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It is vital that we have as many members along as possible. The AGM is your opportunity to elect the officers who will lead the branch through the year ahead, receive reports on the work of the previous officers and vote on motions that are submitted.
This year, the AGM will take place on:
Monday 4th March
South Dalziel Studios
to confirm your attendance, please contact the branch office.
More info to follow.... read more...
The council has been trailing a £73 million package of cuts to vital services – with up to 1400 jobs under threat – but postponed a decision in December following a well attended rally called by UNISON in opposition to the plans. UNISON today described the council’s recent consultation exercise on the cuts as “a sham”.
Mike Kirby, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary, said:
“I joined up with our local branch in North Lanarkshire at the rally in December to demand that the council open up a dialogue with us – because we realise just how damaging that £73 million cuts package they have been planning will be to our communities, our services and the local economy.
“In the continued absence of any meaningful consultation from the council and amid the increasing concerns of the workforce we are asking why the jobs and services should go if the need still exists?”
With just over a month until North Lanarkshire Council must set a budget, John Mooney, UNISON’s local Branch Secretary is calling on the council’s Chief Executive to provide information on the final package of cuts.
John Mooney said:
“Our members are calling our office on a daily basis asking their union for more information on the cuts. With just over a month before the council’s budget day, it’s imperative that we know the details – and that we have the opportunity to discuss alternatives with the council.
“Most importantly, we want to know if there are any other cuts being planned following the sham of a consultation process which took place.”
Mike Kirby reinforced the pledge made in December that if North Lanarkshire Council or any other local authority uses compulsory redundancies to achieve cuts to vital jobs and services, UNISON would ballot for industrial action.
Mike Kirby said:
“The cuts we are facing here and across the UK are not about money but about politics. A politics that hates public services and loves to profit from privatisation. We are calling on our public representatives to engage in a different and better course of action to protect the public services on which we all rely.”
For further information please contact:
Mike Kirby, UNISION Scottish Secretary, 07939 143 355
John Mooney, UNISON North Lanarkshire Branch Secretary, 07880 384 656
Sean Hanlon, UNISON North Lanarkshire Branch Communications Officer, 07880 384 658
Fiona Montgomery, Communications Officer, UNISON Scotland, 0141 342 2877 or 07508 877000
Malcolm Burns, Communications Officer, UNISON Scotland, 0141 342 2877 or 078765 66978 read more...
A number of stewards within the branch have mobile phones and e-mail address which members can use to contact them directly. If the steward you are looking to contact is not on the list below, please contact the branch office on 01698 276291 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
North Lanarkshire Leisure
William Shearer, North Lanarkshire Leisure Stewards Convenor
Finance and Customer Services
Derek Lowrie, Convenor – Finance and Customer Services Stewards Committee
John Mooney. Branch Secretary / Finance and Customer Services Stewards
Housing and Social Work
07880 385336Margaret Stewart, Co-Convenor – Housing and Social Work Stewards Committee
J Robertson, Branch Treasurer / Co-Convenor – Housing and Social Work Stewards Committee
Charlie Ross, Branch Welfare Officer / Housing and Social Work Steward
Peter Sweeney, Housing and Social Work Steward
Alan Love, Labour Link Officer / Housing and Social Work Steward
Chris Armstrong, Environmental Services Stewards Vice Convenor
Sharon Watts, Environmental Services Steward
Colin Murphy, Environmental Services Steward
Learning & Leisure Services
Jim Paterson, Branch Vice Chairperson / Convenor – Learning & Leisure Stewards Committee
Sean Hanlon. Branch Communications Officer / Vice Convenor (CLD), Learning & Leisure Services Stewards Committee
Jan McKay. Vice Convenor (Libraries) – Learning & Leisure Stewards Committee 07880 385339
Marie Quigley, Branch Chairperson / Learning & Leisure Services Steward
Marie Bukkems, Learning & Leisure Steward
Nanette Keenan, Learning & Leisure Steward
If you require an equal pay claim form you should contact UNISON on 0141 342 2832. If there is an answering machine just leave a message with your name, membership number or national insurance number, and post code and they will get a form in the post.
2012 was a challenging year for everyone involved with UNISON North Lanarkshire. It saw the announcement of the biggest set of budget cuts ever seen in this area with major implications for thousands of our members, and we had to respond in various different ways.
Happily our members and stewards rose to the occasion and we will end the year on a high, with the decision making process on the cuts being cancelled and moved to a future point.
We are hopeful that this will spell good news for many of our members as we believe that some of the cuts that were proposed were unnecessary, and hopefully NLC will be looking at this.
However, the fight is not over and we call for proper discussions to take place with us in this difficult time. Full disclosure and absolute transparency is essential in this process.
So, on behalf of everyone in the branch, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we hope to see you all at member meetings in the new year and the AGM which will be late February or early March. read more...
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Introduction from Branch Secretary
Welcome to the website of Unison North Lanarkshire Branch. We are a branch of 7,500 members covering 27 employers, and are based in Dalziel Building, Scott Street, Motherwell.
Our branch was formed after Local Government reorganisation in 1996 and has since then been involved in industrial relations with our biggest employer, North Lanarkshire Council. We also have involvement in Further Education and the Voluntary Sector and are proud to represent the varied work forces that we do.
We had more than one thing in mind when designing this website, and although the first thought is to give our members up to date information on a range of issues which will affect them, we also want our members to understand how the branch works, who their elected Branch Officers are and what role they carry out.
Most importantly, we want to hear from you, our members as you are an integral part of the branch. We want to hear your thoughts on the big issues and the small issues. We want to have discussions with you on the things that matter most to you. We want you to understand that this branch is here for your benefit.
Hopefully the site will go some way to delivering on these aims.