You can download the OJC February 2017 Newsletter here...
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:
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: