Category Archives: Organising

There For You School Uniform Grants

There For You have set up a limited fund to help Unison members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.

Eligibility criteria and other frequently asked questions – School Uniform Grant 2019 Questions & Answers

Application form –  School Uniform Grant 2019 Application Form

Closing date for receipt of applications is 19 July 2019 at:

There For You, Unison Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

A promotional poster is available for display – School Uniform Grant 2019 Promotional Poster

 

 

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Unison Branch Vacancy Bulletin – May 2019

The branch has a number of officer vacancies for its Executive Committee:

  • Women’s Officer
  • Labour Link Officer
  • Recruitment Secretary
  • International Relations Officer

Information on these posts are available on the latest branch vacancy bulletin –  May 2019

Branch Annual Report

The annual report details the hard work undertaken by branch officers during 2018. Well worth a read….

2018

Why Do You Need To Be A Unison Member?

Unison does a lot more on behalf of it’s members than first thought!!

Report of Branch Delegates to Local Government Conference Brighton June 2018

The branch recently sent a delegation to the Local Government Conference in Brighton 18-19 June 2018.

A comprehensive report with outstanding drawings has been produced by one of our delegates, Duncan Bourne.

Well worth a read…… Conference Delegation Report

 

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.”

High Fives For Unions And Their Good Work

New evidence of the good unions do has been published by the TUC in a series of reports.

The reports by academics Alex Bryson and John Forth take account of the characteristics of the workplace, including size, industry and ownership, to isolate the impact of unions themselves on what happens at work.

The studies also take account of how strong the union is in the workplace and whether an individual worker is actually a member of a union or not.  They also analysed the impact of collective and workplace bargaining agreements separately.

The top five findings are:

  • unions are good for pay: Bryson and Forth found that unions secured a 6.5% increase in pay across like workplaces
  • unions improve training: union members are up to 5% more likely to have received off-the-job training in the past year
  • unions are better for family life: workers in unionised workplaces are less likely to say that there is a long hours culture at work and employers in workplaces with a strong union are less likely to say that it’s up to the individual employees to balance their family and work life;
  • unions keep the workforce stable: unions reduce the number of people who voluntarily leave their place of work, reducing turnover and
  • unions are good for innovation: Bryson and Forth found that workplaces with collective and workplace bargaining agreements had higher scores for innovation.

These studies, say the TUC provide fresh evidence for what union members and enlightened employers have always known – a strong union is good for workers and good for business.

www.tuc.org.uk/added-value-trade-unions