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National Consultation on Action over Local Government Pay

A decision has now been taken to extend the consultation ballot deadline to 12pm on Tuesday 22 April. If you have not already returned your ballot paper, we urge you to do as soon as possible so you can have your say in this important consultation. Members who have lost their ballot paper can also [...]

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Preparing for Retirement Workshop

True Bearing Chartered are running a workshop will make you aware of your choices and aid you in your decision making. Is this workshop for me? If you are retiring imminently or considering retiring within the next 2 years and want to be informed of the issues affecting your retirement you need to plan for [...]

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Painting Exhibition by the Cuban 5

An exhibition of 15 watercolours by Antonio Guerrero showing life in solitary confinement to mark 15 years imprisonment of the Cuban 5 is being held at the Moston Miners Community Arts and Music Centre from Saturday 17th May – 31st May 2014 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday. On opening night at 6pm there will [...]

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Local Government pay ballot – use your vote

The national employers’ below-inflation pay offer represents another effective pay cut for local government workers.   It does nothing to even begin to restore the 20% loss in pay since 2010.  It means yet another year with a further pay cut for the vast majority of members.   Nationally it leaves half a million workers [...]

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Do you know about the changes to your pension?

On 1 April 2014, the Local Government Pension Scheme will undergo the biggest shake up it has ever seen in its 92 year history. Greater Manchester Pension Fund members should have already received a copy of the newsletter Pension Power in February which focused on what the changes will mean, but if you need a [...]

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Advice on the National Union of Teachers Industrial Action on 26th March

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) have announced a further date of national strike action as part of their campaign against government proposals on teacher’s pay. They are planning to take action on Wednesday 26 March. A summary leaflet on the NUT campaign can be found here. UNISON ADVICE UNISON respects the rights of other [...]

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Bob Crow 1961 – 2014

For those of you who wish to register your condolences at the recent passing of RMT General Secretary, Bob Crow, there is now a book available online to sign which can be found here.

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European Elections Campaign

MAY 22. WE VOTE. WE DECIDE. On May 22, we all get to cast our votes for the people who will represent us in Europe for the next five years. They will get to make laws that will affect all of our lives. From how many weeks’ paid leave we get, to how much we [...]

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Demonstration in Liverpool 15th March 2014

FINAL REMINDER FOR MEMBERS WISHING TO TRAVEL TO THIS EVENT There are still seats available on Coaches leaving Albert Square at 8.30am on Saturday 15th March to enable members to have free transport to the North West demonstration against cuts in services across the region. Members intending to go need to contact the Branch office [...]

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No pay premium for public service workers

Statistics out today from the Office of National Statistics show the difference in pay between the public and private sector narrowing.  However, when adjusted to account for significant factors, the figures show pay in the public sector is in fact 1.3 to 2.4% less than the private sector. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON said: “The [...]

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