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School Uniform Grant Applications - Closing date 10 July 2015

School Uniform Grant 2015. Apply by 10 July 2015

Members on low incomes can apply for a grant from UNISON There For You to help with school uniform costs. For further information visit www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou

Download the School Uniform Grant 2015 Application Form here.
The completed form must be returned before 10 July 2015.


 

Leeds City Council signs up to Ethical Care Charter (01/05/2015)

Ethical Care Charter

(Pic: Leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield stands alongside Cliff Williams, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, signing UNISON's Ethical Care Charter)

Leeds City Council signs up to Ethical Care Charter to answer Mayday calls of care workers

Making sure there are minimum standards for care at home for both the people who receive it and the workers who provide it are priorities for Leeds City Council as they become of the largest local authorities to sign up to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter.

The charter commits to carers not having to rush from client to client and that people should keep the same carer wherever possible. It also commits employers to provide guaranteed hours contracts as the norm rather than zero hours contracts, to pay for travel time and a target of paying at least the living wage of £7.85 per hour.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“This May Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the vital contribution care workers make to our communities. We are determined to make sure Leeds City Council is rewarding homecare workers properly for the vital services they provide every day to thousands of Leeds citizens.

"Leeds is the biggest city to sign up to the charter and we are absolutely committed to people in Leeds receiving the high-quality homecare we would all want for ourselves and for our loved ones. That means we need to recognise everyone who receives homecare as an individual person, with their own particular needs.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:

"This Charter gives a benchmark for the future of homecare in Leeds, and we are very proud to have signed up to it. Providing care can be one of the toughest roles to have, and if we don’t treat those delivering it decently, it makes it harder for them to do the job properly.”

UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Cliff Williams, said:

“We know how tough it is when budgets are under so much pressure, so we are particularly pleased Leeds City Council has been able to adopt UNISON's Ethical Care Charter.

"It shows a clear commitment that staff are properly rewarded and respected for the work they do with vulnerable people in our communities.

"Home care workers are dedicated to providing the best care that they can. The council's adoption of the charter enables good employment conditions and quality training, which helps to reduce staff turnover and improve the quality of care for service users."

Providers will have to minimise zero-hours contracts, pay at least the national minimum wage and move towards paying a living wage of £7.85 per hour. There will also be a commitment to providing training.


LV = Great Cricket Ticket giveaway! (21/04/15)

Once again, LV are giving away a pair of LV= County Championship tickets to UNISON members to watch one day’s play during the 2015 season. It’s going to be another exciting year of cricket as Division 1 champions Yorkshire play away to Worcestershire, and Division 2 winners Hampshire host Sussex on the opening weekend of the 12 April.

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE!

To be in with a chance of claiming two free tickets just fill in and return the coupon here, stating in order of preference the three counties you would most like to visit in 2015.

Successful applicants will receive two ticket vouchers for a county of their choice, valid
for one day of an LV= County Championship match. The vouchers are only valid for
matches played at the First Class County Grounds (see list) – festival and secondary
grounds are not included in this promotion.

Please note that tickets are subject to availability and will be despatched to successful applicants within 28 days. All fixtures can be found at:
www.LV.com/cricket

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE!

Expires 30/09/15


UNISON ACTIVE Spring 2015 magazine (07/04/15)

You can find the spring 2015 edition of UNISON ACTIVE here... (plus previous copies - well worth a read).


Black Members Annual Report 2014 - 2015 (04/03/15)

You can download the Black Members Annual Report 2014 - 2015 here...


UNISON NHS members in England accept government’s pay offer (03/03/15)

UNISON members have accepted the government’s pay offer for NHS workers in a ballot that closed today (Tuesday 2 March 2015).

The results are:

Votes to accept: 67 per cent
Votes to reject and take further action: 32 per cent

UNISON head of health, Christina McAnea, said:

“Our members have voted to accept this offer. Although it does not go far enough, it is an improvement and it will make a difference particularly to over 250,000 of the lowest-paid in the NHS.

“By ignoring the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body for England, the government forced health workers to take strike action over pay for the first time in 34 years.

