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: Clapping for our carers and protectors? Clap for better pay and PPE too – Guest post by Jamie Dickinson

This pandemic has been incredibly tough on our communities and has exposed the true damage of the past decade of ideologically driven austerity and relentless privatisation. Many who were already in poverty are being pushed further into deprivation.    Communities are having to adapt to social distancing measures, including being without so many of our loved […]

Thank you to all the key workers who are delivering our public services

No matter how difficult the last few weeks have been and will likely continue to be I am in awe of how our members have stepped up and worked incredibly hard during the crisis

Blog: Give the best gift this Christmas, Save the Planet – Guest blog by Ronagh Craddock

Ronagh Craddock is the climate change lead for UNISON Northern. It is now officially December which means we can talk about Christmas, and I know that the best gift that I can give to my friends and family this Christmas is to save the planet. Tackling the climate crisis sounds like a big task – […]

Blog: Sharon Hodgson MP on Public Services and Labour’s Green New Deal

For this blog I managed to have a catch up with Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West to discuss public services and Labour’s Green New Deal. Clare Williams CW: Public services are all really struggling to provide the services they want with the level of government funding cuts and we’re wondering what your thoughts […]

Blog: Why Teaching assistants like my Mam deserve our solidarity – Guest post by Jamie Dickinson

Ignored by the government once again, why Teaching assistants like my Mam deserve our solidarity.

Blog: Police and Crime Commissioner For Northumbria – Guest post by Kim McGuinness

On 19 July I was honoured to have been elected as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and one of the most enabling factors in this was my union, UNISON.

Blog: Interview with UNISON President Josie Bird

For this blog Paul Riley our Digital Lead caught up with the newly elected UNISON President, Josie Bird. PR: Thanks for joining us Josie, congratulations on being elected UNISON’s President for the next 12 months, have you had a busy first week? JB: Well it actually hasn’t been that busy yet, I got home from […]

Blog: Stonewall 50 years on – Guest post by Craig and Sophie

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. A milestone in LGBT+ history when people began the fight back against societal and legislative oppression and bigotry. A lot has happened in the 50 years that have passed.  Homosexuality has been decriminalised in many countries around the world, 139 countries/states since 1969 alone. Protection from […]

Blog: Crisis in social care

Clare Williams talks about the crisis in social care following the results of a UNISON survey published last week.

Blog: UNISON – Biggest, Boldest, Best

UNISON has shown the true value of union membership through the campaigning and representation of our members. Last year we celebrated 25 years of UNISON and we announced that not only are we the biggest public sector trade union – but the biggest overall union in the UK.