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Essential cover at work

One of the most reassuring things about being a member of UNISON is knowing that there are people out there who will help you if you find yourself facing a problem.

You never know when you might encounter a problem at work.  What you do know is that by joining UNISON, you don’t have to face it alone.

If you are having problems, our Branch network of trained workplace representatives are there to help. They will give you advice, support or represent you if needed and if necessary refer your case to the Regional Office to make sure you get the most appropriate legal help.

In addition to the individual support we offer to members, the union also negotiates with employers on issues like pay, holidays and all other terms & conditions including pension schemes.

We strive to protect the services that our members provide by opposing cuts and campaigning on a range of local, regional and national issues because we recognise the important work our members do in enhancing, enriching and protecting lives.

Essential cover outside work

UNISON members can access free initial legal advice on non-work related issues and get support for members of their family, for personal injury cases outside work, motor vehicle accidents, a free wills service for you and for your partner if you have mirror wills, low-cost conveyancing and even help with immigration issues.

To be eligible for our legal assistance scheme, you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek that assistance. You must also be up to date with your subscriptions.

Help for non work-related issues can be accessed via UNISON’s legal helpline on 0800 0 857 857.  For work-related issues members must contact their local branch in the first instance.

For you and your family

UNISON members and their families are entitled to a whole range of benefits and services:

• Exclusive deals and offers

UNISON members have access to a range of exclusive deals and discounts that we have negotiated with a number of suppliers. We choose reputable companies that provide value and good customer service.  Our UNISON Plus deals add real value to UNISON membership: members can save the cost of their UNISON contributions many times over.

• Other benefits

Membership benefits include; winter fuel grants, school uniform grants, professional indemnity insurance of up to £1 million for NHS staff, book grants, various financial support grants and a quarterly members’ magazine.  We are the only Trade Union which has a charity offering support and assistance for members in their hour of need, it is called There For You.

• Croyde Bay Holiday Village

Croyde Bay Holiday Village is situated on the north Devon coast and has been owned and operated by UNISON for more than 80 years. It is a popular addition to the benefits of UNISON membership, offering competitive rates, with special discounts for UNISON members and families. There are additional discounts for low-paid UNISON members.  Croyde Bay

Training and new skills

UNISON runs a broad range of education and training courses that are open to all members.

Some of our courses are aimed at helping members to improve their general skills, for example using computers or building their confidence. Our education courses includes the award winning Return to Learn programme available to all members interested in getting back into learning.

Other courses are designed to help members play a more active role in UNISON through our comprehensive training programme for workplace representatives and branch officers, including health and safety, equalities or learning reps. We also offer taster courses on key issues.  Read more about our courses for reps and activists

All of our courses are free to members.

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Following the Unison members' vote by 91% to accept the pay offer we will advise the employer of our decision. Unfortunately we have to wait till the other 2 unions complete their consultation process. GMB are recommending acceptance of the offer (they delayed this consultation till now and won't complete it till near the end of February) and Unite have consulted and voted narrowly to reject the offer (they are now considering whether they should hold a 'statutory' ballot for strike action and whether they would be able to deliver effective action). Unison members by far out number the other 2 unions but we respect their right to complete their consultations. Unfortunately this will delay the timescale for paying out the pay rise. As soon as we have any more details we will let you know. ...

2 weeks ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

Pay offer acceptPress Release:

UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for council workers

UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers. UNISON’s ballot closed on Thursday 31 January.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee today (Friday 1 February).

The pay offer would deliver 9.5% cost of living increase over three years: 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

It also provides a commitment to re-open negotiations in the event of another local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is 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. The award will be backdated to 1 April 2018.

UNISON Head of local government Scotland Johanna Baxter said: “This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country. The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of RPI and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce. Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon."

UNISON chair of local government committee in Scotland Mark Ferguson said: “UNISON has campaigned hard to get the best deal we can for local government workers. While the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity, the offer, and particularly the commitment to consolidate the Living Wage, provides important safeguards for our lowest paid members.

"We will work to ensure this is properly delivered and local government workers will now receive back dated money in their pay packets in coming months.”

Notes:
- The improved pay offer has come after months of campaigning and negotiations by the SJC trades unions.
- The offer would deliver cost of living increases of 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the Living Wage and provides for negotiations to be re-opened in the event that any other local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed with the SJC trade unions.
- Read COSLA offer letter here: Formal SJC Pay Offer 191218
- UNISON are the largest trade union in Scottish Local Government – representing 80,000 local government workers across the
country – and the largest trade union in the UK.
Local government workers have endured a decade of austerity with job cuts, and a decade real terms pay cuts.
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Pay offer accept

The online ballot closes Bert soon - if you haven't already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.
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The online ballot closes Bert soon  - if you havent already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
https://unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.

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Reject a 3% rise. But accept a 3 5% rise😕.

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