Monthly Archives: March 2016

Jeremy Corbyn Concerned About Workload Pressures on Council Staff

Published on March 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

The Labour leader visited UNISON’s Regional Office at Arena Point last week to discuss cuts in council funding .

Jeremy Corbyn met with representatives of TULO (the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation) last Thursday.  UNISON representatives from our Labour Link and Local Government Service Groups were present, as well as colleagues from Unite.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day – Strong Laws, Strong Enforcement, Strong Unions

Published on March 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April is our day to remember the dead and fight for the living.

Up to 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and incidents. Although few UNISON members die in workplace incidents, many suffer injuries and work-related ill health, including: stress, back pain or RSI, hazardous substances, bullying or harassment, and workplace violence.

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Get set for state pension changes

Published on March 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

The state pension is changing from 6 April 2016 – members will be asking about the implications for their future

Big changes are coming to old age pensions from next month. The basic state pension and the second state pension will end on 6 April and be replaced be a new combined state pension.

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Important notice – the Tax Refund Service

Published on March 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

A reminder that the Tax Refund Service (Personal Taxation Services) is no longer a UNISON-endorsed service and has been withdrawn from the UNISONPlus membership services and benefits package.

UNISON has been made aware that the company recently sent a direct emailing to UNISON members promoting their services – the email was marked “This email is being sent to you as a client who has made a previous application to The Tax Refund Company” and with an option to unsubscribe.

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Branch consultation on the EU Referendum

Published on March 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

There’s still time to take part……  we recently contacted members via surveymonkey to ask your views on the EU Referendum.

This consultation aims to give members a say on what policy and campaign position, if any, UNISON should take on the EU referendum.

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UNISON Branch Consultation on the EU Referendum

Published on March 11, 2016 at 11:53 am

Over the next few months there will be an increased focus on the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. UNISON wants to ensure that members’ voices are heard in this important debate.

We are setting up a branch consultation to ensure that members’ views inform the union’s position. 

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UNISON’S response to the Finance Council

Published on March 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

UNISON Blackburn with Darwen Branch has today responded to yesterday’s Finance Council.

‘It’s a really difficult time for our members and local government in general because of unfair funding cuts from a government which does not seem to value the work local authorities do.

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