Monthly Archives: February 2018

Branch Newsletter February 2018

The latest branch newsletter is available.

Features include:

  • Health & Safety Spotlight – Stress At Work
  • What Have The Trade Unions Ever Done For Us – SOT Council no longer attacking terms and conditions for those who work unsocial hours
  • Did you ever wonder where Unison’s colours came from?
  • Ever wondered how your Local Government Pension is invested?
  • When did women get the right to vote and what was the Representation Of The People Act?
  • There For You – Unison’s Welfare Service For Members

Well worth a read – February 2018

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Did you every wonder where Unison’s colours came from?

Does the colour scheme on the medal look familiar to you? Do you know what it is?  Well, it is actually a hunger strike medal from the women’s suffrage movement and represents the colours of the suffragettes.   In 1908 the women’s Social and Political Union or WSPU adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green which would distinguish them in the political movement. Emmelin Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper Votes For Women wrote “Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, white stands for purity in private and public life and green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.”

Health & Safety Spot Light – Stress At Work

Strain on employees at work is seen to be a major cause of Mental Health issues, a government-commissioned report shows that mental health is costing the UK economy almost £100 Billion a year and figures show that around 300,000 people leave jobs due to mental health issues.

If work place stress is causing an issue you can approach your Unison representative/Health & Safety representative in confidence to see if the issue can be dealt with through a discussion with the employer or to offer support.

Please do not suffer in silence there are a number of confidential services available to access.

The branch Health & Safety Officer is Brian Tomkinson – email brian.tomkinson@stoke.gov.uk or telephone 01782 235452