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Local and national campaigns

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

 

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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

Unison LGBT Conference Report November 2017

 

Our delegate to the Unison National LGBT Conference held in Brighton 17-19 November 2017 has produced an excellent report.

Features include:

  • A first time delegate’s experience
  • Non binary inclusion
  • Negotiating LGBT equality
  • International LGBT issues
  • Campaigning, recruiting and organising

Well worth a read – LGBT Conference November 2017

Unison’s National LGBT Newsletter – Out – Autumn 2017 issued on 28 November 2017 is also available –  Out In Unison Autumn 2017

Unison Retired Members Conference 10-11 October 2017

The branch retired member’s secretary attended the National Retired Members Conference in Llandudno 10-11 October 2017.

Topics discussed include:

  • WASPI
  • Issues faced by the disabled
  • Social care provision
  • The problems of means testing

The report is well worth a read – Retired Conference 10-11 Oct 2017

For more information on Unison Retired Members nationally visit – https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/retired-members/

If you are interested in becoming a retired member  please contact the branch – telephone 01782 236750 or email ul-stokecity@unison.org.uk

Report On Unison National Women’s Conference Brighton

Our delegate has provided a most detailed report on the following wide range of topics.

  • M1 Zero Hours Contracts – closing the loopholes
  • M6 The Wage Penalty of Motherhood
  • M7 Pregnancy discrimination
  • M8 Women and the cuts – strategies for local campaigning
  • M9 Cuts to domestic abuse support services
  • M10 Where next with the Housing crisis for women?
  • M11 Abortion rights in Northern Ireland
  • M12 Abortion Rights 50 Years since the 1967 Act
  • M13 Proportionality
  • M14 Gender wage gap widens for women with children
  • M15 Equal pay and Black Women
  • M16 Lack of Black women participation in UNISON
  • M17 Young women must not suffer under Brexit
  • M18 Brexit- the women’s voice
  • M19 IMPACT OF EU EXIT AND WOMEN
  • M20 Increasing diversity at women’s conference
  • M21 Protecting the right of EU Women working in social care
  • M22 The Trade Union Act and the government’s austerity cuts and their impact on disabled women
  • M23 Sexual harassment is rife at work
  • M24 Overexposed and underprepared
  • M25 Working with dementia
  • M26 Why Sickle Cell matters
  • M27 Dress Code Inquiry
  • M28 Modern Slavery – Closer Than You Think
  • M29 safe travel
  • M30 Driver only trains deny accessible support for disabled women
  • M31 Bus Services in Crisis
  • M32 The State of girls’ rights in the UK
  • M33 International Day of the Girl Child
  • M036 Standing together to say no place for hate
  • Composite A PENSIONS
  • Composite B ISTANBUL
  • EM002 Child marriage is child labour
  • EM003 A Career in the NHS – still an option for women?
  • EM005 Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre
  • EM006 Our girls need high quality inclusive Sex and Relationship Education
  • EM007 The election of Donald Trump and its implications for Women’s Rights on a global scale

It is well worth a read – Brighton Women’s Conference 2017

TTIP Benefits – What Benefits!

TTIP & Democracy

TTIP or the proposed Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership deal between the US and the EU continues to progress. There have so far been some thirteen rounds of talks, all behind closed doors between US and EU representatives to bring the proposals to fruition.

Many concerns still remain about this trade deal such as not protecting public services and in particular the NHS against full scale privatisation, erosion of consumer protections around food and environment and the opportunity under the investor dispute system for multinational corporations to sue governments where decisions made by governments may affect a company’s profits.

More recently a Freedom of Information request by pressure group Global Justice Now to the Department of Business Industry and Skills has brought to light that the trade deal is likely to have NO benefit to the UK.

The report by the London School of Economics commissioned in 2013 concluded the following.

  • There is little reason to think that an EU-US investment chapter will provide the UK with significant economic benefits.
  • There is little reason to think that an EU-US investment chapter will provide the UK with significant political benefits.
  • There is some reason to expect an EU-US investment chapter will impose meaningful economic costs on the UK. Based on Canada’s experience under NAFTA, we would expect an EU-US investment chapter to be regularly invoked by US investors against the UK for governmental actions that would normally not be challengeable under UK law.

[The Investment Chapter of TTIP is the part of the trade deal that covers investor protection.]

The response from BIS also revealed that no risk assessment had been carried out for the inclusion of investor protection in CETA – the free trade deal between Canada and EU that is even further down the process of approval than TTIP.

Its little wonder that the UK government don’t really want this broadcasting from the rooftops as it’s obviously damaging to their view that we should embrace TTIP lock, stock and barrel.

Rest assured Unison along with many other likeminded organisations and trade unions will continue to campaign and highlight the very real dangers that this new style trade deal will bring to everyday life for us all. Let’s face it, if the deal was so good you’d expect a well respected institution like the London School of Economics to champion its cause. Perhaps it’s not such a good thing after all.

To learn more about the dangers of TTIP go to www.nottip.org.uk and to read the article from The Independent newspaper on this latest development go to http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ttip-uk-government-only-did-one-assessment-of-trade-deal-and-found-it-had-lots-of-risks-and-no-a6999646.html

TTIP & Democracy