There for You needs you!

Apply now to be a trustee of UNISON’s own charity. Being a trustee of There for you (working name of UNISON Welfare) is a challenging but highly rewarding role. Trustees are responsible for directing the charity in line with our mission and ensuring the organisation is managed effectively. We are now looking for members with […]

UNISON Southampton District branch tackles violence in schools

In early 2017, Southampton District branch employed Ben Martin as an organiser to work in schools and the care sector. This is a guest blog from Ben about how his project is progressing and how the branch has worked to tackle the issue of staff facing violence in schools. In early spring 2017, I started […]

PASNAS and USS: University staff deserve a decent pension

At University of Southampton, campus trade unions rallied with sympathetic students to protest attacks on staff pension schemes. Although only members of USS scheme are currently on strike as part of UCU’s national industrial action, at this university all staff pensions are under threat and in various stages of consultation. This is why members of […]

Regional Council AGM Sends Message of Solidarity

UNISON South East’s Regional Council Annual General Meeting took place on 24 February 2018 in Woking. Along with the usual business of electing our committees and representatives for the year ahead, the meeting heard a range of motions including on the union’s response to the #metoo and #timesup campaigns and the need to develop new […]

Pension consultation underway at the University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is currently consulting with UNISON and Unite on its intention to close the local pension scheme for staff at grades 1 through 3 (the scheme is known as PASNAS). UNISON Regional Organiser Mike Wilson said: “The University argues that the PASNAS pension scheme is too expensive to maintain, and wishes to […]

UNISON saves the pay in Surrey County

A fantastic campaign by members of UNISON’s Surrey County branch has seen staff receive the pay rise they were entitled to. UNISON Members in the Adult Social Care workforce in Surrey County Council don’t seem to hear much positive news about their jobs these days, but February 2018 brought some very good news indeed, and a […]

Student membership – essential cover from day one

As the largest public sector trade union with nearly half a million members working in health care, UNISON is a natural home for nursing and other AHP students. That’s why organisers attend student inductions at universities across the country like the University of Southampton – to talk to the future of the health service and […]

Celebrating 100 years of votes for women

To celebrate the 100 years of the vote for women, Maggie Judd – branch secretary of Reigate and Banstead local government branch – organised a free showing of the film Suffragette on Monday 5 February at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. Over £400 was raised through the event for the women’s refuge in Redhill. In […]

100 years of the vote for women

COHSE nursing students taking action in 1948 On the 6th February 1918 the Representation of the People Act gave women the vote for the first time. It is the case that not all women benefited from this legislation as the vote for women would continue to have restrictions until 1928 when women would achieve universal […]

February is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Currently, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to the United States and the United Kingdom. LGBT History Month was initiated in the UK by Sue Sanders, […]

Hampshire Health branch giving back to the community

UNISON’s Hampshire Health branch recently raised money for two local charities: Testlands – who help provide sporting opportunities for young people, and Southampton City Mission – a clothes and food bank. Winter brings in to sharp focus the divisions in society. It’s a season when families try to make the most of Christmas and struggle to […]

UNISON stress seminar launches new stress toolkit

Following on from a highly successful UNISON Stress Seminar held in November, UNISON has launched a Stress Toolkit for branches and activists. The toolkit has great advice on how to organising and bargain around the issues of stress in the workplace with practical help and advice. Download UNISON Stress Toolkit  

UNISON Epsom and Ewell Takes Flight

Back in 2003 – an extension to the existing Epsom Town Hall was officially opened and the “New Town Hall” as we now refer to it – was populated by staff who had previously been “housed” in old buildings all over the Borough – which were not all really fit for purpose as they tended […]

Looking Back; Planning Ahead

The South East Region Black Members AGM took place this year on 18 November at UNISON Centre in London. We took the opportunity to review our group’s work during the past year and started planning our activities for 2018. We also undertook elections for the officer roles in the committee ( long with several other […]

Training the Next Generation of Black Leaders

In September 2017, the Regional Black Members Committee organised a well-attended Leadership Training and Motion Writing event for members. The training took place over the weekend 15 – 17 September in Eastbourne and was delivered by Regional Education Officer Sam Wines. We had 17 delegates in attendance, of these three were brand new activists and […]