Barnet UNISON: Barnet and Southgate College.
Local Claim: Pay, Workload, Anti-casualisation
The attached three-point claim is submitted on behalf of business support staff employed at Barnet and Southgate College.
This claim relates to issues of concern to UNISON members in Barnet and Southgate College and UNISON is seeking to reach a collective agreement with Barnet and Southgate College management.
UNISON seeks College agreement on measures related to:
- Pay 2020/21 and 2021/22
- Implement a significant percentage consolidated increase on all salary scales backdated to 01 August 2020 that represents a significant move towards the full restoration of college pay levels to where they would have been had the college pay kept pace with inflation since 2009.
- UNISON demand; for the academic year
- 2020/21, an additional 4% pay increment backdated to 01 August 2020.
- 2021/22, a 5% pay increment backdated to 01 August 2021.
- London Weighting allowance to be set at no less than £2,350 per annum.
- the expedited resolution and implementation of agreed strategies and actions to demonstratively reduce staff workload, which have been collectively devised in the current workload committee.
- the Risk/Impact Assessment of all new as well as changes to work practices.
- a radical change to systems, structures and processes to reduce repetitive and duplication of administrative duties.
- The completion and agreement of a College Stress Policy and staff survey.
UNISON demands that all staff who work for the college for over two years on a causal or fixed term contract are automatically converted to permanent fractional business support contracts, on a commensurate payscale.
Provision of specific facilities time
Undertaking effective negotiations concerning this claim will require a time commitment from UNISON representatives beyond their normal duties and responsibilities.
The claim therefore includes a call for agreement on a specific allocation of paid time for UNISON branch negotiators to participate fully in the negotiation process on behalf of the staff they represent.
UNISON Barnet and Southgate branch submits this claim as a matter for negotiation. This is a matter pertaining to the terms and conditions of business support staff at Barnet and Southgate. As such, we seek negotiations between representatives of the UNISON and College management alone.
We seek to conclude negotiations in a reasonable timescale with the objective of reaching agreement in time for implementation of an agreement in December 2021.
Implementation, monitoring and review
The provisions of any agreement should be disseminated in a manner that provides for uniform application across the College.
Managers should be provided with full relevant training on the provisions of any agreement. The terms of any agreement shall be reviewed jointly after 12 months.
UNISON Barnet and Southgate branch looks forward to negotiating with a view to reaching agreement on the matters contained within the above claim.
Christalla Tsattala – UNISON Senior Steward/Convenor
John Burgess – UNISON Barnet Branch Secretary
Tuesday 16 November 2021
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Tuesday 2 November 6- 7 pm
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Meeting ID: 817 1251 5827
This is an important meeting for all our members working for Barnet Council and The Barnet Group.
We will be discussing the following:
- Update on the negotiations on Pay & Terms & Conditions and Pension with The Barnet Group.
- What do Barnet UNISON Council workers want to put onto the negotiating table with Barnet Council?
- An update on the National Strike ballot on Pay
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A few weeks ago, one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the US came into effect in Texas, SB8. It bans all abortions beyond 6 weeks gestation, a point at which most people don’t even know they are pregnant. Anyone involved in the process, from a doctor to a taxi driver or friend can be fined up to $10,000 if a member of the public sues them. The Supreme Court declined to intervene, meaning that the Roe Vs Wade ruling that legalised a woman’s right to choose in the US is now massively undermined.
A woman’s right to control her body has always been a trade union issue – in fact the biggest protest ever to defend this was organised by the TUC. On 2 October, there will be protests in every state of the US, and Abortion Rights UK has called solidarity marches here. In London, it is assembling at 12 noon in Trafalgar Square and marching to the US Embassy. We would like to encourage branches to circulate this information to their members and, for those who feel able, to join the march with your branch UNISON banner.
Staff and vulnerable residents were told they would have to leave Apthorp by the 31 October 2021.
First, we were told it was closing because the building was unsafe, and the Council could not afford it.
Then we found out that they were carrying on with the refurbishment and that it might be re-opening.
Then we discovered that the Council does not own the property. It belongs to Catalyst Housing. We asked why the Council were spending money on a property they do not own.
There are 93 care workers at risk of the sack and if Apthorp is closed, however if it is re-opening, we want to be able to work with the employer to prevent loyal care workers from being sacked.
Barnet asked the following questions:
- What is reason for the building workers on this property?
- Are you re-opening Apthorp as a:
- Residential & day care setting
- Nursing, Residential, day care setting
- Extra care and day care setting
- A mixture of all the above
- Selling it off to the private sector
- Selling it off to a property developer for housing?
- Why is Barnet Council spending money on a property they don’t own?
No responses to the above.
Last week we found out that a Gerald Eve estate agent was on site at Apthorp Lodge carrying out an evaluation of the building on behalf of Catalyst Housing.
We have asked what is going on.
- Why are Catalyst seeking a valuation?
- Why are Barnet Council paying for refurbishment of a property which they don’t own?
- Why have Barnet Council not sought costs from Catalyst Housing for allowing it to fall into disrepair and putting the safety of residents at risk.
It appears there is millions for contractors but nothing for care workers who risked their lives during the Covid pandemic.
You can view our care workers latest video message here https://youtu.be/mUcnJbFuFX8
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