UNISON

Cardiff & Vale Health Branch

 

BRANCH  COMMITTEE  MEETINGS

 

 2019

(Updated 18-Nov-18)

 

*Please note that these dates are subject to change, however we will try to ensure that they remain as shown

 

 

*ALL REPRESENTATIVES *

PLEASE ENSURE THESE DATES ARE ENTERED INTO YOUR DIARIES AS PRIORITY

 

 

 

 

 

Day

 

Date

 

Time

 

Venue

 

     

 

Thursday

 

3rd October

 

9.00 – 11.00am

 

UHW                      (Room tba)

 

Monday

 

4th November

 

9.00 – 11.00am

 

LLANDOUGH      (Boardroom)

 

Thursday

 

5th December

 

9.00 – 11.00am

 

UHW                      (Room tba)

 

 

UNISON

Cardiff & Vale Health Branch

 

RECRUITMENT EVENTS

 2019

 

*Please note that these dates are subject to change, however we will try to ensure that they remain as shown

 

Day

Date

Venue

 

   

 

Wednesday

 

9th October

 

LLANDOUGH

 

Wednesday

 

23rd October

 

UHW

 

Tuesday

 

5th November

 

LLANDOUGH

 

Thursday

 

28th November

 

UHW

 

Wednesday

 

11th December

 

LLANDOUGH

 

Thursday

 

19th December

 

UHW

 

 

 

UNISON

Cardiff & Vale Health Branch

 

BRANCH  OFFICER MEETINGS

 

   2019

(Updated 18/11/2018 16:38)

 

*Please note that these dates are subject to change, however we will try to ensure that it remains as shown

 

 

 

*ALL BRANCH OFFICERS*

Please ensure these dates are entered into your diaries as priority

 

 

 

Day

 

Date

 

Time

 

Venue

 

     

 

Monday

 

7th October

 

8.00 – 9.30am

 

Unison Office, Llandough

 

Monday

 

11th November

 

8.00 – 9.30am

 

Unison Office, Llandough

 

Monday

 

9th December

 

8.00 – 9.30am

 

Unison Office, Llandough

 

 

 

 

UNISON

Cardiff & Vale Health Branch

 

NIGHT SHIFT   

 

  SCHEDULE

 

 2019

 

*Please note that these dates are subject to change, however we will try to ensure that they remain as shown

 

 

 

Dates to alternate between UHW and Llandough

 

 

Day

 

Date

 

Venue

 

   

 

Thurs

 

26th September

 

LLANDOOUGH

 

Thurs

 

24th October

 

UHW

 

Thurs

 

21th November

 

LLANDOUGH

 

Thurs

 

19th December

 

UHW

Who's who of Rep's and Officers

Surname

 

Forename

Site

Job Title

Dept

Contact

Egan

Stuart

Llandough

Branch Chair

Unison

02920 715400 

stuart.egan@

wales.nhs.uk

Jones

Mike

 

Branch 

Secretary

 

02920 748280

Unison.office.uhw@

wales.nhs.uk

Roach

Gareth

Llandough

Assistant Branch Secretary

Llandough Lead Rep 

02920 716644

gareth.roach@

wales.nhs.uk

Davies

Julia

Llandough

Assistant Branch Secretary

Lead Rep for WC&C

02920 716584

julia.davies5@

wales.nhs.uk

Monks

Joe

Llandough

Assistant Branch Secretary

Lead Rep for Operational Services

0292074 8280

joe.monks@

wales.nhs.uk

Burke

Karen

Llandough

TU Convenor

Unison

02920 716731

karen.burke@

wales.nhs.uk

Corrigan

Mike

Llandough

Sen. Staff Nurse

Gwenwyn Ward

michael.corrigan@

wales.nhs.uk

Gauci

Steve

Llandough

TU Convenor

Unison

07903394822 

procopio.gauci@wales.nhs.uk

Grinter

Sara

Llandough

Med Secretary

On call

Landing

sara.grinter@

wales.nhs.uk

Holmes

Barbara

Llandough

HCSW

Daffodil Ward (Llanfair Unit)

Barbara.holmes@

wales.nhs.uk

Hughes

Karen

Llandough

Staff Nurse

CAVOC

karen.hughes15@

wales.nhs.uk

Lloyd Jones

Rachel

Llandough

Student Nurse

 

unisoncardiffandvale

@hotmail.co.uk

McCabe

Peter

Llandough

Housekeeper

Patient Environ.

petermacabe@gmail.

