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Coronavirus update 01.02.21

Dear Member
Hello Everyone!
We hope you are keeping safe and well and that you all had an enjoyable and restful weekend. We start today’s email update by apologising for the lack of communication from us last week. Unfortunately issues with our database prevented us from contacting you all. We’ve a few brief updates for you this evening with more to follow in the coming days.
Budget Consultation 
The Council’s public consultation on the proposed cuts and savings of £10m in the coming years budget has now closed. However, Wirral Unison is continuing to campaign against and make representations on some of the key proposed cuts. We are particularly concerned that many of the cuts disproportionately impact the less wealthy areas of Wirral. We do not underestimate the impact of spending decisions and cuts to funding made by the Tory Government, but we do not agree with the proposed response. We have therefore suggested alternatives to cuts including the use of the Council’s borrowing powers, as well as the capitalisation bid that has been made.

Wirral UNISON achievements
We  have already made successes in our campaigning. We are pleased to report that the political leadership have confirm that they will maintain the No Compulsory Redundancies position that Wirral Unison has been pressing for. We have ensured the end of compulsory unpaid leave; to be replaced with a holiday purchase scheme with the continuation of a Christmas shutdown in many areas. It has also been indicated that we will be successful in achieving the continuation of the funding of the Real Living Wage for Care Workers. Although these achievements are subject to ratification by full Council we are confident they will be realised.
We are opposed to, and call for the following proposals to be dropped.

  • Closure of Europa Pools
  • Temporary Closure of Woodchurch Leisure Centre
  • Temporary Closure of Williamson Art Gallery
  • Review of the 4 Council Golf Courses
  • Scrapping School Crossing Patrols
  • Ceasing Maintenance of Amenity Spaces (scandalously which amenity spaces was only revealed after the end of consultation – most are in the less ‘green’ or ‘leafy’ parts of the borough)

The Proposal also detail some savings achieved via restructures. We do not know the details of these proposals as they have not yet been drafted. We are reassured by the ‘No Compulsory Redundancies’ commitment, but we will examine any proposals in detail and consult fully with members in the relevant area.
Empowering Women in UNISON – Live!

As a result of COVID-19, many conferences and meetings have had to be cancelled. But we still want to involve you, and to let you know how women members are keeping active in UNISON and how we are working for women equality in these challenging times.
With this in mind, the national women’s committee is organising a series of virtual events in place of the usual national women’s conference – online and live!

Empowering women in UNISON – Live! will take place over Wednesday 17 and Saturday 20 February 2021. Online sessions will include keynote panels, webinars and workshops.
We want to make this event as accessible as we can, so all members can participate fully. If you are disabled, please let us know of any adjustments you will need to allow you to take part in a virtual event.

Please email us at conferences@unison.co.uk to register your interest in attending as follows:
Subject – Empowering women in UNISON – Live!
In your email – please provide:
Your name:
Your membership number:
Your branch name:
Any reasonable adjustments you need to participate:

There will be a variety of online sessions that you can participate in during these events. These events are only open to UNISON women members. To attend Empowering women in UNISON – Live! you must be a female member of UNISON. You will then be registered for the event. The registration deadline is 5pm on Thursday 4 February 2021.

Once registration closes, you will be sent details of the programme. You can then sign up for the various Live! sessions individually. You can attend as many or as few as you like. So, let’s get Live and let’s get active! Email conferences@unison.co.uk  today to register to attend.

Stand Up For Care Workers- Online Event

On Wednesday 3 February at 6pm Wirral Unison will host a Live Public Meeting- Stand Up For Care Workers!
Protect Us, Pay Us, Listen To Us.
We know Care Workers deserve better. This public meeting will consider your rights and how we can win better protection, pay and conditions. A number of Speakers will highlight how we defend and improve conditions for Care Workers.

Speakers include:
John Boggan (Wirral Unison Social Care Organiser)
Bile and Julia (Sage Care Workers currently on Strike)
Activists from Salford City Unison
The meeting will be streamed live on Wirral UNISON Facebook page:
That’s all for today everyone, we do hope you continue to find our email updates of use.
As always, please do pass our updates on to colleagues and encourage them to join Unison if they haven’t already. Here’s the link to join up! JOIN UNISON

We’ll be back in touch soon with further updates.

In solidarity!

Your Wirral Unison Team
Central email: unison1@wirral.gov.uk
Telephone: 07899713498 or 07899715085


Published on: February 2, 2021