This week we had the chance to speak to UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis about our concerns over cuts to Police Staff in Humberside Police. Branch Secretary Tony Green explained the severity of the cuts and how this will impact on local communities. UNISON Steward Rich Whelan from Osborne Street Police Station also spoke to Dave Prentis about his role as a PCSO and the concerns he has about the impact of these cuts to PCSO's.
UNISON General Secretry Dave Prentis is hoping to visit our branch and meet members in the next few months.
Members who are in receipt of working tax credits and/or child tax credits are encouraged to read the attached Police Staff bulletin on how the government’s proposals to reform tax credits will impact on the household incomes of Police Staff who currently receive these credits.
To try to get the government to change its mind, UNISON has launched our ‘Don’t Take the (Tax) Credit’ campaign. You can find full details of the campaign here: https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/drop-the-2015-tax-credit-cuts/
Members who find out that they are going to be adversely affected are encouraged to e-mail their MP to tell them just what the impact of the tax changes will be on their family incomes. This facility is available via the link above.
If you require further information or support please let us know.
The Prime Minister used a keynote speech on Friday 11 September to argue that despite difficult decisions ahead to rebalance the economy in the forthcoming Spending Review, the government will continue with an ambitious plan to improve services and deliver a “smarter state” that works for taxpayers.
He announced that the government will continue to streamline more services. Legislation will be introduced to enable the police, fire and ambulance services to combine back-office functions, IT and procurement to save money. Police and Crime Commissioners will take over control of the fire and rescue services, with the Mayor taking control in London.
Read the full announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-vision-for-a-smarter-state
TUC national demonstration at Conservative Party conference
On Sunday 4 October 2015, trade union members and supporters will march through Manchester, taking a clear message to the Conservative Party Conference about their Government's damaging programme of austerity and their attacks on the rights of working people and their unions.
Your branch executive committee have voted unanimously to support this action and any member who wishes to join in, so if you are interested in joining us then please let me know before 18th September 2015 so we can organise transport.
Some points to consider;
· Attendance is not in works time.
· Reasonable out of pocket expenses are available to members.
· Assemble 12:00 in Manchester. Rally 13.00. March 13.30.
UNISON Steward Richard Whelan from Osborne Street PS and myself will be attending on behalf of our branch along with any other members who wish to attend.
If you have any questions then as always contact me anytime.
Please be aware that the UNISON office phones (5080 and 5025) are now working again, although if you do not get a reply please email us or contact us on our mobiles (link below).
We find ourselves in the office less and less these days as we attend meetings and meet with members across the force area. We do not have any office staff.
We are pleased to announce that Workplace Steward and Branch Welfare Officer Lindsay Egan has been elected as Assistant Branch Secretary by the branch committee.
Lindsay is currently a PCSO in Hull and will begin her full time secondment to our UNISON office on Monday 14th September 2015.
I am looking forward to working with Lindsay as we have a lot to do!