com

McKeevers

David

Llandough

Porter

 

david.mckeevers@

wales.nhs.uk

Payter

Jacqueline

Barry

Rehab Technician

Vale Com. Resource Service

Jacqueline.payter@wales.nhs.uk

Payyampallil

James

Llandough

Housekeeper

Patient Environ.

jamespayyampally@

gmail.com

 

Potocka

 

Beata

 

Llandough

 

Dietetic Support

 

Nutrition & Dietetics

02920 715281

beata.potocka@wales.nhs.uk

Thomas

Stuart

Llandough

HCSW

Hafad Y Coed

02921 84680/ 02921 824681

Stuart.thomas2@wales.nhs.uk

 

Yellen

 

Carl

 

Llandough

 

RDA

 

Radiology

02920 715272

carl.yellen@wales.nhs.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday pay and overtimeWho needs to know?

 All Health BranchesSummary:

Following UNISON’s recent win in a holiday pay legal case we would like to update branches on the latest position.

In full:

In June, UNISON won a legal case at the Court of Appeal around the inclusion of overtime in the calculation of holiday pay. You can see our press release here:

https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2019/06/court-appeal-finds-favour-unison-holiday- pay-dispute/

We have received a number of enquiries from branches and wanted to let you know the latest.

The employer has applied for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, UNISON and the joint unions of the NHS Staff Council have made a formal proposal that the Staff Council negotiate a collective agreement to ensure that the outcome of the recent judgment is reflected in the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook.

The next NHS Staff Council is on 13 September. Once we know more we will update branches.

Author: Email:
Alan Lofthouse 
health@unison.co.uk

BRIEFING HC-070-1922 August 2019

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Contact UNISON on 0800 0 857 857 or visit www.unison.org.uk

UNISON HEALTHCARE - BRANCH UPDATE
From: Sara Gorton, UNISON National Secretary - Health

BRIEFING HC-068-1916 August 2019

Bradford members vote for indefinite strike action: please support the hardship fund

Who needs to know?

 All health branchesSummary:

Branches are encouraged to keep donating to the hardship fund, to support the members at Bradford Hospitals Trust who have voted to take indefinite strike actionaction against the Trust’s decision to privatise their jobs and move them out of theNHS into a subsidiary company.

In full:

Members at Bradford Teaching Hospitals have voted to strike indefinitely, if no agreement is reached with the Trust to stop the transfer of 600 staff out of the NHS, and into a wholly owned subsidiary company.

UNISON is asking branches to continue donating to the hardship fund via bank transfer to Unity Trust, sort code 608301, a/c no 49021215, or via cheque made out to Bradford Health Services Branch and posted to UNISON office, Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford BD9 6RJ.

UNISON has also published an updated briefing, following NHS Improvement’sguidance launched last year, for Trusts looking to set up a subsidiary company.
The briefing covers key areas of the guidance (with page references) that can be used to argue that trusts should at least follow best practice or, ideally, abandon plans altogether.

For more information on the union’s work on subcos, please visit

unison.org.uk/no2subcos

Author: Email:
Bea Adi 
a.adi@unison.co.uk

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Contact UNISON on 0800 0 857 857 or visit www.unison.org.uk

 

4 – 8 November 2019

UK wide

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A week to celebrate NHS support staff and show that UNISON campaigns for the whole NHS team

 

A week to celebrate NHS support staff, particularly those working in operational services, and a chance for colleagues and the public to find out more about the vital role played by operational services staff.

One Team Week celebrates the porters, cleaners, admin and clerical staff, catering staff and all support workers who work tirelessly in the NHS, often without the recognition they deserve and shows that UNISON campaigns for the whole healthcare team.

UNISON branches can undertake One Team-themed activities during the week. These could include a One Team stall in your workplace, arranging a profile of some operational services staff in your branch newsletter or work bulletin or a cake sale with information about the work UNISON does for the whole health care team.

Tell us what you’re doing on (@UNISONOurNHS) or like us on Facebook

 

INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Bradford appeal
Some 300 UNISON members, including porters, cleaners and security staff at Bradford teaching hospitals are taking strike action to fight against privatisation and their right to remain working for the NHS they love. The healthcare service group is asking branches to donate to their hardship fund.

Please donate via bank transfer to Unity Trust, sort code 608301, a/c no 49021215, or cheque made out to Bradford Health Services Branch and posted to UNISON office, Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford BD9 6RJ.
 
