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Hampshire Branch AGM 2017

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 8th March 2017
5.30 for 6pm
Room SAB303, St Alphege Building,
The University of Winchester,
Sparkford Road,
Winchester, SO22 4NR.
All members welcome

Come and hear what has been happening in the Hampshire Branch, meet with other members and find out about upcoming campaigns and events.
Play an active part in UNISON and help shape the future of the branch by taking part in the democracy of your union.
Take part in debate on motions and enter our raffle!
Refreshments available on arrival.
Directions to University of Winchester

UNISON welcomes government change of heart over check-off

The government has withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from their wages.

At the start of the week, as the House of Lords started its report stage debate on the Trade Union Bill, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges confirmed that the government was withdrawing the plans to end check-off in the public sector and civil service.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, who led the extensive lobbying campaign in both the House of Lords and the Commons, welcomed the move, saying the bill is still flawed, but the move “is a real improvement”.

He added: “I’m really proud of UNISON and the campaign we’ve run on check-off: persistence and focus paid off.”

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Hampshire UNISON members in HCC campaigning against the TU Bill

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Prentis said: “There’s much that’s wrong with the Trade Union Bill, but banning unions from using the check-off system to collect membership fees from employees in the public sector was among the most mean-spirited of all its proposals.

“But thanks to a good deal of union campaigning behind the scenes, UNISON and the TUC have built an effective coalition in the Lords that persuaded the government a ban would be both unjustified and unnecessary.

“Now at least UNISON can concentrate on campaigning to protect public sector employees at work and the services they deliver, safe in the knowledge that it will not have to spend the next year running around workplaces with direct debit forms for fear of losing much of its income.”

Learn more about the Trade Union Bill.

 

Hampshire Branch AGM 2016

The Hampshire Branch Annual General Meeting 2016 will be held over four meetings in four different locations to give as many members as possible the opportunity to attend. All members are invited to attend one of the meetings in the following locations:

Dame Mary Fagan House, Basingstoke : Monday 7 March 2016 at 6pm

AFC Totton, Salisbury Road, Totton : Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 6pm

Havant Public Service Plaza, Havant : Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 6pm

Kings Room, Falcon House, Winchester : Thursday 10 March 2016 at 6pm

Nominations for the positions of Branch Secretary & Deputy Branch Secretary, and all other Branch Officer positions must be submitted to the Branch Office by noon on 22 January 2016. Further information about the roles and responsibilities of the Branch Secretary and Deputy Branch Secretary can be found here.

Members are also now invited to elect/re-elect Workplace Stewards and Health & Safety Reps for the coming year.

We look forward to welcoming you at one of the AGM meetings in March.

FE Pay Ballot – Vote YES for action!

College workers have been offered no pay rise, and many have lost the equivalent of more than £3,000 over the last five years because of inflation and pay restraint.

Having voted overwhelmingly to reject the employers’ insulting offer of no pay rise, UNISON is now balloting members working in further education for industrial action on pay. The ballot opens on 6 January and closes on 29 January.

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The issue

College workers have been on the sharp end of redundancies, reorganisations, increased workloads and cuts, yet colleges rely on them to keep running.

UNISON wrote to individual colleges to ask for a better pay offer for staff

In a consultation, UNISON members overwhelmingly rejected the employers’ offer of no pay rise. So UNISON wrote to individual colleges giving them another chance, asking them to make a better local offer. Sadly only a small number made improved offers. More than half didn’t reply.

Members working in further education will be balloted over industrial action on pay

UNISON has taken the tough decision to ballot members over industrial action on pay. The government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review was less harsh on further education funding than had been predicted and we believe that there is money available in colleges to pay college staff what they deserve.

UNISON is working with our sister union UCU (which is also in dispute), and other unions to seek to get an improved offer.

Still time for colleges to make a better offer

There is still time for colleges to make a better offer. That’s why we are calling on the further education national employers’ organisation, the Association of Colleges, to come back to the table and reopen national pay negotiations.

Get involved

In order to win a fairer pay deal we need your help. Please:

  • use your vote in the UNISON ballot to strengthen our hand
  • talk to colleagues in your workplace about pay and why no pay rise is unacceptable to you
  • encourage non-members to join UNISON – they can have a vote in the ballot too if they join us now
  • go to your workplace meetings to discuss the pay campaign and ballot
  • ask your local UNISON representative how you can get more involved.

If you have any questions about the ballot please call UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.

Vote YES for industrial action on pay

RESOURCES:

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FE industrial action leaflet