Welcome to UNISON’s website for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Branch. We have over 4,000 members and our team are committed to getting you the best outcome possible. As a campaigning branch you will see us out in workplaces across the borough, supporting local events and organising to secure the rights of all our members in Rotherham.

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The Hope Church Food Bank Appeal - Your help needed (12/09/14)

The Hope Church, which is situated on Grove Road in Rotherham has been subjected to a break in. The church, which runs a foodbank for families living in poverty, has been ransacked. The foodbank has been destroyed and will be closed for a few days while volunteers repair the damage and clean up. 

When the foodbank re-opens there is likely to be a backlog of people in need of its support and a shortage of food due to the theft.

UNISON asks to you to make a donation of a non-perishable item(s) of food such as tinned or packet foods (pasta, rice etc). Any donations can be brought to the UNISON branch office and we will pass them on to the foodbank. Alternatively you can drop them off at the Hope Church on Grove Road.

The foodbank is a vital resource for some of the most vulnerable in our community and we hope you will be able to support this appeal.

Children's Centres - Latest Bulletin PLUS Survey(04/08/14)

UNISON Campaign Saves 3 Centres - Bulletin

Please also fill out the following survey to help us to campaign further.

UNISON delivers Living Wage for RMBC Staff! (12/05/14)

Living wage

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have confirmed that they will pay the living wage to around 1500 members of staff from October 2014.

This will mean a rise for those on the lowest pay - boosting the hourly rate up to £7.65 per hour, which is £1.34 more than the National Minimum Wage rate for workers aged 21 years and over.

UNISON Rotherham has actively campaigned for the Council to adopt the living wage, which they originally stated was unaffordable, and we collected hundreds of petition signatures in support of our campaign last summer.

This successful campaign highlights UNISON Rotherham’s ongoing commitment as a campaigning union and demonstrates the success we can deliver when we campaign strongly. The council have confirmed that the costs incurred by this increase are budgeted for and if you think you may benefit from this wage rise and would like to discuss further please contact the branch office.

Update your membership details - draw to win £50 vouchers (28/03/14)

For all existing members who update their personal details during March/ April 2014 they will be entered in to a draw to win £50 of ‘M & S’ vouchers.

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Please return completed forms to UNISON Rotherham, Freepost RRJH-AGLL-EKHE, Lawrence House, Downs Row, Rotherham, S60 2HD

LGPS changes April 2014 (28/03/14)

You may remember that in 2012 UNISON members voted in favour of accepting the changes to the pension scheme that had been reached following negotiations at National level.

These changes will now come in to force from April 1st 2014. UNISON Rotherham has briefed all it’s workplace stewards on these changes and how they will impact on staff. If you have any questions please speak to any rep or contact the branch office should you wish to arrange a meeting or workplace visit with a pensions champion who will happy to discuss the changes in more details.

Find out more details here...

Save Our SureStart Children's Centres (March 2014)

save our sure start

Rotherham Council will close 13 children’s centres to save £2.2 million. In what it calls a re-configuration of the service...but to us it looks like decimation.

We are yet to learn which centres will be closed or how they have been chosen but we do know that more than 100 jobs will be cut and we believe the “re-configured” service will leave thousands of vulnerable under-5s and their families without adequate access to support.

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UNISON Members vote to accept changes to terms and conditions (10/03/14)

UNISON Rotherham Local Government non-schools members have recently voted 59% in favour of accepting changes to terms and conditions that RMBC presented to them. (Accept 59% Reject 41%)

Branch Rules and Constitution (25/09/12)

The new Branch Rules and Constitution has been published. You can find it here...

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