 

Please donate and show solidarity with members on strike, fighting against privatisation, and for their right to stay working for the NHS   [All Health Branches]

 

Staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are taking strike action to fight against privatisation, and their right to remain working for the NHS they love. Any donations for staff would make a positive impact. [HC-063-19]

 
HC-063-19
 

Mental health crisis summit – one-day conference to be held on Saturday, 28 September, at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London   [All Health Branches]

 

Please help promote the upcoming mental health crisis summit, a one-day conference supported by Health Campaigns Together, which aims to raise awareness about the chronic underfunding of mental health services. [HC-064-19]

 
HC-064-19
 

Community Standing Orders Committee:  Nominations invited for 2020   [Health Branches with Community Members]

 

Branches are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Community Standing Orders Committee (SOC). [HC-065-19]

 
HC-065-19
 

REMINDER to branches - Registration is now open for the National BAOT Stewards' Training Seminar - 13 & 14 November 2019   [All Health/Local Gov't Branches]

 

Registration is now open for BAOT/UNISON stewards to register a place at the popular annual training seminar to be held on 13 & 14 November 2019 at Warwick University, Coventry. This circular explains how Branches can register OT stewards to attend. [HC-037-19]

 
Attachment

School Strike for Climate on 20 September 2019.

 

A number of branches have been in contact to seek UNISON’s position on supporting the next planned School Strike for Climate on 20 September 2019.

 

‘School Strike 4 Climate’ campaign is organising its next schools strike on Friday 20 September 2019 and has called on all workers and adults to join in and show their solidarity.

UNISON is liaising with other unions and the wider climate movement over how best to show solidarity to the young campaigners – who are aware that obviously anti trade union legislation means we can’t and won’t be organising strike action, but can show support for them in other ways.

 

In Scotland, UNISON has declared a ‘Green Day’ of action, to coincide with the planned School Strike in order to show their solidarity with the campaign to tackle the climate crisis.  

 

In Wales, branches may also wish to make their own plans for a range of activities to engage members in highlighting the climate emergency, green workplace action and the school climate strikers’ activities. 

 

Some ideas include: actions to support UNISON’s campaign for the local government pension funds to divest from fossil fuels; arranging to plant a tree – the best known system of carbon capture and storage technology; inviting a school student climate striker to speak at a lunchtime meeting/attending a local lunchtime school climate strike rally; create an international focus, with a speaker/film highlighting the impact of climate change on the global south; a stall with pledge posters for members to use and share on social media (#ClimateStrike).

 

As General Secretary Dave Prentis said last month, “the climate crisis is the greatest single threat humanity faces”.  In calling for nationalising energy suppliers, he referred to the escalating demands for urgent climate action, highlighting recent protests by Extinction Rebellion and the school student climate strikers, along with Sir David Attenborough’s powerful documentaries, raising awareness of the impacts, including massive plastic pollution in the oceans.

 

If you are going to get involved then let us know what you’re doing and we’ll share your plans.

 

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Tanya Palmer

Regional Secretary

UNISON Cymru/Wales

 

 
Bridge over troubled waters
 
 
 
Time to end the gender pay gap
 
 

On average, men earn 18% more than women in the UK. And as the largest women's organisation in the country, UNISON thinks this is unacceptable, so we're launching our #BridgeTheGap campaign.

Over the coming weeks, we will publish detailed guidance to help you work with employers to end this inequality.

 
 
     
 
News updates from your union
 
 
BREXIT: Don't be hoodwinked
General secretary warns: “Any guarantees about protecting existing and ensuring future employment rights must be in the PM's withdrawal agreement."
Read the full statement
 
CHILD BENEFIT: Low-paid mothers hit
Struggling families are losing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds a year as a result of changes to child benefit over the past decade.
Read more
 
IMMIGRATION: Help stop this cruelty
UNISON member needs help in trying to stop the Home Office from refusing his wife's right to remain in the UK.
Read more
Sign the petition
 
 
Negotiating for working parents
Maternity and other family rights for working parents affect most workers, either directly or indirectly. But working parents often experience unfair treatment at work. A new in-depth bargaining support guide for reps and branches has been developed, providing advice and information for negotiations on behalf of working parents as well as a model family leave and pay policy.
Download the guidance (pdf)
 
Mental health guidance for branches
Guidance to assist branches in ensuring that organisations treat mental health with the critical importance it deserves, that procedures protect the mental health of staff in general and maximise the assistance given to workers experiencing mental health problems in particular.
Download the guidance (pdf)
 
TUC newsletter for activists
The TUC produces a monthly newsletter which it emails free of charge to union activists across the movement. 
Sign up here
 
Support and information for reps and branches
 
 
 
BREXIT: Immigration advice as we close in on Brexit
With less than a month to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, many members, who are EU citizens or who have family members who are EU citizens are still worried about their status after Brexit. UNISON members can get advice from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants via UNISON Direct.
Read the full story
 

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram? Then check out UNISON’s secure social learning microsite exclusively for our activists and staff.

