Calling all Circle Members….

Calling all Circle Members….

How should UNISON respond to the threat of
de-recognition? Have your say…

Clarion and Latimer management has decided to de-recognise trade unions for all staff, pending the result of a survey they have told us will run in January 2017. Your new employer has shown very little willingness to work constructively with us up to this point.

How do you think we should respond?

Are you willing to take industrial action to protect Trade Unions right to negotiate on your behalf?

To those members who have already voted, thank you. Please encourage your colleagues who are members to do the same. The more votes we get, the better picture we will have of how we should proceed.

Please do not assume industrial action means going on strike, for more explanation see frequently asked questions below.

Please vote YES or NO to the following question:

“Are you prepared to take industrial action in defence of trade union recognition and the unions’ ability to protect your jobs, pay, terms and conditions?”

There are different ways you can vote in this ballot:

  1. Complete the ballot online 
  2. Print out and complete this form. Return by post to Barney Wakefield, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AY

Please ensure that you only vote once.

Please think carefully about using a work computer to return your ballot. Your employer is allowed to access all your work communications. It may be better to  complete the ballot on your smart phone or personal computer.

The reply will only go back to your union and will be kept totally confidential. Please respond by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Download a schedule of meetings to discuss the merger/tupe

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. “What is an indicative ballot”?
A. It is similar to a survey of union members to find out their views. It is NOT an official ballot by the unions on industrial action. That could come later.

Q. What is “industrial action”?
A. This can mean many things such as lunchtime and evening protests, only working your proper hours and only to your job description. It could as a last resort mean strike action but only after an official ballot.

Q. Will I still be able to get advice and support from the union if we are derecognised?
A. Your individual rights to advice and representation are not affected. You will still be able to receive advice and representation from UNISON Stewards and staff as before. Recognition relates to collective bargaining over jobs, pay, terms and conditions.

Q. What else are the unions doing?
A. We will be holding meetings across the Group and also lobbying MPs/Assembly members and Councils to review their relationships with Clarion and if necessary boycott until we have an agreement. We are asking for support and solidarity from other trade unions and resident Groups. An online petition is being set up and we will also be contacting pension’s funds and investors about the risk that such a damaging and unnecessary dispute poses to their investments.

If you have any questions please contact Barney Wakefield – b.wakefield@unison.com, 07817120556

Your rights to advice and representation

UNISON wants to make clear to all its members that if there is a period of time where we do not have recognition with Clarion Housing Group, or Latimer, your individual rights to advice and representation are not affected. You will still be able to receive advice and representation from UNISON Stewards and staff as before.

Recognition relates to collective bargaining and some other issues, but we thought it was important to make this clear at this stage. If you have any questions, please get in touch:

  • Email: l.baldock@unison.co.uk Phone: 07432 735 157
  • Email: b.wakefield@unison.co.uk Phone: 0781 712 0556

If you have questions about the proposed merger, or the current Circle reorganisation, please contact John Gray on John.Gray@circle.org.uk

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