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NURSE ASSISTANTS RESPOND TO UNISON CAMPAIGN

Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Almost 300 Nurse Assistants, HCSW and other Band 2 nurses have responded to the UNISON campaign to maximise their pay which was launched on International Nurses Day. 


The campaign seeks to encourage UNISON members to evaluate the key roles and tasks in the job to help them determine whether they do ‘personal care’ or ‘clinical care’. Members involved in clinical roles MAY have a legitimate claim for a Band 3.


Cathy Miller said, “UNISON has already pursued a number of claims for Band 2 nursing staff, so we know that many of them are working above the Band 2 profile. The response so far has been terrific and we won’t rest until we are confident that every UNISON Band 2 Nurse has the information they need.”


Following up on the activity so far, the union will lodge initial claims for 280 members, with new enquiries coming in everyday.

If you are a Band 2 NA and you do much more than ‘personal care’ get in touch with UNISON on [email protected] or 0141 331 4450 for more info.


INDEPENDANCE OF PAY REVIEW BODY CHALLENGED

Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Following on from a formal offer from the Scottish Government to submit ‘joint evidence’ to the NHS Pay Review Body, UNISON has written to the PRB and challenged their independence.


Writing in letter dated 24 May to Phillipa Herd, Chair of the PRB UNISON said, “The trade unions’ long-standing support for the Pay Review Body process is being challenged by members, who perceive that the PRB is providing cover for a politically-imposed ‘pay cap’ and is ignoring the fact that NHS wages have not kept up with the costs they experience”


adding, "If you believe that the Review Body process can deliver fair pay for NHS staff we would urge you to make it clear that your recommendations for the next pay round will not be bound by the Government-imposed pay cap."


The union will meet in the next few weeks to consider the Governments offer, but so far has not ruled out rejecting it in favour of pay barraging. To achieve this ALL other unions in Scotland will need to agree.


The last time a similar offer was made, the RCN refused to leave the PRB and the Government withdrew the proposal on the basis that it would only negotiate if ALL unions signed up.

Glasgow Is Not For Sale

Posted by [email protected] on March 14, 2017 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Your Branch joined Unison Glasgow Branch activists and other unions protesting against public service cuts and supporting the trade unions alternative budget plan.


Those gathered demanded more money for NHS and council services. There is a campaign to win more money for our city and taxing the rich to pay for public services.


Cathy Miller, Branch Secretary, addressing the crowd said,” NHS Glasgow and Clyde had to find £60 million pounds cuts every year for the last 5 years and £100 million this year in cuts to its budget. Staff unions believe the board is underfunded and at a point of making cuts which will affect patient care.


“With shortages in nursing, catering, administration and community services these cuts are impacting on patients. This year we are facing £100 million cuts, let me be clear, there is nothing left to save. The Chief Executive of the board has said wards will have to close.”

 

You Say Transformation, We say CUTS!!

Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

UNISON NHS GGC & CVS members, come join us on the rally and defend the cuts in NHS and Council services. We need to stand stronger together to make our voices heard. We will be meeting at the peoples palace 10:45 for an 11am March to George Square. Come along and walk with the Branch Banner. Support our essential services. We are Not Overspent, We are Underfunded! You say Transformation - We say Cuts!


 

Branch provides training for NHS modern apprentices

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Branch played host to a training session for this years NHS modern apprentices. Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin and Area Organiser Susan Burns, discussed policies, equality and trade union issues during a full and informative day.


Cathy Miller, Branch Secretary said, "UNISON NHS GGC & CVS Branch is proud to support this excellent initiative and look forward to working with and supporting our new modern apprentice members in the future."

 

UNISON sponsor Modern Apprenticeship Awards

Posted by [email protected] on November 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

UNISON NHSGGC & CVS Branch today attended a ceremony to recognise the high standard of work of this years recruits in the Boards modern apprenticeship programme.


All receive mentor support and are given role-specific training packages which ultimately lead to SQA qualifications.


