Budget proposals in this area have been shared across Localised and Refuse services. 26 FTE posts were at risk across both services, a trawl for VR has taken place and staff have been informed if they are candidates for VR. UNISON have requested to meet with management to discuss how these numbers impact on staffing and how the services are delivered going forward.
A dispute has been lodged in this area regarding the removal of Trade Union facilities. Details of the dispute were shared in a previous report, once the outcome is known this will be shared with staff.
Budget proposals in this area have been shared across Localised and Refuse services. 26 FTE posts are at risk across both services, a trawl for VR has taken place and it is understood a selection process will not be required, however management will confirm VRs mid January.
A dispute has been lodged in this area regarding the removal of Trade Union facilities. Details of the dispute were shared in last months report, since then a meeting has taken place and a response provided. However this does not address the concerns raised in the dispute, so UNISON have appealed the outcome.
Budget proposals in this area have been shared across Localised and Refuse services. 26 FTE posts are at risk across both services, a trawl for VR has taken place and confirmation is due to see if a selection process is necessary. Once it is understood where the staffing reductions will take place further discussion will be held regarding how the services are delivered. Staff have now moved from Rothbury Terrace to alternative depots in the City.
A dispute has been lodged in this area regarding the removal of Trade Union facilities. The Trade Unions have an office at Condercum Road depot, this is a small space where members can meet confidentially, and where information and resources can be stored. The Council intend to make this area into a Learning Zone. UNISON clearly have no objection of a provision for a Learning Zone, but have requested an alternative space is provided. However, UNISON have been informed that there will not be a permanent space made available. UNISON do not find this acceptable and despite trying to resolve this with the management in this area have now had to lodge a dispute. An initial meeting has taken place but at present no resolution to the dispute has been found.
Budget proposals in this area have been shared across Localised and Refuse services. 26 FTE posts are at risk across both services, there is currently a trawl for VR. Once it is understood where the staffing reductions will take place further discussions will be held regarding how the services are delivered. In addition, last year’s proposal to remove staff from Rothbury Terrace will take place with staff based at alternative locations.
Following the implementation of the budget proposals and subsequent issues being raised - discussions are continuing regarding how the service goes forward with update meetings taking place. There continues to be some issues regarding some rounds and work not being completed. There is still the intention to bring all the workforce together across Refuse and UNISON have raised issues similar to those raised when staff were initially moved in March – once clarity is provided on these it will be shared with members.
Following the implementation of the budget proposals and subsequent issues being raised - discussions are continuing regarding how the service goes forward with weekly update meetings taking place. There continues to be some issues regarding some rounds and work not being completed. Management in this area are looking at why this may be accruing and full support is being given to members in this area. There is still the intention to bring all the workforce together across Refuse and UNISON have asked for clarity on the issues and queries first raised in March, when both depots were initially brought together. There were a number of problems and clarity is being sought on how these issues have been/will be addressed.
Following the implementation of the budget proposals and subsequent issues being raised - discussions are continuing regarding how the service goes forward with weekly update meetings taking place. There have been several articles in the Local press which have not fully represented the current situation. UNISON have met with Mick Murphy – Director of Communities and Peter Gray- Head of Service, to express our concern at what is being reported. Due to the budget proposals there were changes within this service and there are some issues in relation to missed bins, however, there is no dispute lodged and no members of staff have been disciplined contrary to what has been reported. The trade unions have written to Mick Murphy outlining our concerns and correspondence has been shared with staff regarding the most recent article in the press.
Following the implementation of the budget proposals and subsequent issues being raised - discussions are continuing regarding how the service goes forward. There have been a number of workplace meetings and workshops with the staff. It has been agreed that there will be regular communication with the staff so updates can be received.
Following the implementation of the budget proposals – discussions were continuing regarding how the service goes forward. The trade unions had been in dialogue with management regrading local practices and were awaiting further information from management. The refuse collection service was for all to work out of one depot, Condercum Road, from 16th April (previously half the service worked from Rothbury Terrace). At the time of the move there were still some outstanding concerns particularly reference to staff facilities. From this date staff also had set working hours 6.30am-4.30pm.
