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Branch Update March 2021 – Shielding Advice and more

Dear Member
Please see below our latest update with information for those that are shielding, and some useful advice for you. 
There are also some really useful free  training opportunities for all members to make use of so please have a look and take a chance to brush up your skills. 
A link is also included for the UNISON Knowledge Base full of useful advice on a wide range of workplace issues that you may be facing.
Kind Regards
Becky Everett 
Branch Secretary

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DON’T FORGET THIS WEEK – our Annual General Meeting 2021

This Years Annual General Meeting will be carried out on Zoom and we have created 3 sessions to give you more chance to join in as we appreciate your working hours and availability may differ. You have been emailed your joining details if you haven’t received your links please contact us.

We have also arranged some interesting Guest speakers at each session from across UNISON covering a range of issues which we hope you will find useful.

FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021 12noon – 1.30pm
Guest Speaker – Gavin Edwards – UNISON National Head of Social Care

FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021 6pm – 7.30pm with a Quiz to follow
Guest Speaker – Chris Tansley – Regional National Executive Committee Member

SATURDAY 6 MARCH 2021 11am – 1.00pm
Guest Speaker – Jon Richards – UNISON National Secretary for Social Care, Education, Local Government, Police and Enforcement.

Don’t forget that we have a Quiz after the meeting on Friday night so get a pen and paper at the ready and something to drink.

I would urge you to attend where possible especially members who would like to continue being stewards and reps as these will be ratified in these AGMS.

Agenda, Minutes and supporting documents, branch officer reports and zoom advice can be accessed access by visiting…

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Derby College News – Feb 2021

Hello, and welcome to this special edition for our members at Derby College.  We need your help to identify two new reps.  UNISON will provide paid training, and you would get PAID time off from Derby College).  Change is coming, so lets be prepared.

Zero pay rise just isn’t acceptable to UNISON

We OPPOSE the imposition of a 0% pay award this year.  Other colleges in the East Midlands have budgeted for pay increases of between 1% and 3%, so we feel Derby College is making a choice not to increase pay for you.   We want your help to publicly campaign for a better deal for you.  Get involved.

Redundancy changes proposed to PILON

Your employer wants to amend the Redundancy Policy, and we need members views.  Due to tax changes in 2018, all payments relating to ‘Payment in Lieu of Notice’ (PILON) became deemed taxable wages – regardless of the terms of your individual contracts of employment.  The employer now says that it wants in future to make the decision for you on whether you are dismissed due to redundancy with immediate affect and take away your rights to ‘work your notice’.  If dismissed without notice, you would not build up pension rights or holiday pay for any period you would have preferred to ‘work your notice’.  Derby College also wants to bar you from applying for new jobs whilst working your notice, but UNISON is concerned this might deny you a chance to stay in work and not face redundancy.  This all sounds like a ‘hire and fire’ regime, not a modern supportive employer.  Help us secure changes to these plans. 

Access the latest UNISON advice on Covid safe working and rights

Remember, to get up to date professional advice from UNISON about all things Covid – see our national web-site at .  We have dedicated advice for Further Education members, so bookmark the site in your phone and refer to it when you need to.  UNISON has two full seats on the joint negotiating committee at Derby College.  Join our team and make the difference.  

For informal chat, contact Brian Crosby, UNISON Area Organiser, 07903 024243

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