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UNISON Local Government Conference 2022 – Morning Session Day 1

Day one of Conference began with a welcome by the current president of UNISON.

A moment of silence was all held to remember all those that have lost their lives over the past few years.

We now move to the first order of business Standing Orders Committe Report 1 and 2 was moved by the Standing orders committee. these reports were both carried.

We now receive a report from The Local Government Service Group Executive Annual Report ( you can read this below) this report was carried.

To read more about the conference and the motions due to be discussed in the following guide…

You can also read the Annual Report here…

Also composite motions can be found here

Now we discuss the motions for the morning and first we discuss Motion 3 and 3.1 as amended Covid and Long Covid – this was carried.

Motion 4 & 4.1 – New Ways of Working in Local Government is now being discussed and has been carried as amended

Motion 11 – Pay – Campaigning and Balloting was now discussed and this motion was carried

Motion 1 and 1.1 – Funding Cuts and Ethnicity Pay Gap in Local Government was debated and carried as amended

Motion 14 – Violence At Work – Its not part of the Job was discussed and this debate will continue later in conference and was paused due to timing and for a speech by the UNISON General Secretary.

Cristina McAnea UNISON General Secretary addresses conference and makes an inspirational speech and covered many issues affecting Local Government members, the current industrial action in Scotland. (click below for more info)

Cristina also finished to ask delegates to celebrate all the achievements by all of you and asked for all who can to come to the rally on Saturday 18 June 2022, click on the image below for more info.

Motion 14 – Violence At Work – Its not part of the Job was discussed and this debate was continued and this call the conference morning session was deferred to the next session.

This brings to a close the first conference session and will continue in the afternoon after lunch.

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UNISON Community Conference 2022 – Glasgow – Day 2 Conference Session

Conference began and the Annual Report was brought to the members and this report was carried. you can read the Annual Report by clicking on the image below…

Now we move onto conference business and the discussion of motions, you can read about these in the conference guide by clicking on the image below….

The first Motion to be discussed is – Motion 1 – Organising to achieve fairer pay in Social care, amendment 1.1 has fallen and Motion 1 is carried as NOT amended.

Now motion 2 is being brought to conference this is – Social Care Recruitment and Retention Crisis. this motion was carried

next up is Motion 3 – Now is the time to put women at the heart of the economic recovery from covid by investing in social care. The motion was carried.

Motion 4 was discussed – Trans Equality in the Community Sector – Louder and Prouder! this motion was carried.

other motions were discussed and carried – Motion 5 COVID Secure workplaces for Disabled Members working in Community, Motion 6 The Future of adult social Care for LGBT+ People, Motion 7 – Reasonable adjustments for Disabled Members in Community, Motion 8 – Insourcing adult social care, Motion 9 – Campaigning on the Housing Crisis, Motion 10 – Organising to end the crisis in Social Care, Motion 11 – Care Workers From Abroad – a New form of slave Labour was carried as amended 11.1. Motion 12 – Fair Pay for all Social Care Workers also carried.

Motion 13 – Time for Change – Fell as the motion was not moved

Motion 14 – The Death of the office – Fell as the motion was not moved

Motion 15 – Stop Bosses from encroaching on your free time and compensate your overtime properly. was carried as amended 15.1

Motion 16 – Fair Sickness Absence for all – supporting better sickness absence for community workers with additional needs. – this was carried as amended 16.1.

Motion 17 – Time to recognise all Community and Voluntary Sector Workers – Was carried.

Motion 18 – Countering Fragmentation – Was Carried

Motion 19 – Charitable sector emerging from Covid – Was Carried

Motion 20 – Supporting and Organising Community Members – Was Carried

Motion 21 – Learning and Organising in Community – Was Carried

Motion 22 – Contractual Sick Pay Campaign – Was Carried

This brought conference to a close early as all business was completed in this session. There will now be no session tomorrow. There was a social get together organised to happen this evening for a chance for attendees to network and socialise with other members from across the country.

This brings to a close the Conference blog, hope you have found it useful, look out for the next one at another conference coming up very soon.

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UNISON Community Conference 2022 – Glasgow – Day 2 Seminar Session

Day 2 started with a workshop about Participation and key points were brought up around this, and heard personal accounts of situations faced by all members across the country. Which mirror the feelings of other members.

Now on tho the Community Seminar Session and first we hear a speech from Jon Richards, UNISON Assistant General Secretary , Bargaining, Negotiating and Equalities. He passed on solidarity to the Racism marches happening across the country and to solidarity to Ukrainians also, Cristina McAnea is unable to attend todays conference however pledges full support.

Jon went on to say how far the union has gone since the Covid19 Pandemic caused so many issues and how much workers have done, frontline staff, housing staff, community workers,

How we can work on and build on lessons learned from the past few years to improve conditions for workers. also how we can reclaim technology and digital technology and to keep a hold on and up-to date with the digital debate.

Jon Highlighted the UNISON College that is in the process of being set up to be Launched at this years National Delegate Conference, you can have your say on the college here..

Jon then thanked everyone for attending and welcomed questions from the floor. he too questions around accessing the There for you Fund this will be taken back to National office to respond. for those that would like to read more advice on accessing “There For You” please click below…

Questions also covered increasing awareness around being in a UNISON, access to the funding that has not been used for conferences due to the pandemic, data cleanses which improves representations of member locations. Vouchers for attending conference at home digitally. this closed Jons session and the next session begins at 2pm.