There have been a number issues since 16th April, primarily that the new workings times do not allow the staff to finish their rounds, and a number of bins have not been emptied. An incorrect statement was sent to the press about the staff, which although withdrawn very quickly, has caused anger amongst the workforce. UNISON met with Pat Richie, Cllr Nick Kemp who is the cabinet lead in this area, Mick Murphy- Director of Communities and Peter Gray – Head of Service, to discuss the issues. It was agreed that a letter would be sent to all staff apologising for the incorrect statement, this would outline the outstanding concerns staff had due to the changes.
A meeting then took place with all the workforce held by Pat Richie – where staff had the opportunity to raise issues and concerns. Staff workshops have also taken place. A further meeting is to take place with the trade unions to provide an update on the situation. UNISON have been clear throughout that staff are working as they should be and that the issues that have arisen are due to operational changes not the staff, but that we are committed to continue to meet with management in this area. A further update will be provided at Branch Committee.
Discussions continue in this area about how the service goes forward and, following on from the recent consultative ballot, the service is in a review period. The trade unions have been in dialogue with management regrading local practices and are awaiting further information from management. The refuse collection service will all work from Condercum Road depot from 16th April (previously half the service worked from Rothbury Terrace). There are still some outstanding concerns regarding this move with particular reference to staff facilities.
Budget proposals in this area impact on Local Services. These include
The restructuring is nearly complete and timescales for the Trade Waste officer’s selection process will be shared imminently. The reduction is 1 post from the current establishment of 2 FTE. Support is being provided in this area.
The Managers who were appointed have been informed of their areas of responsibility and engagement with front line staff will take place. In addition work is being undertaken with the Trade Waste Officers and evidence has been submitted by the staff demonstrating work load. An outcome regarding whether a post will be deleted is expected within the month.
In cab technology is being rolled out in Local Services. Initially there had been no staff engagement so UNISON intervened and asked this took place so both the staff and the trade unions understood why in cab technology was being introduced and had the opportunity to raise any queries.
Workshops have now taken place and Micky Dobson the convenor has been in attendance.
The restructuring in this area continues with interviews for the management roles taking place in April. 2 FTE posts are risk of redundancy, members continue to receive support in this area .In addition the proposal was to reduce the trade waste officers from 2 to 1, however there are ongoing discussions with regard to this proposal.
The restructuring in this area continues. Feedback has been provided and further information will be released w/b 23th January. The intention is to merge roles of Highway managers and Local Services managers, and to merge the roles of Assistant and Supervisors across the service. Managers will reduce from 9 FTE to 7 FTE and Supervisors from 6 FTE to 5 FTE.
In the Waste side the proposal is to merge the trading element with domestic waste. This would mean a reduction of 6 FTE to 5 FTE. Whilst frontline staff are not directly affected, the IIA for this area proposes new ways of working and UNISON has requested further information on this. The intention is also to cease the collection of bulky rubbish due to the cost of running the service and UNISON have requested the financial information relating to this.
Proposals have been shared regarding the budget reductions in this area. No frontline job loss is to take place, but there is the proposal to restructure the management structure across the service. The intention is to merge roles of Highway managers and Local Services managers, and to merge the roles of Assistant and Supervisors across the service. Managers will reduce from 9 FTE to 7 FTE and Supervisors from 6 FTE to 5 FTE.
In the Waste side the proposal is to merge the trading element with domestic waste. This would mean a reduction of 6 FTE to 5 FTE and 4 separate ring fences have been proposed. Consultation was due to close on 5th January however UNISON requested an extension to this to allow us time to have meaningful consultation with the members. A meeting with members will take place on 6th January. Consultation is now due to close on 12th January.
In addition to this there will be no bulky rubbish collection offered by Newcastle City Council. 4 staff are currently carry out this work and they will be offered roles across the service. The council feel that alternative providers who will collect bulky items and that currently it is not financially viable to run this service.
Concerns from the members have already been raised regarding the potential impact this could have on fly tipping and overloading of domestic bins. UNISON will gather further feedback from the members and feed this back to Peter Gray – Head of Service for Highways & Local Services.
