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Welcome to the Doncaster UNISON Branch website. UNISON represents more than 1.3 million people nationally and over 6,000 people working in Doncaster. We have members providing various services for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and services allied to the Council. We also have members in Further Education colleges and in the Community and Voluntary sector. Wherever you work, if you are providing a public service, you can join us. UNISON prides itself on being a member-led organisation that operates not only as a bargaining and negotiating body but also as a campaigning group. Join today and help us create a future that works.

Pay Up Now!

UNISON major pay campaign: “Pay Up Now!”

For years now, public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze then a cap saw public sector pay rise by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Public sector workers need a pay rise!

That’s no way to treat people like you, hardworking people who play such a vital role in looking after us and holding our communities together – keeping us safe, healthy, educated, and cared for.

But the tide may be turning. The government is now under real pressure to scrap the 1% cap on public sector wages and UNISON is leading the fight to get you the pay rise you deserve. More and more people are listening and supporting our Pay Up Now! campaign.

Now it’s up to us, in UNISON, to keep that pressure on until we get:

  • an end to the pay cap;
  • government money made available for an immediate pay rise for all public sector workers;
  • an end to government interference in bargaining arrangements for all public sector pay.

We can’t miss this opportunity. They won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. So, please get involved in our campaign and help us win. Together we can do it.

Why not use our pay calculator to give you an idea of how your pay has fallen behind the cost of living over the last seven years.

Check out the PayUpNow Salary Calculator here!...

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Saturday 19th August 2017: Doncaster PRIDE 2017 - Everyone welcome

Doncaster UNISON is proud to sponsor Doncaster PRIDE 2017 and the celebration of unity and diversity that this festival represents!

We will be centrally involved in this fantastic day; from the, “Unity Walk,” that kicks off this brilliant day with a celebratory march from the Market Place (gather from 12.15pm/ Departing at 1pm), to the Main Stage at Waterdale, Doncaster UNISON wants to make sure that our profile on this day is as high as it can possibly be.

We have emailed you as members of Doncaster UNISON to ask that you join us on Saturday 19 August 2017 to celebrate Doncaster PRIDE and to march (and to party!) in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. We will be attending alongside our colleagues from the Doncaster and Bassetlaw District Health Branch and want Doncaster UNISON members to turn out in force to make this a massively successful day.

UNISON and the wider Trade Union movement have a fantastic history of standing up for the rights of LGBT workers and the wider community. We have always recognised that we are stronger when we stand united – That LGBT rights are workers’ rights and that together we can win a better world for all.

 

Pay Up Now: We need all UNISON members involved (02/08/17)

It may now be August and summer is well under way, but for our major pay campaign – Pay Up Now – it’s still full steam ahead.

We’re fighting for all public sector workers to get the pay rise you need and deserve, so there won’t be any let up in the campaign until the pay cap is scrapped and proper pay rises return.

Our campaign will continue to build in the weeks ahead – including putting pressure on MPs to back our calls for fair pay – but if we’re going to win, we’re going to need all UNISON members to play their part.

That’s why I’m asking branches to get involved and organised Pay Up Now events in your workplaces – using the resources available via our website and which can be ordered by branches and regions to use at events. In particular, we want you to focus on upcoming pay days in your workplace, and make the case for better pay and vital pay rises. We are constantly adding new resources and information to our web pages to help you organise a successful local campaign event, so don’t forget to check the pages.

We also need you to send us your pay stories – about how pay cuts have affected you, and your family, in the years that wages have been frozen or capped.

And we’ve launched a pay quiz on our webpage – which is great to share to get other people to engage with the campaign – which explains some of the facts about public sector pay, and why we’re fighting for a better deal for everyone who works to help our communities and our country.

There’s so much more planned for the weeks and months ahead, and we know after years of austerity and cuts this fight won’t be easy. But together, UNISON can win for all public sector workers, wherever you work, and deliver that long-overdue pay rise.

 

SOS Day for Libraries - 19 October 2017 (01/08/17)

Our Save Our Services campaign day of action this year takes place on 19 October and is focused on libraries.

