This is my first newsletter as Chairman of our Union, having been elected in January 2020 The leadership, i.e.me, has been criticised as to the lack of communication and I have to take that on the chin. We have not communicated as we should. I hope that can now be rectified. There are two reasons, not excuses.
- New to the post
- The time it has taken to fully split from the SLCC
The Committee have had a rough time in finally breaking away in deed as well as word from the SLCC. It has been rather a painful separation with a new communication regime and website to mention but two major projects. It all takes time and effort, and something had to slip. That happened to be communication or the lack of it and for that I apologise and I will see if I can alter that.
As I said there is a new number to contact your Union on if you have any employment issues, as soon as it went live calls came in. I hope not to receive too many, that meaning there are no employment issues. If there are any issues you want advice or support on, we are here to help. The new number is: –
One of the things that has worried me since I have been a clerk – and I know it worries a lot of other clerks as well – is the bullying that we suffer at the hands of our employers. I personally as an ESO (Employment Support Officer) supported clerks when they have suffered bullying when carrying out their contracted work. I was one of the first ESO’s to be appointed by our then representative body the SLCC, having supported my colleagues in my previous profession for over 15 years. I now have nearly 30 years representing colleagues. One thing that has always concerned me is that we as ESO’s can only support clerks up to the point of the ending of employment. This was not what I was used to and I hope we will eventually be able to support members right to Employment Tribunals, if necessary. To that end I have been in negotiation with an insurance provider to try and assist in this area. When I have more information, it will be in a newsletter explaining the details.
I now have information relating to another strand of how your Union are attempting to tackle bullying on a National level. A clerk who had been the subject of bullying contacted her MP, who in turn asked various questions of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. https://members.parliament.uk/member/54/writtenquestions?page=2
I have subsequently spoken to Dr. Julian Lewis MP and explained to him issues surrounding bullying within our sector, I have supplied him with anecdotal evidence together with details of two other MP’s who have been contacted by clerks regarding their issues. He has given me an assurance that he will explore the thoughts of other MPs with an ultimate aim to having this as a debate in Parliament. When I know further details, I will add these to a future newsletter.
Chair – ALCC Union