Communities

Customer, Culture and Skills


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February 2017

Libraries and Customer Services

Formal consultation has closed regarding proposed changes to the management structure in CHL&P and movement of the Registrars service to Facilities Services and Civic Management. The selection process is due to take place and support is being offered to members.

In April 2017 the CSC-Civic Centre will close and relocate to the City library, the service offered will be different to that currently available and a working group has been set up to look at the service running from this site. CSC currently register births, due to the relocation, changes were required and so following a selection process 3 staff will move from the CHL & P team to registrars. There are also ongoing discussions regarding the staffing of the front desk.

Issues in relation to staffing levels at the city library on a weekend have been raised with UNISON and meeting took place with management and a local shop steward to try and address these issues. As soon as a response is provided this will be shared with members.

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January 2017

Libraries and Customer Services

Formal consultation has begun regarding proposed changes to the management structure in CHL&P and movement of the Registrars service to Facilities Services and Civic Management. The proposals outline the intention to delete the following posts – 2 Area Managers, 5 Customer Contact Specialists, 2.5 Library Specialist, and the Digital Transformation Manager and create - 1 Service Development Manager, 1 Digital Development Manager, 5.5 Service Delivery Specialists and 1 Technical Service Specialists (Fixed term 9 Months). Consultation is ongoing in this area

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December 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

Formal consultation has begun regarding proposed changes to the management structure in CHL&P and movement of the Registrars service to Facilities Services and Civic Management. The proposals outline the intention to delete the following posts – 2 Area Managers, 5 Customer Contact Specialists, 2.5 Library Specialist, and the Digital Transformation Manager and create - 1 Service Development Manager, 1 Digital Development Manager, 5.5 Service Delivery Specialists and 1 Technical Service Specialists (Fixed term 9 Months). Members within this area are being supported and meetings have already taken place.

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November 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

Ongoing discussions are taking place regarding working with Partners when facilities are closed, a working group has been set up to look at this. In addition, discussions continue regarding the move of the Customer Service Centre to the City Library – a working group has been set up. The intention is the move will have taken place April 2017.

Budget briefings have taken place across the service, and whilst there is no job loss due to the budget in the first year, savings have been identified. Further detail is being sought on these. The 3 year proposals included the removal of the Stack, an area on the 5th floor of the City Library that houses books, this collection has been built up since mid 1800s. The intention is that this floor will be leased out and generate money for the Council. Staff have raised concerns in relation to this and discussions are ongoing. There is also the intention to move the Registrar service to Bereavement services, and consultation on what this means in terms of staffing needs to take place.

Informal Consultation on a proposed management structure has begun with formal consultation due to begin in November. Members are receiving representation and support.

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October 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

Ongoing discussions are taking place regarding working with Partners when facilities are closed, a working group has been set up to look at this. In addition, discussion continues regarding the move of the Customer Service Centre to the City Library – a working group has been set up. Concerns have been raised by members across the service in relation to annual leave, this centres around availability and the length of time staff are having to wait to have leave confirmed. A meeting with the Service Manager and shop stewards is to be arranged.

A Regional Library seminar is to take place and will be held in the Newcastle City Library – this will look at the current issues facing the service and how UNISON responds. Once a date is confirmed further details will be shared.

Budget briefings are taking place across this area but at the time of writing this report no detail has been shared - an update will be provided at Branch Committee

October branch committee minutes: "Nothing further to add to the provided reports."

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September 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

Ongoing discussions are taking place regarding working with Partners when facilities are closed, a working group has been set up to look at this. UNISON re-affirmed the members position that closed should mean closed. In addition to this a further working group has been set up regarding the moving of the Customer Service Centre to the City Library, this was part of the 2013/14 budget and the move is due to take place before March 2017. Clearly members will have concerns regarding the implications of the move, and UNSION are involved in these meetings and are supporting members at this time.

Parks

This area is still exploring the possibility of a Trust model to operate this service. 1:1s have taken place will all staff, as updates are provided these will be shared with Branch Committee.

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July 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

Discussions in this area are ongoing in relation to what services may be available when facilities are closed, a member meeting took place on Friday 1st July and correspondence will be sent to all members in the division to further seek their views on this issue. Tony Durcan – Assistant Director for CCS, has sent a note to all staff regarding this issue and a working group has been set up.  Angela Forster has been appointed to the Service Manager post, details are still to be shared regarding the restructuring of posts N7 and above.

