Welcome to UNISON Wakefield MDC

The Wakefield District Branch of UNISON has approximately 9,000 members and whilst the majority of those members are organised across WMDC we also have members organised amongst over 80 other employers.

These members also deliver key services to the public, some of these members are from the Meat Hygiene Service, Colleges, Probation, West Yorkshire Joint Services, the Voluntary Sector, Housing Associations, the caring fields, Wakefield & District Housing, car parks and areas of education other than the LEA to name but a few.

LGPS - sign the petition

Pension petition

Local Government Pension Scheme - Sign the Petition (15/07/11)

We request your help with a Parliamentary petition we set up about the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Over 86,000 people like you have already signed it. Please join them today, it takes just 30 seconds to do so. If we don’t get 100,000 signatures by September we will have missed the opportunity for a debate in the House of Commons

Please sign the petition here.

What’s the problem?

The government has announced plans to force individual Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds to invest in UK infrastructure projects. This is instead of direct government funding of important projects – even if it doesn’t give the best return for LGPS members’ pensions.

UNISON is not against LGPS funds investing in infrastructure, but we believe that investment decisions should be made by the fund managers and their members, not government ministers. Such a significant change to pension funds should be debated in Parliament.

Some five million people rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme to pay their pension. This is why UNISON has launched the petition calling for a parliamentary debate on the matter and is asking you to sign it today.

Even if you are not a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme, please take the time to sign this important petition. If this proposal does go ahead, it could have much wider implications for members of other pension schemes and could affect you and your own pension in the future.

Best wishes

John Cafferty
REGIONAL SECRETARY

 

News headlines

Can you afford to lose £50 a Week in Tax Credits? (30/06/16)

Universal Credit usually pays less than Tax Credits. About a million people who are entitled to Tax Credits aren’t claiming. That’s why UNISON has teamed up with entitledto Ltd to deliver the UNISON Tax Credit (Take Up) Calculator to help people claim Tax Credits before Universal Credit arrives locally.

Tax Credits

On 11 April 2016 the help people get with Universal Credit is being cut. 80,000 people in work will be hit immediately. Single parents, for example, lose over £50/week. The roll-out of the new Universal Credit software starts in May and will be completed by 2018. Once it arrives locally you won’t be able to apply for Tax Credits.

Universal Credit usually pays less than Tax Credits. The government says no-one who moves from Tax Credits to Universal Credit will be worse off. That means if you sign up for Tax Credits before the change, the amount of money you get will stay protected when you move over to UC, so long as your circumstances don’t change. This could be worth as much as an extra £50 a week for some people and over 5 years as much as £14,000.

Find out more here...

 

Latest newsletter published (25/04/16)
Government withdraws plan to stop check-off for subs payment (20/04/16)

The government has withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from their wages.

As the House of Lords started its report stage debate on the Trade Union Bill last night, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges confirmed that the government was withdrawing the plans to end check-off in the public sector and civil service.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, who led the extensive lobbying campaign in both the House of Lords and the Commons, welcomed the move, saying the bill is still flawed, but today’s move “is a real improvement”.

He added: “I’m really proud of UNISON and the campaign we’ve run on check-off: persistence and focus paid off.”

Commenting on the announcement last night, Mr Prentis said: “There’s much that’s wrong with the Trade Union Bill, but banning unions from using the check-off system to collect membership fees from employees in the public sector was among the most mean-spirited of all its proposals.

Young woman holds up banner against the Trade Union Bill

UNISON: campaigning against the bill

“But thanks to a good deal of union campaigning behind the scenes, UNISON and the TUC have built an effective coalition in the Lords that persuaded the government a ban would be both unjustified and unnecessary.

“Now at least UNISON can concentrate on campaigning to protect public sector employees at work and the services they deliver, safe in the knowledge that it will not have to spend the next year running around workplaces with direct debit forms for fear of losing much of its income.

“Employers and unions across the public sector will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at today’s news that there has been a sensible change of heart in Westminster.

“And there’s no cost to the public purse as a result of this decision.”

 

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