Click the link below for more info

SGE by-election nominations

 

Nomination period opens on 10 September

 
 

By-elections will take place this autumn for 59 vacant seats on the union’s service group executives.

Nominations will open on 10 September. The nomination period closes at 5pm on Friday 19 October.

Branches should ensure that the names of the branch chairperson and secretary are current and up to date on the RMS. This is because nominations will only be accepted if they are authorised by the branch secretary and branch chairperson, and these names must correspond with that recorded on the RMS.

 
 
Find out more about the by-elections and nomination process
 
 
UNISON service groups
Nomination form – energy
Nomination form – health
Nomination form – local government
Candidates form
Download the by-election procedures
Nomination form – community
Nomination form – higher education
Nomination form – police & Justice
Election address form
 
 

New case management forms




The case management form has been updated with a fresh new look and to reflect the new data protection regulations. 

Please recycle all old copies. You can download the new form hereand order it from the online catalogue (stock number 2285).

 
 

Please get back to me if you have any queries.

 

Regards,

Dominic

Dominic MacAskill 
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol 
UNISON Wales UNSAIN Cymru 
The Courtyard / Y Libart 
Wind Street 
Swansea / Abertawe 
SA1 1DP 
Phone / ffon: 01792 483918
e-mail / e-bost: d.macaskill@unison.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DomMacAskill

 

Leaflet about UNISON’s Campaign Fund and Labour Link.

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How to… get marching

UNISON campaigns officer Carol Rawlings offers some expert advice on getting the most out of marches and demonstrations

Demonstrations and marches have always been effective ways to send a message to politicians and the public about issues that matter to our union and its members, and the people and communities they serve.

For those watching from the pavements a big demonstration – 500,000 people marching against austerity for instance – is a massive, colourful family-friendly and noisy event.

For those taking part, a march is inspiring, a way to make your voice heard and to show solidarity with other trade union members. It’s also fun.

So, whatever the issue and whether it’s local or national, why not get your branch involved and marching?

Planning for a demonstration

If you decide to organise a branch presence on a demonstration, it’s worth finding out as much as possible before you start speaking to branch members.

The UNISON website is a good place to start, as we publicise marches we are supporting in the ‘events’ section at www.unison.org.uk/events.

If we are supporting a demonstration held by another organisation, we will provide a link to their website so you can get the information you need.

Also keep an eye on our publications like activist – both digital and in print – as well as branch circulars from your service group.

We will also use social media to advertise marches, so keep checking on Facebook, Twitter etc… Make a note of the hashtag we are using for the event, so you can see what other people are doing.

The next step is to think about the questions members might ask when they are deciding if they want to be involved. A key issue is how members will get to the march. Do they need to make their own way, or will the branch co-ordinate transport?

If you think branch members will be keen to attend in numbers, you might want to investigate organising buses yourself.

But first check with the organisers to see if they have transport planned that your members can use. Or speak to your region, as often regional TUC or UNISON transport has been organised. But do it early: buses get full and parking spots get booked up.

If you are organising your own buses, check what arrangements have been made for parking at your destination and how long it will take you to get from parking areas to the assembly point for the march.

Coaches are often not able to park next to the assembly point, which can mean a bit of travelling to do. Make sure that is clear for members who may have mobility issues and check with the organisers about what arrangements have been made for disabled access on the day.

You may want to encourage branch members to travel together on trains, so it’s worth checking the timetables and advising members what train other people are getting so they can travel together.

Be prepared

However people get there, they will need to know what time to assemble, where to meet and when a march or rally is likely to finish.

It will also be helpful for them to know how far they will be walking.

Remind them to wear comfortable shoes and prepare for all weathers – it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think about that, especially if it’s their first time. Sunburn or blisters are no fun, however important the issue.

You should also remind them to bring food and water, as it can be a long day.

UNISON produces publicity material that you can use locally to encourage participation. You can order them in bulk from the online catalogue at unison.org.uk/onlinecatalogue.

Often, they can also be downloaded from the website and emailed to members, or printed out and put on noticeboards. These are for use before the event, so don’t bring them with you on the day. You won’t need them.

