Welcome to Greenwich UNISON

 
Branch Officer Contact Details:
 
In the current emergency the way you can get the help you need from Greenwich UNISON is changing. All the team will be working remotely wherever possible and we will be be reducing face to face contact to the absolute minimum.
 
However all our team are fully equipped to work from home and for the time being please use the contact details at the end of this email. We are also moving offices from Riverside House to the Town Hall next week (if it goes ahead!) but we will not be seeing members at the office unless they have an appointment.
 
Also some of you may want to change your email preferences to your personal email as accessing work emails may be difficult for some, please email Pauline, pauline@greenwichunison.org.uk to get this sorted.
 
Also please share this email as not everyone gets them who wants them!
 
At this difficult time it is more important than ever to be in a union, please make sure your friends and colleagues have someone like us looking out for them. They can join online here:
 
 
Simon Steptoe (Monday-Thursday)
 
Branch Secretary
 
 
 
Tracey Higgins
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Private Sector and representation for members working for GS+ and GSS
 
 
 
Jay Lowman
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Royal Borough of Greenwich
 
 
 
Clara Mason
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Schools and Colleges
 
 
 
Jamie Breen
 
Birchmere Convenor
 
 
 
Linda Delieu (Monday-Wednesday)
 
Recruitment and Retention Officer
 
Contact for members working in the Private Sector, such as Private Care Homes and Voluntary Sector Organisations
 
 
 
Admin, membership and General Enquiries
 
Pauline Revell-Bowles (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
 
Office Administrator and ERA accredited Rep
 
 

Website: www.greenwichunison.co.uk

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UNISON to make sure you are paid when RBG requires you to get to work!

 

Greenwich Unison alongside fellow union Unite, have been in discussion with management over the start time of RBG staff, RBG are under the false impression that as an your employer they can ask you to start work 15 minutes before your contractual start time and not pay you!

 

Please see flyer below for more info.

15 min start time news letter.docx
Microsoft Word document [311.2 KB]

RBG Overtime

We think that the Council have incorrectly paid members overtime since at least 2008.

 

If you are in a Scale 1-6 post (not SO1 or above) and have been paid overtime at any point over the last 6 years and want Unison to follow this up you need to complete a Case Form.

 

You can download one using the link below.

 

Alternatively, you can phone the office on 020 8921 5226 and we will post one out to you.

Overtime Claim form.docx
Microsoft Word document [212.2 KB]

The Tories 'Magic Service Tree'

(and how Greenwich fall for it)

 

Much has been made over the last few weeks by the Tories about the 'Magic Money Tree' (the one which they shook to find £1.5bn to buy off the DUP to stay in power). However the Government believe in another Magic Tree, they think that if you cut spending, magically services will still happen.

 

In Local Government, spending has been cut by 40%, this has been achieved by actually cutting services, by reducing our members wages relative to prices and, more insidiously by using outsourcing to reduce the pay and conditions of our members.

 

A perfect example of this is the situation our members face at Home Start Greenwich who run Children's Centres for the Borough in parts of Greenwich. The contracts were given to other providers such as Home Start in 2014 because of government cuts in funding.

 

The existing staff were told that their terms and conditions would be protected, including their right to a Local Government Pension. Now 3 years done the line, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is cutting the funding to Home Start and magically expecting Home Start to provide more services with less money. The result is that Home Start are saying that the only way this can be done is to strip their staff of their Local Government Pension and replace it with an inferior one which costs them less and will result in a lower Pension for our members when they retire.

 

Prompt Action by our Branch has put a stop to this for the time being, but the time has come for our Labour controlled Borough to stop this outsourcing nonsense. They are implementing the Tories agenda by pretending that outsourcing services magically maintains services, the only way services continue is because people get paid less and have worse terms and conditions.

 

The end result of this nonsense is that you can't get enough staff to deliver the services, those that remain are over worked, demoralised and ultimately less efficient, not more, and as far as the whole economy is concerned there are a lot more low paid workers which means less economic activity, lower tax revenues and more cuts. 

 

Greenwich Unison have had enough of this nonsense and if you have too then get more involved with us campaigning for well paid staff working for the Borough providing high quality services to our local residents.

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Advice, support and help when you need it at work

We have a network of trained local advisors and negotiators who will provide you with help at work when you need it most, as well as professional legal advisors and experts when appropriate.

 

Branch Officer Contact Details:

 

In the current emergency the way you can get the help you need from Greenwich UNISON is changing. All the team will be working remotely wherever possible and we will be be reducing face to face contact to the absolute minimum.
 
However all our team are fully equipped to work from home and for the time being please use the contact details at the end of this email. We are also moving offices from Riverside House to the Town Hall next week (if it goes ahead!) but we will not be seeing members at the office unless they have an appointment.
 
Also some of you may want to change your email preferences to your personal email as accessing work emails may be difficult for some, please email Pauline, pauline@greenwichunison.org.uk to get this sorted.
 
Also please share this email as not everyone gets them who wants them!
 
At this difficult time it is more important than ever to be in a union, please make sure your friends and colleagues have someone like us looking out for them. They can join online here:
 
 
Simon Steptoe (Monday-Thursday)
 
Branch Secretary
 
 
 
Tracey Higgins
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Private Sector and representation for members working for GS+ and GSS
 
 
 
Jay Lowman
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Royal Borough of Greenwich
 
 
 
Clara Mason
 
Assistant Branch Secretary Schools and Colleges
 
 
 
Jamie Breen
 
Birchmere Convenor
 
 
 
Linda Delieu (Monday-Wednesday)
 
Recruitment and Retention Officer
 
Contact for members working in the Private Sector, such as Private Care Homes and Voluntary Sector Organisations
 
 
 
Admin, membership and General Enquiries
 
Pauline Revell-Bowles (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
 
Office Administrator and ERA accredited Rep
 
 

Website: www.greenwichunison.co.uk

We are on facebook please like us!

You can join Unison On-line here: http://www.joinunison.org/

If you need UNISON help or information fast and can’t contact your union rep or branch, UNISONdirect can help.

 

Helpline open until midnight

0800 0 857 857

Lines are open from 6am to midnight on Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. Outside these times, you can leave an answerphone message or fill in the online form and UNISONdirect will call you back.

We can also be contact by textphone on 0800 0 967 968 (freephone).

We are located at:

 

1st Floor

Riverside House West

Woolwich High Street 

London

SE18 6DN

Contact us today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us:

 

020 8921 5226

Unison@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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