Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Oxford City Branch

Your chance to elect officers and stewards, ask questions, hear about what the branch has been up to, followed by refreshments and networking after the meeting at 16:00 

On Thursday 15 March 2018 
Long Room at Oxford Town Hall
    Starting at 15:00     

Please let your line manager know as soon as possible if you wish to attend the AGM.  You are entitled to paid time off to attend the AGM (up to one hour) and reasonable time off for travel to and from the meeting.

Your voice will make a difference

If you would like to stand as a steward for your area, or would you just like more information? Then come and have a informal chat over a cup of coffee or email chair@oxfordcityunison.com

Monday, 22 January 2018

Pension accounts are going online

The latest edition of Reporting Pensions is now available. 

Please take some time to read it as it contains important information about the Local Government Pension Scheme. 

It includes information about the introduction of My Oxfordshire Pension, providing online access to your pension record. Scheme members will be asked to register and annual benefits statements will be available this way in future. If you cannot access an online system and wish to keep paper as your main method of communication, you need to let Pensions Services know. You can do this by completing and returning a form which is in the booklet. 

The booklet is available here

This issue covers:

  • More on your benefit statement
  • Cautionary warning about pension scams
  • Progress towards My Oxfordshire Pension - the on-line member service
  • Reminders on some LGPS topical issues 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Are you currently receiving Universal Credit?

Are you currently receiving Universal Credit? If so we'd like your help.

To show how the government is clawing back much of the money ministers claim is helping workers on low pay, we're looking for case studies of individuals or families who are on the national minimum wage – currently £7.50 an hour – and who also get Universal Credit.

Between October 2015 and April 2018, the national minimum wage will have risen from £6.50 to £7.83 an hour, an hourly increase of £1.33.

But UNISON has worked out for people who are in receipt of Universal Credit, much of that rise will have ended up not in their pockets, but back in the hands of the Treasury.

If this is you, or describes someone you know, please get in touch by emailing UNISON's media team on press@unison.co.uk or Pete Challis, the report's authorp.challis@unison.co.uk

We'd need the following information: whether there are one or two earners on the minimum wage in your household, how many hours you (and they) work, how many children you have (if any), and how much you pay in rent, or how much your mortgage is a month.

If you were happy to be named in the report, and possibly speak to a journalist, it would help UNISON bring the campaign's attention to a wider audience. This would hopefully ensure that a greater proportion of future minimum wage increases end up in the hands of those who need it the most.

But the most important thing is to find some real life stories to illustrate the report, so even if you don't want to be named, please do still get in touch, as an anonymous household would still help us out no end.

Many thanks

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Reintroduce Oxford weighting tax.

There is a government registered petition to get an Oxford Weighting Allowance introduced at the local hospitals.  The cost of living is the highest in the UK compared to average salary (even higher than London).   It is really difficult to recruit and retain nurses due to the national standard government pay scales.  The petition is asking for an Oxford Weighting to be added to salaries like the London Weighting.  If 100,000 signatures are reached this will then be debated in parliament. Please pass on the link below:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to bring services back in-house

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to bring services back in-house after outsourcing deal designed to save up to £18m fails

check out the full story at here 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Want to do something more?

Help your colleagues and other members becoming a UNISON rep or workplace contact. 

Being a UNISON workplace rep gives you the opportunity to:

  • make a positive difference to people’s work lives
  • learn new skills and meet new people
  • help create a fairer society

Let’s say thank you to all our key workers

UNISON has become a partner in the /together coalition, which this weekend will unite the country to celebrate the NHS’ birthday and ...