Monday, 20 May 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

European Elections being held in the UK on 23rd May


Important Information on European Elections being held in the UK on 23rd May

EU citizens from the following countries will have to complete a separate form if they wish to vote in European elections being held in the UK on 23rd May: -


If you are an EU citizen from one of the above countries and want to vote in the UK elections on 23rd May, you will need to complete the form available from the following link:-


The deadline for receipt of this form by your local council is Tuesday 7th May.

If you’re not yet registered to vote at all then go to: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .

It’s quick and simple, taking only five minutes. You’ll need your National Insurance number to hand. The deadline for registering itself is midnight on Tuesday 7th May.




Thursday, 2 May 2019

Win your family holiday this summer – plus more brilliant, exclusive money-saving offers



As a member of the UK’s biggest and brightest union you could win a holiday for you and your family –THIS SUMMER! Just from being in UNISON.

You could win a five-night holiday to UNISON’s beautiful Croyde Bay Resort in Devon, this summer, for up to six people, with breakfast included. The prize draw is open to all new and existing members of UNISON. The holiday needs to be taken anytime before October 2019.

But that's not all – our money-saving deals and offers are back. Just in time for you to make the most of your summer. Apart from holidays, days out and trips to the theatre, our UNISON Living partners – including Vision Express, Shepherds Friendly and UIA – are improving their offers to members during May as the union goes for growth.

 

Find out more about the prize draw and all the offers




UNISON – bigger for a reason, better for everyone.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

list of worst gender pay gaps

Investment firms dominate list of worst gender pay gaps of pension companies 


JP Morgan Securities has reported the highest gender pay gap of any UK firm working with occupational pension schemes in 2017/18, PP analysis finds.

The UK investment banking arm of JP Morgan Chase recorded the worst gaps on both the mean and median measurements of hourly pay, at 52.8% and 60.0%, when compared with 126 other firms in the occupational pensions and financial sectors.

The figures are significantly above the pensions sector-wide averages of 24.4% and 24.5% respectively, and much higher than the average of investment firms at 30.7% and 28.6% respectively.

Of the 10 largest gaps, many of the spaces were occupied by investment firms, and across the analysis, the mean gap at investment firms worsened on average by 0.3 percentage points.

The mean figure is calculated by finding the difference between the mean hourly pay of a man at the firm and the mean pay of a woman; the median figure is calculated in a similar way. The gaps do not necessarily mean that men and women are paid different wages for the same role.

PP's analysis may not be exhaustive and firms with fewer than 250 members of staff were not required to report. Some firms opted to report voluntarily.

In its supporting narrative, JP Morgan blamed an imbalance in the proportion of men and women in senior roles - a common theme across all organisations with gaps.

The firm said: "We know we have more work to do, not only to increase women's representation at all levels, but to advance more women into management and leadership positions across the firm.

"The business is accountable in driving progress, investing in employees' growth and committed to expanding advancement opportunities for women."

JP Morgan has signed up to a number of initiatives and has, for example, set a target to achieve 30% women in executive director and managing director UK-based roles by 2023.

Across the rest of the analysis of mean hourly gaps, XPS Pensions Consulting recorded the worst figure for consultants, JLT for administrators, Just Group for providers and insurers, Gowling WLG for law firms (a voluntary report), and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for firms associated with government.

To read the full story click here.





Friday, 29 March 2019

Local Service Champions: Share my story


Moments of truth

Your public services are at breaking point. Hear from the people who provide them – and their personal, and often frank stories of the tremendous pressures they face.