Peter Gray (Head of Highways and Local Services) met with all staff to provide a high level briefing on the budget. No firm details have been shared and it is anticipated that Peter will be in a position to brief staff further prior to Christmas. UNISON will be in attendance at all briefings. (NR)
I have held pay meetings in depots over the last few weeks, the pay offer was explained to members and also allowed for any queries or questions. The meetings were well attended. (NR)
UNISON meets fortnightly with Peter Gray, Head of Service in this area. Due to the summer break only one meeting has taken place. At this meeting time sheets and the introduction of these across Local Services was raised. The intention is to use a new time sheet across this area. UNISON stated that staff will need to be met with, the time sheets discussed so all staff understand them, and understand why they are to be used. Peter has given a commitment to come back to the trade unions before the time sheets are implemented and has assured UNSION that there will be staff engagement before these are rolled out. (NR)
Peter Gray the Head of Service for this area met with all staff to brief them on how services were doing following the restructure in January, the pressures on the services and to highlight some of the budget issues going forward. These meetings were well attended, and UNISON was present at them all. Feedback was asked for, and UNISON will meet with Peter to go through this feedback. The intention is use this feedback to form part of the discussions when looking at how services are provided going forward. (NR)
New ways of working has been introduced and the impact was a significant change to working hours, and for some members locations were changed. Where this had a detrimental impact on an individual’s circumstances; UNISON made representation to management to attempt to resolve the issues. The new structure is now fully implemented. (NR)
All frontline staff were met regarding new ways of working. This had a particular impact on staff working times and management wanted to impose this with very little notice. However, due to the significant changes in work patterns, UNISON felt that an adequate notice period was required and negotiated one of 4 weeks before any changes took effect. This was agreed and the new ways of working begins from Tuesday 6th May 2014. (NR)
All frontline staff have been met regarding proposals in relation to new ways of working, this includes changes to work places and rotas. There are a number of worker groups affected, and UNISON has met with Peter Gray to offer an alternative proposal to some of the changes that were proposed, the Branch is waiting for a response. In addition to this, the new management structure is implemented from 1st April, and a number of members who did not secure posts in this structure have been successfully redeployed. (NR)
Following the restructure within localised, staff have now been appointed to the areas they will manage. Peter Gray (Head of Highways and Local Services) will visit sites to inform staff of the changes. Negotiations are in progress regarding the work programme for staff within the landscape section. In December Peter had informed frontline staff that no posts were at risk, however the work program for staff within landscape has become clearer, and work that was previously understood to be outstanding had been completed. Peter is undertaking a review of the implications of this for the staff and the section. (NR)
The restructuring of management, supervisor and support posts within Localised services is now complete. In total 15 staff were displaced and to date 4 staff have been successful is being redeployed. Unison members are continuing to receive advice and support. We met with Peter Gray to explore bump opportunities and asked that all bumps were looked at to see if this will help mitigate against any compulsory redundancies. A number of bumps have now been advertised on the redeployment newsletter, and I have asked for an update on further bump opportunities. Discussions are due to take place regarding the new arrangements regarding the management of areas within localised, and we will be at meetings when this is shared with the wider workforce. (NR)
There is a restructuring of management, supervisor and support posts within Localised services. The original reduction of staff was from 36 FTE to 14FTE. We met our members throughout the consultation process and fed back issues to management. Members were particularly concerned regarding future capacity and what this would mean for services. Through negotiation we were able to increase the number of proposed posts by 2, this included a lift and drop claim being successful and the creation of an additional post that would support horticultural services, UNISON also ensured that VRs were maximised. The selection process has now begun; 36 posts have been deleted and 15 new roles created, a lift and drop added to the structure and 3 requests for VR have been agreed. This has resulted in 31 members of staff being part of the selection process for 15 new roles. The outcome of the selection process will begin to be shared from 23rd December. We will fully support our members who are unsuccessful, and I have sent out communication to members advising them of our role. (NR)
The original budget proposals in this area were further cuts to frontline services, this has now been amended. To make the intended savings a restructure is proposed, this impacts on managers, supervisors and support/specialist roles. 36 posts have been deleted and replaced with 14 new roles. Street cleaning in the city centre is also being reviewed and proposed changes have been shared and consultation is on-going in this area. An update will be given under the budget item at Branch Committee. (NR)
Regular meetings are to be put into calendars so we can meet with Peter Gray the Head of Service. Peter informed the staff within localised that he would be working on the proposals re budget cuts to see if the required savings can be achieved in a different way, we anticipate that details regarding this will be shared with us shortly. (NR)
Peter Gray Head of Service for Highways and Local Services has been out to visit staff in the depots across the city. He outlined that he felt the original cuts proposed of a reduction of up to 70% of the frontline workforce by 2014, were very harsh, and is working on an alternative proposal. Peter advised staff during the visits that he is reviewing the current staffing structure and roles across the service. As yet no proposals have been shared with UNISON. (NR)
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