Tuesday, 2 February 2016

TU Bill

Let us work for a better future

Take part in UNISON week 8 – 14 February 2016

Union members across the UK will be taking part in a week of action from 8 to 14 February.

Many of you will know about – and have taken part in – the campaign against the Trade Union Bill. We won some important changes to the Bill in the House of Commons, but at the time of writing this briefing we don’t know whether it will become law or not, or if any amendments have been made in the House of Lords.

What we do know is that, whatever happens with the Bill, this government is intent on hurting working people and undermining trade unions. We are campaigning to defeat the Bill, but we also need to make sure we are ready to deal with the consequences of it.

Which means we must get stronger. UNISON week is part of unions week, a national event organised by the TUC; it is the time to begin making our movement as resilient as possible. To do this we need to make sure that our current members feel proud to be in their union and that we spread the word and recruit new members. We know how important unions are – now let’s show everyone.

UNISON Angus Branch will be holding two events:-

12 to 2pm on Monday 8th February in Bruce House, Arbroath

12 to 2pm on Wednesday 10th February in Angus House, Forfar

UNISON Training courses

Courses coming up with places available!

Please find a list of upcoming training courses where we still have availability. For more details of the courses below see 
Please contact us to apply for any of these courses - office@unison-angus.org.uk

Friday, 15 January 2016

Winter fuel grants


With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they're going to pay their winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand

'There for You' has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £40.

To apply, download the attached application form or visit unison.org.uk/thereforyo
Alternatively, call UNISON direct on 0800 0857 857 or simply contact your UNISON branch office.  Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 February 2016.  

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Trade union bill

Many thanks to those councils who have passed motions of support for the campaign against the ‘Anti-Union Bill’ and for the very helpful CoSLA statement.

The UK government is desperate to ignore the devolved consequences of the Bill that will allow the English local government minister to dictate how industrial relations operate in Scottish councils. The Bill also conflicts with devolved and council  duties under human rights and equality legislation.

Local Government Budget

The big loser in the draft budget is local government. The budget is cut by 3.5% or £500m in cash terms. On top of that there are additional commitments like the NI increases that could double that cut. CoSLA calculates this will cost 15,000 jobs or ‘the equivalent of 50 Tata Steelworks’ – but don’t expect a taskforce! 
There is the prospect of some additional funding for social care routed through the NHS budget, but it remains to be seen how much reaches these services when the NHS is under pressure and political scrutiny. This emphasises the importance of local government speaking up for council services that are just as important to our communities.

We need to expand the budget envelope not just shunt austerity to councils. The Council Tax freeze is simply unsustainable and there are indications that the public agrees. The Commission on Local Tax Reform has again run through the options, but a local income tax would be a whole new headache.
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