Tuesday, January 03, 2017

HAVE YOU VOTED? - Indicative ballot / Workplace meeting Clarion Housing Group

Have you voted in the ballot?
Time is running out to have your say...
Dear UNISON Member

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 proceed.

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:-

Question: “Are you prepared to take industrial action in defence of trade union recognition and the unions’ ability to protect your jobs, pay, terms and conditions?”

There are different ways you can vote in this ballot:
  1. Complete the ballot online here: (members only have recieved link)
  2. Or you could print out and complete this form: (Members only have recieved link)
  3. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 come later.

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 are derecognised?
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.

If you have any questions please contact Barney Wakefield – b.wakefield@unison.com, 07817120556

Upcoming Workplace Meetings
Here are dates and times of upcoming joint union meetings:

04.01.17 - Wrights Rd Community Centre - 12.00 - 13.00

04.01.17 - Polydamas Close - 13.00 - 14.00 - Meeting Room 1

06.01.17 - Anglia House Boardroom - 12.00 - 14.00

09.01.17 - Beacon House Boardroom - 12.00 - 13.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

10.01.17 - Regent House - 12.00 - 14.00 - Meeting Room 1

13.01.17 - Tower View, Kings Hill, Firefly meeting Room - 12.00 - 14.00

17.01.17 - Gee Business Centre - 12.00 - 14.00 - Cheshire Room

18.01.17 - Bishops Stortford - Innovation House 12.00 - 14.00

20.01.17 - Haywards Heath - Venue TBC - 12.00 - 14.00

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:
Email: l.baldock@unison.co.uk               
Email: b.wakefield@unison.co.uk            

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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Please encourage colleagues to do the same.

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