Diary dates


5 September 2016

Branch Committee


9/10 September 2016

Women’s Policy Weekend


20 September 2016

Black Members Branch Meeting


18-20 November 2016

National LGBT Conference



 

 

LIVING WAGE

A Fair Day's Pay

Newcastle City Branch has challenged the City Council to become an accredited Living Wage employer. This means that the Council would increase wages of the lowest paid in the organisation in line with the increases of the Foundation Living Wage each November.  

In addition we have challenged the council to make provision within its procurement policy to ensure that the contractors and businesses the council employs, include a provision that they also pay the Foundation Living Wage.

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POLITICAL

Labour Party Leadership Election and UNISON Members Entitled to Vote

To register to vote, UNISON members must:

When you register you agree to:

The Labour party will be conducting the election. Queries about the ballot or members wishing to check if their applications have been accepted by the Labour Party should contact the Labour Party

UNISON’s nomination process

UNISON Labour Link, which represents those members who pay into the affiliated political fund, will follow standard procedures for agreeing any nomination.

This will mean:

If you do not already pay into the affiliated political fund (APF) you can transfer using the following form https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2013/06/On-line-Catalogue198443.pdf

To check if you are member of APF you can check yourself here: https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison or email unison.newcastle@newcastle.gov.uk

For more information about getting involved in Unison Labour link or becoming a Unison delegate to Labour Party CLPs or for general questions get in touch with branch Labour Link Officer:

Ed Whitby ed.whitby@newcastle.gov.uk   or 07740099479

Frequently Asked Questions – Unison members and the Labour Leadership


DISABLED MEMBERS

Disabled Members’ Conference

The UNISON Disabled Members’ Conference 2016 takes place on 29th – 31st October in Brighton.  We are looking for expressions of interest to attend the conference as a delegate from the branch.  Travel and accommodation will be arranged by the branch and subsistence payments will be available. 

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CHARITY WALK

Tyne Tunnel Trekkers complete the Cateran Yomp

The Yomp (a military term for a long-distance march) is an epic adventure challenge. Teams of 3-6 people take on 54 miles in 24 hours across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness whilst raising money for soldiers, veterans and their families.

Helped by sponsorship from UNISON a team of members, the Tyne Tunnel Trekkers, entered the event which took place on 11 June in Perthshire.

The Trekkers completed the 54 mile 'gold' route in 22:22:42, coming in 43rd out of 94 teams.

Photo (left to right): Michael Ayre Senior Traffic Officer, Philip Dixon Senior Traffic Officer, Angus Fergusson Senior Traffic Officer and Anthony Harbison Controller.

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MEMBERS BENEFITS

Female Cancer Cover

UNISONProtect is very pleased to introduce a brand new product to their range - Female Cancer Cover.

Research by Macmillan Cancer support has identified that four out of five cancer patients are on average £570 a month worse off following their diagnosis*. This is the result of a combination of factors, including having to stop work while receiving treatment, needing extra childcare, higher household bills and transport costs to and from hospital, it all adds up.

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New on Site

24/08/2016

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 5 September..


21/08/2016

Outlines, August 2016

When is a living wage “A Living Wage”?

New professional standards for teaching assistants published

Stars in our schools

Newcastle College Review & Redundancies

Labour Leadership Election

Time to debate LGPS changes as petition hits 100,000 signatures, says UNISON

Tyne & Wear LGPS

Disabled Members Officers

Branch Organising

Durham Miner’s Gala

Death of Davey Hopper

Branch Learning

In the Papers

Brexit damage to economy will outweigh modest wage gains, says study

Feet first, our NHS is limping towards privatisation

Yes, zero hours work can be banned: New Zealand has just done it

Labour Research Department Fact 78/35

Unemployment down

Earnings growth static

Minimum wage offenders named

Briefing on new housing Act

Cost of living in the UK on the rise


20/08/2016

UNIMAG 31, August 2016

A quarterly periodical updating stewards and reps on employment law.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/32

No pay restraint in UK boardrooms

'Hypocrisy' of Post Office bosses

Half of women suffer sexual harassment

Councils need greater powers to build houses

Factory output expands


19/08/2016

National LGBT Conference

Details and agenda for the LGBT Conference in Llandudno, 18-20 November. 

