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.
CAERPHILLY COUNCIL BUDGET 2021
Caerphilly Unison are deeply concerned by the suggestion from the Plaid group to reduce the budget set aside for a staff pay award. The different between 2.4% and 3.9% equates to 34p per week on a Band D property. Caerphilly UNISON Branch Secretary Lianne Dallimore said “Personally, as a resident of this county borough, I would gladly pay 34p if it meant putting this money into the pay packet of a Teaching Assistant, who has been supporting key worker and vulnerable children throughout this pandemic; or to the carer who has just finished an exhausting week providing care and support to some of the most vulnerable in our community.”
The local government workforce has not only borne the brunt of Austerity but now COVID19. UNISON will be actively campaigning for much more than the 1% that has been set aside by CCBC and therefore any suggestion that 1% is too much we believe is quite frankly staggering, and any political party who advocates taking even one penny out of the back pockets of our dedicated local government workforce should take a long hard look at itself.
Next week is Heart Unions, celebrating everything trade unions have achieved. Find all the resources and information you need here to champion UNISON to your work mates next week. Read more ...
PAY FAIR FOR CARE
On Wednesday 3 February at 12:30pm, UNISON is hosting a carers' rally as part of the Pay Fair for Care national day of action.
Join the event to hear from care workers, celebrities and politicians. Wednesday, 3 February 2021 from 12:30-14:00 UTC, online with Facebook Live.
SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING
Following our very successful and well-attended meeting for schools' members last week, we are repeating the meeting this Wednesday 20th January at 5pm for those who were unable to attend or could not join the previous meeting as it was full - apologies to all of you for any inconvenience.
So that we can accommodate everybody who'd like to attend, you will need to register to attend the meeting using this link - Register here
This meeting is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.
SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING
We would like to invite you to a meeting of school members Thursday 14th Jan. This is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.
Please see the joining details below.
Schools members meeting
Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom (Toll Free): 0 800 031 4727
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011
Access Code: 229-348-309
SCHOOL SUPPORT MEMBERS
UNISON Cymru Wales has written to school support members today (7.1.21). UNISON believes schools should not reopen for face-to-face lessons until after the half-term break and we are calling for a series of measures to be in place before schools return to face-to-face lessons. Read the letter via the attachment.
‘Happy new year’ from all of us at the Caerphilly Branch. We hope you had a restful and enjoyable festive season.
On the turn of midnight we were all glad to see 2020 finally leave but unfortunately 2021 doesn’t appear (so far anyway) to be looking any better right now. We’re still in the grips of the COVID19 pandemic but all we can do is try to keep our spirits high, support and look out for one another and keep pushing through.
For full information and links click on our PDF files with explanation and model letter for UNISON members in schools, nurseries and early years in Wales.
October - December 2020
CAERPHILLY UNISON AGM 2021 - UPDATE
AGM letters done! Members, if you haven't had either an email with the AGM notification pack attached or a letter through the post by the end of next week then please let the Branch office know.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our App competition winner Kelly Rossiter enjoying her prize of M & S gift vouchers and UNISON freebies! Keep checking the App and our social media pages for more great competitions next year!
November - December 2020
STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS
Great pictures from Trinity Fields School from support staff there celebrating 'Stars in our Schools' day on Friday! Proudly displaying their ' You're ALL Stars' certificates UNISON Caerphilly sent out to all schools.
UNISON in Schools
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 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?