UNISON Southend-on-Sea members STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES at TUC march and rally on Saturday 12th May

Group photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea, PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) and CWU (Communication Workers Union) members at TUC march and rally on 12 May 2018 – associated union logos are displayed above the group.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea, PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) and CWU (Communication Workers Union) members travelled together from Southend to join tens of thousands in London, demanding a new deal for working people.

Photograph of young UNISON supporter, Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea), Ray Lacey (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) and Sam Adams (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) at TUC march on 12 May 2018.
Young UNISON supporter, Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea), Ray Lacey (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) and Sam Adams (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) at TUC march on 12 May 2018.

TUC march in pictures.

Union members and campaigners from across the UK marched from the Thames Embankment at Westminster through central London to the rally and speeches in Hyde Park.

The message was clear:

  1. We need a minimum wage of £10 an hour, now.
  2. Ban those exploitative zero hours contracts.
  3. Fund our NHS and public services properly.
  4. Repeal the trade union act which makes it harder for us to stand up for working people.
  5. Crack down on tax dodgers who starve our schools and hospitals of funding.

Dave Prentis (UNISON General Secretary) TUC rally speech.

For those who weren’t able to make it to London at the weekend – here’s a video and link to the transcript of the speech Dave Prentis delivered after the march at the rally in Hyde Park.


TUC rally in pictures.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK A FREE COACH SEAT from Southend to STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May

It is essential to book a coach seat in advance – so contact the
Branch Office ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

TIME PICK-UP (AND DROP-OFF) POINTS
8:30am ROYAL MAIL DELIVERY OFFICE
Short Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AA
8:45am The ELMS
1060 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND
9:00am The TARPOT
London Road, South Benfleet SS7 5SQ

Return from London: 4:30pm (approx.)


WHY ARE YOU MARCHING?

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY!

International Workers' Day graphic showing two placards reading: "UNISON Southend-on-Sea" and "Step Up for Public Services."

International Workers’ Day has been celebrated since the 1880s to commemorate the contribution made by working people and the labour movement. Set aside some time today to remember the struggles of those who have come before us and those fighting for their rights around the world.

Also, if you’re a UNISON Southend-on-Sea member and would like to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Happy May Day everyone, and enjoy the hard won bank holiday next Monday!

Best wishes,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

SOCIAL WORK ACTION NETWORK (SWAN) NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018: Whose Side Are We On? Social Work, Austerity, Racism and Resistance!

Announcement graphic reading: "Social Work Action Network (SWAN) National Conference 2018 – Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April, University of Essex, Southend-on-Sea"

On Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is hosting their National Conference in Southend at the University of Essex, Gateway Building, Southend Campus.

REGISTER HERE to listen to keynote speakers and participate in workshops, debates and discussions about Social Work, Austerity, Racism and Resistance! Full conference timetable available here.

If you’re a member of Southend UNISON Local Government Branch please contact the office regarding support for registration fees.

Hyperlink graphic showing Social Work Action Network (SWAN) National Conference 2018 flyer which downloads .pdf version if clicked.

Click above image to download SWAN National Conference 2018 flyer.

Contact the branch to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May

If you’re a UNISON Southend-on-Sea member and would like to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

If you know a non-UNISON member who would also like to attend this national demonstration please get them to contact us.

Dependent on numbers, we hope to be able to provide transportation (for a nominal fee) – this would be dependent on sufficient numbers for a coach booking.

If we do not have enough numbers for a coach we would be looking to support UNISON members from the Southend-on-Sea Local Government branch by covering/contributing towards return train tickets.

This march is set to be a big one. UNISON, the TUC and other trade unions are putting considerable support behind it. You’ll join thousands of like-minded people under the banner, Step up for Public Services.

It’s a march with a serious message but it’ll have a fun, family-friendly feel. Dig out your UNISON colours and let’s turn the streets purple. Plus there will be activities to keep your energy bubbling throughout the day.

Make sure you’re there!

Best wishes,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

For more information about the
STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally
please visit here and contact the Branch Office.

Notice for Council, School, South Essex Homes & Southend Care workers – THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

Graphic reading: "Notice for Council, School, South Essex Homes & Southend Care workers – THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED"

Dear Member,

Please read the PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07 below from the national negotiators that details the acceptance of the Local Government Pay Offer.

The key features of the pay offer are:

  • A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale point (SCP) 6, over two years.
  • A pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on the current SCPs 7 – 28.
  • 4.04% increase over two years, for those above the current SCP 29, including those above SCP 49.
  • A new pay spine from 2019, with new scale points 1-43 and even 2% pay gaps between SCPs 6-28.

I would like to thank everyone involved at branch level in the recent pay consultation. This branch was clear with its ‘we deserve better pay’ message and the outcome of the branch ballot was to reject this offer, with 2/3 of our members voting to reject.

On the second ballot requested by our NJC committee, again there was a clear rejection of this offer by those able to vote. This vote was taken at our AGM on the 27th March.

Thank you to all UNISON members that used their vote in this ballot to Have Your Say.

Also, thank you for those activists and members that engaged in spreading the message from our branch Executive Committee encouraging a rejection of this pay offer on the grounds that it offered only another pay cut and that we should fight for a fairer deal.

