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Welcome to UNISON’s website for St Anne's Branch. We are here to answer your questions and help you with any issues you may have in your workplace. We are the largest recognised union for St Anne's employees and our team are committed to getting you the best outcome possible. As a campaigning branch you will see us out in workplaces across the borough, supporting local events and organising to secure the rights of all our members.

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AGM

UNISON ST ANNES BRANCH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
8TH MARCH 2017

 MEETING ROOM 2 HEAD OFFICE

AGM BEGINS AT 12 NOON

BRANCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE AND
AFTER MEETING
FROM 10AM TO 3PM

You can find all the details and the agenda here... pdf logo

News headlines

IMPORTANT: Recent proposals from St Anne's (14/02/17)

Dear Members,

I am writing to you in regards to the recent proposals from St Anne’s.

As you will all now be aware management have proposed that all employees, on the old terms and conditions, will be moved onto the new terms and conditions effective from 26th June 2017. They have decided that support workers and support assistants in the organisation will have an increase in their salary – this is for staff already working for the organisation and for new starters.

All staff including staff who have TUPE transferred into the organisation will have their sick pay entitlement significantly reduced. St Anne’s are proposing a buyout scheme which it is intending will be on a pro rata basis to recognise time served and contracted hours. The buyout will see a maximum payout of £800.00 after tax and NI for staff who have more than 6 years service and who work full-time hours, this will not depend on how much you earn. They are also proposing that you do not receive any sick pay for the first three days of absence on any occasion of sickness absence. As you would expect Unison is very concerned about these proposals as we feel that it will be putting both clients and staff at risk. If staff are attending work ill and passing their ailments onto vulnerable clients and colleagues, this could potentially result in serious consequences for the organisation.

We were made aware of the proposed changes on 1st February 2017. We have been given a schedule of dates in regard to proposed discussions with the St Anne’s senior management and human resources team.

We would like to hear from you our members about how you feel about these proposals and how you would like us to respond to management at the forthcoming meetings.

Previously when we have had proposed changes we have had a number of union members asking us “How is the union going to deal with this?” I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you are the union and we take our instructions from you.

It is extremely important that all union members have their say so that our position reflects what you think which will then determine our stance on the matter. It is not the responsibility of the stewards to decide what is in your best interests it is up to you. Many people say “that is what I pay my subscription for,” well stewards also pay their subscription and they cannot just make decisions on what is or isn’t acceptable to you the membership. Previously we have been accused by some of not reflecting the views of our members or just agreeing to changes. On this occasion I need to make it absolutely clear that we will consult widely and regularly and also ballot you on the final proposals so please let us know how you feel about these proposed changes.

I think it also important to inform anyone that is considering signing up to these changes that if you are one of those staff signing up to the changes that will go onto the lowest hourly rate of £7.53 the NMW rises from the current £7.20 to £7.50 on the 1st April 2017.

The Branches Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 commencing at 11am and finishing at 2pm at Leeds Head Office. All union members are welcome, and advised, to attend this important meeting so please do your utmost to attend.

If you are unable to attend the above meeting please can I ask that you send us an email as this allows us to take your views into account when we next meet management.

You can email me at tracy.brown@st-annes.org.uk or tracybrown764@btinternet.com.

Yours Sincerely

Tracy Brown
Branch Secretary

 

eFocus - Activists' update (12/04/16)
Have your say! Complete our survey let us know what you think (04/03/16)

UNISON is working to secure a fair pay deal for members in St Annes. As we are a member led union please answer the following questions so we can better understand the issues that concern you.

All responses can be anonymous if you don't want to leave your details. All information is only to be used by UNISON and will not be shared with anyone outside the organisation.

Download the survey here...

 

Are you a Personal Assistant? A learning grant could help (4/08/15)

UNISON Personal Learning Development Grants
For PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT MEMBERS
working in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes
or employed directly by individuals

We know how difficult it is to afford training to improve your job prospects due to huge increases in course fees and the withdrawal by many employers of financial support for career development.

Members who provide personal care in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or individual’s own homes make up an increasing proportion of UNISON’s membership. To help you get on at work and develop your career, UNISON is piloting Personal Learning Development Grants with this group of members. 10 awards of up to £300 each are offered for course fees.

These grants can be used for a wide range of courses. They can help pay for fees on any general non-vocational course (e.g. IT courses, skills training, languages etc.) or any vocational course relevant to working in public services (e.g. counselling, accountancy and management courses would be supported but not beautician training or electronic engineering!). This includes Personal Care Assistant members working for private contractors or employers who deliver public services.

We will give preference to members with few or no qualifications when allocating these awards. We are also keen to hear from members who are active in their branch. However applications are welcomed from all members who deliver personal care in private or community run-homes.

To Apply
Complete and return the application form HERE to reach us by 27 August 2015. We will consider all applications on that date so that grant criteria can be applied fairly, and let all applicants know the outcome very shortly after that date.

 

Your Branch Needs You! (27/04/15)

Representatives are the backbone of UNISON. UNISON St. Anne’s is always looking for new activists and members who will help build the union. The uniqueness of our branch in that we cover the whole of Yorkshire, Humberside and the north east means that we are seeking more representatives to assist in areas where we currently have no cover.

As a workplace representative you can:

  • Talk to, recruit and organise members around workplace issues.
  • Talk to members about workplace problems, advise them and keep them informed of latest developments.
  • Represent members in your workplace.
  • Be involved in how your branch and union is run.

So have a look around you, in your workplace – which of your colleagues and fellow union members would you want fighting your corner? Or perhaps you, yourself, feel you could stand up for your workmates, should the need arise.

We also need workplace contacts who provide the link between branch and members, spreading information and helping to build UNISON in workplaces.

Being a workplace representative is sometimes hard and challenging, but always rewarding. You would receive training and support from the Branch Office and no previous experience is necessary. You would also be entitled to paid time off from work to attend training courses and meetings and to fulfil your union duties.

Please consider contacting us for more information - you would only need to be nominated by two colleagues who are members of the union to be able to get started.

 

Healthcare Worker Tax Rebate (07/11/15)

Healthcare Worker Tax Rebate - click here for further information.

 

Useful links

ACAS 
acas.org.uk 
Aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. Provides up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and works with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance

Charities Direct 
caritasdata.co.uk 
Utilises the information on the National Charities Database, the largest charities database of its type in the UK

Charitynet 
charitynet.org 
Online resource bringing together the websites of non-profit organisations and their service providers across the world

Directory of Social Change 
dsc.org.uk 
Independent voice for social change

Joseph Rowntree Foundation 
jrf.org.uk 
UK's largest independent social research and development charity. Supports a wide programme of research and development projects in housing, social care and social policy

Media Trust 
mediatrust.org 
Works to meet the communications needs of the voluntary sector

National Council of Voluntary Organisations 
ncvo-vol.org.uk 
Umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England and includes a wide range of links to member organisations

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations 
scvo.org.uk 
Umbrella body for voluntary organisations in Scotland

SOS Children 
soschildren.org 
SOS Children is the world's largest orphan charity caring directly for over 70,000 children in 123 countries. We support a further one million in the community through social centres and medical centres.

Voicing Our Issues & Struggles 
vois.org.uk 
Taking positive action on social issues which might otherwise not be addressed

 

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