UNISON: Helping You Keep Safe And Warm This Winter
Winter is coming. That’s not a cheap Game of Thrones hook, it’s a fact – if you stand outside council offices reminding staff to join UNISON, you quickly realise that the weather is taking a chillier turn! That’s why UNISON Fareham branch invited staff to warm up with them with a lunch time ‘winter warmer’ drop in.
Staff at the council offices on Tuesday and at the Depot on Thursday were able to come in and get free hot chocolate in a UNISON mug and a fresh sausage roll from the local bakery to warm their hands on. But it wasn’t just a free lunch and some merchandise to show their membership of the UK’s largest trade union.
Members were able to get a free UNISON branded fleece blanket, an essential part of the AA winter driver emergency kit. March this year saw a cold front that brought unusual amounts of snow. Whilst it was fun to make snow men, it was much less fun if you were stuck in traffic, if you had to sleep on a train or if your car broke down. It was a reminder that although white Christmas’ remain rare, winters in the UK aren’t always mild.
Cold weather can be a health and safety risk, so the branch wanted to help make sure that members who were driving at least were kept warm if the worst happened and they found themselves stuck for an extended period.
Branch chair Cian Wagstaffe explained:
Given the recent cold winters, we wanted to show our support and consideration of our members by holding a drop-in session where anyone, not just members, could come and talk with us, join up and receive some useful items to help throughout the cold season.
Of course - for those not venturing out in the cold, the blankets are also useful for snuggling on the sofa.
New Members Benefit Partner
UNISON has partnered with savings provider, Shepherds Friendly to bring members a variety of tax-efficient plans, offering savings solutions for the whole family.
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Welcome and Farewell
The Branch Executive would like to Welcome Kerrie Bernice whom has agreed to fulfil the roles, Yes ROLES(!) of:
Sadly, we must also say Farewell to our Education Officer, Hugh Saich whom has given over 30 years of Service to Fareham Borough Council. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Pay UP Campaign - Accepted
UNISON has accepted the Local Government Association’s two-year pay offer, covering the period April 2018 – March 2020.
The key features of the pay offer are:
What does this mean for you?
The offer will need to be applied to your local situation because each employer has their own grading structure.
What happens next?
This will be applied from April 2018 Payday.
About the campaign
Moments of Truth is part of UNISON’S Public Service Champions campaign.
After nearly 10 years of government cuts all UNISON members know how hard it can be to provide good quality, effective public services. They see up close the effects of austerity on the communities that they serve.
The Public Service Champions campaign aims to help win the argument for a change of direction on cuts and for proper investment in public services.
Public Service Champions keeps real people – service users and workers – at the heart of the campaign. Telling their stories, showing the impact on people’s lives, is what it is all about.
Throughout the campaign we will continue to use the real experience of our members – experts you can trust when you don’t believe politicians or the media.
Moments of Truth is part of UNISON’s Public Service Champions campaign, which aims to win public support for proper investment in public services and pressure decision makers to reverse austerity. Among the measures needed to secure the future of our public services, UNISON is calling on the government to:
Posts Still Available:
Assistant Branch Secretary
Assistant Communications Officer
Education Officer & Lifelong Learning Coordinator
Labour Link Officer
Any of these roles may be job-shared
To Represent your Workplace/Department, if not already listed, please contact any member of the Branch Executive Committee..
(all nominations will be considered, however small the workplace/department)
Workplace Stewards and Health & Safety Reps needed for:
Membership of UNISON gives you essential cover, wherever you work. Every member receives our full range of member benefits which includes:
You can join online by visiting join.unison.org.uk Members can pay by deductions direct from your pay, or by direct debit. Make sure you have your bank sort code, account number and full branch name to set up a direct debit.
Fareham UNISON Branch, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
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