Tuesday, May 15, 2007

" A whole lotta learning !"

Barnet UNISON promoting Adult Learning in partnership with ALMO

Barnet Homes (ALMO) after long negotiations have recognised the benefits of working in partnership with Barnet UNISON. This promotional event is the first of many such events for their staff.

Barnet UNISON promoting Adult Learner week commencing 21 May 2007

Lot's of hard work has been put in particularly by our UNISON Life Long Learning Coordinators Carmen Bruno and Susan Timthong to help promote, support skills for life courses for staff.
This event is geared for staff working down the depot.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Join Barnet UNISON's challenge Y campaign !

Pay talks

We are waiting to hear back on negotiations. Interest rates went up again last week which places more pressure on those of us coping with our pay falling further and further behind inflation.

Council Tax, Mortgage/rent payments, cost of living all rising yet we are being a 3% pay cut!

Check in on the UNISON link to keep up to date http://www.unison.org.uk/localgov/paycampaign.asp

If there is a Leadership contest for Leader of the Labour Party it is important that UNISON press both candidates on their position on pay and the future of Public Services.

Barnet College redundancies

Wednesday 16 May sees the Regional Officer Eddy Coulson leading the Barnet College UNISON team.

The redundancies are a direct result of the ESOL funding shortfall see link

What is the Government thinking?

We have seen fantastic work being carried out by FE colleges across London to address ESOL needs. Lord Leitch published a report at the end of 2006 on the very real serious economic risks if employers do not address skills for life needs. Yet at the same time the Governement announced plans to withdraw ESOL funding?????

Whilst it is good to see Ken Livingstone championing the issue, but it is only a stop gap measure.

Those UNISON/UCU members facing redundancies as a direct result of this issue would very much like to know where the future Leader of the Labour Party stands on this issue.
So the announcement on the UNISON website is welcome news for UNISON members that our union is going to press contenders for their responses on issues facing our members on a daily basis see http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=969

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

National Day of Celebration

Something to SHOUT ABOUT!

It is good to see our General Secretary is speaking at this event.
As a branch that is just starting to develop closer links with community groups and working with migrant workers this is a opportunity for UNISON branches to reach out to their local communities.

Hope to see lot's of UNISON members next Monday