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: Young Workers Month – Guest post by Caitlin Whiston

November has been young workers month and this year the campaign was to celebrate and raise awareness of our young trade unionist activists in UNISON could not be more important.

Health workers in the North East of England urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS  

Hundreds of health staff across the North East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 29 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an early pay rise in time for Christmas.

Blog: Black History Month – Guest post by Nicky Ramanandi

October is black history month, it’s a month where we come together to celebrate the contribution that black people have made to society and continue to do so

Blog: The importance of black history – Guest post by Mavreen Ncube

Black History Month is important now more than ever before, especially in the recent light of the Black Lives Matter movement

Only a Labour government can save the NHS, says UNISON

Speaking at a Labour Party virtual conference discussion later today (Sunday) on how best to recognise and value NHS workers, both during and after the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will say: “NHS staff have given their all for all of us. Now is the time to reward their incredible efforts and heroism, with a pay rise of […]

Blog: Returning to education, keeping you safe

UNISON has been working hard to ensure that members delivering education across a range of settings are being supported to do their jobs safely.

Blog: Why do we still need Pride? – Guest post by Neil Bellamy

June is Pride Month and sees the start of the Pride Season every year.  Although things will be very different this year, with all Pride celebrations and parades cancelled or postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is still as important as ever to remember and recognise this time albeit virtually. So why do we […]

Blog: Higher education matters – Guest post by Professor Thom Brooks

We will need our universities to thrive more than ever. Their scientists are at the forefront of finding a vaccine against the coronavirus

Blog: The murder of George Floyd is another example of the racism that blights US society – Guest post by Mavreen Ncube

The murder of George Floyd is another example of the racism that blights US society. There are those who would claim that the situation in the UK is different, but that’s not true. That is why we all have to commit ourselves to be actively anti-racist in our attitudes and our behaviours. UNISON Northern has […]

Blog: International Nurses’ Day – Guest post by Linda Hobson a Nurse and UNISON Deputy Regional Convenor

This year, 2020 has also been designated the ‘International Year of the Nurse’ to mark the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth