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Members of Unison, GMB and Unite in Sandwell Council, West Midlands, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the strike action, in response to the decision to set up a private children’s trust. Earlier this year it was decided that Sandwell’s struggling children’s services department, rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in June …

25th November 2016Read More »
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The latest edition (Autumn 2016) of Branch Lines is now available for you to download. It includes several important topics that impact directly on our …

8th November 2016Read More »
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Adults’ Services has been carrying out an ‘options appraisal’ of its in-house provider service (such as day care and residential centres for people with learning …

8th November 2016Read More »
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A UNISON survey of 2,858 social workers has revealed that they reject key aspects of the government’s proposals to reform the sector.  In August and …

8th November 2016Read More »
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The West Sussex schools’ campaign ‘Worth Less?’ has now hit the national press and TV, after widespread coverage locally. The Guardian focused on one of …

7th October 2016Read More »
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The RMT rail strikes starting Tuesday 11 October will go ahead after talks broke down between the union and Southern Rail. The RMT put forward …

7th October 2016Read More »
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The West Sussex Gazette recently reported that West Sussex schools may have to consider not opening five days a week if the government fails to …

28th September 2016Read More »
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Ill-informed, clumsy and ineffective outsourcing is not the sole preserve of local or central government. Here’s a local example from the health sector you might want to help challenge. Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has offered the retail and catering facilities in its main entrances and receptions out to …

28th September 2016Read More »
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged his ‘100% support’ to a national libraries demonstration aiming to highlight the “clear and present danger” to Britain’s public …

28th September 2016Read More »
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UNISON is deeply concerned about last minute changes to the council’s plans for a new ‘Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help Service’ (IPEH). The new approach …

19th September 2016Read More »
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