Communities

Facilities, Services and Civic Management


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February 2017

Proposed merger of Bereavement Services and Registration Services

It was proposed to move the Registration Service from CHL&P to within Bereavement Services. The consultation in this area has now closed and the selection process has now started.

Cash in Transit

Proposals were shared that outlined the following -  to delete one cash round (one vehicle and 3 staff) which would result in a reduction 3 staff (FTE)  there is currently 1 vacancy. Staff are now going through the selection process and support is being offered.

Property Portfolio & Markets Structure

This area had a budget saving of target of £300k, proposals have been shared with staff. Due to the various worker groups affected a number of selection processes are due to take place, an update will be provided for next branch committee.

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January 2017

Proposed merger of Bereavement Services and Registration Services

It is proposed to move the Registration Service from CHL&P to within Bereavement Services. A number of posts are being and new post being created. Consultation meetings have taken place and a  response from management has been shared. Due to the merger of these services a wider ring-fence for the posts within Registrars is proposed that would also cover the new roles within CHL&P. A further meeting is to take place early January.

Cash in Transit

Proposals were shared that outlined the following -  to delete one cash round (one vehicle and 3 staff) which would result in a reduction 3 staff (FTE)  there is currently 1 vacancy. Further meetings have taken place with staff and consultation is now closed. No changes were made to the original proposals and staff will through the selection for redundancy matrix process. Support is being offered to members at this time.

Property Portfolio & Markets Structure

This area has a budget saving of target of £300k, proposals have been shared with staff. Consultation meetings have taken place a response provided to UNISON members. Consultation has now closed in this area, further information is required regarding selection processes.

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December 2016

Proposed merger of Bereavement Services and Registration Services

It is proposed to move the Registration Service from CHL&P to within Bereavement Services. The following posts across both current services are to be Deleted 1 Bereavement and Facilities Manager, 1 Burial  Co-Ordinator, 1 Memorial Officer, 1 Customer Contact Specialist and 0.5 Area Manager- Customer Services. The following posts will created 1 Bereavement Service manager, 1 Registration & Support Services Manager, 1 Cemeteries Officer and 1 Senior Registration Services Officer. Consultation meetings have taken place and staff are awaiting a response from management. Due to the merger of these services a wider ring-fence for the posts within Registrars is proposed that would also cover the new roles within CHL&P.

Cash in Transit

Consultation has begun in this area  - there has been a downturn of work due to the Council moving towards a cash less approach, which has led to less cash being collected. It is proposed to delete one cash round (one vehicle and 3 staff) which would result in a reduction 3 staff (FTE) - there is currently 1 vacancy. Further meetings are due to take place with staff.

Property Portfolio & Markets Structure

This area has a budget saving of target of £300k, proposal have been shared with staff that outline the following - to bring Markets Management and Enterprise Centres Management together and create a new Manager post supported by 2 new Officer posts. It is proposed to delete the following posts - 1 Assistant Surveyor, 1 Programme Manager, 0.65 Programme Officer, 1 Property  Officer, 1 Operations Manager, 1 Market Support Officer, 1 Business Development Centres manager, and 1 Senior Technician. It is proposed to create the following a Commercial Property Manager and 2 Commercial Property Officers. There are currently 2 vacancies. Consultation meetings have taken place and consultation is due to close early December.

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November 2016

Cleaning staff from the Molineux Centre and NewCroft Centre are being TUPEd to an organisation called OCS. This transfer will not take place until January 2017. There are also proposed changes within Adult Meals on Wheels - these impact on staff who deliver the meals.  New rotas are being proposed, which will mean a reduction in working hours and 1 post is at risk – the consultation in this area is on-going.

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October 2016

Cleaning staff from the Molineux Centre and NewCroft Centre are being TUPE to an organisation called OCS. These buildings belong to the NHS who have decided to award the cleaning contract to OCS - a commercial organisation.  The transfer is due to take place in November and members in this area are being supported.  A number of issues have been raised with OCS and discussions continue.

There are proposed changes for staff in Catering Services - Services to Schools and Public Buildings. Job titles have been modernised to remove duplication and additional capacity is proposed at the supervisory level.  Job titles are also changing across the service. A briefing was held with Cooks from across the service, UNISON were in attendance. 3 staff are at risk, and are being supported.

