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UNISON

Worcestershire Branch

Griffith House

30 Love's Grove

Worcester

WR1 3BU

 

Tel: 01905 26186

email: unison@worcestershire.gov.uk

Branch ballots County Council employees over proposed amendments to Terms & Conditions of employment (MUL)

 

All County Council employees (excluding staff employed in maintained schools or centrally employed teachers) are currently required to take three days' unpaid leave per year (pro rata for staff working part-time or variable hours). Deductions are made monthly, over the course of the leave year.  This is called Mandatory Unpaid Leave (MUL) and was a contractual change to Terms & Conditions implemented in April 2012. An extension of this scheme was agreed early in 2016 and is due to cease on 31st March 2018.

 

Worcestershire County Council has now approached the unions with a request to continue with three days’ mandatory unpaid leave for a further three-year period, due to a significant budget shortfall caused by continuing cuts in Central Government funding.

 

UNISON Worcestershire has issued a briefing paper/ballot, which has gone out to workplaces which provides more details about the ballot. We are also holding meetings for members at County Hall on 4th and 11th January. If you are affected by these proposals and are unable to attend the meetings or have not seen a copy of the briefing sheet please contact the Branch Office for an update on 01905 26186 (quoting your membership number and workplace).

 

The ballot will close at 12pm on Wednesday 17th January 2018. There is a ballot box at Reception in County Hall for your completed papers. You can also return ballot papers by post to the Branch Office (address at the top of this page). Alternatively, please email your vote (either ‘Accept’ or ‘Reject’ – marking your email “T+C Ballot” in the Subject Header) to unison@worcestershire.gov.uk.


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Mercury Disaster Persists! 



Despite all the continuing problems with the services outsourced from Worcestershire County Council to Liberata, the Council will not acknowledge that this Contract has failed!  Staff within the County Council struggle on with systems that don't work causing backlogs and huge delays in paying invoices and bills. UNISON have warned the County Council that as well as having a very dissatisfied workforce it is their very reputation which is at risk. 



NJC Pay Claim


UNISON, GMB and Unite have today (5th Dec) received a letter from the local government employers outlining a proposed two-year pay deal for council and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The three unions representing local government staff will now put the offer to their respective committees for consideration.


The offer covers the two years from 1 April 2018. It would mean a 2% wage rise next April for the majority of council and school support staff currently earning more than £19,430, and a further 2% in April 2019.


The local government employers are also proposing to give lower paid staff a higher wage rise – of up to 16% over the two years.


The proposals also include a revamp of National Joint Council pay scales.


UNISON head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “Council and school support staff are the lowest paid workers across our public services and are long overdue a wage rise above the 1% cap.


“The government must now come up with the cash to fund local government properly so councils have the money to give their staff a wage increase that doesn’t put more services or jobs at risk.”



USEFUL DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD


Consultation on review of WCC LD day and residential services.pdf
Consultation on proposed review of WCC LD day services.pdf
newscast winter 2017.pdf
Latest Branch Newsletter
Newsletter Dec 2017.pdf
UNISON Welfare Newsletter