Vote Now To Save Your Job
UNISON is conducting an online ballot of UNISON members working on Schools in England.
Schools are facing cuts each year that directly impact on our members.
This has to stop.
The online ballot asks only three questions.
1. Do you believe the government funding cuts are having a negative effect on jobs, workloads, stress, etc.
2. Do you believe Unison should continue to campaign on school funding for jobs pay and terms and conditions.
3. Would you be prepared to take industrial action to secure more money for jobs, pay, and terms and conditions in schools.
It’s that simple. UNISON needs to hear from every single member working in a school.
NOT VOTED YET?
Check that we have your current email address at unison.org.uk/myunison
We will send you an email when the ballot opens explaining how you can vote.
Visit unison.org.uk/speakupforschools to get more information on the issues and a link
to the online ballot.
To vote you will need your date of birth and your National Insurance number or UNISON membership number.
Please have your say – we need to know what you think.
Ballot closes 5 March
Attention all Barnet UNISON School members:
UNISON on-line ballot will open on Tuesday 22nd January and close on Tuesday 5th March – a 6 week ballot period.
The three questions on the on-line ballot are as follows:
- Do you believe that government funding cuts are having a negative effect on jobs, workloads, stress, pay and terms and conditions in your schools?
- Do you believe that UNISON should continue to campaign on school funding for jobs, pay and terms and conditions?
- Would you be prepared to take industrial action to secure more money for jobs, pay and terms and conditions in schools?
It is really important that as many Barnet UNISON School staff take part in the ballot. Unless there is a radical change in funding for schools then more and more cuts will be delivered. These cuts are hurting our members and the children.
It is really important that School Staff send a message to UNISON that if necessary they will take strike action to stop the School Budget cuts.
3 things for Barnet UNISON school staff members can do:
- Please make sure you have passed on your correct email address to the Barnet UNISON branch by emailing email@example.com
- Speak to your fellow workers and check they are in a trade union. If they are not in a union they won’t be able to vote and that will mean one less message going to the Government. If they are not in a union ask them to join Barnet UNISON. They can sign up on line by googling “Join UNISON” https://join.unison.org.uk/
- Contact Barnet UNISON in order to request flyers/information about the ballot to circulate amongst your colleagues by phone on 0208 359 2088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
UNISON Campaign web page https://bit.ly/2VDAv9I
Start spreading the NEWS!
The online consultation opens on 22 January 2019 – check the UNISON website for all ballot updates. It’s just three simple questions and your answers will help us in our campaign and negotiations with employers and the government.
UNISON web site https://www.unison.org.uk/
To view UNISON School Flyer click on link below
3 things for Barnet UNISON school staff members can do:
1. Please make sure you have passed on your correct email address to the Barnet UNISON branch by emailing email@example.com
2. Speak to your fellow workers and check they are in a trade union. If they are not in a union they won’t be able to vote and that will mean one less message going to the Government. If they are not in a union ask them to join Barnet UNISON. They can sign up on line by googling “Join UNISON” https://join.unison.org.uk/
3. Contact Barnet UNISON in order to request flyers/information about the ballot to circulate amongst your colleagues by phone on 0208 359 2088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the flyer here
Digital support links below
|Type of application||Application||What does it do?||Cost||Notes|
|Mental Health Wellbeing||Headspace||Simple to use meditation app, can help with many mental health issues (i.e. anxiety or insomnia)||10 day free basics course. In-app purchases afterwards.||Suggested by LD team
Barnet Voice believe this is the best app
|Chill Panda||Measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind, including breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries. Being tested by the NHS.||Free on the Apple store|
|Cove||Allows users to create music to capture their mood and emotions. Users can store their music on a personal journal, or send them to others.||Free from the Apple store|
|ieso||ieso is an online course using instant messaging for people with mental health problems. This is a confidential service that puts people in touch with a therapist trained in cognitive behavioural therapy.||Currently not available in Barnet (available in Camden and Enfield)||LD team suggest we omit|
|Reasons2||Free app designed by Young People and Washington Mind to help improve mental health. Allows people build their own profile of Reasons2 feel better.||Free from Apple store and Google play|
|Cypher||This is an anonymous peer-to-peer social network, that allows people to:
· anonymously share their thoughts and feelings
· post comments, ‘hugs’, ‘hearts’, and ‘me2s’ on what others share
· instant message others in their support network
· use the “Get support” function to connect with other support organisations
· pick a virtual pet who gets happier the more good you do
This is currently being tested by the NHS.
