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July, 2012:

Your Rights are Further Eroded






There has never been a more important time to join a union. Members of unions work collectively to defend their members’ rights and employment conditions. One of the rights you will previously have had is the right “not be unfairly dismissed” but from April 2012 the period you must be employed to have the right not to be unfairly dismissed rises from one to two years. This new legislation affects anyone employed after 6 April 2012.

The new legislation is part of the government’s idea to rejuvenate the economy by making it easier to dismiss staff (and hence less risky, it argues, to employ someone in the first place).

The Labour Research Department’s (LRD) journal says:

“Even taken in its own terms, the government’s evidence for such ideas is embarrassingly weak.”

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) surveyed employers and only 1% agreed – when prompted – that “dismissal/disciplinary action is the regulation that most puts them off employing staff”.

Changes in Summary

  • The service requirement for claims for unfair dismissal has increased from one to two years for all new starters joining on or after 6 April 2012
  • The tribunal considering cases will no longer include two lay members with workplace experience as employer and workplace representatives. Unfair dismissal cases will usually be heard by a legally qualified judge, sitting alone.
  • The maximum deposit a claimant can be ordered to pay before being allowed to continue a claim has increased from £500 to £1,000.
  • The maximum costs award a tribunal can make has increased from £10,000 to £20,00 and witness expense are no longer publicly funded.

If you teach or are in an academic related role in Further or Higher Education you can join UCU here:

First Coaches for O20 from the South West Region

March for a Future That Works, London, October 20 2012



The first coaches are beginning to be booked in the South West Region. This page will be updated as more detail emerges.

Ful details of travel to this march nationally is posted and coordinated here:

To facilitate the exchange of information on coach and train bookings, car sharing, accomodation and organising meetings in the South West Region visit and “like” the page?

South West Region

Locking Road Car Park, Weston super Mare BS23 – A coach for members of North Somerset UNISON and their friends and families and others, depending on availability. See here for details:

Bretonside Bus Station, Bretonside, Plymouth PL4 0BG – Two coaches organised by The Plymouth Trades Council. See here for details:

UNITE members

Free Transport for members and their families.
For the South West: Contact Laurence Faircloth

Departures: Poole Railway station at 08:30 and Bournemouth Unite office, Holdenhurst Road at 09:00. Coaches coming from Plymouth (call 0845 605 2192 or 01752 424 129) and Gloucester (call 0845 604 8325 or 01452 223 440).

For national Unite details see here: and here (please check here for updates)


UNISON members and their families can book coach seats for FREE by going to the Unison website I see from this link that seats are free to Unison members but MAY be opened up to others.

 “We may open up the coaches to members of other unions and community groups at the seat cost near to the time if we are able to do so. If you have particular requests please email our dedicated mailbox”

 “Our Cornwall coaches are being organised separately through the Local Government, and Community and Acute health branches. Because it is such a long way members will be able to travel up on the Saturday and stay overnight before the march, and then travel back late Sunday, rather than have to leave very early and get home very late. To book your spaces please contact, as appropriate:

Cornwall Local Government – Katherine Smith and Gill Allen on 01872 270499
Cornwall Acute Health – Carla Whiting on 01872 253165
Cornwall Community Health – Rachael Hale on 01208 256264″

Exeter Anti-Cuts Alliance

Well done to Exeter Anti-Cuts Alliance for organising two coaches going from Exeter on a first come first served basis. £20 waged and £10 for unwaged, students and pensioners. Contact Jim Thomson, Exeter Anti-Cuts Alliance  at / 07745803599.

Bridgwater Trades Union Council.

have booked a coach to attend this rally to show their support for this TUC event and fellow Union members. They will charge a minimal fee of £2.00 per person for the trip to London. Leaving 0630hrs from Bridgwater bus station. Returning from Victoria embankment 1700hrs. To book your seat contact Glen Burrows Oh seven seven 22087675 or email Places are limited so book now. Link to BTUC poster

Bath University

UCU and other unions in Bath are sending coaches to the TUC rally A Future that Works in London on October 20th.   Coaches leave the campus at 8.45 and Laura Place at 9 am returning from London at approximately 5 pm.  Tickets £5 – to book email

Claire Nicholls – NUT

is organising NUT coaches from Bristol: 7.15 from centre, 7.30 from Eastville, 5pm return. £5 per ticket, free for children, NQTs & retired members.

Contact Claire for more details or to book: nutbristolyoungteachers[at]