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 […]

UNISON Northern’s Anti-Racism and Self-Organised Black Members’ work continues in Middlesbrough

UNISON’s Middlesbrough LG Branch was delighted to be able to participate in celebrating the second Black History Youth Awards Dinner hosted by Cultures CIC, in Middlesbrough Town Hall. UNISON Middlesbrough LG Branch has also become one of the sponsors of the event, supporting the vital community organising work which underpins the event. The awards celebrate […]

Low paid cleaners to be outsourced by Middlesbrough Council

Cleaners working for Middlesbrough Council say councillors are planning to outsource their jobs simply to save money and are worried the move will see them earning lower wages and suffering cuts to their pensions in future. The 140 workers – who are among the lowest paid at the local authority – have been told their jobs are to […]

Show Racism the Red Card Ambassador Programme

We are working with Show Racism the Red Card to deliver our Ambassador Programme. The course is open to all UNISON members and runs for one day per week for 6 weeks from Tuesday 8 October until Saturday the 16 November. The course aims to take participants on a journey from challenging the myths around immigration and […]

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

As someone who recently finished their academic journey through our state primary and now secondary school system, I know the detrimental toll that nine years of ideologically Tory / Lib Dem driven austerity has had on morale, investment and focus on students from some of the poorest and deprived areas of our region. With a […]

Boris Johnson is setting a timebomb for the NHS

Together we represent more than a million health and care staff. They’re the lifeblood of our health service, consistently going above and beyond to make sure we can all rely on world-class care when we need it most. A no-deal Brexit could devastate the NHS and social care. And if this government goes ahead with […]

UNISON’s Clare Williams features in new Show Racism the Red Card film

UNISON is proud to work with Show Racism the Red Card and we are pleased to have been able to participate in the new film which features UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger Mackenzie and Regional Secretary Clare Williams.  

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 providing me with support throughout the campaign. I’m looking forward to working with members in the weeks, months and years ahead. We share […]

South Tyneside workers and public support local food bank

Janet Green, UNISON South Tyneside LG Branch Secretary organised for a donation to a local food bank this week. As the branch welfare officer Janet set up donation points across South Tyneside – including South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Hospital. Food banks provide for individuals and families in crisis for example […]

UNISON brokers pension breakthrough for low-paid health workers

Hundreds of outsourced porters, catering, domestic and security staff in Northumbria are to get the same pension as NHS workers after a year of negotiations, says UNISON today (Thursday). Many of the employees at private firm Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd (NHFML) – a wholly owned subsidiary company set up by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation […]