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

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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 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.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea Xmas Social 2017 – Wishing Everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year with a Fair Pay Rise of 5% or more!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members at Xmas social 2017.

Graphic reading Merry Xmas Everyone.

This year’s Xmas Social was a great success with everyone enjoying the buffet, drinks, raffle, stalls, entertainment and good company!

UNISON Southend-on-Sea Xmas Social in pictures.

Milton Hall UNISON Stars!

Celebrate #StarsInOurSchools

cake photoNovember 24th was national ‘Stars in our Schools’ day. To celebrate the incredible contributions that school support staff make to our children’s education, Milton Hall Primary School laid out this home-made cake. Teaching assistants, librarians, caretakers and office staff all stopped by and one of Eastern Region’s Fighting Fund Local Organisers was at hand to chat to people about the union.

Milton Hall UNISON

Read more about UNISON’s schools members here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Monday 20th November

Image banner of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

This year Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be raising the Transgender flag at 9.00am on 20th November. Please support by assembling at 8.45am under the flagpole in the Council’s Car Park.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20th that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith