Tees Valley Mayoral Elections

UNISON member and Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Sue Jeffrey, has been selected to stand as the Labour Party Candidate for the upcoming Tees Valley Mayoral elections. Sue, who is committed to bringing meaningful job growth, sustainability, and investment across the whole of the Tees Valley is also a strong campaigner for the protection […]

Living Wage New Year Resolution for Hartlepool UNISON Members

Hartlepool LG UNISON Branch made Christmas a little brighter for five of its low-paid members by successfully claiming a total of over £5,000 from their employer. Since April 2016, the UNISON members, who work for a Hartlepool care provider, were paid a ‘sleep-in’ rate under that of the National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour). Negotiating […]

UNISON condemns proposed discontinuation of licensed IVF treatment centre in Hartlepool

UNISON Northern has welcomed the prospect of further legal action from a Local Authority over the future provision of Fertility Services at Hartlepool Hospital in light of what it considers to be ‘questionable circumstances’ over the discontinuation of licensed IVF treatment in the town. Mike Hill, UNISON Regional Organiser, said: ‘As Hartlepool’s MP, Ian Wright […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – ‘How can life go on?’

UNISON’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event will this year be held on Wednesday 25th January at 4.00 pm in the Blaydon and Gibbs Suite, Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “How can life go on?” and we hope to reflect that in our event which will feature testimonies […]

Libraries Seminar – Postponed until Monday 13 February 9.30 – 4.00 pm. Newcastle Central Library

Libraries and Library Services have been serverly hit due to the Austery agenda.  8000 jobs have been lost, 343 Libraries closed, over 15,000 volunteers introduced and many more buildings handed over to either community groups or external providers.  Libraries are one of the few free open spaces in society, they are often the heart of […]

Show Racism the Red Card pays tribute to its supporters at the 4th Hall of Fame Event

Earlier this week, Show Racism the Red Card held a special 20th Anniversary celebration and Hall of Fame event at the Speaker’s Residence, Houses of Parliament at the invitation of the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House. The event combined a review 20 years of anti-racism campaigning, a commitment to continuing to […]

Santa’s NHS bursary list: Has your MP been naughty or nice?

Earlier this year, MPs had a chance to vote ‘yes’ to stop the government’s proposals to scrap NHS bursaries. Now it’s time to find out whether your MP was naughty or nice and send them a seasons greeting! Scrapping the NHS bursary will leave student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with over £52,000 worth of […]

A day in the life of an Operating Department Practitioner

This week one of our members Angela McPhee will be taking over the NHS twitter page. Angela hopes to highlight the work of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). Angela studied at Northumbria University, qualifying as an ODP in 2011 and started working in anaesthetics for Gateshead Foundation Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. You can follow Angela’s […]

UNISON launches search for local champions in North East Ambulance Service

The North East Ambulance Branch (NEAS) of UNISON Northern launched its campaign to find local champions working within North East Ambulance Service on Thursday 8 December which will run through to the evening of the 20th January at an awards and celebration event.  To find these ‘champions’ UNISON is asking its members and the public […]

Durham teaching assistants strike suspended to allow time for talks, says UNISON

Three days strike action this week (6 – 8 December) by Durham teaching assistants have been called off to allow time for further talks aimed at settling the dispute, says UNISON. The union is keen for urgent progress to end the long-running dispute with the county council over the proposed move to term-time contracts. But […]