Issue 4

LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE ATTACK ON YOUR PAY, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Important – Negotiations are ongoing so ensure that you and your colleagues do not sign up to the new contract as doing so would compromise your position and UNISON’s position.

What WPH Have To Say

As you will all be aware from the last newsletter (issue 3), meetings took place with UNISON and the Executive Management Team on 10 May and 16 May 2012 to discuss the alternative proposals which were agreed at our members meetings on 2 May 2012.

We have recently received detailed correspondence from WPH which sets out the perceived threats to the business, and details of a revised offer to staff. Within that correspondence WPH confirmed that :

“WPH does not have a budget ‘crisis’ at the present time”.

WPH in their letter also say that:

“The board and management team are committed to offering the best terms and conditions”

UNISON does not believe that the proposal to move away from the agreed RPI annual pay rise or the proposal to move away from NJC conditions is “offering the best terms and conditions”.

UNISON also does not believe that adopting a 37 hour working week for all which will be a PAY CUT for those staff currently working 35 hours or pro rata is “offering the best terms and conditions”.

The Revised Offer

After negotiations WPH Board agreed to some revisions to their original proposal:

PAY AWARD – 3% in 2012 and 2% in 2013

HOURS OF WORK – implementation of 37 hours delayed until April 2013 when staff are due to move into the new offices at Westminster House

WORKING HOURS SUB-GROUP – to be set up to look at whether improvements in productivity could reduce the working week from the proposed 37 hours

CAR ALLOWANCE SCHEME – all staff to be consulted on a revised scheme developed by the Car Allowance Sub-Group

SUNDAY OVERTIME RATE – retain the current arrangement for double time for casual overtime working on Sundays

NJC NATIONAL CONDITIONS OF SERVICE – UNISON to highlight any relevant terms and conditions not covered by the proposals

Remember

WPH said:
“If we fail to reach a majority decision the whole package will be off the table and we will need to start again

What’s Next?

UNISON will continue to negotiate with WPH

UNISON will arrange a meeting with our colleagues in other Trade Unions


Issue 3

Wirral Partnership Homes Attack
Pay, Terms and Conditions

Important – Ensure that you and your colleagues do not sign up to the new contract as doing so would compromise your position and UNISON’s position.

Remember – WPH said “If we fail to reach a majority decision, the whole package will be off the table and we will need to start again.”

Unison Members Meetings:

On Wednesday, 2 May 2012 we held two consultation meetings at The Lauries Centre for our members to attend, which allowed us to update you on the latest developments and which allowed you to let us know exactly how you feel about the proposals and the appalling way WPH has treated you, its staff.

Following on from those meetings we wrote to the Chief Executive (copies of which were sent to Stewards for information) advising him of alternative proposals in five main areas:

  1. Pay Deal
  2. Hours
  3. Holidays
  4. Car Allowance
  5. National Conditions

In summary the alternative proposals compromised of :

  1. Pay Deal – the written agreement be honoured and paid up front this year with negotiations for future years.
  2. Hours – discuss the reduction in hours for employees who work 37 hours over a phased period.
  3. Holidays – subject to clarification of the shutdown period, agree to the proposal.
  4. Car Allowance – for those who do not meet the current criteria address the issue with individuals and their trade union.
  5. National Conditions – that WPH refrain from this proposal.

We also advised that we would want to discuss the other proposals included in the package in more detail.

REMEMBER: We need to stand together and show Wirral Partnership Homes that UNISON members will fight against these damaging cuts to our pay, terms and conditions.

WPH sent a flyer round to staff on 4 May 2012, and included in this was examples regarding the pay award for a salary of £18,000pa. These examples did not take account of the proposal to adopt a 37 hour working week for all full-time employees, which for some would mean working an extra two hours for no extra pay. Based on the £18,000 pay scale, this will mean a reduction in the hourly rate of:

0.53p per hour
£19.61 per week
£1019.72 per annum

As members will be aware, meetings were finally arranged with the Executive Management Team and UNISON to take place on 10 May and 16 May 2012 to discuss the alternative proposals (see details on the front page of this newsletter) which were agreed at the members meetings on 2 May 2012.

Once we have received written correspondence in response to our proposals from WPH we will share these with you in a further newsletter.

Your pay, terms and conditions are under attack!

