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Drop the Bill - Petition has hit the 100,000 mark

The e-petition on the Goverment website has now reached over 110,000 signatures - but it still needs more!

We and others are calling for as many people as possible to sign the e-petition on the government's website calling for the NHS Bill to be dropped. It has already reached 100,000 signatures so should automatically trigger a debate in parliament, and in the current atmosphere who knows what could happen with that!

To ensure that this happens, keep signing up to the petition as the more that sign, the more MP's may join their voices to match the public mood

Sign the petition here:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

Article added 2012-02-15 13:10:03


UNISON welfares' Octopus Lottery

UNISON welfare relies on UNISON members and branches to help us with fundraising and the Octopus Lottery Monthly prize draw is one of the ways we can do this.

UNISON Welfare is a registered charity that provides a unique confidential service just for UNISON members and their families (including retired members). Every year we help thousands of members with grants, wellbeing breaks, free debt advice and a wide range of support services.

To be able to provide this support we rely on UNISON members and branches to help us with fundraising and the Octopus Lottery Monthly prize draw is one of the ways we can do this. Up to 50% of the total money raised from ticket sales is paid out as prizes and administration costs are kept very low at just 10 %

You can buy up to a maximum of 10 numbers at £1 each which will be automatically entered into each months prize draw. So unlike some prize draws you do not need to remember to enter each month.

If you would like to sign up to play Octopus Lottery please complete the application form and direct debit form and send it to: Freepost RSAE-BEHJ-XTXB, Octopus Lottery, Kings Court, London Road, Stevenage, SG1 2TP.

The application form can be downloaded from: http://www.unison.org.uk/octopus/

Article added 2012-02-14 13:52:07


Next Pension briefing

Thursday 27th October 2pm. Lecture Theatre 2, Clinical School, Addenbrooke's Site

Pay more, work longer, get less

It sounds simple doesn't it? We can't afford to pay for these pensions so public service workers like street sweepers, school dinner staff and healthcare assistants need to accept that and work longer, pay more and get less.

But that isn't the whole picture.

Public service workers are being asked to pay more in pension contributions by an average of over 50% - if you earn above £15,000. It's the equivalent on average of a 3% pay cut.

And this extra money isn't being used to improve pension schemes for the future, it's going straight to the Treasury to pay for the bankers' crisis.

Your pension is under attack - join us in defending it.

For more information, go to: http://www.unison.org.uk/pensions/protectour.asp

Article added 2011-10-26 10:37:34


Pension Ballot - closing date looms

UNISON, along with many other public sector unions, is balloting for industrial action. We are urging you to vote in the ballot and to vote YES.

The ballot closes on 3 November - make sure you've posted your vote before then.

It's urgent that we let relevant ministers know that UNISON members don't deserve this treatment and that we're serious about saying 'enough is enough'.

Proposed changes to your pension threaten most of you with having to work longer, pay more and get less when you eventually retire.

These changes are unfair. They mean that many hard working UNISON members will be paying 50% more a month into their pension, working for much longer, and then retiring on a pension worth around 15% less.

if you are a member and haven't recieved your ballot paper contact UNISON direct on 0845 355 0845 before midday on 31st October

If you are not a member and wish to join then go to https://join.unison.org.uk/joinus.php and join online to ensure you get your vote

Article added 2011-10-26 10:32:01


Retired members Seminar

The next regional seminar for retired members is being held in Ely, Cambridgeshire

All retired members of UNISON within the Eastern region are invited to the next seminar being held on the 14th September 2011, at the Ely Catherdral Cantre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW

Members who wish to go need to contact the branch office so we can assist them by filling in an application form as we will pay for subsistence and travel costs

Article added 2011-08-02 14:49:11


NHS Pension proposals - How will it affect you?

there is a meeting on the 17th August at the clinical school on the Addenbrooke's site to discuss how it will affect members

The Government is proposing changes to the existing NHS Pension scheme, and the branch is holding a series of meetings with members to explain them. The next meeting scheduled is

Wednesday 17th August 2011
12noon – 2pm in two rolling sessions -
Come any time – Leave any time
Seminar Room 3, Clinical School

Article added 2011-08-02 14:45:53


Violence down, Sanctions also down!

Figures released last week on the NHS Business Services Authority’s website show that violence against health staff seems to be on the wane in Cambridgeshire overall, however of the 324 reported attacks, only one appears to have been followed through successfully in that a sanction (unspecified) was given.

