If you work or have worked for Discovery in Somerset, you could be eligible for a share of the financial settlement UNISON secured for members in September 2019.
Please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to inform you whether you may be eligible for a share of the financial settlement.
We will update your membership record with any e-mail address you provide to ensure we are able to update you with progress on this issue.
What was the Employment Tribunal about?
UNISON lodged the Employment Tribunal on the basis that both Somerset County Council and Discovery failed to adequately inform UNISON of some of the steps Discovery intended to take after the transfer of Council Learning Disability Services and failed to provide sufficient information about the implications of the transfer.
What settlement was reached?
UNISON secured a financial settlement of £674,000 and agreement that UNISON and Discovery would negotiate a new Collective Agreement. UNISON’s focus in this negotiation will be to improve terms and conditions for Discovery staff.
What are the arrangements for distribution of the settlement?
UNISON is not yet in receipt of the settlement. Our priority at this stage is to identify members who are potentially eligible for a share of the settlement.
If you think you may be eligible please complete our online form:
What are the timescales involved in members receiving a share of the settlement?
We will provide timescales once we are in receipt of the settlement. Please keep an eye on your inbox as we will communicate this via e-mail in the first instance. If we do not have your current email address please update your membership record on MyUNISON.
How will UNISON progress the Collective Agreement?
ACAS (Arbitration, Conciliation Advice Service) will convene a meeting between Discovery and UNISON and facilitate negotiations. We will continue to engage with our members in Discovery to ensure that we represent their views in these negotiations.
Do I need to attend a meeting?
You do not need to attend a meeting. UNISON is attending Discovery team meetings where updates can be provided, membership feedback taken and questions addressed, if we are not booked to attend your next team meeting please contact us on 01823 355567 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a visit.
Do I need to sign any paperwork or fill out a form to claim anything?
If you think you may be eligible for a share of the financial settlement please complete our online form:
Am I eligible for a share of the settlement?
Current UNISON members may be eligible for a share based on;
- Employment in Somerset County Council Learning Disability Service prior to transfer
- Joined UNISON before 1 April 2017
- Transferred to Discovery on 1 April 2017
- Maintained their UNISON membership to date
If this applies please complete our short web form here:
I no longer work with Discovery, can I still claim?
You may be eligible if you were employed by Somerset County Council and transferred to Discovery on 1st April 2017 providing you have also had continuous UNISON membership.
If you think you may be eligible for a share of the financial settlement please complete our short web form here:
I didn’t continue my UNISON membership. How do I stand now?
UNISON wrote to members advising them to maintain their membership throughout the claim. Most recently in May 2019. UNISON can not make payment to non-members. If your membership has lapsed you will be ineligible for a share of the financial settlement.
Will my previous years of membership be taken into consideration, if I’m not a current member or if there is a gap in my membership since April 2017?
UNISON can only award a share of our settlement to current UNISON members. UNISON publicised the requirement to maintain UNISON membership throughout the claim. Most recently in May 2019. If you are no longer a member of UNISON you will be ineligible for a share of the financial settlement.