Council openly advertising union jobs

March 12, 2012 9:00 AM

Reading Borough Council's Directorate of Corporate Resources is looking for a new Administrative Assistant. Not interesting on a first glance, but when you read the advertisement you realise it is not council taxpayers in Reading who are benefiting.
We are seeking an organised and reliable person to provide administrative and clerical support at our UNISON Branch Office, initially for a 6 month period.As well as having previous administrative experience, you will be self-motivated and capable of using your own initiative, with the ability to plan, prioritise and organise your own workload. As the first point of contact for people accessing the service, you will have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

On a day-to-day basis your duties will include: 
• providing clerical support to the Branch Officers, taking messages and diary management
• maintaining records, files and memberships
• assisting in the producing and distribution of minutes and reports.You will need to be conversant with Microsoft Office packages and be familiar with using a range of information technology databases.

Once again, another trade union is subsidised by taxpayers. UNISON in Reading Council already benefits from one full-time equivalent officer, costing over £28K. Now it is getting secretarial help paid for by taxpayers, on top of having other perks such as offices, access to e-mail, and telephones.

At a time when every penny counts, it is time the political leadership of the council did the right thing, and ended this practice. Staff have a right to union membership. No-one can take that away from them, but jobs like this should not be paid for by taxpayers already struggling to pay their council tax bills.

If you agree, why not write to the leader of the council, Cllr Jo Lovelock. I'm sure she would welcome your views!Reading Borough Council's Directorate of Corporate Resources is looking for a new Administrative Assistant. Not interesting on a first glance, but when you read the advertisement you realise it is not council taxpayers in Reading who are benefiting.
We are seeking an organised and reliable person to provide administrative and clerical support at our UNISON Branch Office, initially for a 6 month period.As well as having previous administrative experience, you will be self-motivated and capable of using your own initiative, with the ability to plan, prioritise and organise your own workload. As the first point of contact for people accessing the service, you will have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

On a day-to-day basis your duties will include: 
• providing clerical support to the Branch Officers, taking messages and diary management
• maintaining records, files and memberships
• assisting in the producing and distribution of minutes and reports.You will need to be conversant with Microsoft Office packages and be familiar with using a range of information technology databases.

Once again, another trade union is subsidised by taxpayers. UNISON in Reading Council already benefits from one full-time equivalent officer, costing over £28K. Now it is getting secretarial help paid for by taxpayers, on top of having other perks such as offices, access to e-mail, and telephones.

At a time when every penny counts, it is time the political leadership of the council did the right thing, and ended this practice. Staff have a right to union membership. No-one can take that away from them, but jobs like this should not be paid for by taxpayers already struggling to pay their council tax bills.

If you agree, why not write to the leader of the council, Cllr Jo Lovelock. I'm sure she would welcome your views!

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