Branch meeting 18th July

We have a branch meeting on 18th July at International House, Brixton, Lecture Theatre from 12.30-2pm. Branch meetings are a chance for ALL MEMBERS to attend and debate our campaigns and priorities as a union.

If you want to hear more about the campaigns your union is organising then please come along.

Lunch will be provided.  If you work for Lambeth Council then time off is agreed.

The agenda includes

1.Report on Your New Town Hall progress and UNISON’s role
2.Racism survey and UNISON’s response to racial inequality in the council
3.National pay campaign – we want 5%!
4.Sexism survey results and report – women’s rights campaigning
5.Mental health at work, combating stigma and what you can do

If you want to add anything else to the agenda please email Rcashman@lambeth.gov.uk by FRIDAY 14th JULY

Dates of our rolling AGM for 2017

The three sessions of the 2017 AGM will take place as follows;
1) Lambeth Schools AGM Tuesday 24th January 2017 from 4.pm until 5.45, Room 01-01 First Floor International House.
This session is intended for members who work in schools, but is open to any member to attend.
2) Lambeth College AGM Wednesday 25th January 2017 from.3.30pm until 5.pm, Clapham Centre Site.
This session is open to members who work for Lambeth College. UNISON will seek paid time off for College employees to attend the meeting.
3) Lambeth General AGM Thursday 26th January 2017 from 12.30pm until 3.pm, Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road SW9 7PH.
This will be the main session of the AGM. UNISON will seek paid time off for Council employees to attend this meeting.
 
Members need only attend one session of the AGM and can only vote at the first session which they attend. Retired members are welcome to attend the AGM and may vote on any motions which do not relate to the terms and conditions of members in employment (but do not have a vote in the elections for branch officers and Conference delegates).

Support the Ritzy strikers!

Lambeth UNISON are always big fans of supporting other workers in struggle, it is kind of what the labour movement is all about!

Ritzy cinema workers are striking in Brixton to get the living wage – the proper living wage not the fake one that the Tories have brought in – and we want you to support them.

You can download the motion for your trade union branch here ritzy-strike-motion, which also gives you a very handy petition to take round your workplace to raise some money in solidarity with the strikers!

You can donate to their strike fund online here

https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

Lambeth UNISON Annual General Meeting details

How You Can Get Involved

In January we will hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of our UNISON Branch. This is an important meeting at which we will elect the officers for the coming year and agree our policies.

As we have for the past couple of years we will organise a “rolling” AGM to maximise the opportunities for members to attend, with a main session (for which we will ask the Council for paid time off work) at lunchtime on Thursday 26 January, and two additional sessions in the days beforehand – one at the College and one (aimed particularly at school staff) after work at International House.

 

Activists

Our UNISON Branch has many enthusiastic activists – but we are always looking for more people to get involved and share the work! You can read about the branch officer positions which will be elected at our AGM on the UNISON website

The Branch Committee has agreed a timetable for the AGM and the important dates to note now are;

  • Monday 24 October – publication of notice of the AGM to all members;
  • Tuesday 6 December (5pm) – deadline for nominations;
  • Thursday 26 January 2017 (lunchtime) – AGM at Karibu Centre.

 

Migrants rights action in Brixton

Lambeth UNISON and Unite Community branch organised an action outside Olive Morris House on 4 July to call for migrant rights and for our communities in Lambeth to stand together.

Lambeth has one of the largest Portuguese communities outside Portugal, and a large Polish community, alongside many other nationalities of people effected by the vote to leave the EU. An organiser from a Polish community organisation came along to thank us for the action and plans are afoot for more events in the near future. Please get in touch to help.

Unity and solidarity in the months and days ahead will be essential.

Organisers also wanted to send a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a man of principle who is standing up for the rest of us and needs our support.

Photos are online at Brixton Buzz http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2016/07/in-photos-brixton-workers-stage-solidarity-with-migrants-rally-mon-4th-july/