Category Archives: Unison

Join the Branch at the TUC March & Rally – London 12 May

TUC March & Rally London – Saturday 12 May  11 am – 4pm –  A New Deal For Working People – Hyde Park London

The march will assemble on the Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11 am. It will move off at 12pm and march to Hyde Park.

The rally will take place in Hyde Park, finishing at 4pm.   The web site for further information is

The branch will be joining with other Unison branches in Stoke-On-Trent to organise coach travel free of charge for Unison members of this branch.  If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Amber Robinson, Branch Secretary on e-mail with your

name, telephone number, e-mail address, home address and workplace address

by no later than Thursday 29 March 2018 and we will contact you closer to the time regarding travel arrangements.  Amber will also be pleased to answer any queries you my have.


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

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 or telephone 01782 235452


Out Magazine 2018

The latest edition of Black Action is now available.

Features in the Spring 2018 issue include:

  • Nelson Mandela Award
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Managing Stress In The Workplace
  • There For You
  • Croyde Bay Holiday Resort
  • Regional New Rounds Ups

A very informative magazine – well worth a read.

Black Action Spring 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

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.