Sandwell Leisure Trust Petition at Full Council

Sarah James from GMB and Tony Barnsley from Unison represented the unions at the Council meeting 19 July. The formal presentation of the 5,000 plus petition prompted a Council debate. Councillor Richard Marshall (Cabinet Member for Leisure) paid tribute to the staff at SLT and commended their hard work. Council Leader Steve Eling stated he …

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NO to a Children’s Trust in Sandwell

Union members from UNISON, GMB and Unite met on Monday to voice their opposition to the Tory Governments attempts at privatising Sandwell’s Children’s Services. Tony Barnsley, Joint Branch Secretary for Sandwell UNISON stated, “Creating uncertainty over the pay, pensions and conditions for staff working in Children’s Social Care does nothing to improve the service provided …

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Sandwell Sponsors Love Music Hate Racism / Stand up to Racism fringe at UNISON’s Conferences

Delegates from Sandwell spoke several times at both Local Government and National Delegate Conference. The branch also co-hosted a successful, ‘Stand up to Racism’ fringe meeting. Speakers included Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie. Sandwell delegate Sharon Campion chaired the meeting. This was then followed by a, ‘Love …

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UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services

PRESS RELEASE 10 June 2016 UNISON Will Fight any Privatisation of Sandwell’s Children’s Services Discussions are underway about future proposals for Sandwell’s Children’s Services following recommendations made by commissioner Eleanor Brazil. No decision has been taken at this time however proposals to either move Children’s Services to a voluntary trust with the co-operation of the …

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The Wragge Report

The findings in the published Wragge report, together with the QC’s report are truly shocking and must never be allowed to happen again. It is deeply saddening that Sandwell Council’s name is being tarnished by the actions of a very small number of Councillors and the inaction of those at the top of Sandwell Council that …

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NJC Pay Dispute Settled

The National body looking at our pay claims narrowly voted to accept the Government’s pay offer, rather than progress to a national industrial action ballot, after several Regions expressed doubt over a lack of support for such support. Members had voted 64% to reject the offer but on a low turnout. Not only does this demonstrate …

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Government withdraws plan to stop check-off for subs payment

The government has withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from their wages. As the House of Lords started its report stage debate on the Trade Union Bill last night, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges confirmed that the government was withdrawing the plans to end check-off in the public …

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We Have Moved

Our new address is; Sandwell UNISON, West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, West Bromwich B70 8DY Telephone number and  email address have remained the same, 0121 569-5996 and sandwellunison@btconnect.com

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Government wants your pension money

The government wants to use the money in your pension funds to invest in their pet infrastructure projects. This potentially puts at risk the money that should be used to pay your pensions. There has been no debate in Parliament over this issue and we need to try and make sure it gets debated. 5 …

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AGM agree to campaign against privatisation and racism

Sandwell’s 2016 AGM voted unanimously to back a motion to ballot for industrial action if the Government tries to privatise Children’s social workers into a ‘Trust’. The AGM also voted to ‘show racism the red card’ and invite the organisation into one of Sandwell’s Schools. Regarding the EU referendum the majority vote was to abstain on …

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