Category Archives: Unison

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

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There For You – Winter Fuel Grant Application Form 2018

There For You are now inviting applications for their Winter Fuel Grant 2017-2018.  In order to be considered the survey must also be completed and returned with your form.

Only one application per household will be considered. The maximum grant award is up to £50 and will be paid by cheque to the member.

There is a limited amount in the fund and once exhausted, no further awards can be made.

Priority will be given to anyone who has not previously received a winter fuel grant.

Eligibility Criteria apply as detailed on the application form.

Please note the following important information:

  • Due to the growing number of incomplete applications  that we now receive, this year we will be returning any form that has information missing.  A letter  setting out what information is needed along with a Freepost Envelope that can be used to resubmit their form will be included.
  • The closing date for receipt of completed applications is no later than 16 February 2018. The postal address is on the application form.

Application Form & Survey – Winter Fuel Grant Application Form 2017-2018

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers – Winter Fuel Grant FAQS 2017-2018

Promotional Poster – Winter Fuel Grant 2017-2018 Promotional Poster

Unison Branch AGMS February 2018

Two advance diary dates:

The City of Stoke-On-Trent Local Government Branch AGMS will take place on:

Monday 12 February 2018 at 1pm, Tolkien Room, City Central Library. Buffet at 12.30 pm – must be pre-ordered by Friday 2 February 2018.

Monday 19 February 2018 at 12.30 pm, Windsor Room, Civic Centre, Stoke. Buffet at 12 midday – must be pre-ordered by Friday 9 February 2018.

Promotional poster including instructions on how to order food and details of the the free prize draw – agm2018poster

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

 

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

Branch Annual Report 2016

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The annual report reflects the work undertaken by the branch January – December 2016. It is well worth a read – 2016