Investment and Development Directorate

UNISON Organisation

Lead Officer: Nicky Ramanandi

Stewards   Investment and Development Directorate Archive


September 2016

I & D were the first group of staff to work within an agile environment on the 9th Floor as part of the Office Accommodation Programme. Some outstanding issues were raised with UNISON who met with Karen Brown who leads the Project team. Feedback has been provided on how these issues will be addressed.


July 2016

The first joint DJC between ACX, Resources and I & D took place on Monday 27th June. The agenda covered feedback from the staff survey, agile working, Combined Authority/Devolution and Politically restricted posts. The DJC was well attended and future dates have been shared.

JUNE 2016

Regular Directorate Joint Meetings

Following sustained pressure from UNISON, the council has agreed to calendar regular Directorate Joint Meetings. Resources, Chief Executives and Investment and Development.

The following stewards and Branch Officers will be asked to attend:




May 2016

Fairer Housing Unit

As part of the budget proposals the following proposals were shared with staff -

As part of consultation feedback was provided to management, however the decision has been taken to implement the proposals. This has resulted in 1 FTE being at risk, support is being provided to the member.


November 2015

Agile Working

The final layout for the renovated 9th Floor is due to be shared with staff and will show where teams will be allocated. UNISON meet regularly with project team and it has been agreed that as part of this programme lessons learned from this pilot floor need to understood and addressed before the next stages of renovation within the Tower block.


October 2015

Agile Working

Regular updates have been provided on the introduction of agile working and the move for I & D staff will take place at the beginning of November. UNISON have been integral in providing support as various issues have arisen due to the ongoing works and the impact these have had on staff on the 8th floor. Communication was sent out to all members highlighting some of the issues and how UNISON responded and what UNSION expected in terms of the project teams response.

In addition there were a number of queries raised from members regarding how agile working could work. These have been forwarded to the project team and responses provided to the membership. There has been a lack of communication from those leading on the project and it is the regular communication from UNISON that have kept staff updated.

The local shop stewards have been an integral part of the process. I attended the agile working group and will continue to do so after the move takes place.  UNISON have raised the issue of lessons learned, and how this will need to happen to ensure the same issues do not arise again as building works continue throughout the tower block. A full update will be provided at Branch Committee.


June 2015

The new Head of Transport has not yet been announced .

Fairer Housing Unit

The Housing Project Officers have been reduced from 2.6 FTE to 1 FTE. Support is being offered to the members in this area.


Full consultation took place and responses provided to queries raised and consultation has now closed.

Discussions are on-going regarding the Team Manager role, and throughout the year all JDs will be revisited.

Consultation will take place with either teams or individuals dependent on the role.

Agile Working

A staff briefing for I & D was held by the Director Tom Warburton.

Tom went through proposals for agile working, outlining the rationale, the approach and what it would mean for staff. These proposals do outline a different way of working and include

UNISON have set up an open meeting for members to go through the proposals as part of consultation. Feedback will be provided at Branch Committee.

Local Negotiations: Agile Working


May 2015

A new senior management structure has been proposed this is due to a review being undertaken regarding capacity and the capabilities required within the I & D team. The structure was carrying 2 vacancies. These vacancies have been deleted and have been replaced with Head of Strategic Property and Head of Transport. The Head of Development Management has been deleted and replaced with Assistant Director of Planning. The post holder remains the same.

Fairer Housing Unit

The Private Rented Service are going through a review. The proposal is reduce the Housing Project Officers from 2.6 FTE to 1 FTE. Consultation has taken place with feedback being provided. The selection process has now started. Support is being offered to the members in this area.


Proposals in this area have been shared, the rationale behind the changes is to introduce more flexible working across teams to create a stronger integrated Planning service. 4 new posts are being proposed and the transport policy team will move across to sit under the new Head of Transport once the post is filled. Meetings will be set up with members as part of consultation. Job descriptions across the teams will be looked at to see if these are fit for purpose but this will be over a period of time. Consultation on the structural changes is due to close on 1st May.


May 2014

I continue to try and build the stewards network within this area. I also have a standing invite to the Directorate Management Team meetings.


April 2014

The DJC was held on March 6th, and a number of Councillors attended. UNISON raised the issue of ongoing dialogue with regard to services that sit within this division and a commitment was given that this would continue. I have a standing invite to the Directorate management Team meeting should this be required and I am continuing to try and build our shop stewards network in this directorate.


February 2014

There are 2 shop stewards in this area, and in the year ahead I will continue to try and grow this group. The DJC is due to take on March 6th at 4.30pm, I will be seeking agenda items for this.

I met with the new Director for this area Tom Warburton, this was an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to each other, I gave an overview of the good industrial relations to date and asked for a commitment that these continue going forward. I have a standing invitation monthly to the Directorate management Team meetings for I & D.


September 2013


Ged Bell - Labour Councillor is the portfolio holder for this area chaired the meeting. The Assistant Directors and Heads of Services all attended. It was agreed that regular meetings would take place with Unison and the new Assistant Directors and Heads of Service.

We currently only have one shop steward in this area, so I am looking at how we can build on this across the directorate. If you know of anyone who works in Investment and Development who would be interested in becoming a rep/shop steward please get in touch with me at the Branch Office


New on Site


Learning at Work Week

15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.

Distance Courses

Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.


NEC Elections

Branch nominations and ballot details.

'There For You’ Newsletter

This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.


Branch Lottery

Winners in March.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

Executive pay bandwagon rolls on

Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay

Employment law changes this April

New minimum wage rates kick in

UK lags on maternity

Merger heralds new teaching union

Consultation on caste discrimination



New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

Inflation leaps to 3.2%

More regulation of gig economy needed

Appalling risk of suicides in construction

Fat cats — the great pay divide

Racist abuse after Brexit vote

Lack of diversity at top in Wales


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

Swings and scooters of inflation basket

No real improvement in weekly earnings

Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage

Zero-hours contracts at record high

Unemployment falls below 1.6 million


AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget

Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

Company merger and acquisitions in 2016

Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high

GMB take on DX delivery firm

Former chancellor's nice big earner

Charter to stop violence at work


March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

Trade Union Act regs come into force

Gender pension gap leaves women short

Violence at work — the nasty truth

Bookseller's £7m salary

Money purchase pension are norm

British Gas denied appeal in Lock case

Government fails in ethnicity review


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.


Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

Government green paper on pensions

A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay

Employers — don't miss out on talent

Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff

Economic growth revised upwards

Work fears of disabled people revealed

In the papers

Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East


Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess


Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


Affiliations and donations

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


In the papers

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

Racism at work

Economy grows but there's a shortfall

Advice on gender pay gap from Acas

Tories offer no solution on discrimination

Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools


A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

Death by a thousand fire service cuts

Guidance on stress

Modern-day slave traders jailed

Fees let bad bosses get off scot free

Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017

Get tough on pay, says pension funds


Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act

Inflation rates at highest since 2014

Retail inflation eating into earnings growth

UK unemployment at nine-year low

In the Papers

Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint

TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights

Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage

High street store fined over safety

Manufacturing output edges higher

Child poverty briefing


Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff

Plans for a Universal Basic Income

2017 — economic forecasts for year

'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone

Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts

UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse

UK economic growth revised upwards