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A 'silly and petty policy' - says Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones (09/10/15)

Trying to stop check-off for union subs ‘a silly and petty policy’

Trade Union Bill is “unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic,” says Doncaster mayor Ros Jones

Plans to prevent union members having their subs deducted from wages are “a silly and petty policy,” says Doncaster mayor Ros Jones.

“It is not what the government should be wasting its time on when there are real national and international issues to be grappled with,” she added.

Ms Jones, a directly elected mayor, was replying to a question from councillor Rachael Hodson, asking if the mayor would agree that the government’s Trade Union Bill is “unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic,” and whether she would write to local government secretary Greg Clark saying so.

Ms Jones agreed, saying the bill “is nonsense. It is simply an unnecessary attack.”

She also pointed out that ” Doncaster council already processes numerous other payroll deductions and the cost of checking off trade union subscriptions is minimal.

“As far as I am concerned, Doncaster council will continue to offer the service unless the government make it illegal,” she pledged.

And the mayor also gave her backing to the wider role of unions, saying they “are a good thing”.

Trade unions “were set up to protect employees and that need is still relevant today,” she added.

“Good employers are not scared of trade unions, they value them and work with them.”

 

IMPORTANT: Holiday pay – additional payments (12/12/14)

This is important – please read if you work on commission, work overtime, receive a bonus, shift premium or any other payment that is not paid for holiday periods.

The European Court has recently ruled in a UNISON case that workers ought not to suffer financially when they take annual leave. This means that if you receive any of the above payments or any other additional payments when you are at work (other than expenses) but do not receive them for periods when you are on holiday, you may be able to claim back pay in respect of non-payment of these additional sums.

Please contact the Branch immediately on 01302 320793 if the above applies to you and a case form will be sent to you for completion. It is also important that you contact the Branch and complete a case form if your employer has recently started to include any additional payments in your pay that are referred to in your payslip or if you have just noticed that your pay has increased without explanation.

You must act quickly. Most tribunal claims must be submitted within three months less one day of the date of the act complained of. In these circumstances, the act complained of is the failure to pay the additional sums for annual leave. Therefore, if the payments are now being made, time started to run from the date on which you were most recently paid holiday pay that did not include any additional sums.

Upon receipt of your case form, your claim will be considered and you will be contacted and advised as to whether your claim has reasonable prospects of success.


LGPS Governance Changes – for those UNISON members who pay into the South Yorkshire Pension Fund (22/09/14)

UNISON has been leading the campaign to ensure that members are represented when it comes to the decisions the local government pension funds make about how to invest our members’ money.

From April 2015 all the LGPS funds in England and Wales will have a pension board to ensure that the new scheme is running effectively. The boards will be made up of equal numbers of employee and employer representatives.

We need UNISON members to step up and help make sure your pension fund runs effectively for everyone’s benefit by becoming an employee representative on the new pension boards.

A meeting for any interested UNISON members to learn about the changes and how they can play a role in the future governance of their scheme has been organised and details are set out below:

LOCATION: Room 1, Sheffield Quaker Hall, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW
DATE: Tuesday 30th September 2014
TIME: 6.30pm – 7.30pmYour Pension Needs You

If you require hard copies of this
poster to display in your workplace,
please contact the branch office on
01302 320 793 or download a PDF copy here.

 

 

 

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Doncaster Council will cut spending by £109 million over the next three years; this equates to approximately 1,200 full timejobs and will cause devastating cuts to services. These cuts are coming after an already disastrous round of cuts implemented under Ex-Mayor Peter Davies. Council staff and the most vulnerable in our communities are being forced to pay the price for the failed economic policy of the Coalition Government

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