Social Media:  Be careful what you say, do and upload, on Facebook and Twitter

UNISON are concerned that the rise in the use of “social media” such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc., and these being readily available on computers, tablets, smartphones,   has lead to a rise in disciplinary issues and tensions.  The time spent on social media during working hours aside,  problems arise when one colleague “de-friends” another, or comments are made that others may find offensive, insulting, bullying, or disrespectful (rather than humorous), or when derogatory comments are made about a manager or the institution.  This can lead to disciplinary action ranging from a warning right up to dismissal, if the conduct is serious enough to undermine the employment relationship beyond repair.



Seeking to restrict the activities of Trade Unions

The UK Government has introduced to Parliament the Trade Union Bill which seeks to restrict the activities of trade unions.

The proposed measures include: placing a range of additional administrative burdens on unions; limiting the right to strike; and allowing agency workers to be used to break strikes.

Facility Time: Facility time allows trained trade union representatives to spend some of their working day supporting and representing members with individual problems, working with managers to head–off possible disputes, making workplaces safer and promoting learning opportunities, all of which benefits both the employer and the employee. The bill requires employers to report on how much facility time has been agreed with unions. The Bill also contains a reserve power that would allow a Minister to cap arbitrarily the level of facility time employers are permitted to agree.

Payment of Union Subs via payroll:  The Bill allows the Government to outlaw the use of Check-off or Deduction of Contributions at Source (DOCAS) systems for trade union subscriptions.  Payroll deductions are used in a variety of ways by employers, with the consent of their employees, and can include deductions for charitable giving, pension contributions and bike loans.  At present the Government is proposing only to prevent union subscriptions being paid through the payroll, and not looking at any of the other deductions made.

Join the campaign against the un-necessary, anti-democratic and bureaucratic Trade Union Bill.


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