Chair’s Blog – September 2020

Published on September 28, 2020 at 11:55 am

I hope you are all safe and well.

It goes without saying that we continue to face really testing times. At Christmas none of us, even in our wildest dreams, expected the world to change so much.  Sadly, it looks like our entire way of life will continue to be massively affected.

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UNISON local government staff accept new pay deal

Published on September 4, 2020 at 11:01 am

UNISON local government staff accept new pay deal

Work will now begin on fair award for next year.

UNISON council workers have today (21st August) agreed to accept a 2.75% pay offer for this year.

Staff in the local government sector voted two to one (66%) in favour of the 2020/21 pay award, which will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Working from Home Survey

Published on September 4, 2020 at 10:58 am

Working from home survey

The University of Strathclyde’s Department of Work , Employment and Organisation has asked us to work with them on a study they are carrying out on Working from Home (WFH) for all office workers.

It is the first large scale and study and should give us evidence in dealing with employers on this uncharted territory and aims to identify what members want and what the health and safety, work intensity, work-life balance and gender issues are.

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Back the #10Billion Bailout for local services

Published on July 20, 2020 at 11:03 am


The £10 billion bailout

The government must fund local councils properly to keep communities safe and rebuild the country after the pandemic.

Unless ministers fix the council funding shortfall of £10bn, there could be tens of thousands of job losses and catastrophic cuts to local services in England.

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Schools set to return in September

Published on July 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

Government guidance for schools on planning for full return 1 September – UNISON response and briefing

Yesterday the government issued its guidance for schools on planning for a full return of pupils in England at the beginning of the autumn term.

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Lancashire Combined Authority

Published on July 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

You may have recently read in the press there has been agreement amongst that Lancashire Councils that there will be a combined authority and an elected Mayor. You may have also seen that this is conditional upon there being some form of local government re-organisation (LGR) – that is a change in the number of Councils and their boundaries, probably to a small number of single tier, Unitary Councils across Lancashire.

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Blackburn Trade Union Education Centre – 2nd Protest

Published on June 29, 2020 at 10:28 am

For those who weren’t able to attend Saturday’s meeting, details of the second protest are as follows:

Wednesday 1st July at 1 p.m.

A cavalcade of cars to meet at the Montague Street Aldi car park. This is across the road from the side of the University Centre and the post code for satnav is BB2 1EH.

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