Briefings with staff were held on 14th May to discuss new team structures and areas of work allocation. The new job descriptions will soon be issued and specific areas of responsibility will be discussed with individuals on a 121 basis.
There will be a reorganisation of desks to reflect how the team will be structured, with a small number of staff previously based in Shieldfield moving to the Civic Centre.
A number of meetings are due to be arranged regarding new working practices following the completion of the Business Management budget proposal. A further verbal report will be given once we receive further information
Existing N5s will be confirmed into the new role. Regarding the N6s, the proposal had been to reduce the number of staff in this group to 4.86FTE. A number of the group volunteered to accept an N5 post as a suitable alternative position without going through a selection process, which left a total of 5.86FTE in the ringfence.
It has now been identified that there will be more work at an N6 level than had originally been planned. This means that there is not a need to reduce the ringfence any further.
The implementation of new processes, job descriptions and reporting structure should happen in May.
Implementation has now begun on the Business Finance Proposal. A number of changes have been made to the final proposal following the consultation process.
The savings identified were as follows:
A saving of £125,000:
A VR applicant has come forward within the N6/N5 ring-fence; an N4 member of staff has also requested VR and a number of N4s have requested a change in hours. An additional N5 post has been granted early retirement in the interests of efficiencies to the service, N4 staff are being invited to apply for this vacancy and the resulting N4 vacancy will be deleted.
This means that there will be no further reductions in posts. As a result there will be no selection process for N4s.
The proposal is that the number of N6 posts will reduce and the number of N5 posts will increase. Instead of going through a single selection process of N5s and N6s, N5s will now be confirmed into the new post and the N6s will go through a selection process (without an interview), with those falling out being offered an N5 post.
Business Finance – savings of £125,000
The process reported in January is currently on hold until the new JDs go through moderation.
Business Finance – savings of £125,000
Reduction of 4.6fte’s (1.6 posts current found through VR). Consultation has concluded on this proposal. Various N5 and N6 posts will be deleted and replaced by one JD at each level. Indications are these will be at the same grade. A reduction of 1 FTE at N5/N6 level will be achieved via VR, with a reduction of 2 FTE at N4.
Summary of 2015-16 budget proposals.
Performance and Management Information – savings of £150,000
Reduction of 2 FTE (achieved through deletion of a vacant post and a VR request). Reduction in non-staffing budget though case management system contract renegotiation.
Business Finance – savings of £125,000
Reduction of 4.6 FTEs (1.6 posts current found through VR). Consultation will soon commence on proposed job redesign within this area as a result of the implementation of the Care Act and new care services ICT systems.
Workforce Development – saving of £112,000
Reduction of 1.1 FTE (achieved through a combination of step down and potential VR). Some non-statutory workforce development will stop, but existing capacity of Newcastle Safeguarding Children’s Board training will continue.
Business Improvement and Project Management – saving of £102,000
Reduction of 2 FTEs (achieved through 1 vacancy deletion and 1 VR). A further potential 1 FTE reduction has been mitigated by securing additional funding through income generation.
Complaints and Customer Relations (£15,000) and Business Continuity and Risk Management (£10,000)
Both will be achieved without reducing staff.
CMcA gave update on budget proposals for Business Management and the Care Cooperative. A discussion was held on the two options – LATC and further integration with the NHS - which are currently being explored. (Branch Committee Minutes, November 2014)
15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.
Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.
Branch nominations and ballot details.
This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.
Winners in March.
Executive pay bandwagon rolls on
Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay
Employment law changes this April
New minimum wage rates kick in
UK lags on maternity
Merger heralds new teaching union
Consultation on caste discrimination
New courses for members and stewards.
Inflation leaps to 3.2%
More regulation of gig economy needed
Appalling risk of suicides in construction
Fat cats — the great pay divide
Racist abuse after Brexit vote
Lack of diversity at top in Wales
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.
Swings and scooters of inflation basket
No real improvement in weekly earnings
Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
Zero-hours contracts at record high
Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
Agenda and annual report.
Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
GMB take on DX delivery firm
Former chancellor's nice big earner
Charter to stop violence at work
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
Trade Union Act regs come into force
Gender pension gap leaves women short
Violence at work — the nasty truth
Bookseller's £7m salary
Money purchase pension are norm
British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
Government fails in ethnicity review
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.
Government green paper on pensions
A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay
Employers — don't miss out on talent
Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff
Economic growth revised upwards
Work fears of disabled people revealed
Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'
North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region
North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises
UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense
Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival
Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week
Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?
Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall
Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns
Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’
Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC
There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid
Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire
NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'
Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests
Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?
Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts
More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals
Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting
TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report
NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs
Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says
Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’
Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts
'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration
Racism at work
Economy grows but there's a shortfall
Advice on gender pay gap from Acas
Tories offer no solution on discrimination
Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools
A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
Death by a thousand fire service cuts
Guidance on stress
Modern-day slave traders jailed
Fees let bad bosses get off scot free
Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017
Get tough on pay, says pension funds
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act
Inflation rates at highest since 2014
Retail inflation eating into earnings growth
UK unemployment at nine-year low
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says
May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal
NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial
Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint
TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights
Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage
High street store fined over safety
Manufacturing output edges higher
Child poverty briefing
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff
Plans for a Universal Basic Income
2017 — economic forecasts for year
'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone
Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts
UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse
UK economic growth revised upwards