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Tuesday, August 09, 2022
UNISON Greater London branch Circular - August 2022
Welcome to the new
Dear Branch Secretary,
Welcome to the new Branch Secretary monthly update! Improving
communications is one of the region's key priorities, as a result we
have designed this new e-bulletin with the aim to keep you informed of
what's going on in the Greater London region. In this email you can
find information about upcoming events, updates about regional
campaigns and much more.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work
in supporting our members. With the country in the middle of a massive
cost of living crisis, and the government’s failure to act, now more
than ever our members are looking to us. I know many of you are already
doing great work, from negotiating an increase in mileage rates, to
campaigning for an increase in London Weighting. I hope to be able to
share with you an update on the national cost of living campaign in the
In the meantime, there’s a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m confident
that by working together we can make a real difference to our members
Regional Secretary | Greater London
Wednesday 19th October 2022
More details and
relevant deadlines can be found in the attached convening notice.
member delegates attending 2022/23 Self Organised Group
UNISON rule D 7.8 allows for the National Retired Members’
Organisation to send two representatives to each of the National
Self-Organised Group Conferences.
Travel costs, expenses and accommodation will be met from national
funds. Disabled retired members, LGBT+ retired members, Black
retired members and women retired members interested in attending
can find more information in the document via the link.
region is committed to providing a wide ranging education &
training programme for activists to support you in your role. We
offer courses ranging from Lost in UNISON, a short induction
session for those very new to the role, to mandatory introductory training
necessary for stewards and Health & Safety reps. We also offer
more advanced courses to further develop your skills. Details on
all regional courses available can be found on our website.
10 August 2022
2pm - 4:30pm Meet other
disabled Black Members, including your reps on the National
Disabled Members Committee. These meetings have been arranged to
allow space for members from under-represented groups within
disabled members self organisation to network and organise and to
ensure they have better access to the disabled members conference
agenda. This is a free
event with lunch provided, taking place at UNISON Centre in London,
travel costs are met nationally.
20-22 January 2023
Edinburgh International Conference Centre We have now opened
the Online Conference System (OCS) to allow branches to register
delegates and submit motions in line with the rule-book
Please note the deadline to submit motions on OCS
is 12.00 noon on Friday, 30 September 2022.
The Health Service Group Executive (HSGE) has called for a full
industrial action ballot of directly employed NHS staff in England.
Campaign resources and a full timetable will be published soon.
Branches can prepare now by calling branch meetings for mid-August
to discuss plans for delivering local campaign activity.
The final details are still to be agreed but the HSGE has decided
that while vital ballot preparation takes place, we will run a
“pledge” drive, to act as a talking point with members and to get
them to ‘pledge to vote yes’ when the formal ballots are issues.
The University and Colleges Employers Association have made their
final pay offer: a below-inflation pay rise of 3% for most Higher
Education staff and between 9% and 3% for those on pay points 3 to
19. They didn’t offer any more during the dispute process and
will now impose this pay increase on 1 August 2022. A large
number of branches in London agreed that members, covered by
national HE pay bargaining for the year 2022/3, should be balloted
for industrial action over the offer and the ballot is underway. It
will close on 26 August. For more info on the offer and the ballot
please read the FAQ's.
On Monday 25 July 2022 the Employers’ Side of the National Joint
Council (NJC) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made a final
pay offer to local government employees. The pay offer is a flat
rate increase on all spinal column points of £1,925 to be implemented
from 1 April 2022 (i.e. payment to be backdated to that
date). In Greater London this equates to an uplift of £2,229
on each spinal column point for Outer London and £2,355 for Inner
London. View the figures here.
This offer is in response to the joint union pay claim for £2,000,