Covid-19 Minute’s Silence

UNISON Marks International Workers’ Memorial Day

Pictures from Southend UNISON’s event at the Civic Centre and some selfies by members – Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living.

We joined the national minute’s silence for key workers who have lost their lives and in support of all those who are in the front line, in the NHS, social care, transport, retail, post office and other sectors. They need our solidarity and proper protection. Thanks to all those who supported (despite the rain!)     #IWMD2020  #PPEnow

News on Schools Contractors

Advice on Contractors in Schools –

If you work in a school or work for a contractor in a school, there is new advice from the government about continuity for contractors. Essentially, UNISON advises that schools should continue to pay all their contractors – and that contractors should pay their staff!

This information should be used to help ensure all staff keep their jobs and their pay during the Covid-19 crisis. The advice is detailed but can be shared with your employer to help clarify what is expected. Contact UNISON  unison@southend.gov.uk if you want to discuss how this affects your school or your position as the employee of a contractor. Click here to see the government document in full.

 

 

 

 

 

UNISON Action on Sickness and Stress

UNISON Action on Sickness and Stress

More and more of us face formal sickness processes at work, with the stress of knowing our jobs could be on the line through no fault of our own.

Southend UNISON stewards recently  took part in 2 days of training looking at how best to support  members when they are faced with a formal sickness absence process.

Sickness training delegates
Southend activists on the Sickness Process training course

In Southend branch we know these processes are becoming more and more common. We find cases also more often relate to stress and anxiety, often due to the volume of work and lack of management support or to  long-standing underlying health issues which employers are failing to address with ‘reasonable adjustments’ as set out in the Equalities Act.

UNISON nationally and as a branch has highlighted how the massive cuts in local government funding since 2008 were bound to store up trouble as staff workloads have doubled as the workforce has been axed.

It’s coming home to roost now with increased sickness figures relating  to stress are increasingly being reported.

Find out more about stress at work and what you can do to  protect yourself and make our workplaces safe – see UNISON’s advice here!

Find out more about ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support your disability/health issues on the Worksmart site  here

Contact your steward or the branch if you  have questions, ideas or need our help.

UNISON AGM 2020

Southend UNISON Annual General Meeting

5pm, Thursday 19th March 2020

Committee Room 4a, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend

AGM poster 2020Our Annual General Meeting is open to all our members. It’s when we get a chance as a branch to discuss our work over the year and decide what we want for next year. You can take part in electing your Branch Officers for the year ahead and you can ask questions  about the union. We invite all members to come along – it’s your union!

There are free refreshments and a buffet at the end of the meeting (from 6:15pm).  Thompson’s Solicitors and other organisations will be present with information stalls.

You can nominate people (including yourself!) to be officers and stewards, preferably in advance of the meeting and you can also raise motions and questions for discussion.

You should have received information in the post about this but if in doubt, email unison@southend.gov.uk for further details.

Please follow us on Facebook – there is a Facebook event here.

AGM Details and Guest Speaker

Final agenda for Southend Branch Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22nd March is now out. Our Guest Speaker is confirmed as Mark Dear, from War on Want. Amongst other topics, Mark will be speaking about the campaign against the ‘TTIP’ trade treaty which threatens wholescale privatisation of the NHS and other services.agm2016b

 

You can download the letter of invitation, agenda and nomination form for officers and stewards here

Southend members at the Trade Union Bill Lobby – Defend Our Unions!

#Tubill #Right2strike

Members of Southend branch joined thousands of other trade unionists on Monday 2nd November to lobby Members of Parliament. We were raising issues about the attacks on facility time, democracy and our right to take effective industrial action.

See more details here

The campaign goes on – here are some pictures from the day: