The council have proposed to close the staff canteen, not consult on closure, but close due to economic reasons:
“As part of these changes the Civic Centre Canteen will be closed by the end of May 2015. The increased number of sandwich shops and catering facilities close to the Civic Centre has had a significant impact on the canteen and it is not sustainable for it to continue operating at a loss”.
UNISON is supporting our members who work in the canteen and we have requested the financial details that the decision to close was based on, in addition we are considering a range of actions we can take in support of the retention of a staff canteen in the future, have you any ideas to help?
A paper petition is available to sign in the canteen itself and you can also add your name to an electronic one:
A Facebook page has been set up also, please “Like” the page.
Representatives from the campaign group met with the deputy leader Joyce McCarty to raise our concerns about the closure of the canteen. In particular we raised: the lack of consultation, both with service users and staff; why a review was not undertaken to look at alternative ideas other than outright closure, and the lack on any impact assessment.
The Council's response is that there will be NO REPRIEVE and the intention is still to close the canteen in May.
In the response that was provided we have been informed that:
In addition in the response that was provided we were informed:
‘ The current setting for eating is not conducive as a social space for eating, it is dark and gloomy. Apart from at Westgate, no depot or other council facility has a canteen offer and the Civic is the place where the higher paid staff are based. And the fact that there are 100s of food outlets nearby is also a consideration in our decision. We cannot afford to subsidise the food offer for the highest paid staff any more, in the same way that we are no longer subsidising the cost of car parking’
This campaign group meeting has been organised to gauge your views on this response and discuss where the campaign goes next.
Over a thousand people have signed the petition and it is really important that as many people as possible attend this meeting so we can come up with some new ideas about working towards the reversing of the decision. The campaign group are clear that this campaign can still be won and all support is needed.
In addition April 14th is the next ‘ Use your Canteen day’ on the menu will be the top choices that you choose on the last campaign day. Please come along, buy your favourite dish and support the canteen
Monday 30 March – Wednesday 1 April
Come along to the canteen on one of these days, and with every purchase we will give you a raffle ticket. You will be entered into our Easter Egg competition and could win a fabulous Easter Egg. Prizes will be drawn on the Thursday in the canteen. This is part of the ongoing campaign to save the canteen. Over the last few weeks we have held 2 events in the canteen and the response has been eggcellent.
At UNISON’s request, the Council have shown us that takings on these days increased, which shows that the campaign is having a positive effect; and we now have over 980 signatures on the petition.
Your involvement has made a huge difference. Please support the Canteen “EGG – STRAVAGANZA”.
After the success of the last “Use Your Canteen Day”, the Save Our Canteen campaign group and UNISON are organising another one! Please see the attached flyer.
Canteen staff who stand to lose their jobs are very appreciative of the support they are receiving, and it proves how the deliberate support of staff can make a difference to the future viability of the staff canteen. UNISON has requested details of the increased takings compared to a “usual” Friday, and we are hopeful that another successful turn out will convince the Council to review their decision.
Don’t forget that UNISON’s demands are for a pause in the process, pending a review including full consultation with the staff employed in the canteen and the users of the canteen; both council staff and members of the public. We also know it will require a commitment from those staff who want a staff canteen to remain, to ensure they regularly use the canteen in the future, but many members have already committed to this.
UNISON doesn’t want to see significant sums of money spent on the Civic Centre, providing a (hopefully) better environment to work in, being undermined by not having a council run, council staffed, place to socialise and get access to a hot meal; staff have told us that not everyone has the time to leave the Civic during the day, and not every private catering outlet offers the same range of hot and cold food.
Come to the canteen, sign the petition, raise the issue with your colleagues, let’s convince the council that there is a collective demand to retain the staff canteen.
Friday 27th February, 12.30 pm – 2.30pm.
The council have announced they are to close the canteen. A campaign group has been launched to save it. At its first meeting the group decided to send letters to councillors asking for the rationale behind the decision and to hold an event that showed how well supported the canteen is – ‘ Use Your Canteen Day’
The campaign have asked Cabinet members & councillors to come and listen to canteen users from 1pm and canteen workers from 2.30pm.
Come and show your support. Oppose the proposed closure in May this year.
Resistance to the closure of the staff canteen in the Civic Centre is building, following a call from Branch members a campaign group has been set up uniting the staff working in the canteen, UNISON members across the Branch and staff who regularly use the canteen.
A letter has been sent to Cabinet members inviting them to a “Use your canteen day” on Friday 27th February where staff who work in the canteen can have their questions answered on the closure proposals.
UNISON would encourage all staff that use the Civic Canteen to join the campaign as the Council won’t back down unless they are shown how important this resource is to staff.
Outlines February 2015
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