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									Unite the Union – Amicus Section
Terry Duffy House
Thomas Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 6NT


                   WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE

Thursday 2nd August 2007

Introductions from those present:

Rick Coyle – Regional Officer
Matt Morris – Royal Bank of Scotland- Kegworth
Steve Hart – HSBC, Officer Coventry & Warwickshire Branch
Lydia Bruce – Natwest
Caroline Farrall – Natwest / Royal Bank of Scotland - Birmingham
Elizabeth Thacker - AXA Insurance, Region Council
Sulinder Singh – HSBC, Leamington Spa
Gary Weber - HSBC Birmingham
Mark Coulson – Coventry Building Society
Andrew Stickly – HSBC Coventry DSC
Emily Davies – HSBC Coventry DSC
Chris Rath – Barclays Dudley Centre
Tony Mulcahy – HSBC NCC
Janet Bullock – HSBC Four Oaks
Trevor Jones – RBS Brindley Place
Denise Frankham – HFC Bank / HSBC Cards Birmingham
Andy George – Royal Bank of Scotland – Birmingham
Rachel Symonds – Royal Bank of Scotland - Brindley Place
Derick Norman – RBS Telford
Phil Boddel – RBS Tamworth – Cash Centre
Martin James – HBOS (Birmingham Midshires)
Pete Simpson – Lloyds TSB Colmore Row, FNSC, Region Council, WMRFC Chair

       Matters arising.  Elizabeth Thacker corrected an error in the previous
        meetings minutes.

       Workplace issues and reports.

    A long discussion followed, with many similar themes running through the
    reports from different institutions.

    “The Belle Curve” is now being applied across most of the Banks as part of
    performance related pay systems, although members tend not to be aware of its
    importance. This concept of being marked against your peer group now well
    established in the sector.

    Particularly in the Banks, the management of staff sickness continues to cause
    general concern.     It was pleasing to note that reps reported that Unite are
    making a positive difference in many personal sickness cases.
Communications – some units of organisation rely on the employer to distribute
Unite communications. Clearly a problem, with newsletters not reaching staff
in certain areas.     Reps in medium / large sites advised to ensure they are
directly sent sufficient copies of newsletters so desk-drops can be done.

Written reports received from AXA (Elizabeth Thacker), HSBC (Tony Mulcahy)
and RBS (national industrial report)

It was noted that there were serious problems at the Barclays Coventry Contact
Centre. RC agreed to contact our Reps at the site and investigate.

   Region Council. Verbal report from Elizabeth Thacker

   FSNC – verbal report from Pete Smith. Agreed for Pete to raise the issue of
    Unite communications via the employer, and the general issue of the “Belle
    Curve”.

   Amicus Parliamentary Group. Was reported that this group helped end the
    dispute in the Bank of Ceylon. The good work of this group re off shoring
    was also noted. It was noted that the work of the parliamentary group is
    not generally being reported in other units of organisation within the sector.
    Reps advised to raise this within their unit of organisation.

       It was requested that a full report re the work of the Parliamentary Group
       be sent to reps in the sector. This is attached to these minutes, as
       agreed.

       The March with a message for Labour event was promoted and
    discussed.

       Agreed that the union’s political work would remain as a standing agenda
       item.

   .    Campaigns.   Recognition campaign in HFC Bank discussed. Region
    Council had paid £1300 for giant ad-van to be parked outside Bank HQ –
    resulted in 47 new members.     Over 100 new members since campaign
    launch.

   AOB – Agreed the WMRFC would have one further meeting in 2007, TBA.

								
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