THE NEWSLETTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS IN TRAFFORD
February 2008 No. 60
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Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0QQ.
Tel: 0161 877 9840 Fax: 0161 877 4821
Where is PARIS again?
PARIS PROJECT UPDATE
The increasingly any comments
lengthy saga of you make now
Trafford’s Job could support
Evaluation your case. Trafford Leisure Trust 2
with news of Schools Remodelling 2
Mid January will
a n o t h e r see the start of Trafford Housing 2
lengthening of Trust
the deadline for exercise, when Equal Pay Update 3
implementation. all job overviews Ban Bullying 4
The new w i l l b e
North & South 4
deadline is now the end of moderated by a panel consisting of
December 2008 which we believe is two management representatives Young Members 5
a more realistic deadline given the and two from the unions. AGM 5
amount of work Trafford still have to
Fat Cat 6
complete. This will of course place a heavy
workload on the branch, Trafford Quality of Working 6
Beginning in mid-December job have recognized this and Paul
overviews were sent out to post McDermott (who covered for the Take a Break 7
h olde rs who h ad f illed in Branch Secretary during Joan’s Something 7
questionnaires. We would advise all recent absence) has been retained
members who receive these to 2008 Conferences 8
on secondment until March.
check them carefully and if there Branch Officers 9
are any points they don’t agree with January will also see the Pop the Question 10
or any responsibilities they consider continuation of Pay Modelling which
have not been included please Lottery 11
will decide the final pay structure
ensure they feed comments back to Trafford will use. Application Form 12
the Paris Team.
UNISON will be involved in all
If at the end of the process when negotiations on Pay Modelling and
pay is known you wish to appeal, the final Pay Structure.
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Good News from the Leisure Trust -
Awards Evening and Staff Bonus
Staff at the Leisure Trust were delighted with the 0.5% bonus in their
October pay packets. This was a thank you for all their hard-work which
delivered a very good year financially for the Trust.
February will see all staff invited to a special awards evening. Among the
many awards to be presented will be ‘Best Team Player’ and ‘Most Impact
on Young People’. To ensure that everyone will get the opportunity to
attend the leisure centres will all close early on the day.
Remodelling of the School Workforce —
Pays off for Some
UNISON recently published the results of their survey of non-teaching staff in schools to find
out how they had been affected by school remodelling.
The good news is that for the majority of members their jobs have become more varied and
interesting; pay has increased to reflect increased responsibility; many staff have been
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the experience of all of our members in schools. Many are still
not getting paid for the job which they are actually undertaking, skills are only being rewarded
at a lower level, split contracts are used for different parts of the day. Many staff are not given
sufficient (or any) time for preparation and planning – two thirds of them are undertaking
unpaid overtime just to get the job done.
Trafford Housing Trust
New Contract of Employment
When staff moved across from Trafford MBC to Trafford Housing Trust
under the TUPE agreement, UNISON strongly recommended that staff
did not sign up to the new terms and conditions.
However, it is now almost 3 years since the transfer and over that pe-
riod of time the great majority of staff have signed over to the new con-
tract and therefore UNISON feel that those remaining members may
wish to take an individual decision regarding signing the new contract.
Any members remaining on the TMBC terms and conditions wishing to discuss this issue,
should contact their UNISON stewards - contact details in this issue of Trumpet.
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Equal Pay Update
Trafford Council has written to all those Equal Pay Claims.
