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3 Companies Project in Cambridge

December 2010

The following joint statement has just been released:


Further to a meeting between MEDIREST and UNISON on the
16th November 2010 and staff meetings conducted prior to this, we are writing to advise that we have agreed the following:

1.    Ward hour’s reductions – are placed on hold, but will apply to all future recruitment in both domestic and hostess posts.
2.    Proposal to freeze pay and Spine Point increment – This option is not being progressed.

HOWEVER, in order to work towards the required savings, the following will be implemented on a phased basis.

1.    Non-replacement of one currently vacant supervisor’s post.
2.    Target hours for each ward have been agreed and we will be looking to achieve these as vacancies occur. Existing employees will need to be flexible to assist this process.
3.    The current freeze on vacancies has been lifted and therefore the requirement for overtime will be reduced.
4.    Clocking-in system – strict controls will apply upon implementation.
5.    Sickness absence management – will be consistently managed in line with the company absence management policy.
6.    More effective management of chemicals and microfibre.

Medirest and Unison will be working closely to agree the detail and time-lines of the proposals and further information will be provided in due course.

Our progress towards achieving the cost-savings required will be reviewed in three months time.

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Cuts campaign: Keep Our NHS Public!

ETUC 'Day of Action' on 29th September and Comprehensive Spending Review on 20th October

August 2010

On September 29, to coincide with a meeting of European finance ministers, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will organise a European Day of Action.
As European Governments move collectively to slash public expenditure, including jobs, pay and pensions, while the European economy is fragile and vulnerable to renewed recession, the ETUC is to mobilise a collective trade union response. This will be centred on a big demonstration in Brussels but the ETUC is calling on affiliates to take the maximum possible degree of action in all the countries of the European Union. This can include protest stoppages, demonstrations, lobbying MPs etc.
Cambridgeshire Against the Cuts are holding a meeting on Saturday September 4th to plan local action and activities on this date and also action on October 20th, the day the Government Comprehensive Spending Review reports back which will outline devastating cuts to public services and attacks on jobs, pensions and our terms and conditions.  
You can register for the meeting via the website www.cambridgeshireagainstthecuts.org.uk/

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Cambridge Weighting (Campaign for a NHS Cambridge High Cost Area Supplement)

Pay round talks start for 2011 pay deal

July 2010

The NHS staff council is currently looking at proposals for the 2011 cost of living pay award, however given the current financial climate it is not expected that the High Cost of Living Supplement for Cambridge will be reviewed this year. 

The Branch plans to look at the recruitment figures over the next 12 months as this is where we had previously had problems with the bid, as the employers could not show they had difficulty in recruiting because of housing/ renting costs.

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The Future of the Fulbourn Laundry (NHS)


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Medical Secretary: Outsourcing and Campaigning


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