Frances Carmichael, assistant branch secretary of UNISON NHS Glasgow Clyde and CVS Branch, said: “We are proud that NHS GGC & CVS Branch supports the Board’s MA programme by sponsoring the Modern Apprentice of the Year prize.


“Modern Apprenticeships provide us with the means to recruit young people into permanent employment within our organisation.


“We recognise the exceptionally high standard of employees who have been recruited through this programme, and highlight the dedication and enthusiasm of each individual, and their exceptional performance on the job and in approach to their studies.


“UNISON NHS Glasgow Clyde and CVS Branch is honoured to have sponsored and supported these apprentices over the last three years, and will continue to support this innovative programme.”

Underfunding campaign grows momentum

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

At a recent protest outside the NHS Annual review in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, your branch demanded that Health Minister Shona Robinson, listen to concerns over massive cuts to services, and the impact they will have on patient care.


Staff are already stressed due to understaffing and consistent cuts over the last few years, and further cuts will have a detrimental effect on staff, services and patients.


Branch Secretary Cathy Miller Probed the Health Minister: “This is not about the Board. This is about the Scottish Government funding Glasgow. Another year, another budget settlement which falls far short of what it costs to deliver services across NHSGGC.


Cathy Added: “NHS Glasgow and Clyde is not overspent, it is underfunded. In addition to the centralisation of more services and short staffing right across our membership, we are now at the stage where the Board are relying on selling off parcels of land to release one off money to help balance the books.”


The protest follows a leaked development plan suggesting maternity and vital wards face the axe in a cost cutting drive. They include the closure of midwifery facilities at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde Hospital in Greenock.


Lightburn geriatric hospital in Glasgow could also shut while children's emergency care may be moved from Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital. Bosses hope to raise £23 million by selling off 19 disused sites including Victoria Infirmary, Merchiston, Blawarthill and Drumchapel Hospital, but amid warnings of a economic slowdown they branded this a "desperate gamble".


Cathy said: “It is clear that despite near constant change and review, this Board can’t meet the demands being placed on it. If they are not funding us, we can’t do everything they are asking us to do. If they do not do something about this, these services will be lost. If they are not willing to help it's in their hands".

 

Prentis addresses AGM

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, praised our branch at this years’ AGM. In his address, Dave thanked the Branch for their support. He said: “The size of the branch is important, but it’s what you do with it. Cathy Miller is an example of what building strong support is all about in a union. There is much that other branches can learn from this branch.”


Dave spoke passionately about five years of austerity and sleepless nights and the prospect of a further five year of the same and the negative effect on our members.


Dave added: “Our union is standing tall. People want to listen to what we have to say. This government is trying to take away our rights and we will not let them do it.”


Cathy Miller Branch Secretary presented Dave with a canvas of branch pictures. Cathy said: “We are proud to have Dave here tonight and we thank him for his continued support. Our members are at the heart of our branch and we will continue to campaign on their behalf.”

 

Parking letter campaign success

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

UNISON members, staff, visitors and patients can breathe a short term sigh of relief today after Glasgow City Councillors agreed to extend the permit for car parking at the Ogilvie’s Site on Hardgate Road. The decision is however bitter sweet, because the extension is only for 12 months, rather than the three year period requested.


UNISON Branch Secretary Cathy Miller said, “I’m absolutely delighted that city councillors listened to the common sense argument put forward by Ogilvie’s and the thousands of members who supported the UNISON campaign. This result means that staff will still have a sensible and realistic option to travel to work by car at a time when the Board are failing to support them.”


Cathy also took time to thank Maz Murphy, UNISON member and local parking activist, she said, “As usual Maz has been brilliant in her efforts locally to encourage staff members to support our campaign on parking, she is so well respected and it’s a privilege to work with her on the issues that matter to our members.”


UNISON can confirm that the Planning Consultant employed by Ogilvie’s has been in touch with the union to advise that his clients will now consider their position and what they do in respect of future planning applications and consents. They have agreed to keep UNISON informed of their client’s decisions and are keen to work with the union and staff in the future if possible.

 


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