Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fremantle - Why Barnet UNISON members should take note.

Dear Colleagues

You will be receiving a request from your branch to help
provide support for the Fremantle Care Workers.

It is important that as many of you as are able to, support your fellow
UNISON members.

The sheer scale of the cuts to their terms and conditions is extraordinary.
If this level of cuts were proposed in Barnet I am sure the Council would
grind to a halt. Our branch has worked well with the Fremantle Convenor,
Carmel Reynolds and the Regional Organiser, Eddy Coulson. We have done what any good branch would do, we have enlisted the support of our General
Secretary, Dave Prentis and recently the General Secretary's of all the big
unions at the recent TUC conference.

Our campaign has spread across London region and all around the UK.
Recently it has been supported by an international trade union website
LabourStart http://www.labourstart.org/

As a direct result of their publicity we have had unprecedented messages of
support to the workers and emails to the Fremantle Chief Executive
condemning their action.

We have written twice to 1200 UNISON branches across the UK asking them to support our email and postcard campaign and to send donations to the ‘Barnet UNISON industrial action fund’

The privatisation of our older adults residential and day care services
provides a clear case of why UNISON opposes privatisation. Not only are we
concerned about the quality of care being provided and the attacks on our
members terms and conditions. We are concerned to hear that the Council is
being billed for £8,672 million. We know that the council wants to
renegotiate the contract and we can understand why!

The Fremantle experience provides a salutary lesson as to the dangers of
privatisation. Our branch will robustly challenge any attempts to privatise
services. We recognise that staff are working hard to deliver quality
services for Barnet residents. We know the Council is proud of the services
you are proving and last years positive CPA inspections results are evidence
of that hard work.

However, this government is pushing the privatisation agenda
http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/B3220b.pdf and it is important that
Barnet staff are prepared for the challenge.

You are our 'eyes and ears'. You know what is and is not working. If you do
not feel able to share concerns with your manager or if you have suggestions
which could improve the service then you can email us at
contactus@barnetunison.org.uk . We can raise the issues on your behalf or arrange for UNISON rep to meet with you to discuss your issue.

In this ever changing world you need to make sure you are receive training.
Training and development should be part of your appraisal. If you have not
had an appraisal in the last 12 months then ask for one. If you do not feel
able to then contact us at contactus@barnetunison.org.uk

Exciting Learning opportunities!
Currently Barnet UNISON is working in partnership with Barnet Council to
provide training in work time. If you want to know more then contact
carmen.bruno@barnetunison.org.uk or susan.timthong@barnetunison.org.uk

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