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Kirklees UNISON is the local branch of UNISON. We are committed to the principles of solidarity, unity and progress. There is no room for division in our movement. Our strength comes from our belief that only by acting together can ordinary working people organise for their mutual benefit. Individually we beg, together we negotiate. The 11,000 plus members in Kirklees UNISON seek to act for the improvement of our life and our defence against those who would reduce it.

Children's Social Work Team Staff Strike

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Images from the Children's Social Work Team Staff Strike 5/6 July 2017

Children's Social Work Strike 2017

Children's Social Work Strike 2017

Children's Social Work Strike 2017

 

Branch news

Your skills, your future workshop - Sat 23rd September 2017

Your skills your future

The branch will be running a ‘Your skills, your future’ workshop for Kirklees UNISON members on Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Huddersfield Branch Office (lunch included).

The workshop will cover identifying your existing, transferable and potential skills and help you feel more confident about your skills and abilities.  It will identify ways to seek out opportunities for skills development and highlight your achievements.

Telephone 01484—511826 to book a place on the course or to speak to Michael Pogson (Education Officer) about this and other learning opportunities in UNISON.

 

Help UNISON Campaign for equality - survey closes 7th August 2017

Take the UNISON equality survey – you could win three nights for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort.

Last Year, nearly 5,000 UNISON members took part in our equality survey – one of the biggest responses to any survey ever run by UNISON.

We used the results to brief our service groups and self-organised groups on key equality issues for their bargaining and organising agendas.

The survey is not just for activists, so please encourage as many of your UNISON workmates and friends as possible to take part by sharing this bulletin.

Take the survey now: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2V868JJ

It takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  You can complete it anonymously if you want – but please note you can’t be in the prize draw if we don’t know who you are.

The survey closes on Monday 7th August 2017.

 

Branch Officer Vacancies 2017/18

Vacancies exist in the branch for the following Branch Officer positions:

  • Membership Services’ Officer
  • Sports Officer
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Young Members' Officer
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Social Officer

Nomination forms for the above positions can be obtained from the UNISON Branch Office and must be proposed and seconded by existing, full members of Kirklees UNISON.

The branch are very keen to have these positions filled and would encourage nominations.  Anyone with a query about the roles should contact the Kirklees UNISON Branch Office.

 

Children's social work team staff to strike - 5th & 6th July 2017

Council’s Children’s Social Work Teams are due to strike for 48 hours on Wednesday 5th/Thursday 6th July 2017.

Pickets will be in place at the following buildings:

Huddersfield 

-           Riverbank Court, Aspley
-           Silver Court, Aspley
-           Somerset Buildings, Town Centre
-           Civic Centre I, Town Centre

Dewsbury

-           Victoria Centre (behind Dewsbury Police Station)

The strike is over vacancies, workloads, grading, inadequate workplaces, use of agency staff and has been ongoing since 2012.

Workloads have doubled in that period whilst staffing levels have fallen.  The general feeling amongst members is that “enough is enough”.

All Kirklees UNISON members are urged to show their support for the dispute.

For too long the Council have expected staff to provide services, with less staff, higher workloads and less resources.  Staff are leaving the Council and coming back as agency social workers and earning £10,000 per year more.  10 agency social workers were recently paid £498,000 for a six month contract.

Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, said “Members have had enough.  Enough of bullying, enough of stress, enough of vacancies, enough of poor pay, enough of agency staff and enough of austerity.  You can only work under stress for so long – once it becomes a way of life, then stress illnesses soar and people who thought of themselves as strong start to ‘go under’.  That is nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with increasing workloads and ‘no light at the end of the tunnel.’  Our members have had enough of doing a difficult job in stressful circumstances for inadequate pay.”

They have UNISON’s full support.

All UNISON members are requested to respect picket lines and they can, for health and safety reasons, either not go into work, (please inform your Manager if you don’t go into work for the entire work day because you feel intimidated) or request an alternative place of employment (which would not involve any loss of pay.)

It is anticipated that pickets will be in operation from 6.30 am to 10.00 am (although these may be extended by the pickets).

There will be a rally in support of the dispute at 10.30 am at Huddersfield Methodist Mission, Lord Street, Huddersfield.

