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