On the day

We like to encourage UNISON branches to march together, so we can be loud and visible together. Also, it’s great if people can wear purple and green so we stand out as UNISON.

For summer marches you can order UNISON t-shirts from our online catalogue. If it’s too cold for t-shirts, then you can order purple tabards – also from the online catalogue – which can be worn over warmer clothing. You will need to pay for t-shirts and tabards.

Look for the giant UNISON balloons or UNISON flags and head in their direction – as that is where UNISON members will be.

That will also be where you can pick up UNISON placards, whistles and other things to help you get noticed. You can order some of our blank placards in advance and encourage members to write their own slogans or messages on them.

After the event, check with the stewards where you should leave placards and other things you are not taking back with you.

Bring your branch banner and organise members to carry it in relays, plan some songs and chants, and ask someone to volunteer to take pictures and post them on social media.

They should do this from the minute you leave home to the end of the march – and don’t forget to use the hashtag. That’s a great way for branch members who couldn’t attend to keep up with everything that is happening.

There will be plenty of stewards around on the day who are there to help with any questions or issues you may have.

And finally, enjoy the day. Be inspired – inspire your members and help us make a difference.

How to get the most out of your campaigning photos

TUC national demonstration: a new deal for working people

Courses

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

October

 

 

 

 

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10/2019

UNISON Learning Reps (ULR) Stage 1

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay

 

 

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

November

 

 

 

 

07/11/2019

07.14.21.28/11 &4/12/2019**

New Organising Stewards

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

12/11/2019

12.13.14/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

North Wales

25/11/2019

25.26.27/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

 

Welfare Officer Course

Branch Welfare Officer Training Programm[...]
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Dear colleague

 

We have an ERA Refresher course scheduled to run at UNISON House, Cardiff on 2nd & 3rd October and there are still a number of places available.

 

If you wish to book a place for any of your stewards who require this training, please let me know.

 

Application form attached for completion and return.

 

Sheila Morris (Secretary)

Unison Cymru/Wales

Extension: 477

Direct Dial: 02920 729477

E-mail: S.Morris@Unison.co.uk

 

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

October

 

 

 

 

02/10/2019

02.03/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

Swansea

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

North Wales

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

Swansea

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

North Wales

16/10/2019

16.17.18/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

Swansea

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

North Wales

 

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UNISON Learning Reps (ULR) - Stage 1 Training

 

22, 23, 24 October 2019 - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

This three day course is suitable for members who are or who want to become UNISON Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) and who are enthusiastic about learning and wish to encourage others to take part in lifelong learning. 

 

ULRs promote the learning agenda at work and often work in partnership with the employer to promote lifelong learning in the workplace for the benefit of all. 

 

UNISON has a long history of both providing and facilitating education and training for members which has not just concentrated on providing the skills to support trade union work but has also focused on enabling working people to gain and improve their skills and qualifications and to learn for their own personal fulfilment.

 

The course covers:

  • The Big Picture – the UNISON approach
  • A good learning experience
  • The role of the ULR
  • What skills does a ULR need?
  • Planning a survey
  • What can UNISON offer learners?
  • Raising awareness of skills for life issues    What issues do ULRs deal with?
  • The ULR and the UNISON branch
  • Practising Interview techniques
  • Getting the message across
  • Learning agreements
  • Trained and active – planning and promoting a learning event

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APPLICATION FORM

   

 

 

Course Title:  UNISON Learning Rep (ULR) – Stage 1

Date(s): 22-24 October 2019                                                          Location:  Cardiff

 

We use this information to add your name to the training database

for this event and

to update your membership details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender is used to ensure equal access to all gender groups

 

Membership No.      

 

Last Name:                 First Name:     

 

Signature:      

 

Your home address:      

     

     

Postcode                                               

Phone number (day time):      

Female           Male            Other  

 

Details of the course will be sent by email so please give the one most likely to get through

 

Email       

 

Note – some employers have firewalls that block our emails so a personal email address would be preferable if you have one.

 

This information

tells us if you have any specific requirements that will help you to fully participate in the course.

 

If you have access requirements, tell us here:       

     

 

Tell us here of there any learning support requirements.  For example do you require course materials in a different format, in large print, or on coloured paper?  

     

 

Food: Give details here if you have any special dietary requirements:  

     

 

Please note that we use your name and branch on the course register, which is provided to all participants and the tutor in the course pack.