Hear their voices. Share their stories. Take a stand for your public services. #momentsoftruth




Key facts

  • The NHS is suffering the deepest financial squeeze in its 70 year history, with the decade 2010-2020 set to be its most austere ever
  • At least 12,000 NHS beds have been lost since 2010
  • Local government budgets have been slashed by nearly 50%, making it increasingly difficult for councils to properly fund street cleaning, libraries, leisure centres and community safety
  • Approximately 1,000 Sure Start centres have closed since 2009
  • Because of inadequate funding, nearly 80% of workers providing care to elderly people in their homes report having no option but to rush their work or leave clients early to get to their next call
  • The number of police community support officers has been cut by more than 30%, at the same time as violent crime and sex offences have been rising
  • The number of teaching assistants in secondary schools has been cut by 8%
  • Close to one million jobs have been cut across public services, with more than half of those who are left reporting that they now have to undertake unpaid overtime to keep services going
  • 80% of NHS staff have raised concerns about there not being enough staff on duty to give patients the high-quality care they want to




Tuesday, 19 March 2019

holiday pay

#HolidayPay isn’t just for full-time workers 🙌

If you’re an agency worker, working part-time or on a casual contract, you’re entitled to it.👍



Monday, 18 March 2019

This is why oxford City Branch of UNISON stands out from the rest, with look at problems from all angles and are not scared to try something new.


Not all trade unison are the same.



Friday, 8 March 2019

Bring back probation service into public ownership




UNISON has backed a call for probation services in England and Wales to be brought back into public ownership.

The launch of a petition by campaign group We Own It comes shortly after a joint letter on the issue from UNISON, GMB and probation officers’ union NAPO was sent to justice secretary David Gauke.

That, in turn, followed the collapse of one of the ‘community rehabilitation companies’ which have took over probation services for ‘non-serious’ offenders under former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s privatisation in 2015.

There’s a petition to sign in favour of renationalisation. It can be signed after following the link below.


Sign petition



Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Workers’ Memorial Day 2019


Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their reps conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

The theme for this year is dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace. The focus will mainly be on carcinogens but you can adapt the theme to whatever is most relevant in your workplace or area, as many substances can also cause illnesses such as asthma or dermatitis.


Find out about events in your area




Monday, 4 March 2019

Friday, 22 February 2019

One in four UK employers would not hire someone with a disability

More than seven in 10 disabled workers in the UK have stopped working due to a disability or health condition, new research from charity Leonard Cheshire has found. 
According to a ComRes survey of more than 1,600 disabled adults in the UK, carried out between June and July 2018, 73 per cent had dropped out of work because of their condition. 
In addition, almost one in five (17 per cent) of those that had applied for a job in the past five years reported their job offer was withdrawn by their employer as a result of their disability. 
Attitudinal barriers proved a significant obstacle in preventing the progression of disabled people, the research found. Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of UK employers said they would be less likely to hire someone with a disability, and six in 10 (60 per cent) of those reported concerns that a disabled person would not be able to do the job.


Thursday, 21 February 2019

AGM paperwork


Please click this LINK to download the AGM papers, this includes Agenda, new stewards and officers and report from our finance officer





Saturday, 2 February 2019

UNISON PREPAID PLUS CASHBACK CARD


Introducing the UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card – the contactless plastic with added ‘fantastic’

Whether you shop online or in-store, you’ll get the most from your everyday shopping with the UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card. You’ll earn between 2.5% and 6% cashback at over 50 major retailers°. Plus, the cashback is unlimited, so there’s no minimum or maximum spend requirement nor any restriction on how much cashback you can earn.

It’s not a credit or debit card – it’s a prepaid card. It works just like a pay-as-you-go card – you top it up with money and you can only spend what you’ve loaded to your prepaid card, so there’s less chance of getting carried away. It’s a handy budgeting tool.

No credit checks – just a small £2.95 monthly admin fee*.





Friday, 1 February 2019

Bad weather is no joke

Bad weather is snow joke for staff trying to get to work.

As ice and snow grips large  parts of the country UNISON has called on employers to show common sense and not force workers make dangerous journeys to work.

Ask UNISON  Click here for advise


Thursday, 31 January 2019

It’s cold outside, we are here if you need help



Brrrrr! ❄️ It's absolutely freezing, and snow's forecast in some areas.

