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Lucia McKeever

Lucia McKeever
General Secretary of UNISON

Welcome to the Sutton UNISON
Local Government Branch website.

NUT and NASUWT Industrial Action

As you may be aware, the NUT and NASUWT have announced further dates of regional strike action as part of their campaign against government proposals on teacher’s pay. They are intending to take action in the Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside regions on 1 October and in the Northern, Greater London, South East and South West regions on 17 October. Announcements on further dates of action in the autumn term are expected and we will keep you updated with details.

UNISON respects the rights of other trade unions to take industrial action. UNISON members in schools have not been balloted for strike action or action short of strike action and therefore they are advised to continue with their normal duties and responsibilities.  However, UNISON members should not take on any additional responsibilities being given to them directly as a result of the teachers’ industrial action.

School support staff should not be expected to provide cover for or take classes, where this would normally be done by teachers who are taking action. In particular, Higher Level Teaching Assistants or cover supervisors should only be taking classes or providing cover where they are contracted to do so, it is timetabled or part of their normal duties. Staff should not be moved from the duties they would normally have carried out in order to cover classes and frustrate the industrial action of colleagues. Members who are under pressure to cover should contact their UNISON rep, branch or region for further advice and support.

Members are reminded that due to industrial relations legislation only those employees who have been involved in a legal ballot are allowed to take industrial action. 


Last UpdatedLatest News Item
07/10/13 Regarding the Support Functions Project, should any member have any issues or concerns please contact the Branch and arrange a meeting to discuss.
16/09/13 Book your seat on the Unison train to Manchester now and support the NHS. Contact the Branch for details.
20/08/13 Any member who encourages an apprentice to join our Branch will recieve a free gift
Apprentices are entitled to join UNISON - £10 per year fee
12/07/13 Anti Bullying Campaign Update


08/07/13 You can view our latest newsletter here.

05/07/13 Today is the 65th anniversary of Labour''s finest achievement - the National Health Service.

16/06/13 - 21/06/13 Unison''s Local & National Conference.

17/05/13 Members should soon be recieving a ballot paper through the post regarding the Local Government Pay Offer 2013/14. If you do not receive one please contact the Branch immediately on 020 8770 5850

You can view a copy of the offer here

16/05/13 Click here to view an interesting Local Guardian article regarding Sutton Councils 100k earners

10/05/13 The revised Capability Policy has now been agreed.

15/04/13 The bullying campaign is still ongoing...

06/03/13 Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and congratulations to the prize winners

05/03/13 The Branch AGM is today at 16:30 in the Civic Offices

01/03/13 Sutton Unison have released a newsletter regarding our initial thoughts regarding the councils staff survey. Click the link to read.

28/02/13 The Capability Policy changes have now been agreed and accepted. The new policy will be implemented on Monday 1 April 2013

05/02/13 The Branch AGM will be on Tuesday 5 March 2013, 16:30 - 17:30 at the Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way and all Unison members are welcome

01/02/13 You can view a copy of the revised Capability Policy here

20/12/12 Capability - Clause 5 Dispute meeting

14/12/12 Everybody can now view the Anti-Bullying findings

10/12/12 You can view the findings in our members only section

07/12/12 The findings from our Anti-Bullying survey will be out on 10/12/12

17/07/12 You can access a copy of the capability newsletter here

03/07/12 LGPS information and briefing info can be found here

28/06/12 Formal dispute registered over the new Capability Policy

12/03/12 The TUSC are having a London Elections Launch Rally on 21/03/12 at 19:15, held at 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP. Speakers include Bob Crowe. Further info can be found at

09/03/12 Thanks to all those members who attended the Branch AGM and congratulations to the prize winners

13/02/12 Follow this link to find out more about Thompsons Solicitors.

13/02/12 This is a reminder that the Sutton Unison Branch AGM is on Thursday 8 March 2012, in MR1 Civic Offices. All members are welcome and more details are available from the Branch office

17/01/12 Please click the link for details regarding the winter fuel grants and the application form. Please be aware that the closing date for applications is Wednesday 29 February 2012.

12/01/12 Please click the following link: Merton Guardian: Boomerang Bosses

01/12/11 Well done to all those who took part in the strike action

 29/11/11 All members are strongly encouraged to participate in the strike action tomorrow. Only by supporting this action can the union make a difference. Please do not cross the picket line - take part and support your colleagues. We wish you every success for tomorrow.

21/11/11 Please see our members only section for further information on the upcoming strike action

11/11/11 Following a number of enquiries, we can confirm that the strike action scheduled for Wednesday 30 November 2011 is due to go ahead. Talks are continuing and we will update you with any news. Sutton Unison would like to appeal for assistance on the day of action. Please contact the Branch with your name and contact number.

07/11/11 A recent Guardian poll asked "Are public sector pension members right to strike?" The result was 77.2% voted in support and only 22.8% against. You can find out more info by visiting

26/10/11 Unison have given us an excellent tool to show members how much more money they will have to pay and also how much they will lose from their pensions. You can find this and other information on the national website or by using the following link:

16/09/11 The Terms and Conditions ballot papers are now in and the result was an overwhelming 92% in favour of accepting the proposals

31/08/11 Terms and Conditions negotiations ongoing

12/08/11 Sutton UNISON launches their new branch website for Local Government employees in Sutton

What does Sutton UNISON do?

The Sutton Unison Local Government Branch provides support and services for our members in the local authority. Our members work at numerous locations across the borough and UNISON has a team of dedicated stewards, who ensure that their members voices are heard in disputes or negotiations. UNISON monitor pay and conditions across the sector so that our members benefit from up-to-date information and best practice in employment. UNISON is a positive influence within the workplace and by maintaining relationships with decision makers we are able to negotiate and lobby on your behalf on employment issues such as health and safety, equality and discrimination.

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Unison has now had the opportunity to meet with Councillor Hall, Niall Bolger Chief Executive and Dean Shoesmith Head of HR, on a number of occasions, to discuss the outcomes of both Unison’s survey and the Council’s own staff survey.

A number of points have been agreed and these vary from a high visibility joint poster campaign to an independent service where staff members can contact if they have concerns about bullying and harassment.

Unison are pleased that the Council is taking this matter seriously, however, it is still our aim to continue with this campaign, keeping it high profile, until this behaviour is eradicated from the workplace.

Unison fully understands how difficult it is for staff members, who feel unable to challenge or even report this behaviour for fear of reprisals or fear of losing their jobs and Unison’s message to you is simple - we will support you through any process. It is clear that individuals believe that the current economic climate gives bullies the green light to behave in this way and our message to them is clear- IT DOES NOT!

If any member is still be subjected to bullying behaviour then contact Unison. We can meet and discuss the options available to you. If you do nothing then the perpetrators will continue and their behaviour will worsen or even start to affect other work colleagues.

In the 21st Century and with the amount of legislation, policies and Procedures in place - bullying should not exist or be tolerated.

Please come and discuss your concerns with your unison representative and help us to help you.

Living Wage Campaign

Campaigning for a Living wage is UNISON policy and we believe that the living wage is something that Sutton Council should agree to and we will be writing to the Employer's to request further discussions on this matter. Watch this space...


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