UNISON mourns the passing of Mike Perkins

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mike Perkins, a lifelong trade unionist and member of the Hampshire County branch with over 50 years membership of UNISON. Chair of Hampshire UNISON’s retired members section Chris O’Neill said, “For many years during his working life Mike was an outstanding UNISON steward. He held prominent roles […]

Remembrance Day marked by Reigate & Banstead branch

On 11 November, UNISON members from Reigate and Banstead council marked Remembrance Day with a socially distanced event outside the Town Hall, attended by the borough’s Mayor. UNISON Reigate and Banstead branch secretary Maggie Judd said: “Despite the difficult year we find ourselves in, our branch was determined not to stop our tradition of marking Remembrance […]

We cannot sit back, because it isn’t happening to us personally

We hear from Rosita Ellis, chair of the regional Black members committee, during Islamophobia Awareness Month

Lines between work and life have become ever more blurred

We’re now almost half way through TUC Young Workers Month 2020 and want to thank the young members who have already got in touch as part of our ‘Time to be Heard’ campaign. We have heard some really positive stories from our young members of their experiences of working throughout the pandemic, as well as […]

If you’re a health student on placement, now is the time to join UNISON

For UK trade unions, November is Young Workers month. Young workers are recognised within UNISON as being under-27 and have their own officers and section within our union. This means that that UNISON has dedicated resources that help our union’s 63,000 young workers to help amplify their voices and win on the issues that matter […]

Health workers in the South East urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS  

Hundreds of health staff across the South East – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 84 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an early pay rise in time for Christmas. Staff employed in hospitals, clinics and ambulance stations across the South East are urging local politicians to put […]

Asked to give so much, on behalf of so many

As we head into the second lockdown, I have nothing but admiration and absolute pride in UNISON members

Meeting the challenge head on

As we enter the second lockdown in England, we are reminded of how far we have come this year and how many challenges the region has overcome, in order to continue to support branches, activists and members throughout this time. In these uncertain times, it is not clear when it will be safe to return […]

Sue Allan, UNISON Portsmouth City Branch

We are very sad to report that UNISON Portsmouth City Branch Union Learning Coordinator Sue Allan passed away unexpectedly on 14 September 2020. The news of Sue’s death shocked the branch and regional team and our condolences go out to all her family, friends and work colleagues. Sue was a committed trade unionist and always […]

During the biggest economic and employment crisis in a generation, we must save union learning

With redundancies rising, the need to retrain and upskill has never been greater

Surviving the pandemic and shielding my family

We meet Georgie, a 27 year old Support Worker who had to move out of her home to protect her family during the first wave of the pandemic

Update on regional events into 2021

The Regional Convenor Team and Regional Secretary continue to express dismay over the Government’s handling of the pandemic and deep concerns over the sharp rise in cases across the UK. The region’s priorities remain to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, their colleagues and families, and to support members working on the front-line of this […]

Save Union Learning

Sign the petition and ask the government to reverse the cuts to union learning

Covid vaccine roll-out must not involve private firms

There must be no repeat of test and trace foul-ups

UNISON will continue to oppose ‘outrageous’ exit payment plans

Thousands will suffer in retirement due to government’s public sector exit-payment cap, says UNISON