Lead Officer: Nicky Ramanandi
I & D were the first group of staff to work within an agile environment on the 9th Floor as part of the Office Accommodation Programme. Some outstanding issues were raised with UNISON who met with Karen Brown who leads the Project team. Feedback has been provided on how these issues will be addressed.
The first joint DJC between ACX, Resources and I & D took place on Monday 27th June. The agenda covered feedback from the staff survey, agile working, Combined Authority/Devolution and Politically restricted posts. The DJC was well attended and future dates have been shared.
Following sustained pressure from UNISON, the council has agreed to calendar regular Directorate Joint Meetings. Resources, Chief Executives and Investment and Development.
The following stewards and Branch Officers will be asked to attend:
As part of the budget proposals the following proposals were shared with staff -
As part of consultation feedback was provided to management, however the decision has been taken to implement the proposals. This has resulted in 1 FTE being at risk, support is being provided to the member.
The final layout for the renovated 9th Floor is due to be shared with staff and will show where teams will be allocated. UNISON meet regularly with project team and it has been agreed that as part of this programme lessons learned from this pilot floor need to understood and addressed before the next stages of renovation within the Tower block.
Regular updates have been provided on the introduction of agile working and the move for I & D staff will take place at the beginning of November. UNISON have been integral in providing support as various issues have arisen due to the ongoing works and the impact these have had on staff on the 8th floor. Communication was sent out to all members highlighting some of the issues and how UNISON responded and what UNSION expected in terms of the project teams response.
In addition there were a number of queries raised from members regarding how agile working could work. These have been forwarded to the project team and responses provided to the membership. There has been a lack of communication from those leading on the project and it is the regular communication from UNISON that have kept staff updated.
The local shop stewards have been an integral part of the process. I attended the agile working group and will continue to do so after the move takes place. UNISON have raised the issue of lessons learned, and how this will need to happen to ensure the same issues do not arise again as building works continue throughout the tower block. A full update will be provided at Branch Committee.
The new Head of Transport has not yet been announced .
The Housing Project Officers have been reduced from 2.6 FTE to 1 FTE. Support is being offered to the members in this area.
Full consultation took place and responses provided to queries raised and consultation has now closed.
Discussions are on-going regarding the Team Manager role, and throughout the year all JDs will be revisited.
Consultation will take place with either teams or individuals dependent on the role.
A staff briefing for I & D was held by the Director Tom Warburton.
Tom went through proposals for agile working, outlining the rationale, the approach and what it would mean for staff. These proposals do outline a different way of working and include
UNISON have set up an open meeting for members to go through the proposals as part of consultation. Feedback will be provided at Branch Committee.
A new senior management structure has been proposed this is due to a review being undertaken regarding capacity and the capabilities required within the I & D team. The structure was carrying 2 vacancies. These vacancies have been deleted and have been replaced with Head of Strategic Property and Head of Transport. The Head of Development Management has been deleted and replaced with Assistant Director of Planning. The post holder remains the same.
The Private Rented Service are going through a review. The proposal is reduce the Housing Project Officers from 2.6 FTE to 1 FTE. Consultation has taken place with feedback being provided. The selection process has now started. Support is being offered to the members in this area.
Proposals in this area have been shared, the rationale behind the changes is to introduce more flexible working across teams to create a stronger integrated Planning service. 4 new posts are being proposed and the transport policy team will move across to sit under the new Head of Transport once the post is filled. Meetings will be set up with members as part of consultation. Job descriptions across the teams will be looked at to see if these are fit for purpose but this will be over a period of time. Consultation on the structural changes is due to close on 1st May.
I continue to try and build the stewards network within this area. I also have a standing invite to the Directorate Management Team meetings.
The DJC was held on March 6th, and a number of Councillors attended. UNISON raised the issue of ongoing dialogue with regard to services that sit within this division and a commitment was given that this would continue. I have a standing invite to the Directorate management Team meeting should this be required and I am continuing to try and build our shop stewards network in this directorate.
There are 2 shop stewards in this area, and in the year ahead I will continue to try and grow this group. The DJC is due to take on March 6th at 4.30pm, I will be seeking agenda items for this.
I met with the new Director for this area Tom Warburton, this was an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to each other, I gave an overview of the good industrial relations to date and asked for a commitment that these continue going forward. I have a standing invitation monthly to the Directorate management Team meetings for I & D.
Ged Bell - Labour Councillor is the portfolio holder for this area chaired the meeting. The Assistant Directors and Heads of Services all attended. It was agreed that regular meetings would take place with Unison and the new Assistant Directors and Heads of Service.
We currently only have one shop steward in this area, so I am looking at how we can build on this across the directorate. If you know of anyone who works in Investment and Development who would be interested in becoming a rep/shop steward please get in touch with me at the Branch Office
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