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08 June 2023

Accord TSB newsround

June 2023
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Your newsround this month...

Carers Week

This week is Carers Week (5 – 11 June) – an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Accord works closely with TSB to influence the policies that support you at work – including a carer’s policy. Did you know that TSB’s carer’s policy gives colleagues with carer responsibilities up to 70 hours (pro rata) of paid leave per year? And you don’t have to be a registered carer or in receipt of a carer’s allowance to benefit. The policy and eligibility criteria are available on TSB’s intranet.

Senior Accord rep, Michelle White, has been a carer all her life and is a strong advocate of the policy. Earlier this year, Michelle met with Wendy Chamberlain MP to talk about carer’s leave – you can read more about it here. If you’d like to know more about the policy or have any questions, please contact Michelle: [email protected]

Parental leave

Another policy that’s hugely beneficial to staff is TSB’s parental leave policy which gives co-parents up to 20 weeks paid leave (a big improvement from the previous offering of 2 weeks). The improved policy came into effect in February last year following joint work between Accord, Unite and TSB in an effort to enhance support for new parents. And since its launch, co-parents have taken an average 96% of paid leave.

Ongoing consultations with TSB

Accord meets regularly with TSB to discuss strategies, policies and issues raised from members. Our current agenda includes:

If there’s anything else you’d like us to add to our agenda, please email: [email protected]

Accord reps

We’re delighted to welcome Hayley Selbie from Sunderland and Furrukh Riaz from Barnwood to our growing team of reps.

Accord reps support members with any work-related concerns and can signpost the relevant help and support. They aim to be your voice in the workplace – taking issues forward for us to include on our agenda.

If there isn’t a rep in your area, why not consider taking on the role? Reps are allowed paid time-off for union duties and full training will be given. To find out more, please email our senior rep: [email protected]

How would you like to hear from us?

We've been gathering feedback from our members in TSB to help us identify the best ways of communicating with you about membership matters and union news.

Please complete our survey – it’s really short and won’t take you more than a couple of minutes.

To say thank you for sharing your views, we're giving everyone that takes part in the survey the opportunity to win one of 3 cash prizes (3 x £25 prizes).

You’ll have to be quick to respond – you have until 5pm on Friday 9 June to be in with the chance to win.

Making the most of your membership

Here’s a reminder of some of the extra benefits that can help you save money and are free to access as part of your Accord membership:

Let us know your thoughts

If you have any feedback on the above items or would like other items to be included in our discussions with TSB, please contact [email protected]

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