Have You Voted in the Service Group Elections?

Barnet UNISON falls in the Local Government Service Group and from 28th April all our members will be invited to vote for the London Delegates to this Service Group. This service group decides the policies and campaigns (including pay) we want in relation to our employers: Councils and the outsourced services of these Councils.

If you get emails from UNISON then you will have been sent a link to vote in the Service Group Elections. In the London area they seem to have been sent out last Friday 29th April approximately 8.30pm. It will have come from CES with a subject line UNISON Service Group Executive Elections.

For a demonstration about how to vote online, click the below link:

Have You Voted in the Service Group Elections

The Tories Are Out Of Barnet!

To quote CeCe Peniston: “Finally!” (For those of us young enough to remember popular music of the 90s) https://youtu.be/xk8mm1Qmt-Y

On behalf of our members our Barnet UNISON Branch Secretary, John Burgess, has written to the newly elected Council Leader, Barry Rawlings, congratulating him on the success of the Labour Party and requesting to meet with him.

This is John making a statement to all Barnet UNISON members

For 20 years our members have had to deal with brutality of outsourcing and attacks on our time off to represent members. Our members in the Barnet Group, Capita, NSL, BELS and ISS will be expecting to see positive change for them. UNISON’s General Secretary, Christine McAnea has also been written to requesting her support for assistance in our discussions with Barnet Labour.

We’ll be providing regular updates to our members and our wider UNISON family and trade union community on our progress.

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UNISON’s Service Group Elections Begin!

Barnet UNISON falls in the Local Government Service Group and from 28th April all our members will be invited to vote for the London Delegates to this Service Group. This service group decides the policies and campaigns (including pay) we want in relation to our employers: Councils and the outsourced services of these Councils.

Barnet UNISON nominates Local Government Service Group Reps

11th January Barnet UNISON Branch Executive agreed to nominate:
John McLoughlin, Mary Lancaster and our very own Anju Paul to stand in the Service Group Elections. We know they all work very hard and have a record of delivering for members and we believe these candidates will support this work at a National level effectively.

We need to build resistance to the Tory cuts and privatisation agenda at every level of our union with every means at our disposal both locally and nationally. We need to support the ability of branches to defend jobs, services, and conditions. We need strong and determined leadership at every level of our union.

Barnet UNISON Black Workers Self Organised Group.

Barnet Unison has now set up a Black Members Self-Organised Group (SOG).

The Group will be holding its official Launch on
March 16th 2022 1.00-2.30pm
Click here to join the meeting

Members eligible to attend the group are those who identify as ‘Black’ according to the political definition:
UNISON has its own definition of ‘Black’. It is a political term which embraces the shared history of nations which have experienced colonialism, the transatlantic slave trade and who continue to experience inequalities in modern day life due to the colour of their skin. The term ‘Black’ rose out of the Anti-racist activism in Britain in  the 70s and 80s. It was championed by those such as Diane Abbott, Keith Vaz, Bernie Grant and Paul Boateng and is used to unite people of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean Communities.
It is an agreed term being used across UNISON.

UNISON’s guide to defining Black https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/black-members/defining-black/
The importance of a Black Members SOG is to:

  1. Encourage the development of Black members into active members and activists

 

  1. Promote and encourage collective working in the branch on race equality issues

 

  1. Promote the Recruitment of Black members

 

  1. Empower Black members

 

  1. Develop a greater understanding of trade unions and the history of Black trade unionism

 

  1. Provide opportunity for training, improving confidence of Black members

 

  1. Inform Branch bargaining agenda with employers

 

  1. Help Branch and employers focus on race issues facing Black members

 

  1. Promote representation of Black members as activists and in Branch positions

 

  1. Inform the use and promotion of the union’s Race Discrimination Claims Protocol and best practice in Branch

The Black Members SOG will be giving a presentation to Barnet Black Staff Resource Action Group (BRAG) at their meeting in April.
This will provide information regarding the SOG as well as general information regarding Barnet Unison.

If you identify as Black and would like to receive information about the group’s activities please contact beverley.berrick@barnetunison.org.uk

We look forward to your support in developing this important resource in Barnet.

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