 

Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used for the purposes stated on the form. This form and any attachments will be securely stored and destroyed after one year.  

 

For more information on how UNISON uses your personal data, please go to: www.unison.org.uk/privacy-policy

 

This section to be completed by your Branch Secretary / Education Coordinator

 

Your Branch:                                            

 

Branch Signature:      

 

The branch supports this application and will meet the travel and subsistence costs if claimed. If a fee is payable it will automatically be deducted at source through UNISONs branch reclaim process. This application is only valid if signed by the applicant & branch.

 

 

confirmation of a place on the course will be sent after the closing date

 once confirmed, your branch will be charged if you fail to attend without notice

 

Please return this form to:

Sheila Morris, Education & Training Team,

UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AP

Tel: 02920729477   Fax.02920387531   E-mail: s.morris@unison.co.uk

 

 

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

October

 

 

 

 

02/10/2019

02.03/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff 

02/10/2019

02.03/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

Mid Wales

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

Swansea

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

North Wales

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

Swansea 

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

North Wales

16/10/2019

16.17.18/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

 16/10/2019

16.17.18/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

Mid Wales

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

Swansea 

22/10/2019

 22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

North Wales

 

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

 

September

 

 

 

 

 

04/09/2019

04.05.06/09/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff 

 

04/09/2019

04.05.06/09/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

Mid Wales

 

10/09/2019

10.11.12/09 & 08.09/10/2019

Organising Steward

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

 

10/09/2019

10.11.12/09 & 08.09/10/2019

Organising Steward

Regional

Mid Wales

 

17/09/2019

17.18.19/09/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

Swansea 

 

17/09/2019

17.18.19/09/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

North Wales

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

October

 

 

 

 

02/10/2019

02.03/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff 

02/10/2019

02.03/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

Mid Wales

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

Swansea

09/10/2019

09.10.11/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

North Wales

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

Swansea 

14/10/2019

14.15/10/2019

ERA Refresher

Regional

North Wales

16/10/2019

16.17.18/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

 16/10/2019

16.17.18/10/2019

Intro to Emp Law / Contracts / W/L Balance

Regional

Mid Wales

22/10/2019

22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

Swansea 

22/10/2019

 22.23.24/10 & 19.20/11/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

North Wales

 

Start Date

No. Sessions

COURSE

BRANCH

VENUE

November

 

 

 

 

07/11/2019

07.14.21.28/11 & 5/12/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff

07/11/2019

07.14.21.28/11 & 5/12/2019

New Organising Stewards

Regional

Mid Wales

12/11/2019

12.13.14/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

Swansea

12/11/2019

12.13.14/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

North Wales

25/11/2019

25.26.27/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

UNISON House, Cardiff 

25/11/2019

25.26.27/11/2019

Intro to Health & Safety

Regional

Mid Wales

When the GDPR (general data protection requirement) came in earlier this year there was a lot of panic and misinformation circulating. But, now that the dust has settled, what do you, as a UNISON activist, really need to know? 

Whether you're a communications officer, wondering what you're allowed to send people, a welfare officer, dealing with very personal and private information, or a steward keeping track of which of your colleagues, you may well be dealing with people's personal data on a daily basis. What should you stop doing, start doing, or do differently?

UNISON Learning and Organising Services have created a short e-note (online learning module) that takes you through the basic requirements of the law, and explains what you need to do to keep members' data safe. It should take about 20 minutes to complete.

You can find this at https://e-learning.unison.org.uk/course/view.php?id=42, along with some other useful resources including the Branch Data Protection Handbook.

If you haven't used UNISON's e-learning site before, you'll need to create an account at https://e-learning.unison.org.uk. In some cases we've found that the confirmation email is blocked by employers' email networks - if you don't receive an email, email learningandorganising@unison.co.uk and ask for your account to be confirmed manually. Please also contact us on that email address if you need your password reset or if the e-note doesn't work properly for you.

Best wishes,

UNISON Learning and Organising Services

learningandorganising@unison.co.uk

https://learning.unison.org.uk 

 

Subject: Online AfC handbook - evaluation survey link for sharing

 

http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/pay-and-reward/nhs-terms-and-conditions/nhs-terms-and-conditions-of-service-handbook/handbook-survey

 

Colleagues,

 

Following the launch of the online NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, we are now running an evaluation survey.  I would appreciate it if you are able to share the above link more widely amongst your membership as well as drawing their attention to the new online functionality of the AfC handbook.

 

We will be sharing the survey link via our workforce bulletin and engagement briefs over the next  3 weeks as well.

