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News Date29 Mar 2018
News ItemNorthants UNISON's Friday Forensic take on NCC Issue 3

HAPPY EASTER / PASSOVER I thought I would start this week with a happy thought and we all wish you a lovely time however you spend it!

I started this week in London for a meeting with National Officers and other Branches where the Police and Crime Commissioner wanted to have control of the Fire Service. Three authorities have already been agreed by Government, and Northamptonshire will be part of the second tranche late in the year. Support Staff for the Fire Service are employed by the County Council. It was a lively meeting but one in which the members must be supported in the best way possible, whether that means that they stay in the Local Government Branch or move to the Police Branch. We are lucky in the County that all UNISON Branches, Police Local Govt and Health, all have a good working relationship and Monday showed me that not all areas are the same.

We are still looking at various ways of communication and the open letter will be ready for next Friday. Nationally UNISON are trying to get us locally at the table with Commissioners. We are also going to hold a street stall on the 12th April in Abington Street to ask the public to sign the letter and we will have some free sweets for children. We are also going to hold another general meeting on 19th April and we have a national speaker which will be quite a coup. Again more next Friday.

I have also met with senior National Officers regarding our situation. In some ways Sajid Javid's announcement was welcome in that we now have some sort of timetable and brief for the Commissioners coming in. The next little while is unsettling but as I get information I will pass it on.

Our communications officer, Julia, has been on training this week to revamp our website which badly needs it. I'll let you know when it's up and running.

Have a lovely break!
Penny


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