Thursday, 18 October 2012

Christmas leave arrangements 2012

You will all be aware by now that the Council have changed the dates of the 3 days taken during the Christmas/New Year period.

Unison had not agreed to this happening as suggested and was under the impression this was still being negotiated.

It has never been the case that each year there is agreement on which dates will form the prescribed annual leave days for the closure of some offices/services between Christmas and New Year. The normal practise of Oxford City Council is to use these days between Christmas Day and New Years Day and because of this people have already made plans to be with their family or go away on those days.

We have informed HR that we are not happy with this new arrangement and there will be an Emergency Branch Committee meeting on Wednesday of next week to decide what course of action Unison will/can take about this.

If you have any comments or issues with this please speak to you Steward or leave comments below

Assistant Branch Secretary
Oxford City Branch Of UNISON

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A home for life..... or a lifetime of being ‘home’ less


A home for life..... or a lifetime of being ‘home’ less

Public debate hosted by
Oxford International Womens Festival

October 25th 2012 at Oxford Town Hall
630pm – 8.30pm

Lack of social housing, high rent in the private sector, landlord won’t take benefit payment, badly maintained properties, having to live in shared accommodation, overcrowded, can’t access deposit scheme, experiencing discrimination because of your lifestyle or circumstances????
Come and share your experiences of ‘housing’ with Oxford City Council, local councillors and other interested parties.
We also welcome ideas on positive change for the future

Organsior: Debbie Hollingsworth
Contact: oxfordwomen@gmail

Thursday, 11 October 2012

demonstrate the strength of feeling that there is on the coalitions austerity measures.

Dear All,
Some of you may not be aware that the TUC has organised a March and Rally in London on the 20th October 2012  to demonstrate the strength of feeling that there is on the coalitions austerity measures. 
We need to make them hear us loud and clear, when we tell them that their cruel thoughtless tactics and lies are simply not working! we need to let them know that we don't believe them when they say we all in this together, when it's plain to see that to-date all they have achieved is allow the rich to get richer and its plain to see that more and more people are falling below the poverty line, the longer we allow them to plough on, the worse things will become for people like you and I.
We hear stories of children going to school not having had any breakfast, wearing ill fitting shoes because their parents can't afford new ones, we hear stories of disabled people who clearly are unable to work,  being forced on to job seekers allowance, reducing their benefit to such a level that they barely survive, the housing problems are getting worse for people, Housing benefit cuts are pushing people out of their cities because rents are too expensive. What ever they can attack to make life even more unbearable for those who already struggle, they will!!
We see reductions in government grants to our local authorities putting pressure on not only our service users but also those individuals that deliver those services, threats of job losses. We also face a fifth year without a pay rise, on a daily basis I see people frightened, stressed out worrying about when is it their time to be made redundant, what's going to happen next year, or the year after that, employment laws are changing to make it easier for employees to be sacked, terms and conditions are being slashed to save our services, jobs etc.
If you agree with any of the above we would love you to join us in London on the 20th, we have two coaches booked for us and the county, The

Departure Points
Beaumont Street / Ashmolean Museum 8:00 am
Headington Shops / London Road Bus Stop 8:15 am
Thornhill Park & Ride 8:25 am
If you would like to go then please can you email me asap.
In Solidarity 
Caroline Glendinning, Branch Secretary
Oxford City Branch, The Old Police Cells, Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldates
Oxford, OX1 1BX
01865 252522
07795 332563

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