 

If you have any questions please let me know.

 

With regards,

 

Alex

 

 

Alexander van Rees

Team Leader, Agenda for Change

Employment Relations & Reward

DDI: 0113 306 3063

Mobile: 07912 516 460

www.nhsemployers.org

 

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Setting up a SOG in your Branch

 

What is self-organisation?

UNISON has four recognised Self-Organised Groups, for:

  • Women
  • Black members
  • Disabled members
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members

Self-organisation encourages members in each group to come together to discuss and take forward their own issues and to give each other support.  It is a key part of UNISON's strategy for achieving equality.  Because self-organisation is so important, it is set in UNISON's Rules.

 

The Rulebook says:

" 4.1 The Union shall promote opportunities for the following groups to organise activities to meet the purposes set out below:

  1. women members
  2. black members
  3. disabled members
  4. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

 

4.2 The purposes of self-organisation shall be, within the framework of the Rules of the Union, to assist the union to:

  1. promote the union’s equalities and bargaining agenda
  2. defend jobs, terms and conditions and services
  3. build its density and have a strong and dynamic presence in the workplace.

(UNISON Rulebook 2014, Sections D 4.1 and 4.2)

 

 

Why have self-organised groups in your branch?

TO REDUCE ISOLATION - because of the kinds of jobs they do or the hours they work, many members don't get the chance to talk with others or their UNISON Branch about their issues.  By providing them with an opportunity to get together, UNISON can help members to feel part of something and connected to their union; the Branch can also get better information about what's really going on in some workplaces.

 

TO PROMOTE DIFFERENT ISSUES - because black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender members and often women are not fairly represented in UNISON's structures it means that the workplace issues pertinent to them are also less likely to get onto UNISON's agendas.  Having SOGs where members with similar problems can get together in a comfortable environment to discuss what's important to them will bring these issues to light and to prominence.

 

TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS - the visible and active presence of SOG members within the local Branch will make it more attractive to others who identify with them.  They will want to be a part of it, to join UNISON to be part of something relevant to them and making change happen. 

 

TO RECRUIT NEW ACTIVISTS - members can take on small, informal tasks in a SOG and get support for doing so.  Such activities are more likely to lead into formal union roles because the introduction is softer and confidence is built.  And this will help the Branch achieve its policy goal of fair representation.

 

TO CONSULT - both the Branch and the employer benefit from the existence of a SOG that can be approached both to provide information and to give their views on specific issues.  In this way, collective bargaining agendas are better informed.

 

TO LINK WITH REGIONAL AND NATIONAL SELF-ORGANISED GROUPS - other parts of the union can make contact with members in your Branch if they have a collective identity and/or spokesperson.  Information can also move from your Branch SOGs to Regional and National SOG Committees and Conferences so they can be involved in work over a wider sphere.  They can also submit motions to inform and affect the work of SOGs at Regional and National levels.

 

TO HAVE FUN - Branch SOGs can be innovative in how they operate; they don't have to replicate structures elsewhere in UNISON which have been off-putting and excluding to some members.  They should be a vehicle for members to get in touch with each other, to spend time together if possible, to learn and grow in confidence and enjoy being part of UNISON.  

Facility Time

Stewards have a legal right to time to carry out their duties; although that doesn’t necessarily mean any other activities.

Facility time is time off from an individual’s job, granted by the employer, to enable a rep to carry out their trade union role. In some cases, this can mean that the rep is fully seconded from their regular job, enabling them to work full time on trade union tasks. It can also mean an employer allows a rep to carry out trade union duties and activities, instead of their substantive job, for a certain amount of time per week or month.

The right to time off

In workplaces where the trade union is recognised, trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training.
 
This right applies to:
  • workplace reps
  • health and safety reps
  • union learning reps
  • information and consultation reps.

Duties covered

Workplace reps are entitled to paid time off to cover the following duties:
  • trade union duties related to collective bargaining, on issues like: terms and conditions of employment; redundancies; job evaluation; family friendly policies; discipline; trade union facilities; and negotiating machinery
  • Individual representation
  • meetings with management and preparation for these meetings
  • keeping members informed about negotiations.

There’s been some negative publicity about facility time in recent years – much generated by conservative lobby groups – but the truth is that good employment relations increase productivity and efficiency.

 

Mentor or buddy new UNISON activists

 

If you’re already active in your branch, and want to make it even stronger, why not support new reps and activists?

