Dumfries Trade Union Council events: One Day Without Us and the Chinese New Year

 
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For this year’s One Day Without Us event in Dumfries – to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by migrants to our lives in Dumfries & Galloway – the organisers are collaborating with Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA) in a joint event at the former Bakers’ Oven in Dumfries High Street (next to W H Smith) on Saturday 17th February, from 11am to 3pm.

The morning session, from 11am to 1pm, will mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dog – with family-friendly arts and crafts workshops, together with poetry, music and the traditional Lion Dance.

This will be followed, over lunchtime, by samples of a wide range of dishes from various international cuisines, supplied by members of DGMA and others.

The afternoon session will feature contributions from Dumfries Trades Union Council (DTUC) secretary, John Dennis, whose father was one of the “Kindertransport” (child-transport) fleeing Nazi Germany, and DTUC chair Sandra Trotter, who is herself a migrant from Germany, who works in the local care sector.

“Migration is something Scotland needs,” said John Dennis. “With more deaths than births forecast in Scotland for the next 25 years, migration is the only way our country will cope. And we know how important our migrant workers are in the local NHS.”  Sandra Trotter agreed but also stressed how, on a personal level, the opportunity to migrate to Scotland both changed her life, bringing a much enriched range of experience, whilst allowing her to contribute to life in Dumfries and Galloway in many ways.

Finally in the afternoon, there will be a live music session, featuring some songs of migration, a French connection of music from Guillaume Tiberghien, and a global jam session with percussionists from the local refugee support group, MOOL (Massive Outpouring of Love).

There will throughout be a series of displays, featuring local stories of migration from last year’s One Day Without Us event, and a range of material about contemporary migration into Scotland and, in particular, into Dumfries & Galloway. There will also, of course, be the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and countries.

For more information please contact Ian Gasse on 01387 320557

Note: One Day Without Us is a national campaign to highlight and mark the contributions that migrants make to our lives in Britain. It is supported by a wide range of organisations, including Amnesty International, Justice & Peace Scotland, Liberty, Oxfam, Unison, War on Want, and was set up in the wake of increased hate crime directed towards migrants following the 2016 Brexit referendum.  More information at www.1daywithoutus.org

 

There will be photo-opportunities throughout the day.

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To let you know that the 2019 UNISON Dumfries and Galloway Branch AGM will take place on the 27th February in the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries at 5pm.
We are seeking, nominations for Branch Officers and Stewards posts and Branch motions. The relevant forms are available from the Branch office or website. Motions should be received by the 4th of February 2019 and nominations for branch positions should be received by the 20th of February 2019.
Members requiring crèche facilities should contact the Branch Office no later than Monday, the 13th of February 2019. The crèche is only available to members who have made arrangements in advance. Any carers allowance must also be requested before the meeting.
A good attendance at the Annual General Meeting is essential to the running of the Branch. We would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend, please encourage your colleagues as well to ensure that the Branch is able elect its officers and have structures in place to support our members.
Full details of the agenda, motions, etc. will be placed on the branch website. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us.
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The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!! 

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.