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working in partnership with NHS and University branches across oxford for the benefit of all members and a greater UNISON for all.
During the pandemic, councils had to spend billions to keep our communities running and protect the most vulnerable, keeping the country going and communities safe. And now we’re facing spiralling costs of living, with food and energy becoming unaffordable. More than ever local services need the funding to provide support to our local communities.
That’s why, together, we’re calling on the government to give our essential services the funding boost they so desperately need.
This week, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed further cuts of £18 billion to public services.
As cold weather sets in - and hard-working people across the country struggle to heat homes, stock kitchen cupboards and travel to work - it’s clear Kwarteng thinks oil company profits are more important than your wellbeing.
Together, we’re going to change that.
We’re building a movement to rise up against the cost of living crisis. And demand those in power fix it. That means pay rises for people who truly keep this country running, not cuts to public services.
Together, we’re calling for an end to the pay crisis. That means raising the minimum wage to £15 an hour and giving public sector workers inflation-busting pay rises.
Nearly 80,000 people have already signed. Can you help us reach 100,000? Once we reach that goal, we’ll deliver the petition to Downing Street, so Kwarteng will see that you - and so many others - need and deserve a pay rise.
Because we know when people doing it tough rise up and demand what they deserve, good things happen.
Like Manchester NHS workers who recently fought for and got back-pay. Or Scottish local government workers who secured an improved pay offer this September. Or in summer when a teacher got the Supreme Court to pass a judgment guaranteeing minimum paid annual leave.
Be a part of this success story. Sign the petition and demand a pay rise, not cuts to public services.
Oxford Brookes University is outsourcing its catering staff. From 01 January 2020 over 60 staff will no longer be employed by the university. Workers are worried they will face real reductions to their pay, pensions, terms and conditions. Help support our campaign to keep staff employed by the university by signing our petition.’
We the undersigned call on Oxford Brookes University to revise their current decisions in regard to the provision of catering. In summary we believe that;
1) Catering services should be provided by Oxford Brookes and contracts should in no circumstances be outsourced to a third party.
2) That all staff working in catering should enjoy the same benefits, terms and conditions as other Oxford Brookes staff.
3) Catering staff are a valued and integral part of University life and should be treated with fairness and respect.
4) Catering staff should be properly consulted on their employment and their concerns addressed.
Please sign to show your support to this campaign.
Message from Nigel Kennedy, Head of
Financial Services, Oxford City Council
Colleagues may have seen news reports that Oxfordshire
County Council announced plans for significant changes yesterday. The Leader of
the County Council, Councillor Ian Hudspeth, said they wanted to introduce a new operating model to improve
efficiency and increase the provision of services online. The County Council
says it is seeking savings of £34-£58 million a year by streamlining services.
It acknowledges this is likely to involve a reduction in staff numbers over
time by up to 890 people, though it said it expected, with staff turnover of
about 650 a year, that most of the jobs lost would be taken out of that pool,
with a smaller level of compulsory redundancies. The proposals will go before
the full County Council meeting on 11 September.
These savings were identified as part of last year’s budget
setting process, and the County Council has been working on a plan with
consultants for the last 12 months. The City Council set a balanced budget last
year, over the four-year budget plan, with savings of around £7m already
identified. We are in the process of reviewing the budget for the next
four-year planning period, and whilst it’s safe to say we will have financial
challenges we are not in the same financial position as the County Council.