has agreed to make our pay aspirations clear to the LGA while the negotiations on the pay spine take place. The intention is to lodge the 2018 pay claim by June this year, subject to agreement with GMB and Unite.

Our proposed timetable for agreeing, discussing and lodging the claim is:

27 April: NJC Committee discuss and agrees draft claim for consultation with branches and members

2 May: Start of consultation over the claim

26 May: End of consultation

31 May: NJC Committee meets and agrees UNISON’s proposals for the claim

June TU Side meets soon after and agrees the claim for submission

The NJC Committee has also considered our campaign for more funding for both the pay spine review and future pay increases above 1%. The Committee believes the current situation calls for:

 A union-wide campaign calling for an end to public sector pay restraint

 An NJC campaign, based on a claim for 2018 -19, which demonstrates our pay aspirations to the LGA and highlights low pay in local government and schools to the public

 A widespread political campaign to get recognition of the need and support for additional funding for the pay spine review and NJC pay in the longer term

We have already taken some steps to raise the issue within the LGA Labour Group, amongst MPs and with the DCLG Select Committee. We will also need significant political pressure from Regions and branches. Campaign details will follow.

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Winter Fuel Grant

Get help staying warm this winter –

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel billsfireplace

Help is on hand

“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50

To apply and download the application form here.

Eligibility: To be considered for a grant, you must be able to show that you meet the following criteria:

Either

You are in receipt of housing benefit
Or
Your household net income is less than £18,000

And

Neither you/your partner have savings in excess of £800 (including rolling bank balance)

You have not received a grant from UNISON There for you in the last 6 months.

You must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks subscriptions before 1st December 2016

Your application must be received no later than 17 February 2017 Applications will then be processed and decisions communicated over the following weeks

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Branch Officers and Stewards Elections – 2017

Kensington & Chelsea Unison will shortly be electing its branch officers and stewards for the forthcoming year (March 2017- March 2018). Please consider standing to serve in the Unison branch if you want to represent your colleagues and press for a better deal for fellow members. Please click on the links link to access the relevant nomination forms.

Steward or Branch Officer

Forms should be returned to the branch office at the Town Hall or by email 3 February 2017.

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