who signed a COT3 agreement to If you wish to make an equal pay claim
explain that those agreements have now phone the Branch office to obtain an
expired. That means that all those staff Eq ual Pay Case Form and a
are now able to lodge equal pay claims. FREEPOST envelope. You need to
The Council has also stated that they complete this to the best of your ability
intend to make an additional payment to and return it. This applies to everyone
those staff when it implements the new who is:
pay structure in December 2008 in
recognition of the delay from January 2008. a) in a work group wholly or mainly comprised
The Council is being very careful not to describe of women or men, and not evenly balanced
this payment as back pay. This is because they between the sexes and
have made clear that they do not intend to award
any back pay arising from the implementation of b) likely to find their work group has gained
job evaluation and single status. This position ground in the job evaluation exercise compared
has not been agreed by UNISON. Neither have to another job which is wholly or mainly done by
we given any commitment that we will be the other sex and which has scored the same
prepared to discuss back pay for this group of as theirs or less but which used to be paid more
members in isolation from the needs and
aspirations of all our members. We have noted You may also have a claim if your new score
the Council’s intention and will review our stance under the Job Evaluation Scheme matches
nearer the implementation date. another person’s who has been paid more over
UNISON remains committed to negotiating an
acceptable single status deal which will reward There are very strict time limits for presenting
all staff fairly and that will abolish historic unequal
equal pay claims and each of the following acts
pay. We remain committed to obtaining back pay
will trigger the time limit:
for members and to ensure that members who
lose out are properly protected. a) If you leave your job (including retirement)
It is important to stress that Unison has not b) If you change your job
agreed to any deferment of the original timescale c) If you are promoted
which envisaged Trafford implementing single D) If your employment is transferred to a
status and equal pay by 1 April 2007. We remain different employer
disappointed that the Council will not make that
timescale. Neither have we agreed to the further Equal pay claims must be submitted to the
delay to December 2008 Tribunal within 6 months less one day of the
Those members who signed COT3 settlements above acts taking place. It is your
will recall that UNISON was unable to responsibility to advise us of any of the above
recommend the offer. The first reason was that actions so that we can diary the correct
the sums offered were significantly lower than limitation period for your claim. If you fail to
what members might expect to achieve if they provide us with this information it may result in
brought an Equal Pay claim in the Employment your claim becoming time barred and as such it
Tribunal. The Council’s offer was an will have no prospects of success.
undervaluing of the true amount of a claim and
UNISON has been in discussions with the
UNISON did not recommend it. Those members
Council and those talks continue. However, it is
are now in the same position as members who
clear that there are differences emerging in our
did not sign and can now make a claim from a
approach to the issues.
You may remember that some time ago we wrote Update and opportunity for
to update you on the current situation with the questions on Paris and Equal Pay
implementation of the Single Status Agreement at the AGM.
and the possibility of UNISON members pursuing
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NATIONAL ‘BAN BULLYING’ DAY
7 NOVEMBER 2007
Trafford MBC promoted the ‘Ban Bullying at Work’ campaign by showing a video of the Chief Executive, David
McNulty, Leader of Council, Susan Williams, Senior HR Advisor Lisa Hannan and UNISON Chairman Paul McDer-
mott each speaking out against Bullying.
Additionally, there were display boards and posters on notice boards at Trafford Town Hall, Sale Waterside and
Stretford Public Hall and other promotional handouts raising awareness about this serious issue.
This is a nationally recognised problem within workplaces and regrettably there are still cases being referred to
Trafford UNISON. Thankfully we have a very good working relationship with Trafford HR on trying to stamp out
Quite often the perpetrator does not realise that their behaviour has crossed the line and it should also be noted
that bullying isn’t exclusive to managers. We each need to look at ourselves and our behaviour towards col-
leagues to make sure we treat everyone with dignity and respect.
We will continue to raise awareness of this issue in the hope that we can stamp this out of all workplaces.
NORTH & SOUTH
A TALE OF TWO COLLEGES
As from 1 September 2007, North Trafford College and South Trafford College were merged to form Trafford
College but the two existing sites are retained.
This is a very large undertaking and inevitably there will be some redundancies. The management initially re-
quested for staff to ‘express an interest‘ in seeking voluntary redundancy. However, staff could only be allowed
to leave from areas of work where there was a staffing surplus.
At the time of writing, the draft of the structure for the new college has been issued along with most of the job
descriptions. Applications for posts followed by interviews will take place over the next couple of months.
Any UNISON member who has any concerns, should contact their local stewards Jackie Regan and Chris
Mullineux who have already done an excellent job in keeping members informed, and arranged for UNISON’s
Regional Officer, John Rhodes to give talks to members at each college in December 2007.
2007 has been my first year as International Officer, Officer and Unison activities in other countries.
but what a fascinating and busy year! I have repre-
sented the Branch at the following : A seminar where there were about 100 International Offi-
cers from all over the country who attended. Speakers top-
The National Delegate Conference which covered a ics included the Russian Health Workers Union, Rebuilding
number of international issues including a speech the Unions in Sierra Leone after the civil war, the situation
from Annie Geron, the Philippines Trades Union in Zimbabwe and modern forms of slavery & migration.
