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Update News/Offers for Unison Members (28/8/19)

Update News/Offers for Unison Members (28/8/19)

Unison Members,
We hope the below information is of use to you so you are aware of what you are entitled to as a Unison member and also guidance on matters that are affecting our members of this Branch:-.

Advice On Inappropriate Associations ?
We have had an increase in Ethical Interviews relating to ‘Inappropriate Associations’. Police Staff must advise the organisation if they knowingly have an association/friendship that would not be acceptable to Staffordshire Police where it has compromised, has the potential to, or is likely to:
• Compromise the individual staff member; or
• Compromise the operations or activity of Staffordshire Police; or
• Compromise the assets of Staffordshire Police; or
• Compromise the reputation of Staffordshire Police; or
• Undermine confidence in Staffordshire Police; or
• Damage or have an adverse impact on persons or organisations with which the force has commercial or professional relationships, for example; providers of custody services, other police forces or police organisations and organisations with which the force shares information
We would also like to remind you of the ‘Knowing the Line’ campaign and reinforcing the message about having associations with vulnerable people. For further information on this campaign please visit https://sp-intranet.staffordshire.police.uk/2019/06/04/news-from-the-exec-knowing-the-line/

If you have concerns and would like a confidential discussion please contact myself at the Branch Office on Ext 5367 / 07753 229775.

Pay Award Discussions
There is an update on the open news section.

Advice if you receive a direct request for information from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)?
If you, as a member, receive a direct request from the IOPC for information, our advice is you should politely reply acknowledging receipt of same and inform them that all further requests should come through Staffordshire Police Unison. Please copy in myself at the Branch so your case can be forwarded to the appropriate representative. No responses should be made until you have received advice from Unison.

Meetings with Line Management/Unison Representation:-
Although you do not need Unison attendance at every meeting you have with a manager, if you feel a meeting evolves into an improvement plan, performance, competency, conduct or further actions you are entitled to Unison representation and the meeting can be rearranged. You have the right to halt the meeting until such time as a union representative becomes available. An example of where we would attend with you is in all stages of capability, attendance support meetings, disciplinaries, ethical interviews etc. It is the responsibility of the member to inform us of any such meetings but management should give you adequate notice to arrange representation.

Social Media Use
Whilst we acknowledge all staff members are entitled to a private life and are entitled to freedom of expression, the nature of your footprint on social media posts should be considered and the impact of such posts which could be made public and shared with a wider public audience. Police Staff must adhere to the standards of professional behaviour in this regard and ensure that their activity on Social Media does not compromise their role as a member of Staffordshire Police. Staff should be aware that posting, sharing and engaging with material on social media that is discriminatory or otherwise clearly offensive in nature could be seen as a breach of Standard 9 (Discreditable Conduct) – Police Staff behave in a manner that does not discredit the service or undermine public confidence in the Police Service.

Have your work / home address details changed?
If your details change, such as your name, home/work addresses, job title etc please let me know so the Unison membership system can be updated. Periodically we send out freebies to you but if we don’t have your correct information you may not receive them. It is also important to let us know if your salary changes as your Unison deductions are based on your salary.

Near Miss and Accident Reporting
We need to remind all staff, if they are involved in a near miss incident or accident these needs to be reported as soon as practicably possible.
For the purpose of the procedure an accident is when someone becomes injured through an incident that happened whilst on duty or visiting our premises. A ‘near miss’ is when someone could have been injured, but were not. For example a piece of guttering falls off one of the buildings and narrowly misses someone, or someone trips on a wet or uneven surface but does not hurt themselves. To report a ‘Near Miss’ go to your Origin home page, on the right hand side is Health & Safety Incident Reporting which will then take you to the reporting system for near misses and accidents.

Expense Claims
We have been advised that supervisors have been requested to double check expense claims to ensure accuracy. This is a force wide initiative so if you have yours checked you are not being singled out.

Financial Advice (Free For Unison Members)
If any Unison member would like Financial Advice please contact John Duffy on 07535 991722 or via their contact portal:- https://www.lighthousegroup.plc.uk/contact/
Legal Services (Unison Members) (You must have been a member for 4 weeks prior to the issue)
As a UNISON member, you can receive free legal advice and assistance for:
• Post Incident Procedures Representation by your branch (24hrs a day 7 days a week) (accessed via your UNISON branch)
• Employment law (accessed via your UNISON branch)
• Free 30 minutes (not work related) telephone legal advice (Contact 08000 857 857)
• Personal injury – at or away from work, on holiday or on the roads (Contact 08000 857 857)
• Serious injury – including brain injuries and spinal cord injuries (Contact 08000 857 857)
• Industrial disease or illness (Contact 08000 857 857)
• Basic will writing and reduced rates for more complex wills and conveyancing (Contact 08000 857 857)
• Criminal Law Assistance – For assistance where you are facing work-related criminal charges please contact 08000 857 857 or in an emergency outside of UNISONdirect hours, call the UNISON 24-hour criminal helpline free on 0800 587 7530. Thompsons Solicitors will help to defend you should you have work related criminal allegations.
UNISON members’ families are also covered for:
• Personal injury – away from work, on holiday or on the roads
• Reduced rates for wills and conveyancing

2020 Unison Diaries
As per a recent email, our Branch members voted, overwhelmingly, and decided to have a pad and pen instead of a diary.

Drayton Manor Ticket Discount
https://staffordshirepoliceunison.com/members-benefits/members-offers-and-entitlements/unison-plus-discounts-from-service-providers/drayton-manor-offer/

Full List of Membership Benefits
For a list of all Unison Membership benefits please follow the link below:-

All benefits

We hope this has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards
Claire Bruus