Parks

This area is still exploring the possibility of a Trust model to operate this service. This review has been on-going for over a year and regular meetings take place with the staff which UNISON attend.  Further updates will be shared when provided.

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June 2016

Libraries and Customer Services

A full members’ meeting was called for members across CCS.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss community hubs and job substitution, and the impact of the new rotas (new rotas have been implemented due to the reduced opening hours across the service). At the meeting the following issues were raised

I met with David Fay, Angela Foster and John Dickson to outline the concerns raised.  I have also written to David and asked a meeting is convened to discuss the issues and see what measures can be put in place to address them.  In addition, the letter also re-affirmed the memberships positon on YHN and Newcastle City Learning staff carrying out any functions outside of their role when CCS services are closed but the shared buildings are open -  members stated again this would be seen as  job substitution and are in complete opposition to this.  A meeting has been arranged for UNISON and management within this area to discuss this.

Details have not yet been shared in relation to the further review of senior management across the service. This information is expected once the service manager is appointment.

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September 2015

Integrated working – changes to staff work patterns

Following the implementation of integrated working at the West End CSC & Library, the Outer West is the next location where this model will role out.  Feedback was provided after the first pilot and members have fed back that the do not feel that this has been looked at and considered when rolling the model out further. UNISON met with the management in this area and have asked for clarity on this. In addition a meeting will be arranged for staff within CCS to share the response received, and see if this addresses the outstanding concerns.

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July 2015

Digital by Choice

This program covers the Council as whole and Tony Durcan leads on this. He met staff within CCS to inform them that the intention is to remove cashiering services from the council by November 2015. A UNISON meeting for members in this area has been arranged and a verbal update will be provided at Branch Committee. UNISON have been very clear that this a fundamental change for the Council and that consultation is required.

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February 2015

A meeting has been held with the staff in parks to discuss the Parks & Heritage trust which has been proposed. As yet there are no details behind this idea other than the council are exploring this an option. Monthly meetings are now going to be held with staff, and UNISON will attend monthly meetings with Tony Durcan who is leading on this project.

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January 2015

Management arrangement is this area to have a temporary change. Tony Durcan is to step away from his day to day duties in the Customer Culture and Skills/Co-Operative Communities (CCS/CC) Division to focus on delivering a number of the Council's major change programmes including Digital by Choice, procuring a leisure trust and developing a parks/heritage trust solution.

To facilitate this arrangement 2 interim Heads of Service within the CCS/CC division have been appointed - Diane Scott will look after both Co-operative Communities and her current area of Customer Contact. David Fay will oversee Adult Learning, Culture and Tourism and his current area of Libraries and Leisure.

UNSION will continue to meet with David and Diane to raise the divisional issues. UNISON will meet Tony on a monthly basis to discuss the areas he is leading on.

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December 2014

Tony Durcan (Assistant Director Customers, Culture & Skills) has held a series of briefings within this division. At these he provided high level details regarding the approach to the budget, and discussed the document ‘Fair Choices in Tough times’. No specific details were presented regarding proposals for services in this area. As further details are shared updates will be provided to branch committee.

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November 2014

Tony Durcan is holding briefing sessions across the division these are to provide a general update for staff, and to discuss the document Fair Choices in Tough times- whilst there is no specific budget information in relation to CCS the briefing will cover the high level budget information that has been shared to date.

The first meeting of shops stewards and management was held in October, the meeting gave the reps an opportunity to raise any issue or concerns they had directly with Tony, David and Neil (Diane Scott was unable to attend). These meeting will now be held quarterly.

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October 2014

UNISON meets fortnightly with the senior management team in this area. In the last report it was outlined that queries had been raised in relation to outstanding vacancies, use of overtime and staffing/capacity issues at locations. Some initial responses were provided and fed back to shop stewards, who felt that the issues raised had not been addressed.

A meeting was arranged for these shop stewards to meet with Tony Durcan, David Fay and Diane Scott to express the concerns their members were sharing with them. Staffing levels and customer demand are of particular concern to the membership and there was a lengthy discussion about the impact this was having across the division. Following this meeting I have written to Tony outlining these concerns and have asked for written feedback.

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September 2014

The new integrated structure within this service has now been in place since 1st June. A number of queries are still coming forward from members, these are - outstanding vacancies, how these will be recruited to and the use of short term overtime. The reduction of staff in this restructure was up to 23%, therefore UNISON have requested information relating to how these vacancies have arisen, where there are current gaps in the structure and for clarity to be given on the use of overtime.