Leader, Baroness Howells regarding the legacy of the
Slave Trade and Ashok Sinha of Stop Climate Chaos. A Cuba Solidarity meeting where the guest speaker was
American lawyer Leonard Weinglass who is representing
A talk from 5 Colombian speakers who revealed how the Miami 5. Another speaker was Father Geoff Bottoms
their human rights and the environment are affected who makes regular visits to the jailed Cubans.
by ruthless oil corporations and how it is the most
dangerous place in the world to be a trade union ac- I was pleased that so many people contacted me after my
tivist. last Trumpet article. If anyone wants any information on an
issue that is dear to them please contact me and I will pro-
A training course for International Officers, which ex- vide it, where possible.
plained the role and duties of the Branch International Teresa McNeil - International Officer
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Quality of Working Life
Trafford Council’s Quality of Working Life project has been underway for over 12
months. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of working life for everyone
at Trafford, principally by asking staff what they need. Some of you will have re-
ceived the questionnaire that was sent out last year and some of you will have been
invited to attend focus group meetings. Focus groups have been well attended so
far and the suggestions are being compiled into action plans for the services. A
Council-wide action plan, so that lessons can be learned across the whole council,
will be another outcome of the project.
UNISON were glad to accept the invitation to be members of the Working Group for
this project, but were very disappointed not to be invited onto the Steering Group. If
the unions are to be truly involved then a place on the Steering Group would be es-
sential. However, Trafford were not to be budged on this matter. After much de-
bate (about whether or not UNISON should refuse, on principal, to participate in the
Working Group) the Branch Committee has decided that our members will be best
served if we maintain our input into the Working Group rather than have no involve-
ment at all. In theory this means that we should have some influence on the project
but without being specifically involved in the decision-making process.
We shall just have to see how the situation develops and of course we will report on
All the members of the Branch Committee
request the pleasure of your company at one
of this year’s AGMs
Tuesday 4th March, 5.15pm-6.45pm
Council Chambers, Sale Waterside
(free buffet from 5.00pm)
Thursday 6th March, 12.15pm-1.45pm
Room s 2 & 3, Trafford Town Hall
(free buffet from 12.00pm)
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Hello Cool Cats,
I hope my mewsings have given food for thought where thought
was needed and tickled fancy where fancy was in need of tickling
and where feathers were ruffled, are now smoothed!
Fat Cat certainly did the rounds of social events over the Christmas
holiday and here we are at the start of a New Year which is, of course,
a time for reflection and resolution (mewsing to me). No doubt every-
one has resolved to make improvements personally and professionally!
Fat Cat spent New Years Day curled up on the sofa nursing a hangover
(laced milk is the very devil), and whilst ‘chewing on the left over bones
of the Christmas bird’ mewsed that there is a lot of ‘management’ book
reading going on out there. Of course self improvement is a good thing
and new ways of working is always worth a try but I must also mews “is
there anything new under the sun?” or “is it just down to packaging and
budgeting?” There is a tendency to dress things up so well we lose
sight of what’s left underneath. There is also a very worrying ten-
dency to ask staff for their views on “how are we doing”? In reality
your answer is not required, unless, of course your answer is that which
the questioner wants to hear and not, ‘heaven forbid’ the truth, which
they will swiftly admonish as being ‘negative’. Isn’t this called ‘The
Emperor’s New Clothes’ syndrome?
‘Paws for Thought’ - Budget cuts = Staff cuts = More work loads =
FAT CAT’s Staff Stress = Increased Sickness = Reduced Service = Poor Customer
Satisfaction. Of course this is packaged as being increased efficiencies
Mewsings but methinks it’s ‘ the Emperor’s New Clothes’ again!
I have mewsed, that there is a great need for a return to the world of
The business of that little ol’ thing called INTEGRITY. Those lacking it will
be asking “what exactly does integrity mean?” It means wholeness,
UNISON soundness, uprightness and above all honesty. Some may still be strug-
gling with this concept so, in a nutshell …. to treat others as you would
cat with his have them treat you and should you be in a position to pass judgement
on others, only do so if you yourself have INTEGRITY.
ear to the Mewww, I was quite exhausted with all that cerebral stuff so thought
it would be fun to end with some quotes from the great and good.
ground! Winston Churchill on qualities required by a politician - “they must
have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next
week, next month, and next year and to have the ability afterwards
to explain why it didn’t happen.” P.G. Wodehouse …. “The trouble with
Cats is that they’ve got no tact” - very true my friend, very true.
Happy Mew Year to you all!
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Take a Break—It’ll do you good!
