Welcome to UNISON Wakefield MDC

The Wakefield Metropolitan District 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.

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#J10: UNISON Members Strike for Fair Pay


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Local Government strike date set for 10 July 2014 (23/06/14)

UNISON today confirmed that its local government and school support staff members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking one day of strike action on 10 July in support of better pay. The decision was taken following a yes vote in a strike ballot, announced earlier today.

Local government employers have offered a 1% pay rise.

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July. We expect to be joined in that action by other unions in local government and will be campaigning amongst our members for maximum support on that day.

“Many of our members are low paid women earning barely above the minimum wage, who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable and they deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government. The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”

Local government workers have been condemned to three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving their pay reduced by almost 20% since the Coalition came to power.

You can see the full ballot result here...

Latest branch-wide Newsletter published (12/05/14)

You can find the latest newsletter here...

Wakefield charity workers vote to strike over massive pay cuts (17/01/14)

Low paid UNISON members working as Support Workers and Senior Support workers for Choice Support in Wakefield have voted to strike over cuts to their pay and conditions.
Choice Support which prides its self on being a ‘leading social care charity’ has operated the supported living contract which is commissioned by Wakefield Council for several years.
They were recently successful in their bid to run the contract for a further 3 years with a possible extension of 2 years.

The effects of these cuts will leave members facing severe hardship with real term cuts of thousands of pounds annually.

The same members who provide a vital service to some of the most vulnerable in society, whose jobs are already both physically and mentally challenging, are now being told they must do it for even less money, and on worse terms and conditions.

To add further insult, Choice Support has informed UNISON members that if they don’t agree to the draconian cuts, they will serve them with notices of dismissal to take place before the end of March 2014, when they will be offered re-engagement on worse terms and conditions.

Choice Support is not a charity that is in financial difficulty.

Do not privatise the Probation Service: Sign the e-Petition (22/10/13)

Sign the e-petition ( If we get over 100,000 signatures it will be considered for a debate in Parliament )

Do not privatise the Probation Service

Privatisation of the Probation Service and 'payment by results' is unlikely to work in reality.

Many offenders will not be supported to make the necessary changes in their lives, as the 'results' will not be overt. Privatisation of a service such as this can cause a lot of harm, especially if it is money orientated, true and accurate 'results' may not be reflected in reality. Businesses want to make profits, not losses.

Low to medium risk offenders can turn into high risk offenders overnight. People working with offenders should be well trained and skilled professionals.

Sign the e-petition ( If we get over 100,000 signatures it will be considered for a debate in Parliament )

Guide to 24+ Advanced Learning Loans (unionlearn) (19/04/13)

This guide provides basic details for union learning reps of how the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans will operate for adults accessing further education through the workplace.

It also explains where to get extra and more authoritative advice and information and suggests approaches that trade unions might take. The decision to take a loan is entirely for the individual and they may wish to take careers and financial advice before doing so.

The loans are being introduced because of reductions in public funding for adult learners of 24+ years.

Download the guide here...

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