Libraries are a hub and a haven in our communities. They offer a place for people to work, relax, discover and think.

They are a source of local knowledge and history and give everyone access to books, DVDs, music and more, for free or at a very low cost.

But libraries also do a lot more than lend books. Many hold events, anything from story time for children to yoga classes for adults. Library workers help people look for work, advise on using IT, organise talks by authors and so much more.

The incredible work that libraries do every day to support their local communities is under threat because of Westminster’s unfair cuts to spending on local services. Libraries have been hit particularly hard by cuts: more than 478 have closed in just six years.

The effects of these cuts – closures, redundancies, library privatisation and loss of expertise – are devastating for libraries and for the people who depend on them.

We need to make sure that library services are protected and invested in so that communities can enjoy and benefit from them now and in the future.

So we are asking you to tell us what your library does for you so we can let everyone know how important it is to protect libraries everywhere.

Our SOS Day across the UK in October will show our support for libraries and raise awareness of the devastating impact cuts have had on this service.

We will ask our members to show their support by joining their local library if they haven’t already, make sure they visit and use the great range of services on offer where they live.

We will call on local and national decision-makers to take action on shameful spending cuts and ask councils to commit to providing comprehensive library services.

To kick off this year’s SOS campaign, we want to hear from you. Tell us what your library does for you. You can:

  • take a photo or make a short video that best shows the most helpful or unusual thing your library does and post it on Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #SOSlibraries;
  • Tell us you story, using the form under the ‘tell us your story’ tab on the campaign page
  • email us at sos@unison.co.uk.

Help us make our SOS campaign on libraries a rallying call to protect these vital community services.


How UNISON changed the law: the story behind our success (01/08/17)

How UNISON won the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment law.

On Wednesday 26 July, a grey and rainy morning, UNISON members and staff gathered outside the Supreme Court in London, awaiting the outcome of a four-year legal battle.

UNISON has been fighting the government in court over a vital component of workers’ rights and last week the Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – finally unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully. This is the story of how we got there.

Read the full story here...

Employment tribunals play a vital role in workers’ rights. They are a forum where workers (and employers) can seek justice, adjudicated by a legal expert – an employment judge.

Most of our hard-won workers’ rights – which have been fought for by trade unionists and others over centuries – are effective only because they can be enforced through employment tribunals and employment tribunal appeals.

In 2013, this access to justice was restricted when the government decided to charge fees to everyone who wanted to go to an employment tribunal.

The fees were brought in at a time when the Ministry of Justice was facing huge budget cuts and the government said the aim of them was to transfer part of the cost of the tribunals to users of the service, to “deter unmeritorious claims”, and to encourage disputes to be settled earlier.

Anyone who felt they had been illegally treated by their employer suddenly had to include a cheque when they sent off their claim form, or pay with a card online, or the form wouldn’t even be looked at.

One of the members standing outside the Supreme Court on the day of the result was Clara Mason.

She was there because she feels passionately about access to employment tribunals. Clara is a teaching assistant, and is currently in the process of going through an employment tribunal. UNISON paid the fee for Clara’s tribunal; she can’t say much about her case because it’s ongoing, but she does say that if UNISON hadn’t paid the fee, she simply wouldn’t have gone to tribunal.

“The verdict today is important for everyone across the country, because it’s going to help a lot of families and people out there who’ve got issues with their employment.”

UNISON has been against the fees from the moment they were announced, because we knew they would hinder workers’ access to employment tribunals and employment appeal tribunals.

On the very day the fees were introduced (29 July 2013) UNISON went to the High Court to seek permission to bring judicial review proceedings.

But exactly how much are these fees? It depends on whether a claim is being brought by one person or a group of people and whether the claim fits into a ‘type A’ or a ‘type B.’

Type A claims generally require little or no work before the hearing, and have very short hearings. All other claims are type B; generally complex issues that require more scrutinising of evidence, such as unfair dismissal or discrimination.

For a single claimant, the total fees are £390 for a type A claim and £1,200 for a type B claim. There’s a different cost system for groups of people making a joint claim.

Read the full story here...

 

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