“I’m proud of the fact our members were prepared to take strike action without compromising patient care. Their industrial action has forced the government to negotiate with us and sent a warning that NHS workers will not sit back and do nothing when their standard of living is attacked.

“We are calling on any government elected in May to develop a pay strategy that rewards health workers fairly for the demanding jobs they do, and ensures the NHS can continue to recruit and retain a high quality workforce.

“The current state of pay in the NHS means many workers rely on unsocial hours payments to make ends meet. We know this government wants to cut these.

“The industrial action over the last six months should be a warning to ministers that our members will not accept further cuts.”


Latest Y&H Young Members Bulletin published (04/03/15)

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Young Members have published their latest bulletin.

It's worth a read...

  • What we do
  • NYM Weekend 2015
  • Police and Justice Group 
    Fair Pay Fortnight
  • Use your vote - We need you!
  • Workers Beer Company
  • Stand Up to Racism Demo

You can download it here...


UNISON proud to sponsor BARLA (04/12/14)

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region have sponsored The British Amateur Rugby League Association for many years and this relationship continues to flourish.

You can find the latest photos here...


Regional Education Programme 2015 published (27/11/14)

Once again we have endeavoured to offer courses to suit everyone, as Lifelong Learning is still high on our agenda. We have courses tailored to the needs of activists and members alike and there are a number of new courses designed to further develop the skills of our activists.

In addition to our Regional Education Team, our Regional, Area and Local Organisers are working with branches, among the other organising duties they undertake, to develop Lifelong learning.

The programme is designed to help you and your branch. UNISON needs more, better equipped and motivated activists. The courses provided are aimed at building confidence and developing abilities.

Courses are available for potential, new and more experienced activists seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Branch development is vital in recruiting, organising and retaining members. We are constantly striving to increase membership and provide a better service. Increasing membership and developing new activists from all sectors of the union will make us stronger and more representative of our members.

In January 2010, Regional Council decided to increase the prices of training courses for the first time in 5 years and to update our cancellation policy. These charges have been held so there is no price increase for 2015.

In 2011 there were also changes to the TUC funding which meant that our basic courses for stewards, health and safety representatives and UNISON learning representatives have all had to become 5 day courses and because of this the cost of a 5 day residential course is now £150.

No one should be out of pocket attending UNISON courses. Branches and the Region contribute towards the cost of courses. Additional travel costs and additional carer costs can be claimed from your branch (details of help can be found in the programme).

You can find the Education Programme 2015 here...



Branches urged to follow the momentum for a living wage (11/09/14)

Branches could be "pushing against an open door" in trying to persuade public sector employers to pay the living wage, UNISON says.

"They're just waiting for us to ask them," suggests Charlie Carruth, a regional officer with the union's Yorkshire & Humberside region. "And that’s what branches should be doing. Make a living wage pay claim. Just ask."

Mr Carruth's optimism is based on the strides made by the union and others in turning Sheffield into a living wage city across public services, while also making inroads throughout the region.

Sheffield City Council is already a living wage employer and is committed to making all would-be contractors agree to the living wage in their contracts.

UNISON has made successful living wage claims to Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, which has agreed to bring 2,000 staff up to the living wage from January 2015, as well as a clinical commissioning group in the city.

Other bodies, such as Sheffield University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust are proving harder to crack. But in these cases UNISON is playing the long game, says Mr Carruth.

"Our strategy is to put living wage claims in across the board, backed up with statistics on pay and the cost of living. If we get a positive, then great. If not, we don’t go straight into battle, but build pressure by getting others to sign up.

"We're trying to pick employers off strategically, keeping the pressure on."

Elsewhere in the region, Rotherham NHS Trust, the Yorkshire NHS Trust and four CCGs across South Yorkshire have also agreed to pay the living wage.

UNISON learned from the cash-strapped Rotherham trust that although it couldn't afford the living wage itself, when it approached its CCG the commissioners agreed to pay the difference - thus revealing another approach for the campaign.

"Any trust could do this," says Mr Carruth.

"Employers are realising that they can do a lot of good and it's not costing them a lot of money. Plus, it's making them look good. It’' a virtuous circle. And the momentum is building."


Doncaster Raceday: 1 August 2015

Doncaster races 2015

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