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Our branch is run by a committed group of individuals who believe passionately in public services and the public sector ethos.

We represent over 10,000 members in Bradford Council, and those employees engaged in delivering public services allied to the Council, such as Bradford Community Housing Trust, Serco, Care Trust, in addition we have members in Further Education Colleges and the Community and Voluntary Sector within the City.

Campaign for Pay Justice

Pay Justice

Unions call for a long overdue pay rise (15/06/17)

Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London). In addition the unions want all employees to receive a five per cent pay rise.

The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase.

UNISON, Unite and the GMB say that school and council employees’ living standards have plummeted as their wages have fallen way behind inflation.

UNISON head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “Local government has the lowest paid workers in the public sector, and many council employees and their families are struggling to keep afloat. With every price increase, their standard of living gets worse.

“New recruits and experienced staff are essential for the smooth running of services. Yet poverty pay means local authorities are struggling to attract and hold on to staff, and those left are doing more for less.

“Theresa May needs to show the country she’s listening to the concerns of ordinary people by coming up with the cash to give dedicated public service workers a long overdue, decent pay rise.”

Unite national officer for local authorities Fiona Farmer said: “Local government workers in waste, refuse, maintenance, schools and leisure have suffered from years of austerity with significant cuts to services, jobs and pay.

“They provide an invaluable service at the heart of their communities on a daily basis and deserve better than the pay cuts that have left them struggling to make ends meet.

“Theresa May and the employers need to recognise the loyalty local government workers have shown in the face of savage cuts and begin to address poverty pay by accepting this pay claim.”

Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary for public services, said: “Local government workers are suffering the worst squeeze on their pay in living memory, contributing to a public sector recruitment and retention crisis that is undermining the quality of services for everyone.

“Enough is enough. Our vital and under-appreciated staff must get a pay rise of at least five per cent to compensate for almost a decade of real-terms wage cuts. That is what they need and deserve.

“Last week’s election result was a clear vote for a new approach and against the running down of public services. It’s time for local government employers and Theresa May to listen.”

 

Pay Justice 2017 Bulletin Issue 02 - Pay Claim Lodged

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Legal Benefits Bulletin August 2017 (11/08/17)

Legal Benefits

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Thompsons Solicitors

UNISON has a proud and longstanding partnership with Thompsons Solicitors to provide comprehensive legal services to members and their families. This includes legal advice and representation on personal injury cases, serious injury cases, industrial diseases and illnesses, basic will writing and criminal law advice for work related matters.

Personal Injury

Thompsons Solicitors have more experience of winning personal injury compensation claims than any other UK law firm. In the Yorkshire and Humberside region Thompsons secured over £143,000 in July alone including over £12,000 in Bradford. Whether it is a large or small claim, then UNISON and Thompsons can help you claim.

If you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault within the last three years then speak to Thompsons for free, no obligation advice and legal support. As a UNISON member you and your family members could be eligible to make a claim and because you are a member it is a free service win or lose.

Serious Injury Cases 

Thompsons also cover serious injuries that can have an immediate and long lasting effect on people’s health. This can include, but isn’t limited to, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, serious burn injuries and serious medical malpractice cases. Thompsons can help you get the treatment, support and compensation that you need and can also help your family should the worse happen and there is a fatal accident.

Road Traffic Accidents

There are an increasing number of road traffic accidents each year and in 2016 there were 24,000 people either seriously injured or killed on the roads. It’s a common misconception that trade union legal services only cover you for accidents and incidents that happen at work but that isn’t the case.

As a member of UNISON, if you or a member of your family, were involved in a road traffic accident as either a driver, passenger, motorbike rider, cyclist or pedestrian within the last three years then Thompsons can advise you if you have a claim.

Industrial Diseases and Illnesses

Thompsons Solicitors ran the first test cases that established much of the law in place today and have more experience than any other law firm in the UK with dealing with industrial diseases and illnesses. If you feel that your employer has failed in their duty to protect you from industrial illness and you become ill as a result then Thompsons can advise if you have grounds for a claim.

Wills and Probate 

Thompson Solicitors have a wholly owned subsidiary company called BBH Legal Services limited that deal with wills and probate services. All UNISON members are entitled to a free single will or a joint will for married and same sex couples as well as a reduced rate on conveyancing. BBH Legal services also offer help with power of attorney, trusts, probate and other services.   

All of these services can be used either by contacting UNISON directly on:

08000 857 857

Or by contacting Thompsons directly on:

08000 224 224

If you are reading this but are not a member of a Trade Union it is now more important than ever that you consider joining to access support during these difficult times, join now before it is too late.

To become a member of UNISON please download the application form from the link below:

http://www.unison-bradford.org.uk/assets/App%20Form.pdf

UNISON contact details admin@unison-bradford.org.uk
Telephone 01274 513170  
Fax 01274 513178

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Bradford UNISON Newsletter published (18/07/17)
Get help with school uniform costs - deadline 21 July 2017 (23/05/17)

School uniform grant 2017

School Uniform Grant - Application form pdf
School Uniform Grant - Questions & Answers pdf

If you have any problem with filling in the form please don't hesitate to get in touch with the branch

 

Manorlands Starlight Hike 2017 - 30 September 2017 (16/05/17)

Manorlands Starlight Hike 2017

Date: 30 September 2017
Location: Oxenhope Railway Station

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Have a fantastic family night out under the stars on a walk through Oxenhope and
surrounding villages, remembering loved ones and raising funds for Sue Ryder
Manorlands Hospice.

