Thursday 24 September 2020.
Barnet UNISON has been contacted by coach escorts and drivers about COVID safety concerns since the service began at the beginning of September.
The issues are
- Overcrowded minibuses which have 10 or more pupils on a bus.
- Overcrowded minicabs
- COVID Cleansing of private contract vehicles
Barnet UNISON made the point that Government Guidance was a minimum standard and that we want a higher standard of protection for our members especially in light of the fact that a significant number of this workforce had been self-isolating.
Barnet Council have agreed to look at the numbers on the vehicles and the cleansing regime for the private contractor vehicles.
We want to assure all of our members working in Passenger Transport that your safety and welfare are central to what we do.
If you have any concerns please contact the branch on 0208 359 2088 or email email@example.com
Barnet Council depot, Bittacy Hill, Mill Hill.Unison members on strike.02/11/15
Today Barnet UNISON and GMB met with senior management to discuss the proposed changes to Bin workers’ contracts.
At this meeting senior management responded to say that after meeting with the workforce and listening to their views about the proposal they needed to go back to the Corporate Management Team.
Management said they would be responding back to the trade unions with a date for a new meeting by close of play today or tomorrow.
I registered my disappointment that management had not come to this meeting with a response as our members were waiting to hear the outcome of this meeting today. I made it clear that I did not want the added stress and pressure hanging over the workforce any longer.
Look out tomorrow for further details from Barnet UNISON.
John Burgess, Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON.
Notes to Editors
Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on or 020 8359 2088 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking News: Bin workers Trade Dispute meeting with Barnet Council update 1
Barnet Bin workers dispute update 2
We conducted an internal strike ballot on the management proposal to enforce a change to the contracts of Bin workers.
We had a 99% turnout and a 98% vote to reject the proposal.
This was shared with management.
Management have been told that our members feel they are being bullied by this proposal.
They know first hand about the growing anger amongst the workforce in response to this proposal, yet they continue to pursue it.
This vote is a warning to Barnet Council that the mood within the workforce is for strike action if management seek to force the contract change through sack and re-engage.
For a period between 2009 and 2016 Barnet UNISON had strikes every year.
We know how to organise strikes and we are ready to mobilise if on Monday 20 September management persist with this aggressive act.
Messages of support for Barnet Bin Workers can be sent to email@example.com
Look out for our next update on Monday
What is happening?
At 10 am on Monday 21 September 2020, Barnet UNISON and GMB are in an emergency meeting to discuss the management proposal to impose a contractual change for all bin workers.
Barnet UNISON have for the last six months tried to convince senior Street Scene management that there is no need to adopt aggressive tactics towards bin workers who have worked through constant changes to the bin service, a depot that has been a building site for the past year and lastly COVID with all the additional stresses that brings.
We have made the point that other Council workers who work Bank Holidays and weekends do so without imposing any contractual changes.
We want our members to be treated the same as any other Council workers.
What is our proposal?
Barnet UNISON proposal is that we would sign a Bin workers local agreement for working Bank Holidays at the same rates of Pay as other Council workers with the understanding that there are no changes to the contracts.
What happens if the Council does not agree to UNISONs proposal?
If we do not reach an agreement at this meeting which we can recommend to our members then we will register a formal dispute with the Council.
What does that mean?
Immediately after the meeting Barnet UNISON will submit a report to London Region UNISON to begin the legal process of organising a strike ballot.
Barnet UNISON will be organising a mixture of online meetings and social distanced meetings down the depot to explain the process to all of our members.
Keep a look out for our next text and email messages.
When is a Council Worker not a Council Worker?
The Barnet Group is a Local Authority Trading Company [LATC] fully owned and funded by the London Borough of Barnet to provide Housing and Care Services on behalf of Barnet Council to Barnet Residents.
Barnet Homes Contracted staff [pre 2016] – Have nationally agreed Terms and Conditions and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Your Choice Barnet [YCB] Contracted staff – were forcibly opted out of nationally agreed pay which included a 9% cut to their wages.
YCC – Your Choice Care – consists of staff [many of them originally LBB employees] TUPE into the Barnet Group are not even paid the London Living Wage.
TBG FLEX – an employment company within the Barnet Group – Was initiated in 2016 to drive down T&Cs for new starters working for Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet.
It has been a success!!!
TBG Flex employees have:
No access to the Local Government Pension Scheme. [But do have access to a much inferior pension scheme….Thanks!]
Work longer hours that their colleagues in Barnet Homes or LBB.
Are paid less than colleagues in Barnet Homes or LBB.
Have less Annual Leave than colleagues in Barnet Homes or LBB.
Have no continuation of service should they wish to work for another Local Authority.
YCB workers and TBG Flex contracted workers in YCB or YCC have the added bonus that they do not even get the cost of living yearly increase which TBG Flex contracted staff receive in Barnet Homes.
So when is a Council Worker not a Council worker?
When they work in the Barnet Group in YCB or YCC or have a TBG Flex Contract
Help us to stamp out the inequality in the Barnet Group
Join us in campaigning for all Barnet Group staff to have access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, have the same pay and grading, sick pay, annual Leave and Terms and Conditions as our colleagues in Barnet Homes.
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!!!
Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. If eligible they provide you nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work.
Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8 am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.
Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. It could be available to you if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:
- Are you aged 16 or over?
- Are you in work, on an apprenticeship, about to start work or furloughed?
- Do you live in Great Britain?
- Do you have mental health difficulties that impact upon your work?
This list is not exhaustive and it is ultimately up to the Department of Work and Pensions Access to Work Mental Health Support Service adviser to determine eligibility.
Able Futures provide 1 – 2 – 1 support, is free and easy to use and is a confidential service.
Read case studies of people Able Futures have supported here:
For further information visit the Able Futures website here:
It has come to my attention that due to the short timescale imposed on the TUPE to the new company the usual checking of personal data that always takes place when staff transfer under TUPE is not happening.
What should happen?
In TUPE consultation the current employer will send a copy of the data they are going to send to the new employer to the employee in order that the employee can confirm it is accurate.
What is happening in this TUPE?
I have been advised that staff are not being sent a copy of their personal data to check. They are being advised via an email to check their personal data themselves.
What is UNISON’s advice?
As a UNISON member you are entitled to support and advice.
In this case the advice from UNISON is very clear.
Please check that your personal data which is currently being held by Cambridge Education is accurate.
At some point in the future you may need copies of your personal data which is why it is important that you check your personal data is accurate.
UNISON has had too many experiences of dealing with the consequences of inaccurate personal data especially where there have been multiple employers.
What can you do?
You can request to have all of your personal data sent to you by Cambridge Education via a secure email.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org