10 April 2012: Here are some points we discussed
at our campaign meeting today. Let us know what you
think! Contact the Branch
by clicking here.
UNISON Update leaflet for members is due back from
the printers tomorrow and will be distributed thereafter.
The leaflet should be used as a focus to hold workplace
meetings to discuss the process of consultation and
negotiation so far and provide any feedback to the Branch.
We've had feedback given from straw-polls which have
been carried out with members in some workplaces shows
a lot of concern about new policy and particularly the
trigger levels. The group agreed that trigger levels
are a real concern.
Become a Health and Safety Rep
Stewards and members should be encouraged to become
Health and Safety Reps Provide examples of real life
cases of sickness absence, so that Council officers
and union negotiators can work through them and see
what the impact will be with the new policy, perhaps
comparing it with the old one.
New bits to the re-written (version 14!) of the Draft
Policy include some welcome changes including reference
to supportive policies, a well explained process of
review (before entering formal stages of the procedure),
possibility of case conferences with difficult or complex
sickness absence. But still room for improvement!
Still more work to do with Management Toolkit and Transition
plan The UNISON Newsletter is due out over the next
few weeks, so we will be able to update our members
on progress of the negotiations then.