 

Increasing Your Confidence Course - Free to UNISON members

YOUR SKILLS YOUR FUTURE
INCREASING YOUR CONFIDENCE

Would you like to identify skills for a CV or application?

This one day workshop will:

  • Help you identify your existing transferable and potential skills
  • Help you feel more confident about your skills and abilities
  • Identify ways to seek out opportunities for skills development
  • Highlight your achievements

Date:              Saturday 23rd September 2017

Venue:           Kirklees UNISON Branch Office, New North Parade, Huddersfield

Interested?  To register for a place on the course please call the branch office on
01484 511826

FREE COURSE FOR UNISON MEMBERS!!!

 

Get help with school uniform costs – deadline closes

The closing date for applications for School Uniform Grants has now closed. If you are facing unforeseen hardship it may be possible to apply to our general grants programme. Please see the There For You page on the UNISON national website for more details.

School uniform grant 2017

 

Self Organised Groups – First Meetings

Sabahat Rafiq (Equalities Officer) has organised four meetings of self-organised groups in Kirklees UNISON. These groups are open to all Kirklees UNISON members. Sabahat is wanting to make a ‘fresh start’ with all these groups so please attend if you can or telephone Sabahat at the UNISON office (01484 511826) if you have any queries.

Kirklees UNISON branch is very keen that all these groups function and are well-attended.  Meetings have been arranged as follows:

BLACK MEMBERS                   7th June (Wednesday) 1-2pm
WOMEN’S                                26th June (Monday) 4-5pm
DISABLED                                7th June (Wednesday) 4-5pm
LGBT                                       19th July (Wednesday) 4-5pm

All the meetings are in the Kirklees UNISON Branch Office at 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP.


UNISON Educational Grants 2017

UNISON EDUCATIONAL GRANTS 2017

UNISON offers the following grants to members studying during 2017 at their own expense.

  • Learning Support Grants of £70 for members on further education courses or first degree level courses.
  • Open University grants of £120 for 60 point courses at first degree level with the Open University or £60 for 30 point courses.

Grants are offered on a first-come first-served basis until funding is spent.  If you are interested in applying then please contact Michael Pogson, Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator, via the UNISON Branch office, on 01484 511826 for a grant application form.

 

UNISON Bursaries for Activists 2017

UNISON BURSARIES FOR ACTIVISTS 2017

UNISON offers grants to help members who wish to study Trade Union and Labour Movement and Women’s Studies Courses.  The grants available to members studying out of their own expense are:

  • Certificate or Diploma Grants of up to £300 for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses.
  • BA grants of up to £500 for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses.
  • Master’s Degree Grants of up to one-third of fees for Union representatives studying Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies.

If you are already studying or planning to study any of the above courses in 2017 then please contact Michael Pogson Lifelong Learning Co-Ordinator via the Branch Office on 01484 511286 for a grant application form. 

 

Kirklees College refuses to implement pay offer

Kirklees UNISON members at Kirklees College voted overwhelmingly to reject this year’s FE (Further Education) College’s national pay offer of 1% or £250 whichever was the greater.

However, nationally across England, UNISON members in FE Colleges voted to accept the pay offer by 70% to 30%. Kirklees College has now informed Kirklees UNISON they “are not in a position to offer a pay award for 2016/17 at this time”.

Kirklees UNISON representatives will be arranging meetings with its members at Kirklees College to discuss the situation. The College had not, previously, given any indication during the national pay negotiations that they did not intend to honour the national pay award.

(UNISON FE members in Scotland had been offered a 2016/17 pay offer of £230 a year – just more than half of the £450 per year which was offered to FE teachers in Scotland. Following a ‘months-long’ campaign, including strike days and action short of strike action, UNISON members in Scotland’s FE Colleges have been offered a pay rise of £450 per year, the same as teaching staff, with an additional consolidation of a £100 payment from 1st April 2017.)

Kirklees Learning Group – Help with Maths and English

Kirklees Learning Group is a partnership between Kirklees Council and the Joint Trade Unions (UNISON, Unite and the GMB) with the aim of improving the literacy and maths skills of Kirklees employees.