If you're a UNISON member living on a low income, apply now for a £60 grant to help with your winter fuel bills Click here for more info


Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Update on the Equal Pay Deal in Glasgow

UNISON Scotland is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement in principle to a package of payments to resolve the historic claims of equal pay with Glasgow City Council.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: "Women working for Glasgow City Council are a step closer to equal pay. Some have been owed substantial amounts for more than a decade. Having been to court and out on strike, it looks like the end is now in sight."

While the agreement finalises the principles and structure of any payout to thousands of women across Glasgow, it is part of an ongoing negotiation and it will still be many months before individual cases are settled.
Read more about the dispute and the progress made  



Friday, 18 January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan: progress and a way forward

NHS England has published the new NHS Long Term Plan, setting out a vision for the future of the NHS in England – including healthcare provision and outcomes to be achieved.
As advertised, the plan includes, for the first time, new commitments to prevention and mental health, and is also the first plan that goes well beyond the current political terms indicating a shift towards more strategic, visionary and investment-based thinking.
Understanding the future of mental health care as defined by the Plan requires understanding how the changes in the healthcare system will more generally impact on mental health.
And there are three important reasons to be optimistic, to find out more click here


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Get help with winter fuel bills

UNISON members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls.
But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the cost of their winter fuel bill through a one-off payment of £60.
The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone! 
So don’t miss out. Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible. All the information you need can be found below. Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you. 
Just one more thing: please don’t keep details of this grant a secret. Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand. There will be many, like you, worrying about how they will cope this winter. 
Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, (WFG) UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 15 February 2019 at the latest.


Monday, 14 January 2019

UNISON in numbers


  • UNISON has more than 1.3 million members and activists, making us one of Europe’s largest unions
  • More than 70% of our members are women.
  • UNISON is spread over 12 UK regions.
  • There are more than 1,000 UNISON branches around the UK

Thursday, 10 January 2019

UNISON branch committee roles J/D’s

Stewards and officers are elected by the workforce to play different branch roles. We must elect certain core officers to manage the branch. 

Officers are elected and ratified at the AGM. If you would like more info on roles of the officers please click here.




Wednesday, 9 January 2019




Annual General Meeting


Thursday 21 February 2019
2:30 pm
The Main Hall
 Oxford Town Hall

Followed by Refreshments

At the AGM, branch members do the following:

  • Ratify the election of Branch Officers
  • Ratify the election of stewards
  • Elect delegates to UNISON’s National and Local Government conferences
  • Vote on motions


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.

If you would like to stand as a steward for your area, or would like more information, please e-mail office@oxfordcityunison.com




Friday, 4 January 2019

UNISON Christmas prize draw results


First Prize of £100 voucher for John Lewis and partners, donated by Direct services Simon Howick

  • Nadia Robinson Principal planner

All below win £25

  • Kieron Keeble Housing
  • Kinsi Sharif CSO
  • Melanie Armstrong Housing Services 
  • Thomas Young Refuse Loader 
  • Alex Christopher Revenues Officer
  • Stephen Smith Streetscene Operative / Driver 
  • Jo-Ann Franklin Service Support Assistant
  • Michele Beckley Customer Service Officer
  • Richard Wood Welfare Reform Team Leader
  • David Trinder Building Contracts Team Leader
  • Mairi James Refuse & Recycling Driver / Loader
  • Linda Jones Housing & Property Co-ordinator
  • Vickie Sheridan  Tenancy Management
  • Roger Buckingham Multi Skilled Support Worker
  • Ophelia Yin Heritage Retail Assistant
  • Stuart Fenwick Customer Contact Team Manager
  • Stephen Boreham Revenues Officer
  • Sharon Fowler Customer Services Application Officer
  • Denise Pinnell Assessment Officer
  • Alice Simmons Customer Services Application Officer

Please email office@oxfordcityunison.com to arrange collection of your prize or pop into the UNISON office located in the Town Hall or call 01865 253892


Don't forget to use your vote this Thursday

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