Branch request for information - Urgent
The ACAS talks continue much to my own feelings that there is absolutely nothing in it for our members at this time. That said we are part of the wider group and although I have not agreed to continued ACAS activity for our branch is because there is just not enough reassurance for the protections on your terms that should be required by all the representatives involved.
That obvious question aside and we have continued to press for some required indicators there may be some talks attended for on Wednesday next week that will potentially look to address the concerns the unions have on the operational plans for the delivery of services.
It is matter of record that the Joint Unions are concerned that the Innovation Wessex are not an independent assessment certification group that could legitimately offer Aurelius and Working Links a genuine endorsement to provide services under the design they have already signalled fit for purpose.
The Trade unions are on record that we do not believe the model is in fact fit for purpose and the growing and yet denied significant increases in SFOs is enough reason alone, you would want to encourage the employers to halt their break neck speed plans. To stop look and work more in a collaborative way to manage the changes over a staged and trialled period.
Not a chance of that under their own decisions yet through ACAS there has been some acceptance they need to have a review of the concerns for the safety of the Public that only the unions are obviously exposing at the moment.
Before we enter into the current mire any further and facing their continued delay tactics this employer seems well adept it would help the negotiators of the SSW branch to hear of all of your current crisis situations.
The way you are being treated
The fears and anxieties over the case working workloads and staffing numbers
First hand accounts of sickness and the gaps in both team and team location travelling and cover arrangements
The wider risks that you genuinely perceive in the way the work is devolved to staff
The IT and the general matters that are now all but impossible to manage effectively as we used to
The upscaling and downgrading of risk cases to PSO
Duty cover arrangements
Case oversight risk management
SFO Numbers especially and locations
Changes to your role current and planned
How you see the operational changes and whether anything positive can be drawn to our attention
We in Napo branch appreciate this is short notice but you will understand that the ACAS talks are all but live and events are moving daily if not weekly. I am not certain that we will get to the outcomes that we require before talks but we would like as much support as is possible please to make the case based on the facts from members not just the claims made by management. Please circulate this to Non members who may want to contribute and of course please join NAPO if you are not a member. Also examples from all the linked union areas.
Please e mail me direct your views or Denice James on the email or directly to Napo HQ For Ian Lawrence General Secretary and firstname.lastname@example.org Or your regional NAPO representative for Wales and BGSW.