Letter Re North West Campus

 
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Dear all

That was very useful to meet yesterday  to discuss concerns regarding NWCC and staffing working in this new environment.  As we agreed I would issue you a note on the key items you were raising.

 As you are aware there was an incident with a sprinkler pipe causing damage to a ceiling, this was due to a fixing issue regarding the sprinkler pipe. This has been resolved at this site  As a result of this the sprinkler at this site, Dalbeattie and St Jossephs College have been checked by the contractor who have confirmed there are no further issues.

 Furthermore this Authority requested hubsw/contractor to undertake a full review of the building with inspection from Authority Clerk of Works to give complete assurance on the safety of this building.  This work has been under way throughout the summer and you can see evidence of this when you were on site and this is why some ceilings will be boarded out at a later date.

 As advised GRAHAM have been in contact with the HSE, GRAHAM confirmed that HSE are comfortable with their approach in dealing with the incident and the resolution.

 The building remains under the ownership of GRAHAMS and staff access the building as visitors of GRAHAM which has been reviewed by George Mills and the paperwork is to be shared with you. We are all focussed on ensuring this is executed in a safe manner. This will be the case until the Authority are given beneficial occupation from evening Monday 20th August, at this point it will be a normal operating school. As advised the normal school systems will kick in at this stage.

 In terms of seeking assurance that staff can access this building safely, I have received the following from GRAHAM –

 GRAHAM understands the need for the Council to have operational ownership of NWCC to allow staff in Friday 17th August and Monday 20th August to ensure that the children can start their term on 21st August on schedule. GRAHAM confirms the facility is safe for this purpose and for the ongoing use from Monday 20th for the school pupils.

This statement has the support of an independent structural engineer who was also on site today.

 Colin Grant

Director of CYPLL

 

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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.
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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.
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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.