 

Read more

Key documents and tools for activists

 

Need to access the case form? Want to talk to activist colleagues? Want to print campaign materials – or even get customised campaign materials printed? You can do so here.

 

Read more

 

New reps – where to get support

We know our reps and activists need support and information, help and advice – even more so if you’re new to the role. Here are three things to do to start you off.

1. Ask your branch for mentoring

Support, including training, is available at both national and regional level, but the key to supporting new activists is through the personal touch at branch level – in other words, mentoring.

The key roles for a mentor or buddy will be to:

  • talk to you about your training or other development needs;
  • direct you to key people in the branch;
  • encourage you to work out solutions to issues as they arise;
  • help you find ways to follow up actions from courses and put your learning into practice.

2. Read the Stewards’ handbook

This essential publication is given to all reps and stewards and is packed with useful information. Contact your branch if you haven’t received yours yet.

3. Join the Organising Space

The Organising Space is a dedicated microsite for UNISON activists to share and discuss the issues and strategies affecting their duties in the workplace.

More about the Organising Space

3. Look out for Activist communications

UNISON distributes a specialist stewards’ magazine, UNISON inFocus, offering support to all workplace representatives. There is also a weekly email bulletin, eFocus, which is sent to all reps and activists who have registered an email address with the union.

Branches also send representatives regular information on local matters and representatives can always ring the regional office, UNISONdirect or check the news section on this website.

 

Are you a new rep?

  • Make sure you sign up for stewards’ training – contact your region.
  • Make sure your branch knows you’ve been elected as a rep.
  • Make sure your branch lets your region know and gets you registered as a rep or steward on the membership system. This will make sure you get the UNISON inFocus stewards’ magazine regularly.
  • Make sure the membership system has an email address for you. This will allow you to receive the weekly eFocus email bulletin with information to help and support you.

 

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Industrial action

 

Taking industrial action is a big step for any union.

And with a raft of legislation surrounding any form of industrial action, from ballots to picketing, great care is essential when taking action.

Because of the legal complexity of industrial action, it’s essential that you read the full UNISON guide to industrial action, and talk to your regional organising staff before taking any action.

Read the UNISON guide to industrial action [PDF] 

But there are a couple of general principles to bear in mind:

Getting permission

Permission to embark on a national industrial action ballot rests with the general secretary and the industrial action committee, following a request from the national secretary on the behalf of the service group.

The majority of industrial action ballots relate to local disputes with a specific employer, and permission to hold a  ballot lies with the relevant regional secretary.

There will be occasions where the regional secretary does not agree to authorise a ballot - in these circumstances the branch has a right to appeal to the industrial action committee.

Membership records

It is essential that before any ballot, you make sure your membership records are up to date.

Experience shows that employers will challenge the legality of any ballot they believe is based on inaccurate membership data.

Indeed, this is a really good reason to make sure that your records are regularly checked.

Wales TUC Education Service

The new UNISON website needs you - help shape the future!

 

An updated version of the UNISON website that is much more mobile and tablet-friendly, is now being tested. We need activists to help test it before it goes live - and suggest future website features and content.

AfC Stewards briefing
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Organising Space

 

As an activist you are the heart and soul of UNISON, critical to the important work we do. 

So we decided it was time you had a unique online space for all your UNISON Organising activities.    

 

The Organising Space is an online portal and your place to:

 

 

·         Connect with fellow activists right across the UK

 

 

·         Share and discuss your UNISON experiences and events

 

 

·         Discover essential resources to help your activist organising

 

 

·         Contribute your unique knowledge and expertise to the UNISON mission

 

 

·         Shout about your successes and what has worked well in your branch/region 

 

And the great news is it's already here! So, what are you waiting for? 

 

Join the hundreds of your fellow activists and staff who are already sharing ideas, successes and experiences in the new online space.   

 

 

Simply follow the link https://organisingspace.unison.org.uk/

And login using your existing My UNISON details. 

 

 

Here's a short video that will explain more

http://youtu.be/sTaiJEebM9c

TUPE: an introduction 

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) is a law designed to protect the rights of employees when a business transfers from one owner to another.

http://www.unison.org.uk/knowledge/pay/tupe/overview/

 



WE NEED ACTIVE REPS NOW!

We need people who want to help, even if it's just to act as a contact in a work area, someone to operate a letter box.

We need our inactive reps to contact the branch.

We want our inexperienced reps to contact us to review their development (Trained and Active guide in Rep Training page).

Contact us if you want to help 02920 748280

Tell everyone about THEIR WEBSITE: cavunison.co.uk