National Delegates Conference update 2

Update 2 NDC Issue 2 Wednesday 21st June 2017 In this issue Speech by Dave Prentis Getting the public on our side – public service campaigning Motion 2 – Organising and growing our membership in private contractors Developing an organising branch Motion 57 – A living pension Show racism the red card International rally Feedback […]

National Delegates Conference update 1

Our first update from NDC is out! NDC Issue 1 Tuesday 20th June 2017 In this issue Welcome to conference Motion 55 – UNISON and the WASPI Campaign Motion 18 – Stepping up the campaign against bullying and harassment Reflecting on LG conference Motion 33 – STPs – the future of the NHS? Composite C […]

General election 2017 – The NHS

With the election upon us UNISON considers its 5 key demands for the NHS: Increase NHS Funding Provide decemt pay and reinstate the NHS bursary Guarantee the right to remain for EU staff Put patients firsts and half privatisation Improve the working lives of health staff On Thursday June 8th use your vote to save our […]

12 new stewards join the team

Last week saw 12 UNISON members complete their accredited steward training at Middlesbrough’s Football Club. These UNISON members were from a range of branches in the South of the Region – South Tees, Middlesbrough, Teesside University, Redcar & Cleveland, Durham and TEWV all of which cover various employers ranging from Multi Academy Trusts, Probation, NHS, Higher Education, Carillion, […]

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

Last week saw the Union hold its annual Health Conference in Liverpool where I was asked to launch UNISON’s General Election campaign strategy.  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. The Tories want this […]

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.