Holidays are important for people's
wellbeing -- but for many families on
low incomes, a holiday is simply beyond
reach, according to new research.
The research -- sponsored by UNISON members receive help with a holiday or
Welfare, the Family Holiday Association, get well break from UNISON's charity.
the Family Fund and the Youth Hostel
Association (England and Wales) -- The service, called wellbeing breaks,
found that families cited the includes support for day trips and
'opportunity for fun and happy leisure outings.
memories for children' and 'the chance
to spend time together as a family' as "We know only too well about the
the top benefits of their holiday. impact on family life and general health
of long hours, difficult shift patterns and
The researchers from the University of inflexible working conditions," says
Nottingham identified a range of general secretary Dave Prentis.
circumstances affecting low-income
families -- money, health, disability, "So we recognise the value of holidays
stress and neighbourhood problems -- and the need for low-income households
which can be helped by a break from in particular to have more access to
challenging circumstances and a fresh adequate leisure time and a break from
perspective. the stresses of daily life."
They concluded that holidays can open Please contact our Branch Welfare
up new ways to live which can have a Officer for more information about
lasting impact and cited the positive applying for a grant for a wellbeing-
effect on issues such social exclusion break from UNISON Welfare Officer -
and child poverty. Derrick Dickinson 0161 912 3568 or
contact the branch office 0161 877
Every year, hundreds of UNISON 9840.
Trafford Direct and Libraries to Merge
The proposed merger has been underway since November. The management teams met with
all staff who might be affected at 5 separate meetings followed by 6 workshops. This gave the
staff an insight into the proposed new structure and how all the changes would be handled.
Staff were also encouraged to send in ideas where they thought the procedures may be im-
proved or to raise any queries .
This merger is being brought about in an attempt to streamline services but also to make over-
all budget savings of £450k.
This will inevitably lead to some job losses but UNISON officials will endeavour to sup-
port members throughout this process .
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UNISON Conferences 2008
National Women’s Conference
Young Members’ Conference
Local Government Conference
National Delegate Conference
Labour Link Forum
Retired Members’ Conference
Disabled Members’ Conference
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans-
gender Member’s Conference
If you would like to express an interest or find out more about attending
any of these conferences then please contact the Branch office.
0161 877 9840
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UNISON Stewards & Officers
Need Help and Advice? Contact any of the following
UNISON stewards and activists who should be able to
help you. If you want to be a steward or even a work-
place contact, phone us on 877 9840.
Department/Section Name Position in Branch Tel No
UNISON Branch Office Joan Beswick Branch Secretary 877 9840
UNISON Branch Office Tony Ward Assistant Branch Sec 877 9840
Grounds Maintenance Paul McDermott Assistant Branch Sec 877 9840
Carrington Depot Keith Bradshaw
Meadowside Centre Scott Caplan 912 5951
Audit, Scrutiny and Governance Margaret Carroll Treasurer 912 1282
Learning Support Service Nina Chidgey 912 8256
Northenden Road Derrick Dickinson Welfare Officer 912 3568
Environment Chris Dooley 912 5515
Culture & Sport Denise Fahmy 912 1274
Connexions Jack Hartley 912 8600
Turn Moss Playing Fields Derek Hodges 07769 903292
Parking Services Norma Lockett 912 1388
Legal & Democratic Services Ben Kennedy LGBT & Young Members 912 4248
Planning & Building Control Derek Austin 912 3199
Planning Enforcement Geoff Hayes 912 1097
Community Safety Mo Mir 956 7851
Public Protection Teresa McNeil International Officer 912 4578
Finance Management Catriona Scott 912 4316
Mental Health Support Sandra Simister 07980 164826
Connexions Mike Smith 912 8622
Admin Buildings Jerry Wieczorek 07834 869716
Youth Offending Team Jenny Walker 911 8211
Public Protection Karen Whalley Women’s Officer 912 4922
Over 11’s Outreach Team Paul Whalley 748 6003
Home Care Frances Woods 077958 170999
Schools & Colleges
Cloverlea Primary School Lesley Entwistle 980 4047
St Antony’s RC High School Sylvia Howie 911 8025
Gorse Hill Primary School Janet Kenyon-Land 865 1209
Stretford High School Astrid Loveland 912 4894
North Trafford College Chris Mullineux 886 7014
Stretford High School Jackie Murphy 912 4894
South Trafford College Jackie Regan 952 4854
Old Trafford Community School Tony Scandella 912 4218
Urmston Leisure Diana Burns 912 2960
Trafford Housing Trust Stephen Lynch 968 0206
Trafford Housing Trust Jan Ward 968 0132
Trafford Housing Trust—Urmston Karen Nicholson 968 0133
Trafford Housing Trust Richard Davis Black Members’ Officer 968 0053
Retired Members Peter Carlon 877 9840
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‘Pop The Question’ is a regular item
to be featured in Trumpet. Members
may put their questions about any
work or trades union related issue to
an experienced UNISON Steward
who will then respond in print. If you
Q. My team leader holds occasional do have a question for publication,
informal team meetings in our please send it to Derek Austin by e-
mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
workplace. Team members gather
or alternatively by post to Derek, care
around the manager’s workstation of the UNISON office. Please note
where issues are debated. I have a that the questioner’s name will not be
hearing impairment for which I published unless that Member indi-
wear a digital hearing aid. I cates otherwise.