There are also proposed changes within Adult Meals on Wheels.  These impact on staff who deliver the meals, new rota are being proposed, which will mean a reduction in working hours and 1 post is at risk – the consultation in this area is on-going.

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September 2016

The Warden Service was greatly reduced due to the 2015/16 budget and changes to the current SLA agreement with YHN. This resulted in job cuts and substantial changes to working times. Staff have been met with regard to the changes and UNISON were in attendance. Cleaning staff from the Molineux Centre and NewCroft Centre are being TUPEd to an organisation called OCS. These buildings belong to the NHS who have decided to award the cleaning contract to OCS - a commercial organisation. Newcastle City Council did not have the opportunity to bid for this work and this is a national approach by the NHS. UNISON have raised a number of queries in relation to the information shared and are awaiting a response. Visits to both sites have taken place

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July 2016

A security review is to take place with consultation due to start in September 2016. Cash in Transit is also to be reviewed, but as yet no timescale has been shared. As an interim arrangement to cover an absence Mark Lamb will manage Bereavement services.

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May 2016

Budget Update

The wardens have been through a selection process and 3 staff have been identified as at risk. Support has been offered to members within this area.

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April 2016

14 wardens have been identified as at risk (current establishment 26). In addition to the job loss, the post was proposed to be cut from 37 hrs per week to 35 hours. Negotiations have taken place in this area and the proposal to reduce working hours has now been withdrawn. Staff are currently going through a selection process.

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November 2015

Restructure

Phase 2 of the restructure in this area is taking place - this involves Facilities to Schools and Business Development. 19 posts are being deleted and 19 post are being created, consultation has now closed. Staff identified as lift and drop have been notified of this and the selection process for the remaining staff will now take place. UNSION have been attended all staff sessions and are providing support to the members in this area.

Security review

A review of this section is taking place, staff focus groups have been part of this process and staff briefings will inform staff of the next steps – these are due to be held towards the end of October. Should further details be available an update will be provided at Branch Committee.

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October 2015

Phase 2 of the restructure in this area is taking place - this involves Facilities to Schools and Business Development. 19 posts are being deleted and 19 post are being created, consultation is ongoing. Meetings have been held with members.

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July 2015

Phase 1 of the restructure in this area took place in 2014 and it is anticipated that the second phase will begin in July 2015. This section of Communities covers a number of services. As yet no detail has been shared with UNISON, however, as soon as this is received it will be shared.

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June 2015

The canteen’s last trading day was 21 May 2015. The campaign group supported by UNISON ran a campaign however neither politicians nor senior officers were willing to rescind the decision to close. The canteen staff have provided a safe, comfortable, welcoming facility for staff to use, and will be greatly missed.

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May 2015

The canteen group supported by UNISON have ran number of successful ‘Use Your Canteen days’, have met with the deputy leader- Joyce McCarty and representatives of the group also met with David Hall and Christine Herriot. There is no intention to reverse this decision and the campaign group meet next week to see what else the campaign can do in terms of saving the canteen. An update will be provided at Branch committee.

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February 2015

Proposals to restructure management and support services in this area were shared in September. These proposals outlined the intention to merge Bereavement and Hospitality services and make changes within Banqueting.

These proposals have now been changed and this merger will now not take place.

Restructuring within management will continue and the outcome of this is expected in February this will result in a reduction of 2FTE.

At last month’s Branch committee the closure of the canteen and what campaign could be run was discussed. The branch continue to work on this and further update will be provided at Branch Committee. Financial information has been requested yet it has not been received. A meeting with David Hall who leads on the Civic Enterprise Board is arranged.

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January 2015

Proposals to restructure management and support services in this area was shared in September. These proposals outlined the intention to merge Bereavement and Hospitality services and make changes within Banqueting.In addition a number of posts were to be deleted and new posts created.

Christine Herriot, Head of Service in this area, met with staff on 12th December to inform them that these proposals had had a major change. Hospitality and Bereavement would remain 2 separate sections, and there would be no change to the various chefs’ positions within Banqueting.

