UNISON exists for its members: to protect them and defend them and their interests; to win recompense when things go wrong and to make sure they’re treated fairly and equally. Three recent wins in just the past month show just what being in UNISON can mean for public service workers.
Sometimes it’s useful to remind ourselves of just what UNISON members, activists, and services and staff can do. Read the full story on the UNISON website.
Thousands of care workers are deeply concerned about the state of the care sector in the UK, but many are afraid to speak out publicly as they risk losing their jobs. It’s time to listen to them. Save Care Now is a UNISON campaign to raise the voices of homecare workers and improve the homecare sector.
Please sign the petition now and share the video and post on Facebook. Find out more at: www.savecarenow.org.uk
The TUC publishes a series of free booklets explaining your rights at work and dealing with other common workplace problems. The Working time, breaks and holidays – Know Your Rights booklet explains weekly hours limits and night working limits; and your rights to breaks, rest periods and paid holiday.
The law relating to your working time is complicated. Some bad employers take advantage of this to deny staff their rights. Others may not understand what the law requires.
For further information on other rights at work, visit www.tuc.org.uk/know-your-rights
Members will by now have received an email from UNISON Scotland regarding a survey around what it is like to work in a Scottish University.
Please do complete the survey, as it would give UNISON an insight into the issues facing members currently working in the University sector. Please note: the survey is not just for UNISON members, so please feel free to share amongst your colleagues at UWS.
The survey is anonymous and should take less than 5 minutes.
The link to the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TC9WT89
This year’s branch AGM will take place Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 12.30pm in P114 of the Coats Building on Paisley Campus.
Members are invited to attend from all campuses. Those members who do attend from other campuses will be reimbursed for the cost of their travel to the Paisley Campus. A £5 lunch voucher will be issued to members in attendance and can be used at any UWS catering facility.
Keynote Speaker is Emma Phillips, UNISON Scotland’s Higher Education Secretary.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 848 3934
The Public Service Futures Spring 2017 newsletter produced by UNISON Scotland is out now and available to download in pdf to read here:
UNISON is campaigning with Women Against State Pension Age Inequality (WASPI) to fight against the unfair increases in state pension age for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who face a significant increase in their state pension age without being adequately informed.
Download the UNISON women-and-pension-2017-guide for more information. Women and pensions: What can you do to get a decent income in retirement?
The December edition of MAC senior, the newsletter for UNISON Scotland’s retired members, is out now. This month’s edition features Dave Watson – UNISON’s Head of Policy & Public Affairs in Scotland – on the current BREXIT discussion.
View the pdf of macseniordec16
There for You’s Winter Fuel Grant launches today (Thursday 1st December 2016) and runs until the closing date of 17th February 2017
With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills. Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50.
To apply and download the application form visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou
Please note that this year eligibility now includes those in receipt of housing benefit and the amount of the grant has risen from £40 to £50 per eligible household. Applications without a membership number and the relevant documentation attached will not be processed. Applicants must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks subscriptions before 1st December 2016 to apply.
Priority will be given to those who have not previously received this grant and no grants will be paid out until after the closing date of 17th February 2017.
See the winter fuel grant FAQ’s here in pdf.
The latest CETA update for November 2016, is available here in pdf: CETA update November 2016. Find out more about CETA at www.waronwant.org/what-ceta
CETA is a major new business deal that was negotiated in secret between the EU and Canada over five years from 2009 to 2014. It stands for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and it represents one of the ‘new generation’ of trade treaties on behalf of big business that are set to undermine our democracy and destroy our basic rights.
Even though we’ve voted to leave the EU, CETA is still set to apply to us – the European Commission wants to push the deal through ahead of a British exit, and once in place some of CETA’s worst elements will apply to the UK even after we leave.