often find it very difficult to follow
the proceedings at team meetings
as my manager speaks softly and Q. My wife’s parents live in Aus-
quickly, as do some of the other tralia and she is hoping to
team members. Is there any way in spend a month there on holi-
which the meetings could be made day with them soon, leaving
more inclusive? me to look after our four year
old son. Am I entitled to paren-
A. You might suggest to your team leader tal leave to enable me to do
that future team meetings are held in a this?
meeting room equipped with an induction
loop system. Rooms equipped with such a A. Yes, provided your son does not turn
system have a sign displayed on the door five years of age before your wife de-
(and/or in the room itself), which shows an parts or during her holiday. Both the
ear with two diagonal arrows radiating from it mother and
and a letter ‘T’ alongside. A switch within the father of a child born after 15th Decem-
room activates the loop system and users ber 1999 are entitled to up to 13 weeks
need to switch their hearing aid to the ‘T’ of unpaid leave to look after them, up
position. Most, if not all, of Trafford Council’s until the child’s fifth birthday. Employees
meeting rooms have loop systems and the must have completed a minimum of one
Council’s engineers are currently year’s service and may only take up to
experimenting with state-of-the-art infra red four weeks unpaid leave in any one
loop systems, which are an improvement year. This would cover you for your
upon previously installed systems. Trafford wife’s trip, as long as the
Council has a Disabled Workers Group and provisos mentioned in my first sentence
your scribe, Derek Austin, is Access Officer do not apply.
for the Group. Please contact me at the
above e-mail address if you require further
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AUGUST G J Talmage 594 Barton Clough Primary School 1st Prize £128.52
2007 S J HIckey 716 Community Services West Area 1st Prize £128.52
D Statham 1143 Shawe Road Residential Home 2nd Prize £107.10
J Green 711 Ashton On Mersey School 3rd Prize £64.26
D Hennessey 159 Altrincham College of Arts 4th Prize £53.55
R Carroll 1190 Trafford Housing Trust 4th Prize £53.55
SEPTEMBER S Cook 820 Broomwood Primary School 1st Prize £127.32
2007 R Carroll 1128 Trafford Housing Trust 1st Prize £127.32
A Floodgate 403 Green Lane High School 2nd Prize £106.10
K McDonald 062 Housing Benefit 3rd Prize £63.66
D Hennessey 159 Altrincham College of Arts 4th Prize £53.05
J D Stott 375 Moorlands Junior School 4th Prize £53.05
OCTOBER G Johnson 227 Warden Services 1st Prize £126.24
2007 A R Kershaw 870 Policy Performance Team 1st Prize £126.24
A Burns 1023 Trafford General Hospital 2nd Prize £105.20
K Loboda 753 Anti-Social Behaviour Unit 3rd Prize £63.12
J Shore 304 Stretford High School 4th Prize £52.60
E Brookes 1124 Sale Grammar School 4th Prize £52.60
NOVEMBER S Hayden 180 Social Services 1st Prize £124.80
2007 A G Tyrie 918 Egerton School 1st Prize £124.80
P Pilgrim 047 Old Trafford Library 2nd Prize £104.00
N Barlow 343 Payroll Department 3rd Prize £62.40
B Bainbridge 738 Older Peoples Services 4th Prize £52.00
H Donnelly 790 Poplar Road Family Centre 4th Prize £52.00
(Winning cheques issued 14 Dec 2007)
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