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Dear Member

We hope you are well. Please see below updates from Kirklees UNISON.

HOMEWORKING PAYMENTS (COUNCIL MEMBERS ONLY)

The Council previously agreed to pay the homeworking allowance set out in the Employee Handbook to those who have worked from home during the pandemic. A payment for the period October 2020 to March 2021 (the period the Council agreed to cover with the allowance) was due to be made in May payroll.

UNISON is aware that a small number of members who should have been paid the allowance did not receive payment this month. If you are affected by this then contact should be made with your Head of Service as they are responsible for authorising payroll to make such payments. If you have any difficulties getting this matter resolved then please contact your local steward / the branch office for assistance.

NJC PAY 2021

UNISON’s NJC Committee, the union’s national committee for local government pay across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, met on Friday 21 May to consider the Employers’ 1.5% pay offer. The Committee strongly agreed to reject the offer. In the context of our claim for a 10% pay increase, the offer of 1.5% is insulting, and shows blatant disregard for the hard work and sacrifices made by local government workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, providing essential services and keeping our communities safe and well.

UNISON is calling on the local government employers to enter urgent negotiations so that this offer can be improved. At the same time, UNISON is clear that more funding is needed from central government to ensure that local authorities and schools can continue to provide the full range of services and pay staff properly. UNISON is calling on the National Employers and local authorities to work with us to lobby for more resources for local government.

Branch members covered by NJC pay are reminded that they can find out more information about the pay claim and resources you can use by clicking the following link:

BRANCH WOMEN’S GROUP MEETING

The next Women’s Meeting is due to take place virtually on 7th June at 4pm. If you would like a link to this meeting, please contact the branch office on 01484 456945 or branch@kirklees-unison.org.uk

FACE COVERINGS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

UNISON was dismayed at the government’s recent announcement that it would no longer be recommending the use of face coverings in secondary schools from 17th May. Whilst the union appreciates that the use of face coverings in schools presents challenges, we believed that it was too soon to be relaxing such measures in light of the continued circulation of Covid-19. In particular, areas such as Kirklees have much higher infection rates than many other parts of the country and there are now the issues relating to the new variant of concern first identified in India.

The branch is pleased that, notwithstanding the government’s position, Kirklees Council’s Public Health officials have recommended that secondary schools continue in their use of face coverings at the present time. Should any members in schools have concerns that their workplace is not following this advice, please get in touch with us.

ATTACHMENT THEORY IN THE EARLY YEARS – 29 JUNE 2021, 9.30am-1.00pm

This is a brand new UNISON and The Open University workshop delivered by trained OU tutors and is aimed at people working in early years settings or those with an interest in attachment theory for young children.

The workshop will cover:

  • Attachment classifications and how they are assessed
  • The features of caregiving that influence attachment, and the significance of attachment for lifespan development
  • Why the attachment system is an adapted and adaptive mechanism

At the end of the session attendees will receive a certificate of completion from The Open University. This workshop will be delivered using Microsoft Teams software. Please note that places are limited for this course and likely to fill-up quickly. To apply, please complete the web form via the link below:

OTHER MEMBER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Please find below details of forthcoming courses. These are free to UNISON members.  To book your place, please contact Rose Bent (r.bent@unison.co.uk) and provide your name, membership number (if you have it to hand) and your email address along with the course you are interested in attending (and date/time if more than one session is available).

Experience Matters (ages 45+):  10th June at 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Delivered Via MS Teams (National Careers)

Explore mid-life career review, for those 45 years and over – it’s not too late to make a change and take up new opportunities.

Autism Understood: 15th June at 10.00am – 11.00am

Delivered Via MS Teams (Adjust)

This introductory 1-hour session will help you gain an understanding of autism and look at workplace barriers for those who are autistic.

Interview Skills:  22nd June at 10.30am – 11.30am

Delivered Via MS Teams (National Careers)

Recognise different types of interviews you may encounter. Understand what employers look for in an interview and deconstructing interview questions.

Mindfulness: Delivered via Zoom

24th June at 1.00pm – 2.00pm OR

8th July at 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Understand how mindfulness can rewire your brain to move from negative to positive.  Practice some short mindfulness exercises.

Neurodiversity Understood: 8th July at 10.00am – 11.00am

Delivered Via MS Teams (Adjust)

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term for autism, dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia.  The session will explore strengths of neurodiverse individuals and workplace barriers.

Assertiveness: 8, 15, 22 July (x3 consecutive weeks) at 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Delivered Via Zoom

An opportunity to explore times and places you would like to be more assertive and to build the strategies to do so.

Dru Yoga (Taster): 21 July at 11.30am – 12.30pm

Delivered Via Zoom

A gentle flowing style of postures, breath work and relaxation.

Distance Learning with Bradford College

We are pleased to offer a range of accredited Level 2 fully funded online courses in partnership with Bradford College.  To be eligible learners must be aged 19 and over, lived in the EU for the past 3 years and not currently on another course prior to starting.  Here is a List of courses available

Our regional website is continually updated with the latest training courses available and can be viewed online at:

Members who are interested in receiving updates on learning opportunities should also ‘like’ the branch Facebook page

Regards

Kirklees UNISON