STOP PRESS: Sign the petition! https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-stp-mass-cuts-to-our-local-nhs-and-social-care-services
The supposed aim of the 44 specially established Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) regions across England is to develop plans and integrate health and social care services.
Our region is East Sussex, West Sussex and East Surrey.
There is a massive catch – in this region alone STP will cut at least £620 million from NHS services!
Sussex Defend the NHS is holding a public meeting to explain more and plan resistance on Thursday, 16 February from 7-9pm at St George’s Church, Kemptown BN2 1ED. Pavilions MP Caroline Lucas will be one of the speakers.
All welcome! For more information go to http://www.defendthenhssussex.weebly.com
UNISON Brighton and Hove branch have voiced their serious concern around the latest proposals to cut the number of beds within Hostel services by 20 and outsource the Homelessness/Hostels services. A recent report commissioned by UNISON with regard to the tendering process used by Brighton and Hove City Council raised a number of questions which have, so far gone unanswered by the Council. The Association of Public Service Excellence report evidenced a complete lack of transparency in the processes used when Learning Disability Accommodation Services were tendered for outsourcing and the union is now extremely concerned that the Council has failed to learn any lessons.
Branch Secretary, Sue Beatty said “Since providing both the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive with a copy of the report we commissioned, we have been met by a wall of silence. It is extremely clear to us that the report highlights some quite severe failings on the part of the Council with regard to the outsourcing processes used and we are concerned that the same errors and mistakes are going to occur again with the tendering of the Homelessness/Hostels Service. These services are vital for the most vulnerable of our citizens living on the streets and in vulnerable accommodation and we want to ensure that any future services are provided under the right framework and by the right organisation! We can only assume that the deafening silence we have received from the Leader and Chief Executive is explained by their realisation of how wrong they got it last time and their hope that we will go away. We will not be going anywhere until this situation is discussed openly to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated”
Rail guards on strike today were shocked to hear that Brighton and Hove council are trying to cut the pay of nursery workers. They were keen to share their support for Unison and GMB members resisting pay cuts on their picket line at Brighton station on Tuesday.
In these times when all workers are under attack, both Unison members and RMT members were proud to stand together. Shoulder to shoulder.
As we have reported earlier, Unison is supporting council nursery workers who have all been told that they face cuts of up to £8,000 a year as well as longer shifts. In addition to this, council management wanted to bring forward the planned reduction in pay protection so that these staff would have only a year to adjust their family budgets instead of three. (In reality, such a pay cut could still drive some mature and experienced staff out of childcare).
Unions have now secured the agreement of the council to stick to their original pledge to protect pay for 3 years as part of the current consultation. It was acknowledged by Human Resources that there had been a lack of clarity between the unions and the council around staff involved in these consultations at the time of the new Pay Protection policy being negotiated.
B&HCC Unison will continue to stand by and support its members in nurseries who want to stop the cuts to their pay and their terms and conditions of employment. Sue Beatty, Branch Secretary, has already stated “UNISON will fight to ensure our members’ livelihood and working conditions. We call upon council officers and elected members to seriously reconsider these proposals.
Launch of Brighton People’s Assembly: Voluntary Sector Charter: Wed 5th October 6 – 7.30pm at Brighthelm, North Rd, Brighton
All welcome! Speakers! Food! Refreshments! Workshop! Discussion!
AGAINST austerity, privatisation and marketisation. FOR independent action, advocacy and campaigning.