Workplace Concerns

Any UNITE member who has any concern should raise the matter informally with their UNITE workplace representative who will provide advice. UNITE is always looking to resolve any workplace dispute at the lowest possible level. If the matter needs to be raised with line managers that will only be with the member’s agreement. Initially any concerns any concerns should be discussed personally with the line manager prior to raising with your UNITE rep. If you want advice prior to discussing with your line manager just ask.

Policies

All the policies are on the Personnel Portal which all staff have access to. They are reviewed through meetings with the Unite Officials and the GS team. If you have any concerns or queries about policies raise it with your UNITE workplace representative.

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Training for UNITE Workplace Reps

Requests for release to attend trade union training courses should be submitted to team leaders/ line managers giving reasonable notice. Final decisions on release will be made by the General Secretary team. It would be helpful to copy that request to a UNITE branch officer to monitor progress. Make sure you outline specific course details, the number of days and venue. Full information is helpful to make sure there is no detriment to service delivery and so accommodation can be facilitated.

The NASUWT is committed to facilitating training for workplace reps that minimises the impact on the service.

The NASUWT Trade Union facilities Agreement (TUFA) can be found on the portal.

Save the Dates! National Demo 29/9 and 12/10

Mark your calendars for two important national demonstrations this autumn.

Sunday 29 September 2013
NHS national demo outside the Tory party conference
, Manchester
To protest against the destruction of this essential public service and against its rapid privatisation

and

Saturday 12 October 2013
National demo
 ‘against fascism – celebrating not dividing‘, Liverpool
To defend our communities against race hatred and to focus every effort in denying BNP leader Nick Griffin a seat as an MEP in 2014

We are still in the planning stages, but put these dates in your diary, and start telling people about them. We are asking regions to book transport for our members to travel to Liverpool and Manchester – more details to come!

Your union, Unite, is working with our colleagues in Unison, GMB, PCS and the TUC to build this national protest to ‘Save the NHS’ taking place on 29 September in Manchester.  And Unite is organising the national demo ‘Against fascism – celebrating not dividing’ in Liverpool on 12 October and will be joined by Unison, GMB, PCS, CWU, NUT, RMT, TUC and the Hope not hate campaign.

A strong and clear Unite presence at both events is absolutely crucial. We need every member and their families to come together to build for the biggest possible turn out on 29 September and 12 October.

Please mark these dates in your diaries now! We will send you more information, once we finalise plans.

Thanks for your support.

Unite Campaigns team

Having a break? Take an eNote

It’s hard to keep up to date with the key issues facing  your members in the workplace. That’s why TUC Education has developed eNotes – they’re a great new resource to help you keep up to speed with key workplace issues.

Facility Time, Universal Credit, Vulnerable Employment and Equality Law are just some of the issues you can get-to-grips with.

Each module is a mix of text, video and quizzes. In not much more time than it takes to have a cuppa you will gain a good understanding of the subject. Plus you can share thoughts and ideas with other users online.

Register now at www.tuceducation.org.uk/enotes to start using eNotes.

Unite Stress Survey Update

NASUWT Unite Staff Branch and the NASUWT met on 12 March 2013 to discuss further the Unite stress survey that was carried out in 2012.

It was agreed that, initially, there will be a meeting between Unite and the NASUWT to examine the available data arising from the survey. To this end, a meeting of one representative from each side will take place before Easter.

The product of that meeting will be reported back to a joint meeting between Unite and the NASUWT on 12 April with a view to considering the issues arising from the survey and agree on how specific issues will be taken forward, including, as appropriate, through the establishment of a joint working group.

NOTE: The information you provided in the survey has been treated in the strictest confidence and no data which identifies any individual will be shared with the employer.

Unite launches ‘Real Britain’ in today’s Mirror

Today, Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne will signal no change from austerity.

He will deliver yet another budget that will squeeze families, spread poverty and hurt communities.

And in April he will be giving hand outs to millionaires while slashing the incomes of millions of ordinary people. Some 20 million people will be hurt by these cuts: your friends, your neighbours, possibly you yourself.

Unite says that there is another way. That is why we have worked with the Daily Mirror to support a major new, weekly column starting in today’s paper to shine a light on what’s really going on in austerity Britain.

Every Wednesday, ‘Real Britain’ will tell the stories the Con-Dems don’t want people to read.  It will show how communities are fighting back against savage cuts, the destruction of our NHS, the collapse in decent employment and living wages.

This new column puts the issues that matter to you and your communities centre stage. It is a bold move from your union but this is in keeping with how we strive to give you the loudest voice possible.

This column will reach millions. It will be a must read. Pick up a copy today and support it in the weeks and months ahead – and don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues too.

With best wishes

Len McCluskey
General secretary

P.S. You can get in touch with the Mirror’s ‘Real Britain’ team at realbritainros@mirror.co.uk or via twitter @realbritainros

Warm homes and lower bills

Energy Bill Revolution logoUnite has signed up to the energy bill revolution to lobby the government to use money made from carbon taxes to super-insulate peoples homes and help reduce their energy bills. With rising fuel prices more and more people can’t afford to heat their homes. The energy bill revolution needs your support. Please take two minutes to sign the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org

The human cost of cold homes
We are facing an energy bill crisis. Families are suffering huge financial hardship. 1.5 million children are living in cold homes and one in four households can’t afford to heat their homes.

We have recently seen new evidence of the dreadful damage that can be done to the health of children and teenagers from living in a cold home – affecting everything from respiratory problems and infant birth weight, through to children’s mental health and educational achievement.

The Solution
But there is a fair and permanent solution. We can have warm homes, reduce our fuel bills and cut carbon emissions– with the money the government makes from carbon taxes.

From next year the government will be collecting over £2 billion in carbon tax every year, rising to at least £4 billion by 2020 and at least £7 billion by 2027.

This could bring 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty, lower people’s bills, cut carbon emissions AND create jobs.

Join the Revolution
The energy bill revolution is a movement of people committed to ensuring warm homes and lower bills for all. It is a public alliance, already backed by more than 100 leading charities, unions, consumer groups and businesses including Age UK, The Children’s Society, Greenpeace and Shelter.

But most importantly, it’s made up of people like you. Please take two minutes to sign the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org, email your MP, and ask all your friends and networks to do the same. Thank you for your support.