Regional secretary’s blog

Clare Williams is UNISON Northern’s Regional Secretary.

Read Clare’s blog for views on issues that are important to members in the Northern Region and nationally.

Blog: Healthcare assistants are taking a stand over fair pay, a blog post by Clare Williams

Strike action is a last resort and can still be avoided if the Trust do the right thing and give a firm commitment to back-pay eligible staff up to 1 July 2019 as a minimum.

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Blog: Wishing you a Merry Christmas by Clare Williams

We’ve achieved so much in 2023 – let’s continue in 2024

Blog: Let’s celebrate the Stars in Our Schools – Guest post by Catherine McKinnell MP

I’m passionate about ensuring that every child gets the best start in life. That means ensuring we have an army of vital support staff keeping our schools going.

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Blog: Local Service Champions – Guest blog by Rue Kudya

Today is UNISON’s annual celebration of local government workers. Whether it’s the staff who keep buildings clean and safe or the worker supporting a resident with their benefits query, Council staff regularly go above and beyond for their communities.  This vital work is often hidden from the public and as the largest union in local […]

Blog: Getting active in schools – a guest blog by Jane Shortland

My trade union journey began more than 30 years ago and I have never looked back. I took part in Return to Learn (R2L) that whetted my appetite for not just learning for myself, but also to support other UNISON members through their learning journey. From R2L, I became a Voluntary Education Adviser, then a […]

Blog: Health & Safety interview with Rebecca Ash

This week we are focussing on Health & Safety (H&S). We managed to catch up with one of our H&S reps, Rebecca Ash from Gateshead Healthcare Branch. Hi Rebecca, thanks for taking your time out to speak to us. No problem. How long have you been a H&S officer? Since September 2019 What does your […]

Blog: Rise up to Get Pay up in Local Government & Schools

UNISON has launched an industrial action ballot of over 360,000 local government and school workers in England and Wales. The ballot closes on 4 July. After over a decade of declining pay, our members are struggling to deal with the rising cost of living despite providing a vital role in our communities.  The offer on […]

Blog: International Workers’ Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day takes place on 28 April each year, it is a day to remember and honour workers who have lost their lives due to work-related accidents or illnesses. It is a time to reflect on the importance of health and safety in the workplace and to renew our commitment to ensuring that […]

Celebrating champions in our colleges – A guest blog post by Maxine Young

On Friday 10 February, UNISON is celebrating Champions in our Colleges day.

It’s Local Service Champions Day, let’s celebrate – a guest blog post by Diane Peacock

Today UNISON celebrate our first-ever Champions Day in local government.