A C15 Branch Meeting will be held on

Tuesday 8th April at 7.p.m.

29 Albert Street

APRIL 2014 - Changes to Tax and thresholds comes into force

An increase in the income tax personal allowance to £10,000

APRIL 2014 - Early ACAS conciliation comes into effect

From April 2014 before lodging a claim to the Tribunal all claimants will need to notify Acas first, where conciliation will be offered. If conciliation is unsuccessful within the set period the claimant can proceed to lodge a tribunal claim.

APRIL 2014 - Power of Employment Tribunal to impose Financial Penalties on employers

The Employment Tribunal will have the power to order an employer who has lost a case to pay a financial penalty to the Secretary of State of between £100 and £5,000. The penalty will be imposed where the employer has breached any of the workers rights and the breach has one or more aggravating features.
Far-reaching reforms that change Labour's historic links with trade unions were backed by 86% to 14% at a special conference on Saturday.

Most speakers at the London meeting praised the changes to the party's structures that were put forward by Ed Miliband following controversy over Unite's involvement in the selection of a Labour candidate in Falkirk last year.

The Labour leader insisted the biggest transfer of power in its history would help build a strong party that would help make the voices of working people "louder".

A defiant Len McCluskey said the changes would increase trade union involvement in the party and insisted Unite was "going nowhere".
More than 190,000 high street staff will be trained to spot the signs of dementia under a raft of new measures to help people with the condition.

Workers at Marks & Spencer, Argos, Homebase, Lloyds Bank and Lloyds Pharmacy will become "dementia friends" to provide better support for sufferers.

An estimated 800,000 people have already been diagnosed with dementia, but experts expect this figure to soar to 1.7 million by 2051.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the new package of care would make the UK a world leader in fighting the illness, which he described as "horrific and heartbreaking".
"(This) is about government, clinicians, business, society and investors coming together to raise our game on every front, from speedy diagnosis to compassionate care, and from help on our high streets to the quest for a cure," he said.

NHS England is to invest £90m in an attempt to diagnose two thirds of people with dementia by March next year, targeting areas where it can take up to 25 weeks to carry out a diagnosis.
Under 18s in England are to be banned from buying electronic cigarettes, the government has announced.

Experts say it is not yet known what harm the tobacco free devices could inflict and that their contents could be damaging young people's health.

An estimated 1.3m people in the UK use e-cigarettes which were designed to help smokers quit.
Ministers also plan to make it illegal for adults to buy traditional cigarettes for anyone under 18.
Electronic cigarettes mimic the effects of real cigarettes, producing a vapour that is potentially less harmful than cigarette smoke and free of some of its damaging substances, such as tar. The vapour does often, however, contain nicotine, the addictive substance that provides the "hit" in cigarette smoke.
The jury is still out about just how safe e-cigarettes are, and nobody knows what their long-term impact is on health.

Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB union, has said trade unions would support a new voting system for Labour party leader that stripped MPs of the right to vote.

He said the issue was a storm in a Westminster claret glass.
But he said the unions would not accept any reforms that weakened the collective affiliation of the unions to the party, notably its collective voting power at party conferences.
He added that the reforms would require a five-year transition.
GMB Member From Consett Co Durham Wins Employment Tribunal Against 'Accept Care Limited' Which Broke Working Time Regulations And Failed To Give Daily Rest And Rest Breaks

It is important that workers join GMB so that they have access to expert legal advice provided by GMB membership as new Tory laws increased the cost of taking bosses to court for anyone not in a trade union.
There are many reasons for growing poverty levels in Britain, not least among them mass unemployment, rising prices, inadequate pensions and benefit cutbacks.

But with the majority of people in poverty now in working households for the first time ever, low pay has become one of the main drivers of poverty and one of the main reasons why increasing numbers are finding themselves unable to escape from it.
Grandparents should be given the right to request unpaid leave as they are so involved with childcare, the TUC says.

It has called for an extension of their right to ask for time off to look after grandchildren, which currently only applies in emergencies. The TUC estimates that seven million grandparents provide regular childcare for youngsters aged under 16.