13 MAY 2015
The Appeals Panel rejected UNISON’s case and the council now intend to implement their proposals in full from 1st June, this was the last stage of the Council’s disputes process.
UNISON has ensured that no back dating of payment to 1April will be applied.
UNISON’s case papers were shared with you in our previous email but the appeals panel were unwilling to accept any of our (and your) arguments, despite the evidence of staff car park users presented to them. They rejected the notion that staff use their vehicle for council business and the management representative reiterated the management case that pool vehicles should be used; even though it is UNISON’s case that the council cannot currently provide an alternative solution (for all) than staff using their own vehicles.
The management’s view is that staff users of the Civic Centre car park are to be treated as “commuters” (management’s phrase) i.e. staff just travel to work and park up, complete their day’s work, then travel home; and on that basis the council can charge you as any commercial operator of car parks would; all be it the council make the case that the charge to park at the Civic is less than commercial operators charge in the city. And therefore the panel rejected UNISON’s position that the increase was unnecessary and an attack on staff.
UNISON’s fundamentally disagrees with that position and would suggest that staff who do use their vehicle for council business, review that practice!
UNISON will continue to discuss the issue of car use with Directors across the council and we will report back progress to you.
The outcome letter relating to the collective dispute lodged by UNISON makes reference to staff using their cars for business purposes and that directorates would need to discuss this with the council’s travel office, “However the panel did feel further discussions between service areas and the travel office would be beneficial to ensure effective operational service delivery”, UNISON will ensure that those discussions will take place.
4 MAY 2015
The final stage of UNISON’s collective dispute will be heard on Tuesday, 5th May 2.30 – 4.30pm. The disputes panel will be chaired by Cllr Cook and the management representative will be Mick Murphy Director of Communities and Pam Perry will be the HR representative. Colin Burr GMB Branch Secretary will represent the Staff Side as the formal Staff Side Secretary is the UNISON Branch Secretary who will be presenting the case on behalf of UNISON.
UNISON has submitted papers in advance which have been shared with UNISON members, but there will also be a verbal presentation supporting the written one.
UNISON will present written evidence from car park users who’ve sent information into the Branch, but we would request that if anyone is prepared to give evidence in person, which would only strengthen UNISON’s case, could you please let the Branch know asap.
For those members who currently have a blue badge, I am pleased to say that one UNISON member has had their request for a parking space as a reasonable adjustment agreed by the council. As any reasonable adjustment cannot be charged for, this means that member of staff will not have to pay for a parking pass. UNISON urges all blue badge holders to request a parking space as a reasonable adjustment, the request should be sent to your line manager
12 MARCH 2015
Following the council’s decision to vote through the budget proposals for 2015/16 un-amended which includes the proposals around the staff car park, UNISON has submitted a collective dispute to the Assistant Director of HR. The council has acknowledged our dispute and a hearing will be calendared soon.
In the meantime, thanks to those who have written to their Director as I requested in my last email, highlighting both the personal and professional impact the council’s proposals will have on them, it is essential that you all do this in order to make all the Directors acutely aware of the issues. Your senior managers have all approved this decision in addition to the elected members, but UNISON is convinced that those managers do not have a clear understanding of car use within their services; you need to educate about this.
All individual UNISON members who contact their director will receive a response email that confirms receipt of your correspondence but places your issue on hold pending the outcome of the collective grievance. The resolution of the collective grievance may (or may not), resolve the individual issue.
Please encourage any colleague who is not a UNISON member or not a union member at all, to also contact their Director.
In addition to the submission of a collective dispute the Branch Secretary has also raised the issue again with the Chief Executive.
4 MARCH 2015
Following last night’s meeting, it was made clear by the Branch that the campaign against the council’s proposals goes on despite the council voting on their budget proposals this evening, and that we will have to ratchet up the protest. This is in line with the tag line for the Branch protest tonight outside the Civic Centre - “if the council aren’t listening then we have to shout louder”.
A discussion took place which emphasised the need for car park users to ensure the issues were made clear to Directors and line managers. To that end the following actions were agreed:
UNISON is requesting that ALL UNISON members with a staff car park pass email their Director , copying in their line manager(s) and UNISON, stating the following:
UNISON will do the following:
If any of your colleagues are not UNISON members, but have a staff car park, please urge them to follow your lead and send out the emails.
3 MARCH 2015
Date: 3 March 2015
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Council Chanber, Civic Centre
To discuss issues arising from the Council’s proposals.
27 FEBRUARY 2015
Staff that currently have a pass for the staff car park at the Civic Centre will have received an email from Craig Mordue (Head of Parking), which outlines the Council’s view that consultation on the 2 proposals has ended and that subject to the Elected members voting the proposals through at the Council budget setting meeting on 4th March, the Council will implement their proposals from 1st April.
UNISON has not accepted that consultation has ended, nor has UNISON given up the campaign to get the Council to withdraw their proposals in their entirety.
UNISON is the only voice in opposition to the council’s proposals, we are the only ones raising our concerns on behalf of members, the Council isn’t listening!
The Branch has arranged 2 meetings with members to keep them informed of developments and to ask for suggestions to assist and strengthen our negotiating position. The Branch has arranged:
NONE of these individuals support the UNISON position which is:
UNISON has made no distinction between different groups of members affected by the proposals, not by grade, not by disability; we have represented our objections to the Council as a collective issue, we reject all the Council proposals.
In addition to the meetings listed above the Branch has written to all elected members seeking their support. Only 1 councillor has contacted the Branch, Cllr Mark Donnelly (independent) and offer his support to our position, not one other councillor has even acknowledged our correspondence.
Of the decision makers involved in taking the Council’s proposals forward, what has become clear is:
The Branch has also set up an on-line petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-unfair-parking-charges-in-newcastle to generate publicity across the city in support of the campaign to reject the Council’s proposals. The Branch disabled members officer has been interviewed on TV and radio about the whole campaign, although the TV interviews were edited to focus on disability related issues only (the Branch has no control on the editorial policy of the media) .
UNISON is arranging a further meeting on Tuesday next week at 4.00 pm (venue to be confirmed). At that meeting the following will be discussed:
The Council are unwilling to listen to reason, the Council is unwilling to accept the argument that some staff are being treated unfairly, are you willing to allow them to ignore you? Come to the meeting, let’s agree a plan of action. If you can’t make the meeting I would be more than happy to receive your suggestions for continuing the campaign. Come to the Branch protest organised next Wednesday evening to protest about all the Council budget cut proposals.
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