Welcome to UNISON, our Trade Union. We support and protect almost 1.3 million working people and offer a huge range of benefits to our members. We represent over 8,000 members in the City of Sheffield and those employees engaged in delivering public services allied to the Council, in addition we have members in Further Education Colleges and the Community and Voluntary Sector within Sheffield.

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March in London 18 October 2014

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UNISON's landmark living wage agreement with C of E schools (16/09/14)

UNISON has negotiated a landmark arrangement with the Church of England to bring the living wage to all staff in all of its schools.

The National Society, which promotes and resources Church of England schools, has reached a deal with the union that paves the way for all schools to get living wage accreditation.

The Church of England has nearly 4,700 schools that are already committed to paying the living wage, but the new agreement guarantees that all support staff will receive it, also, as the schools become living wage employers. 

The schools are being given a step-by-step UNISON implementation plan, covering both directly employed and contracted out staff, to help them win living wage accreditation.

The agreement follows a motion that was passed by the Church of England General Synod, which recognised that "the widening gap between rich and poor harms all of society and that paying a living wage lifts people out of poverty."

It agreed to strongly encourage all Church of England institutions to pay at least the living wage, as recommended by Church Action on Poverty.

This year, UNISON's evidence to the Low Pay Commission included testimonies from low-paid workers across the country, highlighting the misery and stress experienced by millions of families struggling to cope on poverty wages - which the living wage would go some way to addressing. 

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: "I'm delighted that UNISON is working so closely with the National Society to encourage Church of England schools to pay the living wage.

"Times are tough and low-paid workers are struggling under the burden of rising prices for basics like food and fuel.

"Schools and heads are under a lot of pressure and that is why UNISON wants to make it easier for them to win living wage accreditation, by producing a step-by-step guide.

"Having that accreditation sends out a strong message that this school is one that takes its responsibilities to its staff and the wider community seriously."

The Archbishop of York and chair of the Living Wage Commission, Dr John Sentamu, said: "Church of England schools were set up more than 200 years ago to serve the poor and marginalised and they have always been committed to treating staff and pupils fairly.

"This new agreement with UNISON will reward schools with living wage accreditation for their commitment to treating staff fairly. It is an excellent initiative."

Nigel Genders, chief education officer at the National Society, added: "Church of England schools are absolutely committed to their important role at the centre of local communities.

"Given the Church of England’s commitment to the living wage, I'm delighted that we are able to recommend the step-by-step implementation plan to help schools win living wage accreditation.

"In signing up to this commitment, schools are taking a clear stand against poverty, and setting a very public example for their pupils about how people should be treated."

Latest branch-wide newsletter published (16/09/14)

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School newsletter published (16/09/14)

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Forthcoming Conferences (22/08/14)

Friday 6th February – Sunday 8th February 2015
Brighton Centre – Brighton

Thursday 12th February – Saturday 14th February 2015
Southport Convention Centre – Southport

To request a nomination form or for further information contact:
UNISON Branch Office
Arundel Gate Court
175 Arundel Gate
S1 2LQ

Tel:   0114 2736307
email:        lgbranch@sheffunison.org.uk

Closing date for nominations: 12noon, Monday 20th October 2014

UNISON Labour Link – What’s that all about? Meeting dates (22/07/14)

UNISON Labour Link – What’s that all about?

To take part in any political activity unions have to maintain a political fund - and in UNISON you can choose whether to pay a part of your subscriptions into the Labour Link (the affiliated political fund), the general political fund (GPF), both, or neither.

Labour Link works directly within the Labour Party to take UNISON’s policies into the heart of the party. We work at local and national level and have a network of Labour Link officers at branch, regional and national levels who work together with other affiliated unions to promote our agenda.

Our Branch is affiliated to all the local Constituency Labour Parties, and has delegates to many of them. Through Constituency Labour Parties we also send delegates to the Sheffield District Labour Party – the body which organises campaigning across the city for the Labour Party.

We have a Branch Labour Link Committee which meets regularly to co-ordinate our work. This is open to any Branch member who pay’s into the Labour Link (the affiliated political fund); although to participate fully in all aspects of our work you will need to be a member of the Labour Party.

Forthcoming meetings are on the following dates in the Branch Office all starting at 4pm –

  • Tuesday July 22nd
  • Tuesday September 16th
  • Tuesday October 21st
  • Tuesday November 18th 
  • Tuesday December 16th

If you are interested in attending these meetings please contact the Branch Office on 2736307, or email me at ken.curran@outlook.com and I will then get back to you as soon as possible.

Ken Curran
Branch Labour Link Officer

UNISON Campaign to defend the role of School Support Staff (14/05/14)

Dear Member

The draft letter to councillors and MPs should now have arrived in all schools with UNISON members. Please take responsibility for drawing your colleagues’ attention to the letter and encouraging them to write to their local MP and councillors. (Please follow the below links for contact details of all MPs & Councillors)

You can download the model letter here... (Word document)

The work has largely been done by the working party in so much as if colleagues do not feel confident to produce their own letter, a template has been provide along with councillors and MPs names and addresses.

The aim is for the Working Party to meet with councillors to protest against schools downgrading our members. Sheffield is a city that needs to improve educational standards. This will not happen if schools persist in downgrading qualified, experienced staff. The meeting(s) will be much more effective if voters, i.e. you (!) have raised written concerns.
In particular the working party want to meet with the Councillor Jackie Drayton (cabinet member with responsibility for Education) to discuss our concerns and present her with the petition.

Thank you to all those who signed the petition. We received over 1500 signatures and a very positive response from the general public.

Please do not leave this to “someone” else”. These are your jobs and livelihoods that are being threatened!

Many thanks

Lisa Smith
Education Convenor

Who should I send the model letter to?

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/roles-who/mps.html - MPs

http://sheffielddemocracy.moderngov.co.uk/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0 – Councillors

Members Vote To Accept SCC Pay Strategy Proposals (01/04/14)

The consultative ballot of UNISON members in Sheffield City Council affected by the authorities pay strategy proposals, returned a vote of 68% in favour of accepting the proposals with 32% voting against.

Affected members of the council’s other recognised trade unions also voted in favour of accepting the council’s proposals. This being the case, a collective agreement will be signed and the council’s proposals will be implemented.

Branch Officers would like to thank all members who participated in the Consultation process.

Council Convenor Election results 2014 (12/03/14)

Ballot papers issued 4828
Ballot papers returned 480

Rodney Padley 287 (Elected)
Lisa Smith 252 (Elected)
Robert Gascoigne 249 (Elected)
Jane Knight 212 (Elected)
Gareth Burdon 194 (Elected)
Joanne Crooks
Jonathan Mordecai

167 each (Elected)

Angela Hall 142
Carol Ring 124
Alix Cordock 114
Kathryn Spurr 84
Darren Whittaker 81

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