Hi, my name is Graham Keegan and I am the UNISON Convenor for the Department of Finance & Culture and the City Solicitors Office. I have been an active steward for many years and on full time release to UNISON from my post as a Senior Engineer in the Traffic & Highways Unit since 2008. I was initially released for the Job Evaluation project before being appointed to the post of Convenor in September 2010.
As you are aware we face challenging times due to the unprecedented cuts imposed by this ConDem Government on Local Government Finances. Over the last three years Bradford Council has had to make cuts of £100 million to its budget and this has resulted in 1400 jobs disappearing. Whilst many of these jobs cuts have been achieved through voluntary redundancy, credit must also go to UNISON and their part in negotiating on your behalf to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies. Unfortunately there has still been around sixty staff made compulsory redundant but this is significantly less than the three to four hundred that were anticipated at the beginning of the process.
As a convenor part of my role is to support you and to play an active part in collective negotiations on your behalf. Your opinions and views count so please do not hesitate to contact me or your local steward. I do not underestimate the challenges that we face together as we try to deal with the ongoing threats to Local Government jobs and services caused by the continued cuts that are imposed by the ConDem Government to Local Authority finances. I look forward to working closely with all UNISON members & stewards; together we will make a difference to our working conditions.
My contact details are:
Mobile 07584 146 033
Branch Office 01274 432 291