IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATES BELOW
We are the largest Trade Union in Caerphilly, supporting public service employees.
We recognise that unity is our strength and work tirelessly to promote truth, justice and equality. Our purpose is not just to be a voice for the voiceless but to give them a voice of their own.
UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY CLAIM UPDATE 2020/21
As you will be aware we recently asked for your views on the proposed options for the pay claim for 2021/22. The results of this consultation are now available and in Caerphilly 47.8% of respondents said that we should be asking for 10%. These results have been fed back to UNISON and we will let you know the national picture as soon as it’s available.
Thanks to all those who took part in the consultation.
UK DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH
UK Disability History Month 2020 will take place from Wednesday 18th November until Friday 18th December.
The theme for 2020 is Access: How far have we come? How far have we to go?
With this very much in mind, please find attached a report from UNISON Caerphilly’s Disabled Members Officer Caroline Jones, who speaks of the struggles she has faced and what needs to change.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM YOUR
Dear member, the attachment contains important information from UNISON.
Please take some time to read it and get in touch with the branch should you have any questions or queries.
Caerphilly CBC Joint Letter Read more .....
CAERPHILLY UNISON AGM 2021 - EARLY NOTICE
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions the Caerphilly UNISON Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2021 will be held virtually using GoTo Meetings.
Our intention is to hold 5 virtual meeting which will be held on:
Monday 15th March 2021 - 5.30pm
Tuesday 16th March 2021 - 12.30pm
Wednesday 17th March 2021 - 1.30pm
Thursday 18th March 2021 - 7.00pm
Friday 19th March 2021 - 10.00am
The agenda, associated paperwork and links to the virtual meetings will be circulated to you before Christmas 2020. If you haven’t received this information by the beginning of January 2021 please get in touch with the branch on Tel: 01443 863279 or email email@example.com.
2021 will no doubt bring about changes for us all and we need your input at our AGM’s to keep our union strong and active. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated (virtually of course).
In the meantime stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas and New Year.
CAERPHILLY UNISON APP
To celebrate the launch of the new Caerphilly Unison App, we are giving members the chance to win £150 of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers.
Simply download our App onto your mobile or smart device and visit 'Prize Draw'. Only Caerphilly Unison members are eligible to enter. The closing date for entries is November 27th.
Link here .... Good luck!
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2020
October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, Unison and its TU partners have joined together with CCBC to create a dedicated newsletter centred around mental health during the pandemic including an interview from the Branch’s Disabled Members Officer, Caroline Jones.
DON'T MISS THE BUS!
If you need advice or support at work, join UNISON today. Keep a lookout as our new Stagecoach campaign goes live throughout the borough this week.
URGENT MESSAGE TO CAERPHILLY RESIDENTS FROM YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS
Unions UNISON, GMB and UNITE who represent Caerphilly council staff are calling on all Caerphilly residents to respect the new lockdown rules.
The only way to defeat this virus is by solidarity from all generations.
We stand shoulder to shoulder - two metres apart- with everyone in lockdown, but this must be a collective effort.
Hundreds of your council workers have fought tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep services running for the benefit of the community.
School support staff, care workers, refuse workers and others continue to put themselves on the front line for the sake of residents and their family members. The very least we can do is abide by the rules that will make them, and us, safer.
Whilst we’d all love to get back to normal, we do not want to see more lives lost in Caerphilly when this loss is so easily prevented by following the new guidelines.
The availability and turnaround of testing will be key to keeping track of new cases. If residents do their bit, then so must government by prioritising test, track and trace.
Let's work together Caerphilly!
Yours in hope and solidarity, UNISON, GMB and UNITE trade unions
SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE SPECIAL PAYMENT SCHEME
The Welsh Government has now published its final guidelines on the £500 supplement for Social Care Workers.
The scheme has been introduced to recognise and reward the hard work and commitment of social care staff, who have provided essential care to our most vulnerable citizens at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is aimed at staff who have worked within registered care homes and domiciliary care services during the period from 15 March to 31 May 2020.
To be eligible for this payment, staff must be either:
- a paid employee of a registered care home or domiciliary care service;
- an agency care worker;
- an agency nurse who has worked in the same setting for 12 weeks or more; or
- a personal assistant paid through direct payments
Some employees may prefer to spread the payment over time to better suit their personal circumstances. There is an option to receive the payment in five equal instalments of £100 per month spread over five successive months.
Further details and FAQs can be found in the link here
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PAY UP NOW FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL WORKERS
If you’re a local government member, it’s time for you to decide. Make sure you have your say on your pay.
UNISON has launched a consultation, to allow members’ to decide whether to accept or reject a payrise of 2.75% and a one day increase in annual leave allowance. Read more .....
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID19 UPDATE
Statement by Kirsty Williams Minister for Education
I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.
The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.
Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.
This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions.
AGM 2020 IMPORTANT UPDATE
Following advice, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone the AGM’s that were due to take place over the next 2 weeks. We hope to reschedule them at some point and are waiting for further guidance from our Regional team as to how this can be done within our UNISON rule book.
Dates of Aggregated AGMs 2020
You are warmly invited to attend one of Unison's aggregated Annual General Meetings (AGM) to be held on the dates shown below. This year NINE meetings have been arranged to give every member a choice of day, time and venue.
Caerphilly Unison - Cleaning up at Wales Regional Ceremony 2019
At the recent Wales Regional Awards Ceremony 3 Branch Officers of Caerphilly Unison were commended and won awards in their respective categories for their work in 2019.
Lianne Dallimore – Wales Representative of the Year
Juan-Antonio Garcia – Billy Liddon Health & Safety Award
Steve Gardiner – Highly commended for his work as Communications Officer
Unison is very proud of these achievements of their officers and the branch will strive to reach the same heights in 2020 in their continued support of its members!
Black Members in Unison Newsletter
Please find the link to our Black Members in Unison Newsletter to coincide with Black History Month in October. Inside is a fantastic members competition! Click here for Newsletter
Caerphilly UNISON Pensions Update
Do you have a Caerphilly Council Pension?
Is your state Pension age 65+?
Are you aged 58+?
Do you have 25+ years Pensionable service with the local authority?
Were you expecting your entire pension fund to be reduced if you retire before your state pension age?