UNISON have met with Tony Durcan to discuss the rest of the Leisure estate, following a letter being submitted by UNISON asking for an update on the planned procurement of a trust to run the remaining centres (East End Pool, Walker Activity Dome and the Westgate Centre for Sport). UNISON will receive a formal response to the letter.

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July 2014

Following the restructure and integration of the Leisure, Libraries and Customer Services the new staff rotas have been shared, with most rotas taking effect from July 1st. There have been some queries raised by members who have concerns about their rota and UNISON is supporting them. Working patterns and locations will continue to be looked at, and further information is due to be released before the end of the year.

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June 2014

Following the restructure and integration of Leisure, Libraries and Customer Services, a number of issues remain outstanding, and the Branch meets with Tony Durcan who leads in this area on a weekly basis to discuss these. In particular rotas and staff location are of key concern for the membership, and it is anticipated that in the next 3 weeks staff will be informed of their new patterns of work.

UNISON have stressed that when looking at the allocation of rotas if members do raise any concerns, regarding either their pattern of work or location, due consideration must be given.

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May 2014

The restructure in this area is now complete and implementation took place on May 1st 2014.

Outstanding Issues - communication/meeting arrangements, staff deployment, training and development programme, leave and flexi arrangements, deployment of pool/casual staff, uniforms are still being worked through, and UNISON are meeting management w/b 5th May to discuss rotas in particular. Tony Durcan has conducted staff briefings across the city and UNISON have been in attendance at all of these. UNISON has stressed that when looking at the allocation of rotas, staff concerns regarding their pattern of work or location must be taken account of.

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April 2014

The restructure in this area is ongoing, and the selection for redundancy for the N5 vacancies is still not complete, we anticipate an outcome shortly. Once this happens this will be the selection process completed but UNISON are still in discussion regarding any posts that are not filled as part of the overall process and how these will be recruited too.

There are still a number of issues outstanding, these are: communication/meeting arrangements, staff deployment, training and development programme, leave and flexi arrangements, deployment of pool/casual staff, uniforms. The management are working on resolving these issues. The implementation date of the new structure has now moved and will be implemented on1st May 2014.
In addition to the overall restructuring, additional savings were proposed such as the closure of the face to face Customer Service facilities for one day per week at Outer West, East End and West End Centres, and the complete withdrawal of face to face Customer Service at Kenton. These reductions and changes were confirmed by the Council meeting on 5th March. Work is being undertaken on how this will work and the implications for staff with regard to day to day activity. UNISON continues to meet regularly with the leads in this area to discuss the ongoing issues.

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March 2014

As part of the current restructure in this area, the selection process for the N8’s and above has now concluded. 3 staff are at risk of redundancy and are going through the redeployment process. The staff in the N7 and below ring-fenced are involved in the selection process and it is anticipated that this will conclude by mid-March.

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February 2014

Earlier Communities reports have given details of the proposals for the integration for the services that fall within CCS, and the staff potentially risk. The selection process for the N8s and above has now taken place, there are some outstanding queries so confirmation has yet to be shared regarding the outcome of the selection process. Once all queries have been addressed confirmation of appointments will be shared with all staff. For the staff who do know they are at risk, they have received support from myself and will continue to do so. The service support assistants were also a worker group going through a selection process, a cut of 1.6 FTE was to be made, it was highlighted to Unison that overtime was being worked in this area. I asked that this was looked in to, to see if these hours could be converted to jobs. We have had confirmation that the hours previously worked as overtime can be converted and equate to 2 FTE posts, therefore no staff in this worker group are at risk. We have highlighted that staff have unnecessarily been through a selection process and suffered stress due to this, and that overtime should have been looked at prior. This has been noted by the leads in this area. The Selection process for the N7s and below has now begun, the deadline for the EOIs has closed and interview dates have been shared. I will provide an update when the outcome of this process is completed.

Discussions regarding the asset transfer are on going, I January we have visited the 3 facilities affected by the proposal- Outer West Pool, Gosforth Pool and Eldon leisure. These meetings were an opportunity for us to explain our involvement to date and to understand the views of our members. Management are following up these visits, after this we will receive a response from our members on how the transfer. This will inform on how we proceed with the negotiations going forward. A full update on the visits and unisons involvement will be provided at branch committee.