What these new proposals now do include is the intention to close the Staff canteen and to reduce catering assistant who support the committee rooms. This means that only one post from the current 5.46fte would remain and this would be split into 2 separate posts at 0.5, these posts would support the committee rooms.

A petition is already in the canteen asking for staff support against this closure. In the early new year UNISON will meet with the members to discuss a campaign against this proposed closure and reduction in catering assistants.

Further correspondence from the branch will be circulated about how members can get involved. UNISON have already raised what consultation took place, or will take place, with those who use the canteen. A further update will be provided at branch committee. (NR

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December 2014

The restructure in this area is on going. Staff fed back views throughout consultation and are awaiting a response from Christine Herriot (Head of Facilities Services & Civic Mgt). (NR

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November 2014

The review in this area is on going and consultation has been extended, I have held 2 meetings with members and have fed back the queries they have raised. There is job loss in this area – the proposals outline the intention delete 20 posts and create 15 new roles. Once consultation closes, I  will arrange to meet with the members again.(NR

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October 2014

Civic Facilities Service Review

Proposals have been shared regarding the restructure within this area; this will be conducted in phases

Phase 1 – Managerial and new support posts

Phase 2 – Detailed service review.

The first phase proposes to delete 20 posts and create 15 new roles, and to merge some of the current sections. Consultation is on-going and representation is being provided to members. Meetings have also been held with worker groups not directly affected in phase 1 but to inform them of what is proposed and that they will be part of the phase 2 proposals. The intention is to implement phase 1 by 1st November, allow this structure to bed in and then began consultation on phase 2. Updates will be provided at Branch Committee.(NR

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March 2014

A successful workshop was held for Facility supervisors and charge hand cleaners, with UNISON having a learning table at the event. This group of staff are hard to reach due to their working locations and times of work, so this was a good opportunity for us to meet with them.(NR

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February 2014

Christine Herriot continues to meet with staff in this area, and we are present at all these meetings, I (NR) also meet with her on a regular basis, this is an opportunity to raise any issue or concerns we have.(NR

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January 2014

Christine Herriot is the Head of Service for this area and since coming into post has given a commitment to meet with all her staff. To date a large number of meetings have taken place and we have been present at the majority of these. It has proved to be an excellent way of engaging with staff that we would normally find hard to do so, particularly within the schools estate. Jane Yugire has also attended to provide advice on the learning which has been very well received. These visits are nearly complete.(NR

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November 2013

Christine Herriot continues to meet the staff within this area as a way of an introducing herself to staff, we are attending these sessions and outlining learning opportunities that are available to UNISON members. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with members that are often hard to reach.(NR

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October 2013

Christine Herriot, Head of Service for Facilities Services and Civic Management, has visited staff over the summer months, and this will continue through the autumn. Christine has some 1400 staff spread across a wide graphical area. A number of visits to schools to meet catering and cleaning staff have taken place and further meetings are calendared in and UNISON will be in attendance. The staff employed in these service areas are difficult to reach and organise, and these visits are an excellent opportunity for us to engage with our members. Jane Yugire (B2L Project) has also been attending to discuss learning opportunities with members. A potential for further recruitment has been identified in this area and this will be coordinated with the work of the new school organiser secondment.(NR)


The Warden Service was greatly reduced due to the 2015/16 budget and changes to the current SLA agreement with YHN. This resulted in job cuts and substantial changes to working times. Staff have been met with regard to the changes and UNISON were in attendance. Cleaning staff from the Molineux Centre and NewCroft Centre are being TUPEd to an organisation called OCS. These buildings belong to the NHS who have decided to award the cleaning contract to OCS - a commercial organisation. Newcastle City Council did not have the opportunity to bid for this work and this is a national approach by the NHS. UNISON have raised a number of queries in relation to the information shared and are awaiting a response. Visits to both sites have taken place

 

New on Site

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

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.

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

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

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

In the papers

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


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

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


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

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?

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

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


07/02/2017

In the papers

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

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

Winners in January.


27/01/2017

Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


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

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


15/01/2017

Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

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

Winners in December.


06/01/2017

The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

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