2019 has been designated UNISON’s Year of the Young Worker and we are working with Show Racism the Red Card to deliver our Young Ambassador Programme. The course is open to all young members and runs for one day per week for 6 weeks from Tuesday 8 October until Saturday the 16 November. The course aims to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Join us at Durham Miners’ Gala

The 135th Durham Miners’ Gala takes place on Saturday 13 July The Gala is the biggest Labour Movement event in Europe and this year one of the key speakers is Dave Prentis, General Secretary so we want to see a huge wave of UNISON members showing their support. UNISON members and their families are asked […]