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January 2014

Proposals regarding the restructuring of the services that fall within CCS were shared in September, the proposals outlined the intention to integrate Libraries, Leisure and Customer Service Functions, and these included the intention to downsize the current workforce and to introduce some new integrated roles across the service. This restructure is ongoing and the selection process has begun, this is being conducted in phases, N8 staff and above will be appointed first. EOIs have already been submitted and interviews are due to take place at the beginning of January 2014.

The Service Support Staff who were based in Libraries are not part of the integrated role, there is a requirement to reduce this staff group by 1.58 FTE, and the selection process has started for this worker group. The selection process for staff N7 and below will then take place from mid-January. When the proposals were initially shared the staffing establishment was to reduce by 54.11 FTE and the risk of staff being made compulsory redundant was high. Throughout the process UNISON has put pressure on Tony Durcan the lead officer in this area to mitigate against compulsory redundancies by exploring all alternatives; accept staff requesting VR and delete vacancies and fixed term contracts. This exercise has significantly reduced the staff numbers at risk so that the maximum numbers of those facing compulsory redundancy is now 3.58 FTE, we have requested that Tony reviews all bump redundancy requests and ensures that everything is being done to avoid any member being made compulsory redundant.

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December 2013

The restructure within CCS is on going. Further information in relation to the finalised structure, final jds with grades and task lists have been shared with staff. The leads in this area are intending to start the selection process on 25th November, however a number of documents are outstanding, we have been informed these will be shared with staff via email on 25th November. 3 meetings were set up to meet with members once the final structure was shared. Negotiations are on-going regarding the final documents that are due to be released. We have urged members who have any comments regarding what has been shared to raise these.

In addition we are meeting the leads in this area to discuss the asset transfer on 25th November. We are seeking information on the on-going discussions with the preferred bidders, and clarity on the issues we raised. There is particular concern regarding the timing of the asset transfer and the implementation of the restructure. We are seeking assurances that staff within leisure will not be disadvantaged should the asset transfer not take place. We have given a commitment to update members once we have met with the leads in this area. A further 3.5% of cuts have been announced - an update will be given under the budget item.

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November 2013

The review within Culture Customer and skills (CCS) is on going. A substantial amount of feedback was received throughout the consultation. The consultation was due to close on 30th September however Unison requested an extension to allow for further feedback, and now due to further queries being raised the deadline for all information to be released by Tony Durcan in relation to the structure has been extended to 11th November. We felt that it would not have been appropriate to close consultation when there were still a number of questions and queries outstanding. Management expect to be in a position to share the final structure, with re drafted Job Descriptions on this date. We continue to meet with Tony and the leads within this area on a weekly basis.
UNISON has evaluated the bids that were submitted regarding the proposed asset transfer. As the authority are still in the process of assessing the bids these are confidential documents and so the feedback we provided can not be shared at this point, however we have raised concerns in relation to the financial and staffing elements of the bids and are awaiting a response. We have requested to meet with Tony Durcan to discuss the bids further before any decisions are taken in relation to the running of the facilities earmarked for asset transfer.

A verbal update on this restructure and the asset transfer will be provided at Branch Committee.

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October 2013

Communities Directorate report to Branch Committee.


Libraries and Customer Services

Discussions in this area are ongoing in relation to what services may be available when facilities are closed, a member meeting took place on Friday 1st July and correspondence will be sent to all members in the division to further seek their views on this issue. Tony Durcan – Assistant Director for CCS, has sent a note to all staff regarding this issue and a working group has been set up.  Angela Forster has been appointed to the Service Manager post, details are still to be shared regarding the restructuring of posts N7 and above.

 

Parks

This area is still exploring the possibility of a Trust model to operate this service. This review has been on-going for over a year and regular meetings take place with the staff which UNISON attend.  Further updates will be shared when provided.

 

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06/04/2017

NEC Elections

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01/04/2017

Branch Lottery

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Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

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


23/03/2017

Training

New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

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


22/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


18/03/2017

Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

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Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

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


12/03/2017

AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

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


03/03/2017

March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

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NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

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


01/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


24/02/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

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.


23/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

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

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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


22/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

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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

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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

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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


12/02/2017

Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

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

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TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


05/02/2017

Affiliations and donations

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07/02/2017

In the papers

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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

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

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

UNIMAG 33

A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


06/02/2017

Branch Lottery

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27/01/2017

Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

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26/01/2017

North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

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


22/01/2017

Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

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

In the Papers

Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

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Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


15/01/2017

Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

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Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

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


13/01/2017

Branch Lottery

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The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

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Northern Region Training Programme

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Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'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