Welcome to the latest branch news courtesy of our Branch Secretary Peter Atkinson.
Trade Union Bill
This Bill will undermine employees’ ability to make their voice heard at work. It may just seem like another bit of boring legislation but it will have far reaching consequences for
all UNISON members and members of other unions.
The next TUC rally is on 2 November at Westminster starting at 1pm and arranging meetings with MP’s that day from 2.30pm. The branch is happy to help with travel costs. Contact Nick McMaster if you are interested in coming.
Additionally, here’s what you can do now:
1. All members are encouraged to write to their MP to tell them the values and benefits that unions bring in the workplace and asking MP’s to oppose the Bill.
You can contact your MP at http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ or at https://www.writetothem.com/
2. Sign up to receive updates on the campaign here: unison.org.uk/TradeUnionBill
We will need members to take various actions at different points during the campaign – from putting pressure on your MP to writing to your local newspaper and attending demonstrations. The key thing now is to sign up to updates on the website so that we can all act together.
3. Take part in UNISON’s survey now to give us your thoughts on the right to strike: https://goo.gl/STZngm
4. Sign the TUC’s petition against agency staff being used during strikes: https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/don-t-let-employersuse-agency-temps-to-break-strikes
5. Read and share Dave Prentis’ blog on the Trade Union Bill: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/general-secretaryblog/2015/08/time-for-the-government-to-get-its-priorities-straight/
6. Talk to your colleagues about the campaign against the Bill and ask them to sign up for email updates at unison.org.uk/TradeUnionBill
NHS Pension Scheme
Branch has recently sent out via work email the latest pension briefing from UNISON Head Office. Unfortunaely we cannot attach it here as it is a PowerPoint. So please get in contact with a local rep if you have not recieved the email. Pensions are not an easy subject and union reps are restricted in law as to the advice we can give. If you have a query on your pension, you should take the following steps:
Contact Marc Agostinelli, our SPFT Pensions Officer, at Marc.Agostinelli@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk
Contact the NHS Pensions Agency at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/2735.aspx or on 0300 3301 346.
Contact UNISON’s Pensions Advice line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact UNISON’s affinity partner Paul Griffiths of Lighthouse Temple for financial advice at email@example.com
Failing all the above, contact John Ottley, Nick McMaster or myself and we will refer you in to our Regional Office
Follow the link to the latest edition of Woman Sense, the branch newsletter for women created by our Equalities Officer Jane.
Reporting an Assault at Work
It is absolutely vital that report an assault at work to the police – even if the patient is suffering from dementia or is acutely psychotic.
This is because you are far more likely to receive an award under the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme if you have a police crime number.
I had a stark reminder of this recently when I represented two members, both of whom had been seriously assaulted and there was no negligence on the part of the Trust. One member received £3,500 under the CIC scheme, the other received nothing as the assault had not been reported.