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Day 1 – Second Half Local Government Conference

Heather WakefieldMore discussions and debate have been held around Term Time Contracts and School Workers, it has been mentioned regularly throughout the day and is today’s hot topic. Now Heather Wakefield covers the Local Government Service Group Executive Annual Report. Next an update from Emma Procter on the Restructure of National Joint Council Green Book Pay Spine, bullying and young people is next on the agenda.

Emma ProcterThe current action in Derby has not been unnoticed by UNISON nationally which recognises the struggle the School Support Staff are currently facing.

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Day 1 – Local Government Conference 2016

East Midlands Delegation meeting – 18 June 2016

Nicole Berrisford and Andy BelfieldNicole Berrisford and Andy belfield gave an update for the east midlands region and welcomed all delegates and new delegates to the local government conference.

The Standing orders comittee, sole responsibility is the conference planning, putting together the motions and making sure they fit in with UNISON’S core values.

Nicole covered the agenda of the conference, location of the east midlands delegates, any changes that have been made since the agenda has been distributed and explained that when the conference starts there will be a 1 minute silence for Jo Cox following the sad news of her murder.

Jeanette Lloyd healthy debates from the sdu meeting, and informed the group of the suggested decisions for the motions of the Local Government Conference.
Andy informed that this year there aren’t a lot of speakers and would like any to come forward as soon as possible to have their opinions. Any questions that were raised will be answered after the meeting

Nicole wished everyone a good conference and hope to see you passing through .

Initial meeting closed.

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Our very own Christmas and New Year Message

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As you are aware, 2015 has been an eventful year for all workers in Derby and here at UNISON locally, we are still very much committed to helping you with your queries regarding sickness absence, pay, changes to terms and conditions, disciplinaries and grievances, and all other matters that are raised.

This year has seen our membership grow significantly and demonstrates that workers are recognising the value of being a UNISON member.

This is a credit to you all for sharing with your colleagues the benefit of being protected by a large trade union in Derby. Evidence shows that the more members we have in Derby, the stronger the voice we have, and the greater power to protect your employment rights. This strong voice has been important recently especially with our school support staff at Derby City Council and, given the budget cuts which will affect city council and Derby Homes staff in 2016, it is vital that your voice is stronger than ever.

For those of you in the midst of the consultation process for dismissal and re-engagement, or working in the areas affected by budget cuts, including outsourcing and restructures, please do not allow this to cause undue stress during the Christmas period.  UNISON is committed to supporting you all in these processes and this support will continue in the New Year.

2016 is going to be a hard year for a lot of our members and rest assured UNISON locally will be here to support you. Please tell your colleagues who are not currently members, the benefits and advantages of joining UNISON.

They can join on-line to pay by direct debit, or get in touch with the office for a joining form.

All that remains is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

With our very best wishes from us all at UNISON Derby City.