UNISON is the largest union in the community and voluntary sector, with more than 60,000 members working in every type of job across all grades. Our members work in non-profit organisations ranging from large national charities with hundreds of employees to small-grant aided projects employing one part-timer. They provide a range of services to local communities and campaign on all sorts of issues.
UNISON now has a brand new group - Community - covering all of our members working for charities, housing associations and other voluntary sector organisations. This group ensures that UNISON provides a strong focus and a prominent voice for all of our members in the community and voluntary sector.
UNISON has just printed a new guide to Bargaining in the Community and Voluntary sector.
A seminar for union reps and employers in the community and voluntary sector on introducing pensions auto-enrolment for staff.
Structure for Manager and Support Worker level has been reviewed. Read on
Guidance for organisers on auto-enrolment, a powerpoint presentation, and a policy briefing for use in lobbying.
A free conference for community and voluntary organisations on Friday 5th October in the run up to the demonstration for "A Future that Works!"
In this edition: changes to pensions schemes, including the LGPS ballot; campaigns and research against cuts and austerity; pay deals and employer reports from around the country; activity in regions; and a new chair for your service group executive.
Please see bulletin issued to update the previously notified ballot result.
UNISON members in Dimensions have voted to accept the employers proposals on new terms and conditions. There was an 85% ‘Yes’ vote, on a 26% turnout.
In this edition: information on how Community members and stewards can get involved in the public sector pensions campaign, and resources to help you, including a 'Vote yes' leaflet aimed specifically at Community members.
The latest news on the pay talks in Action for Children, including news and advice about the current industrial action ballot.
In this edition: news of the next Community service group conference; information on the impact of the cuts; industrial disputes in Quarriers and Action for Children; organising work in Wales, the West Midlands and Eastern region; new guidance on facility time, agency workers and the public sector equality duty; news on the Government's 'privatisation white paper' and a UNISON publication on mutuals; and a request for members to update their occupational details.
The 2012 Community service group conference will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March, in Brighton. This is the service group conference for UNISON members in housing associations, charities and other community and voluntary organisations, and all branches with members in Community are eligible to send delegates.
Facility time is one of the most important issues faced by UNISON reps in the Community service group. It is vital that we secure, keep and improve facility time agreements if we want to represent, recruit and organise workers. This new guide brings together existing advice provided by UNISON, the TUC and ACAS, and provides specific advice for reps organising in charities, housing associations and the rest of the community and voluntary sector.
(07/07/2011) This letter and consultative ballot, on management's pay freeze and proposed changes to redundancy terms, have been posted to all UNISON members in Action for Children.
UNISON has published a major new report on the Government’s proposals to increase the provision of public services by mutuals. The report, entitled 'Mutual Benefit? Should mutuals, co-operatives and social enterprises deliver public services'