Category Archives: Campaigns

Local and national campaigns

Branch Delegate Report – Hazards Conference Keele University

This branch sent a delegate to the Hazards Conference at Keele Unviersity 26-28 July 2019.

They have produced an outstanding report on the conference theme of “Cleaning Up Toxic Work” and it is well worth a read – with some very pertinent song lyrics at the end!!

Hazards 2019 Conference 26-28 July 2019



City Council Budget Proposals August 2019

If you are affected or potentially affected by the August 2019 City of Stoke-On-Trent budget, please do not hesitate to contact the convenor below for your workplace area, who will be more than happy to answer any questions, discuss any concerns or listen to any worries you may have.

City Director – Amber Robinson – mobile 07786 330404. Email

Early Intervention, Children & Family Services/Public Health & Adult Social Care – Justin Ashton mobile 07880 966510.  Office telephone 01782 235453. Email

Housing & Customer Services, Place Growth & Prosperity – Sean Finney. Mobile 07767 814284.  Office telephone 01782 235452.  Email

Unison’s aches, pains and strains campaign

28 February 2019 was national RSI – or repetitive strain injury – awareness day and Unison is taking the opportunity to launch a campaign for better management of all musculoskeletal injuries.

The union has conducted research into a random sample of 50 claims made by UNISON members that have occurred because of musculoskeletal injuries.

We found that 90% of such claims were caused by basic failings in risk assessments, while 21% of the claims were caused by staffing difficulties, with staff often being forced, to single-handedly manually lift loads that required two people or more to do it.

And one of the most common reasons regulatory bodies have to take enforcement action against employers is when equipment such as slings or hoists is poorly fitted or maintained.

UNISON’s acting national head of health and safety Robert Baughan said: “This shows employers too frequently failing to carry out their basic health and safety duties.

“It also shows the damage this government’s austerity agenda – and the resulting staffing cuts – is doing to our members’ health and safety.”

Members and reps can help to reduce injuries by:

  • becoming or recruiting safety reps – the more safety reps we have, the more effectively we can hold employers to account’
  • complying with any health and safety guidance and instructions from employers;

Health and safety reps should be calling on employers to:

  • carry out robust risk assessments;
  • where possible, eliminate the need for manual handling by providing mechanical aides;
  • where this is not possible, reduce the risk by minimising manual handling or ensuring there are sufficient staff to safety manage difficult or heavy loads;
  • providing suitable, appropriate and well-maintained equipment, such as adjustable visual display units and chairs, and well-maintained and appropriate lifting aides such as slings and hoists.

A useful aches, pains and strains leaflet is available for members to download – aches, pains and strains – member leaflet

Disabled Members Annual Report 2018 – Fighting For a Fairer Future

The 2018 Disabled Members Report – “Fighting For A Fairer Future” is a comprehensive report on the activities of Unison disabled members nationwide throughout the year and is well worth a read – Disabled Members Annual Report 2018

Report of delegate on Hazards Campaign Keele University 27-29 July 2018


Features in this report include:

  • Families Against Corporate Killing
  • Grenfell Tower Tragedy
  • Investigating Incidents & Injuries
  • Fire Risk Inspections
  • Fighting Sexual Harassment

and much more.  Well worth a read…

Hazards Conference Delegate Report July 2018

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