|Free from Apple store and Google play|
|EleFriends||Online community developed by Mind. Moderated from 10am until midnight.||Free from Apple store and Google play|
|RCPsych Mental Health App||Provides information about key mental health disorders and links to relevant videos and podcasts||Free from Apple store and Google play|
|Five Ways to Wellbeing||App gives user ability to set wellbeing activities to complete throughout the week and reflect on progress.||Free on google play|
|Wrap – Wellness Recovery Plan||WRAP involves listing your personal resources (Wellness Tools) and using these to create Action Plans, to use in specific situations. Developed by a group of people who have lived experience of mental health difficulties.||£4.99 on Apple Store and £3.03 on google play.|
|Happier||Apple Watch app that is like your personal mindfulness coach – use it to lit your mood, take a quick mediation pause, or capture the small happy moments that you find in your day.||Free on apple store and google play|
|Diary Mood Tracker||Mood diary, that allows you to keep a track of your moods through icons and notes. This can help you understand your habits better.||Free on apple store and google play|
|Depression and Anxiety||SilverCloud||Eight-week course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression. Users work through a series of topics selected by therapists to address specific needs.||Only available via an NHS referral or some non-NHS organisations, such as universities.|
|Stress & Anxiety Companion||Helps people to handle stress and anxiety from a mobile app. Includes breathing exercises, relaxing music and games.||Free on the Apple store|
|Catch it||Helps people manage feelings such as anxiety and depression. The app records the user’s mood in three steps:
· “Catch it” records and rates their mood
· “Check it” asks them to take a moment to reflect on what they are thinking
· “Change it” asks them to think of a better way of dealing with that problem
|Free on Apple store and Google Play|
|Big White Wall||Online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. There is also round-the-clock support from trained professionals. Users can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy.||Not available in Barnet. Individuals can sign up for £9.99 a month.|
|FearFighter||Online course for people who struggle with phobias, panic or anxiety. Teaches you how to confront and change the thoughts that cause panic and anxiety. This teaches users to control their fears by gradually being exposed to situations that trigger them.||Unclear if offered for free in Barnet. Privately, users can sign up for between £99 and £179.||LD team suggest we remove this|
|Calm Harm||An app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Based on the principles of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) – a type of talking therapy. Encourages users to distract themselves from urges to self-harm and manage their “emotional mind” in a more positive way.||Free from the Apple store|
|Mental Health Recovery Guide||If you suffer from depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and if you are a mental health outpatient, or a newly discharged psychiatric in-patient, this app will help you get well and stay well.||Free on apple store and google play|
|WellMind||Free NHS mental health and wellbeing app that helps with stress, anxiety and depression. Includes advice, tips and tools.||Free on apple store and google play|
|What’s Up?||Utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger and stress.||Free on apple store and google play|
|SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management||App to help you understand and manage anxiety. You can monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time. Includes self-help exercises, private reflection and the “social cloud”, which enables you to share your experiences on the SAM community while protecting your identity.||Free on apple store and google play|
|Mood Tools – Depression Aid||Designed to alleviate negative moods. The app includes a thought diary, activities, a suicide safety plan and depression tests.||Free on google play|
|Fear Tools – Anxiety Kit||Designed to combat anxiety. Especially useful for those suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Phobias and Social Anxiety Disorder. The app includes a thought diary, an exposure programme to overcome fears and a breathing tool.||Free on google play|
|Anxious Minds||This app includes a support group, online peer support sessions, advice and tips and blogs written by anxiety sufferers.||Free on google play|
|Talking Point||Online community for anyone affected by dementia. The app is a space for people to ask questions and share experiences about any aspect of dementia.||Free website|
|Recovery Record – Eating Disorder App||App for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns. This is based on CBT. You can keep a record of your meals, and link this with your treatemend team.||Free on apple store and google play|
“John, I didn’t realise what it meant to be outsourced, I remember you warning us about it and calling for strike action. I know now and I absolutely hate working for them.”
I’ve had to represent many outsourced workers here in Barnet. The other day I had a long and upsetting conversation with a member. She reminded me of one of the many campaign meetings I had held with Barnet Council members before services were outsourced. In all of the meetings I would keep repeating the message that in spite of what senior managers were saying, workers would notice a difference if outsourced.
It doesn’t help to say I told you so, because our member need support from us.
It should serve as a warning to any workers under the threat of outsourcing such as Knowsley or the Four Health branches Bradford, Calderdale and Huddersfield, Leeds and Mid Yorkshire Health who are about to be balloted or the 600 hospital caterers, cleaners, porters other staff at three hospitals in Lancashire are planning to strike for 48-hours later this month over plans to transfer their jobs from an NHS trust to a private company it plans to set up as a wholly owned subsidiary. The proposed action on 23 and 24 May follows an 89% vote for strike action in a ballot which saw 73% of eligible members cast a vote.
I send solidarity greetings and this warning, if you don’t fight you have already lost, if you fight, you may win and avoid what will inevitably follow with outsourcing, which will be an attack on your pay and terms and conditions.
John Burgess, Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON
On Monday 14 May 2018, Barnet UNISON continued our pledge made at our AGM to send our banner in solidarity to each Grenfell Silent march which take place on the 14th of each month.
I have been on hundreds of marches but I’ve not attended a silent march before.
It is hard to explain just how powerful it is unless you are there.
Once it begins no one speaks, no mobile phones, the traffic stops, even the birds in the trees seem subdued. I could hear the wind in the trees, it was so quiet I could hear the Barnet UNISON banner poles squeaking.
Half way through the march there is a touching scene where residents shake the hands of the firefighters who are lined up in respect alongside of the march.
I spoke to a number of people and they do welcome the unions providing solidarity.
This collection of campaigns are having to fight tooth and nail for justice.
Whilst they have won a victory to have people on the panel alongside the Judge there is so much to fight for.
Today we heard news that the Government won’t ban combustible cladding.
That is impossible to comprehend after what has happened at #Grenfell.
#Orgreave are still waiting.
It’s important that trade unions do what trade unions have been doing for over a hundred years. We offer solidarity in whatever form is acceptable.
Barnet UNISON will continue to support #Grenfell residents in order they don’t have to wait 20 years for justice.
The next #Grenfell Silent march is on Thursday 14 June, 6.30.
If you would like to join the Barnet UNISON banner on the march simply contact the branch on 0208 359 2088 or email email@example.com
For those unable to make the 14 May, there is a protest organised by the Fire Brigades Union on Saturday 16, June, 12 noon assemble outside Downing Street, SW1A 1AA