My own personal blog. Newham Council Cabinet member for Housing Services & Chair of Investment & Accounts. Councillor for West Ham ward, UNISON Branch secretary, Regional Council Officer & NEC member, Pension & Charity Trustee, Centre left and proud member of Labour movement family.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
HAVE YOU VOTED? - Indicative ballot / Workplace meeting Clarion Housing Group
you voted in the ballot? Time is running
out to have your say...
Clarion and Latimer management has decided to de-recognise trade unions
for all staff, pending the result of a survey they have told us will run
in January 2017. Your new employer has shown very little willingness to
work constructively with us up to this point.
How do you think we should respond?
Are you willing to take industrial action to protect Trade Unions right
to negotiate on your behalf?
To those members
who have already voted, thank you. Please encourage your colleagues who
are members to do the same.
The more votes we get, the better picture we will have of how we should
Please do not assume industrial action means going on strike, for more
explanation see frequently asked questions below.
The reply will only go back to your union and will be kept totally
confidential. Please respond by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017, however
we are seeking agreement from other unions on extending this
deadline by a week.
Please vote YES
or NO to the following question:-
you prepared to take industrial action in defence of trade union
recognition and the unions’ ability to protect your jobs, pay, terms and
There are different ways you can vote in this ballot:
Complete the ballot online here: (members only have recieved link)
Or you could print out and complete this form: (Members only have recieved link)
You will then need to post it to Barney
Wakefield, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AY
Please ensure that you only vote once.
Q. “What is an indicative ballot”?
A. It is similar to a survey of union members to find out their views. It
is NOT an official ballot by the unions on industrial action. That could
Q. What is “industrial action”?
A. This can mean many things such as lunchtime and evening protests, only
working your proper hours and only to your job description. It could as a
last resort mean strike action but only after an official ballot.
Q. Will I still be able to get advice and support from the union if we
A. Your individual rights to advice and representation are not affected.
You will still be able to receive advice and representation from UNISON
Stewards and staff as before. Recognition relates to collective
bargaining over jobs, pay, terms and conditions.
Q. What else are the unions doing?
A. We will be holding meetings across the Group and also lobbying
MPs/Assembly members and Councils to review their relationships with
Clarion and if necessary boycott until we have an agreement. We are
asking for support and solidarity from other trade unions and resident
Groups. An online petition is being set up and we will also be contacting
pension’s funds and investors about the risk that such a damaging and unnecessary
dispute poses to their investments.
We will be adding other dates and doing targeted emails to relevant
members with updates. Please keep looking out for these.
Your rights to advice and representation
UNISON wants to
make clear to all its members that if there is a period of time where we
do not have recognition with Clarion Housing Group, or Latimer, your
individual rights to advice and representation are not affected. You will
still be able to receive advice and representation from UNISON Stewards
and staff as before.
Recognition relates to collective bargaining and some other issues, but
we thought it was important to make this clear at this stage. If you have
any questions, please get in touch:
If you have questions about the proposed merger, or the current Circle
reorganisation, please contact John Gray on John.Gray@circle.org.uk
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