|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
Editorial CommentOur continuing story of the Industrial Relations Act and, in this issue the 0 & M Team report and the account of the proposed amendments to the N.H.S. Superannuation Scheme are examples of activity or legislation which effect us all. Nobody should worry too much that a letter to The Standard ('our' magazine - with a nod to Mr. Breslin) will bring down the government, but it would be of great interest to find out how you react to such items.
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Social Therapy ReviewPerhaps it's better to start on an article with a few complaints rather than ending with them. The reason being, I think, that lots of people read the first half, decide it doesn't apply to them, and miss the important bits at the end. That's probably why some people are still sitting along the walls of the Recreation Hall during the cinema shows. The reasons for not doing so have been listed in a previous article and carry as much weight now as they did when first implemented. It is a fire risk. How can expect our patients to keep this rule when many of us do not adhere to it ourselves? Once again, we ask staff not to sit apart from the main body but to come and join us. The second issue, is a question of "where have all the flowers gone" or rather the plastic saucers on which we do the flower arrangements? Although we revisit each ward the week after this venue is held we find our stock of saucers sadly depleted, so depleted, in fact, that we haven't any left. We would ask the staff concerned to help us find these trays as we need them desperately. Each one is marked Soc. Therapy, and short of vanishing into thin air I can't think where they might be.
Ref: Mr. Ronald HankinsonIt was with deep regret that we heard of the sudden death, on the 8th August, of Mr. Ronald Hankinson. Ronnie retired in September 1958, having been a member of the male nursing staff for over 33 years. He was highly respected by both patients and his colleagues. On retirement Mr. Hankinson was a Deputy Charge Nurse. He was well-known for his work for local charities, was a councillor for a number of years, a founder member of the Hospital Staff Social Club - for which he was Subscription Secretary for many years. Members of the hospital staff who knew him well, will, I am sure, join together in extending our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Hankinson and the family.
Having now completed, (what I was told on commencing work here in August 1967, was the initiation period) five years service with the hospital, I thought it would be a pleasant change for someone to say thank you for five very happy years in the hospital service. During this time I have made many new friends; renewed old acquaintances and made new ones. I have also met some people who have not always seen eye to eye with me - especially doing the job I do and I would therefore ask anyone who feels they are not getting the service they should to either contact me or any of my colleagues and come along to see for themselves some of the problems we have to deal with, even sometimes being something of a Psychologist.
In addition, now that the upgrading of the heating system is underway in the doctors' residence upstairs, the banging, drilling and queer smells enveloping the area around the Hall Porters, main entrance and Committee Rooms, have to be experienced to be believed.
Through all this, I and my four colleagues are still giving you the best SERVICE WITH A SMILE.
|1.||Improved arrangements for preserving and improving superannuation rights on changing employment.|
|2.||Reduction in the amount of service needed to qualify for a pension (including a widow's pension) from ten years to five years.|
|3.||Abolition of the five year qualifying period for death gratuity.|
|4.||Pension and lump sum benefits to be based on years and days of service (rather than completed years and half years.)|
|5.||Benefits based on the 80ths method to be based on final year of service: or, if more advantageous, on best of last three years consecutive service.|
|6.||Better rates for people retiring through ill-health.|
|7.||Higher widow's pension (half husbands pension entitlement and additional payments in early months of widowhood.|
|8.||No reduction of lump-sum retiring allowance payable to married men in respect of service after the operative date.|
|9.||Improved children's pensions.|
|10.||Optional membership available to certain employees at present excluded.|
|11.||Arrangement permitting purchase of added years of service.|
|12.||Re-employed pensioners enabled to receive benefit of pay increases in post-retirement jobs.|
|13.||Provision for injury allowances to be improved.|
|a)||provide for their election or appointment||b)||define the manner in which they can be removed from office||c)||specify their powers and duties within the union.|
|a)||trade union matters such as recruitment, maintaining membership and collecting contributions.||b)||industrial relations matters such as handling members grievances; negotiation and consultation.|
|a)||the number of shop stewards needed in the establishment, including. senior stewards and deputies;||b)||the work groups for which each steward is responsible.|
|a)||give their shop stewards written credentials, setting out their powers and duties within the union, including any authority to call for industrial action;||b)||Seek agreement with management on the issue of joint written credentials, setting out the relevant rights and obligations of the stewards and of management.|
|a)||the period of office of the shop steward;||b)||the work group he represents.|
|a)||time off from the job to the extent reasonably required for their industrial relations functions; permission should be sought from the appropriate manager and should not be unreasonably witheld;||b)||Maintenance of earnings while carrying out these functions.|
|a)||lists of new employees;||b)||accommodation for meetings with the employees whom they represent with other stewards and with full-time union officials;||c)||access to a telephone and the provision of notice boards;||c)||the use of office facilities where the volume of the steward's work justifies it.|
|a)||review the type of training most appropriate for teh steward's needs and take all reasonable steps to ensure that stewards receive the training they require;||b)||seek to agree on the arrangements for leave from the job to attend training courses, including compensation for loss of earnings;||c)||accept joint responsibility for training in the use of arrangements for communication and consultation and for handling grievances.|
|Miss B. Thompson||Cadet|
|Miss D. Twist||Cadet|
|Mrs. P. Faulkner||N/A|
|Mrs. E. Welch||N/A|
|Mr. K. Summersgill||Staff Nurse.|