It is with great sadness and regret that we have to report that our colleague and friend Denise Knutsen died over the weekend following a long illness. For those of you who knew Denise, she will be remembered for her commitment to the UNISON Brighton & Hove branch and her members in schools, for whom she worked so tirelessly. Denise will be remembered with love and deep affection and respect.
Any messages of condolence to her husband Alex Knutsen (ex Branch Secretary of our UNISON branch) and her children, Dan and Laura, can be sent via the UNISON office at Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA.
Our Unison branch notched up another success for a member recently, when she was awarded £10,000 as the result of a personal injury claim.
The member was injured when she slipped on a wet floor while attending a training session in one of the council’s buildings. She was left with pain and bruising in her hip and numbness in her left foot.
Unison’s personal injury lawyers, Thompsons, commenced court proceedings and a settlement of £10,000 was finally agreed.
Branch secretary Sue Beatty said: “Cases such as this show the value of the union’s legal service. It also shows that the union is prepared to take cases that claim companies and no win/no fee solicitors will not. It’s yet another good reason to join Unison!”
If you think you may have a claim, contact the Unison branch office on 01273 291611.
The UNISON NJC Committee met on 6th April to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20. In the feedback received 79% of branches and 10 out of 11 regions voted to accept the pay offer. The NJC Committee therefore formally agreed to accept the pay offer and to notify GMB and Unite and the Local Government Association. The NJC Committee also agreed a pay award implementation strategy for dealing with any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the pay award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details will be circulated to branches shortly
Brighton and Hove UNISON is happy to support this event, organised by Sussex Defend the NHS.