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.



Photos Of Mental Health & Wellbeing Event 10 October

The recent Health & Wellbeing Event held at the Civic Centre on 10 October 2017 was a great success.

There was a lot of interest and the cakes were yummy!!


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:

  • 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

Unison Executive Committee – Branch Vacancies

The branch has vacancies on its Executive Committee for the following officer posts:

  • Equality Officer
  • Youth Officer (must be aged under 27)
  • Membership & Recruitment Secretary
  • Welfare Secretary
  • LGBT Officer – male job share
  • Education Secretary
  • International Relations Officer
  • Workplace Stewards

Information on job description, training and how to apply are on the enclosed newsletter – October 2017

September 2017 Branch Newsletter

The latest branch newsletter is now available. Featuring:

  • Introducing Key Branch Officers
  • TUC National Inspection Day 25 October 2017
  • Unison’s Landmark Legal Victory For All Workers
  • A Call To Action For Black Members Of The Branch
  • Workplace Representatives
  • A First Time Delegate’s Experience At The Unison National Delegate Conference Brighton June 2017
  • Sue’s Snippets – Academy Conversions And School Payroll Provider Changes

September 2017

International Newsletter Autumn 2017

Interesting features include:

  • Peace for Colombia
  • Global unions call for release of union leader in Belarus
  • Kazakhstan – stop repression against trade union leaders
  • Cambodia – support abandoned workers in their struggle for lost wages and benefits
  • Human Rights in Burma
  • Securing decent work in tropical fruit export production

Well worth a read to find out about trade unionism and the challenges faced worldwide – internationalnewsletter2017