SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?

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Dear Member,

A number of you have highlighted your concerns that Southend Borough Council will be enforcing a closure day on Monday 24th December and that employees (except critical services staff) will need to use either flexible or annual leave to cover this closure.

While some workers may be able to work from home, others cannot and will therefore be forced to use a days leave.

We believe this is an unfair demand which doesn’t form part of your contract of employment and undermines these terms and conditions.

To help us challenge what we believe to be an unfair demand please complete the following short survey ASAP:


SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?


Alternatively, click here to download the survey, and then print, complete and return to a Southend UNISON Steward, Officer or the Branch Office ASAP.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

HAVE YOU BEEN UNDERPAID? Visit the UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer – Thursday 11th October, 12:00 – 2:00pm

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If you work for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and work regular overtime then we need to hear from you. You may have been underpaid.

Visit the UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer this Thursday 11th October between 12:00 – 2:00pm to learn more and complete the 10 minute survey.

If you can’t make this event, please read the previous post and complete the online survey ASAP.

Click here to complete the
UNISON Holiday Pay Claim Survey

For further information, please email John Lawrence (UNISON Area Organiser) or contact the Southend UNISON branch office.

Southend UNISON members join the Basildon Pride March – A Response To Hate on Saturday 15th September

Photograph of Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.
Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.

Southend UNISON members joined over 200 people for the Basildon Pride March at the weekend. The march was called at short notice in response to an anti-homosexual group which has been ‘preaching hate’ outside Basildon’s LGBT club, Colors, as well as distributing homophobic leaflets in the area.

For more info. about the event read Charles Thomson’s article: Basildon Pride parade, sparked by recent ‘homophobic’ incidents, set to become annual event

Basildon Pride March in pictures.

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE After Party in Colors!

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REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE celebrations in Colors on Saturday 15th September after the march!

REGISTER HERE

Due to the venue having a limited capacity entry will be by TICKET ONLY. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information visit the BASILDON mini-PRIDE Facebook page and to make a donation please visit the event’s Crowdfunding page.

UPDATE: BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

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Join us and support the BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE.

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

We will then be proudly marching to Colors Nightclub for food and entertainment.

Southend UNISON will be meeting at Southend Central train station at 10.45am, to catch the 11.03am train to Basildon.

For further information contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) at the branch office: unison@southend.gov.uk 01702 215 980

Join the BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Saturday 15th September

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Homes across Basildon and surrounding areas have recently been targeted with homophobic leaflets. Xpand Christianity produces these ‘offensive’ leaflets which are being distributed by an anti-homosexual group who are regularly ‘preaching hate’ outside Colors, a gay nightclub in Basildon.

Basildon mini-Pride March has been organised in response, and Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group will be attending, alongside Southend Pride, Transpire and many other community groups.

All UNISON members and allies are urged to come along and support this event and show that there is no place for hate in our society.

More details to follow soon…


Related Articles:

Basildon councillor files second ‘anti-gay hate crime’ police report in two weeks, as preachers set up stall outside Colors nightclub

Essex Police probes ‘offensive’ leaflet drop in Basildon, as Christian group which produced it claims, ‘Sodomites and lesbians are coming for us.’

STOP THE SOUTHEND HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES – Please download the petition here and get your workmates, friends and family to sign.

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Please supports the PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) STOP THE SOUTHEND HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES campaign.

The government plans to close the Southend HMRC office in 2022 and Southend Benefit Service Centre by 2020. This will remove around 1,500 jobs from our community.

If these plans aren’t stopped the closures will:

  • Deny the local community access to important public services.
  • Significantly reduce the spending power of DWP and HMRC staff who live and shop in the area. PCS has estimated that £34 million per year will disappear from the local economy.
  • Lose essential, specialist VAT and customs knowledge in the run up to Brexit and beyond. Arguably at a time when this knowledge is most needed.
  • Axe around 1,500 good quality jobs from our community at a time when Southend’s unemployment rate is already higher than the national average.

WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE PCS CAMPAIGN

  • DOWNLOAD THE PETITION calling on Southend MPs to intervene to keep the offices open and get your workmates, friends and family to sign.
  • DROP OFF COMPLETED PETITIONS to Southend Jobcentre Plus in an envelope marked for the attention of Rachel Heemskerk (Branch Secretary, PCS DWP Essex), alternatively drop off at the UNISON Southend-on-Sea Branch Office.
  • Share this post and the STOP THE HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES campaign flyer on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Keep up-to-date with the PCS national campaign against office closures at: https://www.pcs.org.uk/campaigns/office-closures

“SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE”

Photograph of Baby Trump Blimp and placard reading: DUCK OFF DONALD

On Friday 13 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in Southend-on-Sea, London and towns and cities across the country to stand up against Donald Trump’s visit and values – a dangerous man that represents bigotry, hatred, misogyny and racism – and threatens both our environment and international peace.

What we saw was a day of celebration, noise and action. A day of joy, love, solidarity and resistance as we stood together in celebration of the diverse communities which make up our great country.

TOGETHER WE SAID IT LOUD, SAID IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP videos.

Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) talks about the importance of standing up against Donald Trump’s visit and values.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.

Protester Tony Groves talks about his own Baby Trump at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.


SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march, BRING THE NOISE Women’s March and TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration in pictures.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June in London.

We stopped outside Downing Street demanding Theresa May’s resignation en route to a rally where we were greeted by the National Health Singers choir singing “the NHS needs saving, don’t let them break it”.

Photograph of Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

Doctors, nurses, union leaders, actors and politicians including Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 40,000 people – demanding an end to government cuts and further privatisation of the health service, for staff to no longer be subcontracted to private companies and for social care to be properly funded.

Photograph of Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing 'Our NHS is 70' rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)
Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing ‘Our NHS is 70’ rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)

Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in pictures.

Happy Birthday Southend NHS!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Happy Birthday Southend NHS!’ event on Thursday 5th July, 2018.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Happy Birthday Southend NHS!’ event on Thursday 5th July, 2018.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members, Save Southend NHS campaigners and Southend NHS staff gathered on the green opposite Southend A&E to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

This joyous lunchtime event included singing and dancing to a backdrop of supportive honks and cheers from passing vehicles – culminating in the presentation of three magnificent cakes to the extraordinary Southend NHS staff – those everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives and to campaign against privatisation and financial cuts that will adversely affect the health and well-being of our local community.

For more information and to get involved visit the Save Southend NHS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthendNHS/