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Holocaust Memorial Day – ‘How can life go on?’

UNISON’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event will this year be held on Wednesday 25th January at 4.00 pm in the Blaydon and Gibbs Suite, Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “How can life go on?” and we hope to reflect that in our event which will feature testimonies […]

Libraries Seminar – Postponed until Monday 13 February 9.30 – 4.00 pm. Newcastle Central Library

Libraries and Library Services have been serverly hit due to the Austery agenda.  8000 jobs have been lost, 343 Libraries closed, over 15,000 volunteers introduced and many more buildings handed over to either community groups or external providers.  Libraries are one of the few free open spaces in society, they are often the heart of […]

Show Racism the Red Card pays tribute to its supporters at the 4th Hall of Fame Event

Earlier this week, Show Racism the Red Card held a special 20th Anniversary celebration and Hall of Fame event at the Speaker’s Residence, Houses of Parliament at the invitation of the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House. The event combined a review 20 years of anti-racism campaigning, a commitment to continuing to […]

Santa’s NHS bursary list: Has your MP been naughty or nice?

Earlier this year, MPs had a chance to vote ‘yes’ to stop the government’s proposals to scrap NHS bursaries. Now it’s time to find out whether your MP was naughty or nice and send them a seasons greeting! Scrapping the NHS bursary will leave student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with over £52,000 worth of […]

UNISON launches search for local champions in North East Ambulance Service

The North East Ambulance Branch (NEAS) of UNISON Northern launched its campaign to find local champions working within North East Ambulance Service on Thursday 8 December which will run through to the evening of the 20th January at an awards and celebration event.  To find these ‘champions’ UNISON is asking its members and the public […]

Durham teaching assistants strike suspended to allow time for talks, says UNISON

Three days strike action this week (6 – 8 December) by Durham teaching assistants have been called off to allow time for further talks aimed at settling the dispute, says UNISON. The union is keen for urgent progress to end the long-running dispute with the county council over the proposed move to term-time contracts. But […]

Young Workers Month Celebration

On November 30th to cap off TUC Young Workers Month the Northern Young Members group held a screening of this season’s blockbuster hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Cineworld in Middlesbrough. Young Workers Month is an opportunity for union reps, activists and campaigners to reach out and inform young workers about trade […]

New Middlesbrough regional office officially opens tomorrow

Tomorrow  (Friday 2 December) at 12.00 noon Clare Williams, regional secretary will be officially opening the new Middlesbrough regional office of UNISON, the public service union and will be joined by local MPs Tom Blenkinsop and Alex Cunningham as well as UNISON staff, member and invited guests. The new office is staffed by UNISON organising […]

UNISON suspends today’s teaching assistants’ strike action

Strike action involving teaching assistants that was due to affect schools across County Durham today (Thursday) has been called off so talks aimed at solving the dispute can take place, says UNISON. The school support staff employed by Durham County Council had been about to take their fifth day of action today, and a further […]

Schools to close as Durham teaching assistants take second two-day strike action

More than 100 primary schools across County Durham will be affected tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday as teaching assistants strike for a second time in a long-running dispute over cuts to their pay. School support staff plan to protest at dozens of picket lines across the county over the two days. This will mean the closure […]