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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 Delegation Attends UNISON Women's Conference


Branch Equalities Officer, Odette Fielding and Branch Chair, Lyn-Marie Chapman attended the UNISON Women's Conference in Liverpool 1st-3rd February (see picture bottom right).  One of the highlights of conference was the address by Helen Pankhurst (pictured top right) the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst.  Helen said she was delighted to have the oppportunity to address a conference of over 800 women on the centenary of the Representation of The People Act 1918, which first gave the vote to women and extended it to a wider group of men. 


Dr Pankhurst told the conference: “2018 seems potentially as symbolically important as 1918… If we can change social norms and change legislation when it’s needed, that is when the magic happens.”


Dr Pankhurst has just written a book entitled Deeds Not Words. She told delegates that during her research she found that, while there are many types of inequalities that women face, violence against women was the overriding problem.


More details of the Women's Conference can be found on the UNISON website https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2018/02/women-pankhurst/  



Branch Ballot Result

 

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 ballotted members who have voted in favour of supporting the employer and retaining MUL for a further period. UNISON has informed the employer of the ballot result and further communications are now awaited.


Next Branch Equalities Evening 6th March 

Free Film night at Worcester University Riverside Building more details on our Equalities page.


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Branch Annual General Meetings To Take Place in February


Worcestershire UNISON holds aggregate AGMs each February. All the details of the meetings, (dates, times and venues) are contained in the Branch AGM Report which is in the list of downloads below. Please make an effort to attend one of the meetings, refreshments will be available. This will be your opportunity to raise issues and contribute to discussions on pay negotiations, terms and conditions of employment and elect your Branch Officers for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you. 

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
Worcestershire Unison AGM Report 2018.pdf
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