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.