Becoming a Union Learning Rep – Guest post by Sarah Eaglestone

My name is Sarah Eaglestone. I am a Union Learning Rep (ULR) for UNISON. If you had of asked me the question “ What would you like to have achieved in five years time  “ five years ago ….. I would never have thought it would be what I have to date. Thanks to UNISON […]

LGBT History Month – Guest Post by Jennifer Black

During February most of us are thinking about AGM’s, be that with our Branches, Service Group or SOG’s. The Regions LGBT SOG is no different however February is also a particularly busy time for them as it is LGBT History Month. This celebration in the LGBT Community originates from the USA, having been started there […]

One Day Without Us

Today, thousands of migrant workers will take part in the UK’s first day of action under the banner, One Day Without Us. This is a day of awareness and celebration of the contribution of migrant workers who live, work and study in this country. UNISON is also supporting this event and has joined other campaigning […]

New Stewards add to UNISON’s strength in Durham and Middlesbrough

UNISON Northern Region strengthened its team of workplace activists with a highly successful Workplace Stewards course held in County Durham. The flexible, modular training course covered the topics of UNISON’s structure, equality issues, recruitment, representation and employment law. The eight talented and committed women members volunteered to become trained stewards to strengthen UNISON within their […]

Women’s Network AGM Supporting the NHS Rally

This Saturday saw the women’s network AGM being held with some of the best participation to date. We showed our support for the TUC campaign Heart Unions week and then joined colleagues, comrades and members of the public on the NHS march and rally which was held in Newcastle. The turnout was fantastic with an […]

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Return to Learn: Learning and Organising in South Tyneside

UNISON members gathered at a South Tyneside hotel to celebrate their achievement at the weekend residential school which marked the end of UNISON Northern Region’s ‘Return to Learn’ course. The fifteen week course was aimed at UNISON members who had not taken part in formal education for some time or who had not found the […]

Libraries Seminar – Monday 13 February 2017

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 […]

March and Rally for our NHS – Saturday 4th February

Our NHS is now at breaking point and it is time for us to take action.  A march and rally is taking place in support of our NHS on Saturday 4th February in Newcastle.  Assembly is at 11.45 at Framlington Place (adjacent to the RVI) where we will be marching to Greys Monument for a […]

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 […]