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Come to the branch AGM

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 5.30pm WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH 2018 AT BRIGHTON TOWN HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS

If you are a member of the Brighton and Hove Local Government Unison branch, please come to our  Annual General Meeting on 21st March 2018.

This is an opportunity for our members to meet with other members and Branch Officers, to hear about what are currently “hot topics” for the branch (this year one of these is the current pay claim and possible future dispute over pay) and to elect the Branch Officers for the coming 12 months, who will oversee the issues that face our members, both in and out of the council.

Brighton Town Hall is wheelchair accessible. The branch will also meet the costs of dependent’s care should you want to attend the meeting but are concerned about child care/dependency costs.

Refreshments and a choice of snacks etc will be available from 5.00pm.  The meeting itself will start at 5.30pm. and usually finishes between  6.45-7.00pm.  Please do try and make it along.  All branch members are welcome.

If you or a UNISON member you know would like to consider standing for any of the Branch Officer posts, contact the branch office on 01273 291611 to get a nomination form to be completed and returned to the branch office no later than Friday 23rd February 2018.

 We very much look forward to seeing you at the AGM.  Where there is Unity, There is Strength

 

 

 

 

 

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Protest at Hunt’s visit

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Unison members joined other protesters at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital last Thursday (1st Feb) to tell Health Minister Jeremy Hunt what they think of the Tories’ attacks on the NHS. Sussex Defend NHS found out at late notice that Hunt was visiting the hospital but still managed to gather a sizeable crowd. When he arrived he tried to enter the Audrey Emerton building through a locked door and had to run the gauntlet of the angry protesters to get in through another entrance!

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Pay – reject the offer!

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Have your say on the 2% pay offer

The Local Government Association (LGA) has made a pay offer of 2% for each of the next two years to local government staff, including those in schools.

After Unison meets at national level on 23rd January members will be asked for their views of this offer, using postal or electronic ballots or workplace meetings. Make sure you have you say!

You can read more about the offer here jan18payleaflet

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Unison support for Living Wage

Brighton and Hove Unitary Unison branch has pledged £5,000 from the regional General Political Fund to support the city’s Living Wage campaign. Since it launched six years ago it has signed up more than 350 employers, who guarantee to pay the £8.75 per hour Living Wage to their staff.

Last week was Living Wage Week and was marked in the city by an event at the i360 – a Living Wage employer.

 

BHCC Pop-up Breakfast with Juliet Tzabar

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Unison suspends Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s honorary membership

UNISON has suspended Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary membership with immediate effect as international criticism mounts over her response to Myanmar’s growing humanitarian crisis.

The award was given to her during her time as a political prisoner and its suspension comes as a number of British institutions say they are also reviewing or removing honours bestowed on her during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta.

UNISON president Margaret McKee said: “The situation facing the Rohingya of Myanmar is appalling. Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary membership has been suspended, and we hope that she responds to international pressure.”

Over the last 30 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been awarded with honorary degrees from several UK universities including Glasgow, Bristol, Bath and Cambridge, as well as the freedom of several cities, and other honours.

The UN has described the brutal mistreatment of the Rohingya as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”

The Brighton & Hove Local Government Branch of Unison has also called on the city council to suspend her Freedom of the City status.

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