While it is clear that the majority of attacks are from individuals either short or long-term confused (as evidenced by the majority being in the Mental Health Trust), this does raise the concern that members who are the victims of an attack are not followed up by their Trust Security or Governance teams.

UNISON will continue to raise at Trust safety meetings the importance or reporting on assaults against staff, and the need for full investigations and where appropriate that the individual receive the relevant sanction, and calls on members to continue reporting through incident forms to their employer, and to us at UNISON if you feel that the action taken was inappropriate.

The figures for Cambridgeshire are:

Key: APE: Assaults per 1000 employees
Years: 2010 (2009)

· Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s & Rosie Hospitals)

  • Assaults: 107 (129)
  • APE: 13.7 (17.2)
  • Sanctions: 1 (3)

· Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (Mental Health Trust)

  • Assaults: 225 (150)
  • APE: 110.5 (75.6)
  • Sanctions: 0 (0)

· Cambridgeshire PCT

  • Assaults: 2 (9)
  • APE: 0.7 (3.1)
  • Sanctions: 0 (0)

· East of England Strategic Health Authority

  • Assaults 0 (0)
  • APE: 0 (0)
  • Sanctions: 0 (0)

Article added 2010-12-16 16:00:03


Organising works: MEDIREST members' great success!

Members of UNISON working for Medirest (a division of Compass) have been fighting a long running campaign against job cuts, pay freezes and other changes to their terms and conditions.

Early this year Medirest launched a consultation to reduce working hours, remove shifts and stop the pay rise and the agenda for change increments for their staff. At the same time UNISON 3 companies project had just started work in the branch to help organise and recruit new representatives and work out the barriers to people joining UNISON.

Following months of recruitment, organising, members meetings and mapping they had recruited an additional 150 members (approx) and were in a good bargaining position. Not only that they had arranged members meetings where new representatives were elected who formed the core of a new Medirest organising committee for the Soft FM contract based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Organising committee

As a result the below statement was issued at the end of November, in a nutshell stating that the pay freeze was cancelled, and that the reduction in hours for ward staff was put on hold - GREAT WORK TEAM!

JOINT MEDIREST / UNISON COMMUNICATION STATEMENT

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.

Article added 2010-12-16 15:53:09


Make it a no cuts Christmas

Captain Ska's anti-cuts, anti-coalition single Liar Liar is out on sale this week hoping to make it to Christmas number one. Help us get Captain Ska's anti-cuts, anti-coalition single to number one.

Proceeds from the single will go to causes helping those affected by the cuts, including the homeless charity Crisis, Disability Alliance, Women's Health Matters and False Economy - a cuts campaign site supported by UNISON.

I

t's just 79p to download, for a good cause.

Watch the video and download the single.

http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=6478

Thank you and merry Christmas

Article added 2010-12-16 15:12:42


Football Against the Cuts

Hunts TUC invite all UNISON members/stewards, Cambridge TU's & friends to join a Inter union weekly 5-a-side football "league" for 2011

They are looking to organise a weekly informal football night in
Cambridge for early next year. Nothing more serious, at this point,
than a weekly get together in the evening for all those wishing to
express themselves using the medium of the beautiful game. Bring
yourself or bring a team and there will be a minimal cost.

If things go well, and as the days get warmer and lighter, we would
envisage continuing the weekly event to include possible bigger games
on Parker's Piece against the students. A possible future 5-a-side
tournament is also on the cards.

What we are looking for is your 'register of interest' so we can get
an idea of numbers and start to organise a venue.

So please email us at unison@addenbrookes.nhs.uk if interested in helping set up our Branch team, or daniel.sly@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for other branches and trade unions

Article added 2010-12-09 08:07:54


Website maintenance (June 2010)

During June and July the website will be undergoing some minor changes

The changes are being done to bring the website into line with current patch arrangements, and to also improve (we hope) manoeuvrability around the site. Some members may have noticed that the convenor areas are now out of date, conveners are being asked to provide updates for their areas which will go onto the site as soon as they are done, we are also planning to review the current pages, available on the site, and see if we can create some new areas with help from our web designers WebElementary

While this is ongoing there may be delays or occasional downtime on the website for which we apologise in advance

If members have any suggestions on how to improve the site, please email them to:unison@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Many thanks
Branch Comms Team

Article added 2010-06-18 13:22:31


Regional Council Report (April 2010)

Report by Shona Grieg for the Branch on the April meeting of the Eastern Regional Council