Whilst we have lost this particular battle over pay we will continue to fight austerity. Join us and speak up for public services on the 12th May at the national march and rally STEP UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICES – everyone welcome! Later this week, please visit our website for more details and to book your coach seat.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch secretary

6 April 2018

PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07

UNISON ACCEPTS NJC PAY OFFER

The UNISON NJC Committee met today to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20. The previous membership consultation resulted in a very narrow overall vote to reject the offer but members in 8 out of 11 Regions had voted to accept it.

The NJC Committee therefore sought further feedback from those branches who had responded to the membership consultation on its recommendation to accept. 79% of branches and 10 out of 11 Regions have now voted to accept the pay offer. This feedback was confirmed in a formal acceptance vote by the NJC Committee.

We will now notify GMB, Unite and the Local Government Association. The NJC Joint Secretaries will be meeting on 12 April to consider the Trade Union Side position. GMB has voted to accept the pay offer but Unite has rejected it. The NJC Committee also agreed an implementation strategy for dealing with the assimilation to the new NJC pay spine, any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details of the strategy will be circulated to branches shortly.

Click here for further details.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea AGM 2018 +buffet in pictures; Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports; and duly elected Branch Officers and Stewards

Photograph of Steve Cooper (outgoing Branch President) and Louise McDermott (incoming Branch President) co-chairing AGM.
Steve Cooper (outgoing Branch President) and Louise McDermott (incoming Branch President) co-chairing AGM 2018.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea AGM 2018 in pictures

Photographs: Tim Fransen


Branch Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports

Claire Wormald – Branch Secretary’s Report +

Jill Henson – Disabled Members’ Officer Report +

June Dillow – Women’s Officer Report +

Sam Adams – LGBT+ Officer Report +

Roger Young – Retired Members’ Officer Report +

Please click the + or signs to show or hide reports.


Duly elected Branch Officers +

Duly elected Stewards +

Please click the + or signs to show or hide tables.

UNISON Members joined thousands of people on the MARCH AGAINST RACISM demonstration on Saturday 17th March

UNISON Members joined thousands of people in London to MARCH AGAINST RACISM and religious discrimination and to support refugee and migrant rights.

Photograph of the beginning of the MARCH AGAINST RACISM from Portland Place to Whitehall, London. (17 March 2018)
Beginning of the MARCH AGAINST RACISM from Portland Place to Whitehall, London.

From London to Athens, marches took place across Europe to coincide with the European Action Week Against Racism, an annual event that calls upon the international community to bring an end to racism, discrimination and intolerance and promotes a festival of multiculturalism that celebrates the continent’s diversity.

In the lead-up to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, originally established to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre where 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators were murdered in South Africa during a peaceful protest on 21 March 1960, thousands this year came together on Saturday 17th March to highlight and challenge racial and religious discrimination today.

Protesters gathered outside the BBC offices in Portland Place, near Oxford Street to hear a number of speeches, before heading off to a rally at Whitehall behind the “STAND UP TO RACISM” banner.

Finally, huge crowds gathered at Whitehall to listen to more key speakers including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie and UNISON National Race Equality Officer Margaret Greer as well as singer-songwriter Ray BLK.

Photographs: Tim Fransen

Click here to view more pictures from London’s MARCH AGAINST RACISM.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018 +buffet – Tuesday 27th March – 5:00-6:00pm

AGM announcement graphic reading "UNISON Annual General Meeting 2018 + buffet on Tuesday 27th March between 5:00-6:00pm at Committee Room 1, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6ER."

UNISON Southend-on-Sea welcomes all branch members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) +buffet on Tuesday 27th March between 5:00-6:00pm.

Please click here to download the AGM notice, agenda and Steward/Branch Officer nomination forms.

It is important members attend the AGM in order to vote in Stewards and Branch Officers, and agree the branch budget going forward. It also shows your support for the branch and helps us all get to know each other.

Don’t forget if you are in a workplace without a steward you can nominate yourself and get a colleague to second your nomination, or you can nominate a colleague (if they agree to stand) using the forms downloadable here.

At the end of the meeting, a delicious buffet will be served to give everyone a chance to catch-up and chat with friends and colleagues.

Finally, you should have received your AGM invites and posters in the post – if not, we might have the wrong address for you so please get in touch so we can update our records.

All the best and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 27th March.

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration of all things LGBT+ with TRANSPIRE and OUTreach

Image displaying UNISON Southend-on-Sea (with Rainbow Flag ribbons), Transpire and OUTreach logos (on the left) and a group photograph of associated members (on the right).

On 27th February, UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration for LGBT+ History Month. LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Group photograph featuring Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.
Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.

In the Jubilee Room at the Civic Centre stalls were set-up, representing community organisations and workplaces from across the borough. In addition, Gina Denham, founder and chair of TRANSPIRE (a Southend based Transgender Support Network) gave an informative and entertaining presentation on both transitioning as well as diversity at work. Read TRANSPIRE member Ren Stedman’s excellent article here.

The event closed with UNISON Southend, OUTreach (Southend Borough Council LGBT+ staff forum) and TRANSPIRE joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag above the Civic Centre.

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea, Transpire and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea, TRANSPIRE and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea LGBT+ self-organised group are here to support members, raise awareness, challenge discrimination, and make links with the wider LGBT+ community of Southend and beyond.

For more information or advice contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) via the UNISON Office.

Photograph of the Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
The Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.