What is Domestic Violence and Abuse?

Training session for members.

Panto – Beauty and the Beast

Special offer for UNISON members.

Branch Lottery

Winners in August.


15/08/2016

Black Members meeting

This meeting will discuss Motions for Black Members Conference 2017.

UNISON survey

Impact of public spending cuts on LGBT people and services.


05/08/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/31

Cut in interest rates

Days lost to strikes at very low level

Voluntary Living Wage needs revision

Rise in value of council outsourcing contracts

Search for gig economy in UK

National scandal of homecare wage cheats

New Courses

Two courses have been added to the schedule:

Introduction to Understanding Autism

Confidence Building taster session.

LGBT Survey

Researchers would like to hear from you and will use what you tell them to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.

Branch Lottery

Winners in July.


04/08/216

Labour Research Department Fact 78/30

Union political funds bring in more income

Progress needed on transgender equality

Economy grows in second quarter

Green family used BHS as milch cow

Lack of progress on disability rights

Workers should take care in heat of the sun

Reps Training

One Day Introduction to the Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 September 2016.


23/07/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/29

Earnings growth dips

Air fares fuel inflation

UK's 'badge of shame' on disability rights

Unemployment hits 11-year low as numbers fall


22/07/2016

Training courses

Bridges to Learning one day  regional workshops aimed at all staff working in Health, Social Care and Education.

Emotional Resilience 

Introduction to Counselling Skills

Understanding Autism

Your Skills, Your Future


20/07/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/28

More top executives on £1m or more a year

How deal with issue of fatigue

Manufacturing boost

NLW — the first 100 days and a crisis

Below par academies

Labour Research Department Fact 78/27

Forty executives living in ££££ land

Rise in deaths at work

Mesothelioma and its deadly toll

Poverty rise in the UK

Three more join Living Wage family


13/07/2016

Retired members

Papers for the meeting on 19 July.


04/07/2016

Tyne Tunnel Trekkers

An account of the 24 hour Cateran Yomp. Tyne Tunnel Trekkers raised over £1600 for the Army Benevolent Fund.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/26

UK economy grows

Narrow majority for exit in EU referendum

Women part-timers lose out on pensions

Lack of support for disabled teachers

Small narrowing in UK current account deficit

Remuneration package of 32 averages £2.15m


01/07/2016

Branch Lottery

Winners in June.


29/06/2016

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 4 July..


23/06/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/25

Adverse impact of tribunal fees

'Reckless' to scrap NHS bursaries

Missing out on pensions and benefits

Call for 14-day self-certification period

Fathers missing out on paternity pay


19/06/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/24

Average earnings fillip on back of living wage

Retail price inflation rises in May

UK unemployment rate at 11-year low

Modern slavery judgment against firm

Employers don't have working carers' policy


17/06/2016

Orlando Vigil

Please come and join us in our vigil supporting and remembering the victims of the recent atrocity. Saturday 18 June, 6pm at Newcastle Civic Centre.


12/06/2016

Labour Research Department Fact 78/23

Dementia in workplace

Thirty execs rake in £70 million

Deaths after Johnson's fire service cuts

Value of inward M&A hits seven-year high

UK factory output 'recovers'

Climbdown on police spying on unions


10/06/2016

Members' training

New courses and taster sessions have been added to the course calendar for June and July.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/22

Rise in numbers working from home

Economic growth confirmed for start of year

Remuneration for two totals over £55 million

Euro 2016 advice

Planes, trains and drones and lasers

Equal pay progress at Scottish council


06/06/2016

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 13 June.