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16 July 2021

Accord reps round-up July 2021

A digest of the latest news
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A digest of the latest news

Here’s a quick update on stuff that relates directly to your role as a rep and things we think you'll want to know about...

Lifting restrictions in England

On Monday 12th July, the UK Prime Minister confirmed that all restrictions in place in England will be lifted. This morning we communicated with all our members about what this means for staff in England from 19th July.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey about how LBG should handle the easing of lockdown rules. The feedback formed an important part of the bank’s decision to make minimal changes at this time.

Make sure your colleagues who aren’t yet members know that being a member of Accord really does make a difference – their voice is heard. Spread the word! The more members we have, the stronger our voice. Check out the details of our current recruitment offer at the end of this update.

D & E grading changes webinar

We got a fair bit of feedback from our grade D & E members following the Newsflash that went out on 25th June.

And a number of them expressed an interest in hearing a bit more about the discussions. So, we’re hosting a webinar on Wednesday 21st July to give members the opportunity to put questions to Accord’s senior negotiators.

If you’re a grade D or E and fancy joining the session, make sure you register.

Book your place


TUC flexible working survey – win a £50 Love2Shop voucher

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on where, when and how we work. During the pandemic, many people have been able to work more flexibly, but for others this has not been possible.

The TUC has launched a flexible work survey for union reps to hear about flexible work both before and during the pandemic. The survey only takes 5 minutes and results will help inform how reps are supported in the future.

Those who complete the survey are in for the chance of winning a £50 Love2Shop voucher.

Complete the survey


Long Covid petition

On the 20th June the TUC launched its report looking at the impact of long Covid on workers. Details of the report can be found here.

We’re still learning about long Covid but know it will have a real and sustained impact on workers and that the number of workers who have it for longer than a year is likely to increase from the 385,000 cases we know of so far.

To address this the TUC is calling on the government to recognise long Covid as a disability under the Equality Act, and to ensure there is a right to compensation for anyone who contracts long Covid through work.

You can show your support by signing this Megaphone petition and sharing it with the members in your workplace.

If you don’t know much about long covid, check out our help centre article for more information.

Like the TUC, Accord believes that long Covid-19 should be specified in law as a disability. We’re asking LBG not to wait for legislation but to lead from the front and recognise it as a disability so that long Covid related leave is recorded separately from sick leave, recognising that some workers who have long Covid may have different and higher forms of sickness absence.

My Accord magazine survey – win a cash prize

Since Covid-19 began, we've continued to produce our My Accord magazine but as an online publication.

The last issue was sent to members on 24th June - you can view it online here.

We're now gathering feedback on the magazine to help us shape what we do in the future, and to improve our membership offering.

We really appreciate your views, and to say thank you, we're giving everyone that takes part in the survey the opportunity to win one of 5 cash prizes (4x £25 prizes & 1x £100 prize).

Complete the survey by 5pm on Tuesday 20th July to be in with the chance to win.

Share your views now


BWC: Understanding grief & supporting bereaved colleagues webinar

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On Friday 6th August, we're teaming up with the Bank Workers Charity for a webinar to explore grief and supporting those who are bereaved. We'll cover:

This one-hour event will be hosted by Accord through the Microsoft Teams platform. The session will start at 11:05am but participants are encouraged to join a few minutes before.

Unable to attend? Register to receive the recording.

Book your place


BWC: Managing anxiety in the "new normal"

After many months of lockdowns and measures in place, it’s no wonder some of us are feeling anxious as we navigate into the ”new normal”. Feeling uneasy about things changing again isn’t unusual.

The Bank Workers Charity (BWC) recently conducted a poll asking you what you felt most anxious about as we draw closer to the lifting of restrictions. Based on their findings, BWC have shared some tips to help reduce anxious thoughts and put your mind at ease over the coming weeks.

Read BWC’s guide to anxiety for more advice and support. There are lots of other ways BWC can help too, so if you’re looking for support for yourself, your partner or children, call their free and confidential Helpline on 0800 0234 834, or use their Live Chat service to speak with an adviser - they’re open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (except bank holidays).

Please share this information with your colleagues to remind them of the support available.

Guide to anxiety

And finally...

The past 18+ months have been difficult for Accord as an independent union. We’ve continued to lose members who have left the Group through resignation, redundancy or retirement and we’ve not had as many new members as we need join us due to the restrictions in place, curtailed recruitment in the Group and the fact that many of our reps have been working from home.

If you know a colleague who isn’t yet a member of Accord or Unite, tell them about the important work we do on their behalf and ask them to join you in supporting us. Everything is published on our website, so the latest news section will be a good starting point.

We’ll give them free membership for 3 months and donate £10 to the Trussell Trust to support foodbanks for every new member who joins us before the end of August.

They can join online here using the code 3FREE when the sign up.

Thank you for supporting your union through these difficult and unprecedented times.


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