Through the Learning Group we are able to offer courses up to level 2 (GCSE / O Level equivalent) in both Maths and English functional skills. The courses are delivered by Kirklees College at both Dewsbury and Huddersfield sites and usually run for a period of 15 weeks. These courses are free and, in most instances, Kirklees employees will be able to attend these courses in work’s time. If you are interested in improving your Maths and English skills, then please contact Michael Pogson (Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator) via the Branch Office on 01484 511826.

 

Dave Ellis (1947 – 2016)

In memory of DAVE ELLIS (1947 - 2016)

Kirklees UNISON Branch Vice-Chair and Chief Steward, Kirklees College

A Huddersfield giant - in stature, principles and ideals. 

A Yorkshire socialist and internationalist.

Revered by all at Kirklees UNISON.

Nick Ruff             Paul Holmes
Branch Chair        Branch Secretary

You can watch a video of friends gathering to say farewell to Dave Ellis at his funeral on Monday 25th July here.

 

Self Organised Groups in Kirklees UNISON

UNISON is looking to promote two more self-organised groups within our Kirklees Branch. 

They are Disability and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Groups.  (The branch already has functioning Black Members’ and Women’s Groups.) 

We are hoping to get these groups ‘up and running’.  These groups are there to support people who have issues within their workplace and also for networking. The benefits are very rewarding so join up now.

Contact Orvil Smith or Sabahat Rafiq (Equalities Officer - job share) on 01484 511826 for further details and information.

 

1984/5 Miners' Strike Commemorative Plate – Get yours

Miners strike plateThis Branch has a commemorative plate to recognise the miners who were on strike during the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike.

The plate (priced £20) can be bought by any Kirklees UNISON member. On the back of the plate you can have a 'personalised' inscription of two lines. Or you can have no inscription on the back at all.

To obtain a plate (priced £20) please contact the branch office on
01484 511826.

 

Special offers and events for UNISON members

Doncaster Raceday – Saturday 5 August 2017

Don’t forget this year’s race meeting at Doncaster on Saturday 5th August 2017.  ‘2 for 1’ Grandstand tickets are available for UNISON members at a total price of £13 (for 2 tickets).

To book tickets call 01302 304200 and quote ‘the UNISON Raceday Offer’ and either your individual UNISON membership number or the Kirklees UNISON branch code (both available from the Kirklees UNISON Office on 01484 511826).

 

Discounted Car Insurance for UNISON members

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members is available from LV (Liverpool Victoria) Insurance. Last year 10% of new UNISON customers at LV paid £186 per annum or less for their car insurance.

Breakdown cover is also available to UNISON members for £72 per annum.

Telephone 0800 756 8154 (car insurance) or 0800 756 8692 (breakdown cover) for a quotation. (Textphone 18001)

(Motorbike Insurance, Classic Car insurance and Caravan insurance – 0800 032 0535)

 

Free table tennis and badminton

All Kirklees UNISON members are reminded that there are free Badminton and Table Tennis facilities for Kirklees UNISON Members at Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Springwood, Huddersfield between 12 noon and 1.00pm on Wednesdays.  Rackets/bats etc can be provided.  Please contact Leslie Bhola (01484 – 221000) if you require further details or merely turn up on the day.

 

Croyde Bay discount

UNISON’s own holiday centre at Croyde Bay, North Devon has now got a 50% low-paid members’ discount available for its chalets and hotel (subject to availability).

If the total household income for a household for a single person/couple is less than £18,000 per annum (before deductions) or, for a family living in the same property, is less than £28,000 per annum, then you will be able to get a 50% discount.  (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Evidence of income must be provided to confirm eligibility).

To find out more telephone - 01271-890-890 or go to www.croydeunison.co.uk.

 

Vauxhall: Discounts for Kirklees UNISON Members

DISCOUNT FOR UNISON MEMBERS IN ASSOCIATION WITH VAUXHALL

0% APR representative/flexible finance, plus Vauxhall lifetime warranty (100,000 miles).

Also discounts on Vauxhall insurance and genuine Vauxhall accessories.

All these offers are available for all eligible family members too!

Please contact the Branch Office on 01484 511826 for details.

 

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