Britain needs a pay rise

Yesterday (Thursday 1st June) the TUC launched its general election campaign calling on all parties to “give Britain a pay rise”.  Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary was joined by Clare Williams, Regional Secretary in the South of the Region to highlight the impact of the Government’s policies of Austerity. As the TUC analysis shows, workers […]

The Marras Festival @ Durham Miners Gala

Durham Miners Gala is taking place on Saturday 8th July and last year over 150,000 people attended the event.  It’s one of the biggest community and trade union events in the world and now we’ve added a great value weekend festival.  It’s your chance to see some of the best bands including: The Lightning Seeds, […]

An LGBT rainbow will shine on Penshaw Monument this week

This Wednesday evening (17 May) the Penshaw Monument in Sunderland is to be lit up in rainbow colours by UNISON Northern region’s LGBT group and Sunderland City Council to mark international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT). The day is celebrated every year to remind people of the huge number of hate crimes and […]

Blog: Mobilising for the General Election

This election may have been called at short notice but we in UNISON are ready to do everything we can to prevent further years of a Conservative Government.

Chechnya: LGBT rights are human rights – Protest

All welcome let’s make this a colourful, peaceful protest and show that love and community spirit is the way to defeat hate. When: Wednesday 19th of April at 6pm Where: Times Square, next to the Centre for Life – Newcastle Please join UNISON Newcastle Hospital Branch and UNISON Northern as we protest the current persecution […]

Blog: The Kenny Bell Award

Kenny Bell was a great UNISON activist, Branch Secretary of Newcastle City Branch and Deputy Convenor of UNISON Northern, he was also a very good friend of mine.

Hartlepool Academies working in partnership with trade unions

Workplace relations entered a new era in Hartlepool when three academy trusts signed a historic recognition agreement with leading Hartlepool trade unions. Academies are schools which have moved out of the local authority family of schools and now act as employers in their own right. As independent employers, the academies have freedom to implement their […]

UNISON celebrates Operating Department Practitioners gaining Allied Health Status

UNISON, in partnership with the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), celebrated today as all Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) move to full Allied Health Professions Status (AHP).

15 min care makeover film

UNISON has today released an excellent film on facebook and twitter demonstrating that it is impossible to provide good care in 15 min. The short film features actress Claire Sweeney and we would urge you to share as wide as possible on social media and encourage people to sign the petition. The government has slashed councils’ social care budgets, leaving […]

Buenaventura Project update

UNISON Northern has had a UIDF bid accepted for a 12 month project which seeks to build on the successful pilot collaboration with NOMADESC and Show Racism the Red Card in Buenaventura, Colombia. Buenaventura is a port city of around 400,000 inhabitants (around the size of Newcastle) where human rights groups estimate that over 5,000 […]