UCATT members in the NHS on strike over pay
UCATT members working in the NHS were out on strike across the Region on 13 October in support of their pay claim. The action was taken by eleven unions after the government failed to honour the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendation that all NHS staff should receive a 1% increase in pay. Another four-hour stoppage will take place on Monday 24 November.
UCATT Midlands Region demands a pay rise
UCATT activists and organisers from the Midlands Region joined thousands of trade unionists on the TUC Britain needs a pay rise demonstration on 18 October.
Midlands Regional Organisers Sharon Harding (left) and Andy Johnston (holding banner left) join UCATT activist Stuart Grice (holding banner right) on the march
UCATT takes action during European health and safety week
UCATT safety reps around the Region used a UCATT leaflet to raise awareness about work-related stress during European Health & Safety Week, which took place last month. They held toolbox talks and raised the issue at safety committee meetings.
At Aspire Housing, stewards set up an information table in the depot stores. They gave out information on asbestos as well as stress. Carpenter Matt Mills, pictured below with UCATT stewards Geoff Durber and Steve Brady, was shocked to discover that asbestos kills around 20 tradesmen every week.
UCATT Regional Organiser Stuart Baker (left), UCATT shop stewards Geoff Durber (second left) and Steve Brady (right) and carpenter Matt Mills (second right) during European Health and Safety Week
50 years of UCATT membership
Midlands Regional Organiser Stuart Baker presented bricklayer Steve Barnard with an award to mark his 50 years of UCATT membership as part of the 68th Leicester Veterans Annual Meeting organised by Barry Wayne.
Steve Barnard receiving his award from Midlands Regional Organiser Stuart Baker at the Leicester Veterans Annual Meeting.
UCATT branch congratulates Sandwell Housing Director on his Three Peaks Challenge
UCATT’s Sandwell Branch congratulated Sandwell Council Housing Director Adrian Scarrott after he achieved the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money to support a local women’s refuge. The branch also made a donation.
Midlands Regional Organiser Stuart Baker and Sandwell Deputy Senior Steward Stewart Hall present a £50 cheque to Sandwell Council Housing Director Adrian Scarrott
UCATT welcomes holiday pay ruling on overtime
UCATT has welcomed the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that overtime should be included in calculating workers’ holiday pay. If UCATT members believe that they are being underpaid for their holidays they should contact their UCATT Regional Office as soon as possible. There are strict deadlines for making a claim. See more at: http://www.ucatt.org.uk/ucatt-welcomes-holiday-pay-overtime-decision.