Join UNISON to defend them

If you are not a UNISON member


Issue 2

WIRRAL PARTNERSHIP HOMES ATTACK PAY, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Wirral Partnership Homes Board have refused to meet the union but meetings have been arranged with the Executive Management Team on 10 May and 16 May to discuss the proposals.

What The Proposals Mean For You ! (Part 2)

CAR ALLOWANCES:

WPH propose to remove the Essential Car Allowance and to reduce the mileage rates currently paid by introducing a flat rate of 45p per mile to all car users for business miles.

This will obviously have a significant detrimental effect and will be a cut which will affect approximately 170 employees, as essential users will lose their lump sum payment and all car users will lose up to 20p per mile.  This is at a time when fuel prices are increasing at an unprecedented rate.

Defend your pay, terms and conditions!

NJC:

Beware of the pitfalls of moving away from the National Conditions of Service. Included in the National Agreement are the sickness pay scheme, enhanced rates of pay for weekends and call-out arrangements, Bank Holiday payments etc

ADDITIONAL HOURS:

WPH propose to pay all employees a flat rate for the first 37 hours of work per week regardless of contractual hours. They also propose to pay approved overtime at the rate of time and a half only. What about Sunday rates?

What Can You Do?

You need to play your part and show WPH that you are opposed to the proposed changes to your terms and conditions, and the proposal to change the way your annual pay increased is determined. You need to:

Your pay, terms and conditions are under attack!

Join UNISON to defend them

If you are not a UNISON member

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Vote to protect
Public Services

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Issue 1

WIRRAL PARTNERSHIP HOMES ATTACK PAY, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

On 23 March 2012 your UNISON Branch received correspondence of formal notice to change your terms and conditions of employment, including changing your annual pay increase, from your employer, Wirral Partnership Homes. The proposals, if implemented, would have a significant impact on members.

UNISON have not agreed to any of these proposals. We are aware that WPH have been giving information out to the contrary at staff briefings and we have written to the Chief Executive advising him to rectify this with immediate effect.

WPH advised UNISON that there would be a formal consultation period, which would end on 22 June 2012. However, WPH have been encouraging staff to sign up to a new contract by 22 May (before the consultation period ends) for which they would receive a very low incentive sum of £250 and they have been threatening to dismiss and re-engage staff on a new contract. These actions by WPH are undermining any meaningful consultation!!

Defend your pay, terms and conditions!
What These Proposals Mean For You!

HOURS OF WORK:

WPH propose to adopt a standard working week for all full-time employees at 37 hours (pro-rata for part-time employees).

THIS WILL BE A PAY CUT for staff currently contracted to work 35 hours (or pro-rata) as they will be working an extra two hours every week for no extra pay!

THIS WILL BE A PAY CUT for staff who work shifts or who receive an enhancement for weekends or overtime as their hourly rate will be reduced!

Also, if anyone cannot work the extra two hours, or pro-rata, (e.g. due to child care or other arrangements), this will affect their earnings and may have an effect on their pension.

PAY:

WPH propose to move away from the RPI annual pay rise agreement which you voted on and accepted in 2007. This is a collective agreement and should be subject to a negotiated change to the agreement with Trade Unions and not an imposition as part of the terms and conditions package.

What UNISON Are Doing

After several requests for a meeting, we have finally been given two dates (see top of this page) to meet with the Executive Management Team. We intend to discuss five main areas:

UNISON requested a meeting with the WPH Board and Management as a matter of urgency on 23 March, 5 April and in a letter to the Chief Executive on 13 April 2012. To date no meeting has been forthcoming.

We have arranged two meetings for UNISON members to attend:

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
12.15pm and 5.15pm
The Lauries Centre
142 Claughton Road
Birkenhead
Wirral,
CH41 6EY

Remember – you need to play your part and show WPH that you are opposed to the proposals to change the way your annual pay increase is determined, and that you are opposed to the changes to your terms and conditions, both of which will have a significant detrimental affect on you. You need to:

REMEMBER:
We need to stand together and show
Wirral Partnership Homes
that UNISON members will fight against these
damaging cuts to our
pay, terms and conditions!

Your pay, terms and conditions are under attack!

Join UNISON to defend them

If you are not a UNISON member

It is crucial that UNISON members stand together to fight and the more members we have the stronger we are.

If you are not a member and you are reading this, and you want to fight to retain your pay, terms and conditions you need to be a UNISON member to protect yourself. There are a number of ways in which you can join:

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