What happens on the night?
Arrive in plenty of time to register and enjoy our entertainment area, where you’ll find
music, stalls and refreshments available.

After warming up, you’ll board the Starlight Express train, which will transport you to
the start of the walk.

You’ll then follow a safe, marshalled route around the surrounding villages of
Manorlands, and pass through the hospice grounds, including the Starlight Avenue: a
quiet area of reflection. Here, you’ll be able to display a star dedicated to your loved
one.

There’ll be plenty to entertain you around the route, and you’ll be treated to a snack
bar and some water at the halfway point to keep you going.

Crossing the finishing line, you’ll be rewarded with a well-deserved bite to eat and
goody bag, knowing you’ve done something incredible for local people living with lifechanging illnesses.

Every penny raised through sponsorship will help us to continue to provide incredible
hospice care to our patients and their families, both here at Manorlands and out in the
local community.

Bradford UNISON will be attending the event. It costs £12 per person if you register
before 31st July 2017. Come and join us and help raise much needed money.
To register please follow the link http://www.sueryder.org/get-involved/events/allevents/
2017/september/manorlands-starlight-hike-2017

UNISON 'There for You' newsletter (07/04/17)

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We are UNISON’s registered charity offering FREE and confidential services, benefits and support including:-

  • Financial Assistance - if you are in financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Small Grants
    - School Uniform May - July (application forms available May 2017)
    - Winter Fuel Dec - Feb (now closed for 2017)
  • Links to Credit Unions - for loans/savings
  • Wellbeing breaks - during illness/respite for carers
  • Support & information – listening support & sign posting
  • Debt advice - freephone 0800 389 3302

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In-house training calendar 2017 (02/03/17)

TUPE WORKSHOP – 1 DAY
24TH MAY 2017

REACCREDITION TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE (Both days must be completed) 1ST & 2ND JUNE 2017

DISCIPLINARY & GRIEVANCE TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE
(Both days must be completed – counts as re-accreditation)
6TH & 7TH JULY 2017

No training in August 2017 – due to Summer Break

BASIC STEWARD TRAINING – 5 DAY COURSE (all 5 days must be completed)
7TH, 8TH, 11TH, 12TH & 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

RESTRUCTURE TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE
(Both days must be completed)
21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

SEX & RACE DISCRIMINATION TRAINING
– 1 DAY COURSE
25th OCTOBER 2017

DISCUSSION LEADER TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE (Both days must be completed)
16TH & 17TH NOVEMBER 2017

Sports & Social Events 2017 (27/02/17)

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  • The 133rd Durham Miners Rally, Saturday 8th July 2017
  • UNISON Doncaster Race Day, Saturday 5th August 2017
  • Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride, 7th – 8th October 2017
  • Blackpool Trip, Sunday 16th October 2017
  • York Christmas Market, Sunday 3rd December 2017

Later this year we will again be offering members discounted tickets for the Christmas Pantomime at the Alhambra, Bradford!

All trips and offers are printed in our quarterly Newsletter.

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Please call our office 01274 513170 or email office.admin@unison-bradford.org.uk and check the details we have are correct.

Restrictions apply on some of our offers.


OJC Newsletter - February 2017 (17/02/17)

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FINANCIAL REPORT

UNISON attended an OJC1 meeting on the 16th February, where Management gave a further update on the Authority’s current financial position. This will be presented at an Executive meeting next week. Additional information was disclosed around the tax base and grants which Bradford Council will receive. This indicates a much improved financial position for year 2016/17. The predicted overspend has come down over the last financial quarter and is expected to be around a £0.2m budget overspend at year-end.
The proposed budget for the coming two years will be debated on 23rd February at a Full Council Budget meeting. A recommendation will be made to either accept or amend the proposals by councillors. The full paperwork for the meeting with details of all the budget proposals can be found at:
https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/documents/g6332/Public%20reports%20pack%2021st-Feb-2017%2010.30%20Executive.pdf?T=10

UNISON has been consulting with members on the budget proposals and UNISON’s response to the recommendations can be found within this paperwork for consideration prior to any decision being made.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Management stated that they need to save £400k from the cross-Council staffing budget in 2018/19 and intend to review and put forward some proposals which would affect members’ current terms and conditions. The proposals could include premium payments, professional fee payments and the potential total removal of all essential car user allowances. There are no detailed proposals for consultation at this stage; however, it is important that you are aware of what the Council is considering. Bradford UNISON branch is committed to fighting to protect our members and to keep national and locally agreed ‘Green Book’ terms and conditions, but we will also need active involvement from our wider membership in any campaigns.

We will consult fully with members at such time as any proposals are brought forward. So that we remain as strong as possible, it is important that anyone who is not yet a member of a trade union joins UNISON.

To become a member, please follow the link below to download an application form:

 

Branch Rules and AGM Reports 2017 published (10/01/17)
Health & Wellbeing Newsletter published (09/01/17)

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