Blog: Pay up now

Our Pay Up Now campaign has hit a crucial milestone. After months of campaigning in workplaces across the region and nationally our UNISON petition to get parliament to debate the issue of public sector pay was a huge success with over 140,000 people signing it. The debate is happening on Monday 4 December 2017 at […]

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Blog: Durham Miners Gala

It was a huge honour to be invited by the  Durham Miners Association to address the Big Meeting on Saturday, especially when that meant sharing the platform with so many great speakers and representatives of our movement. In particular, it was a pleasure to be alongside Angela Rayner and Jeremy Corbyn – two great UNISON […]

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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UNISON suspends today’s teaching assistants’ strike action

Strike action involving teaching assistants that was due to affect schools across County Durham today (Thursday) has been called off so talks aimed at solving the dispute can take place, says UNISON. The school support staff employed by Durham County Council had been about to take their fifth day of action today, and a further […]