Monthly Archives: September 2015

Branch health & safety officer needed

Published on September 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A health and safety representative has the right to training and to raise issues which affect the health and safety of members. UNISON aims to have at least one health and safety representative in every workplace where we have members. Contact Blackburn branch for more information about the role and the various courses available.

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Equal pay strategy

Published on September 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

UNISON is working hard to ensure all our members get fair treatment and equal pay at work. Major overhauls of pay and conditions packages across our public services have brought the issues of pay inequality to the fore. UNISON has developed an equal pay strategy to challenge pay discrimination through a combination of negotiation and legal challenge where necessary.

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Self organised groups

Published on September 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

BLACKBURN with Darwen Unison members who share common concerns come together in self-organised groups to discuss, campaign and organise events around the specific issues that affect them. Our self-organised groups are for Black, Women, Young, Retired, Disabled and LGBT members.

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Published on September 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

UNISON is recruiting Pension Champions to help support the fight against unfair changes to pensions. With government plans to make changes including replacing final salary scheme with a career average scheme, an increase in retirement age and cost sharing, the union believes it is time to take a stand.

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Free school meals

Published on September 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Free school meals for all children aged four to seven, regardless of family income, were introduced in 2014  under the Universal Infant Free School Meals policy.

The scheme, which provides hot, nutritional lunches, is reckoned to save parents around £400 per child, per year.

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More courses on offer at Blackburn college for UNISON representatives

Published on September 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Blackburn College in partnership with TUC has extended its new range of courses to representatives of UNISON.

The courses are as follows:

  • Health & Safety Stage 1 – every Tuesday from 6th October (10 weeks)
  • Health & Safety Stage 2 – every Wednesday from 7th October (10 weeks)
  • Union Reps Stage 1 – every Monday from 5th October (10 weeks)
  • Union Reps Stage 2 – every Thursday from 8th October (10 weeks)
  • Union Reps follow-on in Employment Law – every Wednesday from 7th October (10 weeks)
  • Diploma in Employment Law – every Tuesday from now (36 weeks)

All courses are held in the TU/H&S Education Centre in the old college’s Victoria building on Blakey Moor, opposite the old Waves Swimming Pool entrance, 100 yds from King George’s Hall in Blackburn Town Centre.

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Changes to tax credits

Published on September 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Working tax credits and child tax credits are designed to help low-paid workers and low-income families. Millions of working families claim both benefits – and they can be worth thousands of pounds a year.

Working tax credits

The last Labour Government introduced working tax credits in 2003, but similar benefits have been in place since 1986.

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