Hi everyone this post is really just to give you a bit of a background of the work being done by the Industrial Relations Committee. The last meeting was on the 1st October at CSP head quarters. It was a really productive meeting and the key messages were produced by Claire Sullivan ERUS Director (See below).
Key messages arising from the IR Committee.
1. Members agreed to take it in turns to contribute a ‘guest blog’ on an area of interest to them, for the IRC news bulletin each month. Jill Barker and Kim Gainsborough will be covering October and November.
2. Lesley Mercer joined the committee for lunch and a presentation of thanks on her first full day of retirement from the CSP as ERUS Director!
3. The new Director, Claire Sullivan, talked briefly to the committee about some of her ideas and plans and some of the likely key challenges ahead.
4. Elaine Sparkes (currently SNO for the East Midlands) has been appointed as interim Assistant Director. The post will be recruited to permanently next April
5. Heledd Tomos has joined the committee as the nominated representative for Wales, replacing John Walpole. The committee is also seeking a new directly elected member for Northern Ireland and all ideas and expressions of interest are welcome
6. A number of issues have been thrown up by the recent exercise to update the CSP membership lists for a possible industrial action ballot. These will be discussed in more detail over the coming months. Please can I just encourage people to access their online CSP account and update your details. The stewards have been doing a great job to update membership lists but it has been a big struggle for them on a national front.
7. The committee considered the current position regarding NHS pay across the UK. It was agreed to continue to update the membership lists for NHS members in England and to convene a meeting of the pay reference group in late October to review whether or not the CSP wishes to proceed to ballot members for industrial action short of strike. Feedback and views from members on this issue continues to be mixed. It is worth noting some of the successes from previous action the link below provides a small summary.
- In relation to Wales the committee agreed to consult members over any offer of a longer-term deal and then to refer the outcome of that to the pay reference group for further consideration9. In Northern Ireland, the committee agreed that we should continue to apply concerted pressure for a Ministerial decision as there has still been no announcement as to whether or not NI will implement the PRB recommendation
10. The committee agreed that we should gather information on vacancy procedures and long recruitment delays through both stewards and managers. Also, that members would be encouraged to feed in information about recruitment difficulties to the CSP
11. It was agreed to request a slot to hold an IRC fringe meeting at ARC on future sustainability of the NHS
12. It was also agreed that an ‘easy guide’ for members should be drawn up on future sustainability of the NHS
13. The committee agreed to promote the TUC’s video encouraging young workers to join unions to the SEC and wider student community and also to seek a delegate to attend the TUC Youth Conference in 2015 (delegates need to be under 26) and interested volunteers are welcomed
14. The committee agreed a number of action points arising out of the TUC Congress this year, which had been attended by 5 first time CSP member delegates. These included:
• to publicise to members the new online petition to repeal part of the health and social care bill and the value of lobbying MPs locally ahead of a debate on this private member’s bill on 21st of November.
• to be aware of, and support, the Stand up for Justice campaign. The justice system is currently undergoing extensive privatisation and fragmentation and this is resulting in deleterious effects to quality services and accountability
• to publicise a new film called ‘Pride’ to CSP members. The film, which has attracted excellent reviews, is about the role of LGBT members in the 1984/5 miners’ strike.
15. Don’t forget the TUC march this weekend Oct 18th: Britain Needs a Pay Rise- see video below and reasons to go.
The main message to take away from this blog is that we are better together. The society needs members to engage and update their memberships details so that we can we truly represent what members want. Likewise if you have suggestions you would like to take forward to CSP council please attend your regional network meetings so that regional council members can take your ideas forwards.
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