Your School In Focus: Wallace Fields Infant

Welcome to our new regular column where we’ll be interviewing members from schools across the South East to find out more about you and where you work. If you’d like to be featured in a future edition, drop me a line at p.young@unison.co.uk. 1. Name: Karen Lyons 2. How long have you worked in your […]

Southampton City Council Commits to UNISON Care Charter

The council’s Labour team pledge to sign UNISON’s Ethical and residential care charters on May 7th Announcement made in Labour’s manifesto pledges for upcoming election Council will be first in country to sign up to Residential Care Charter   Southampton City Council will join local authorities nationwide in signing up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, […]

Bringing UNISON’s Pay Up Now! message into the birthplace of our democracy

They came to call for a decent pay rise for public service workers, a minimum wage of £10 per hour for all, and an end to cuts and austerity. Coordinated by Surrey County branch, on 7 April 2018, UNISON members and supporters marched and rallied in Runnymede: the constituency of Chancellor Philip Hammond and the […]

Surrey schools in danger of closure

There’s worrying news for staff, parents and pupils at schools in Godalming and Ripley in Surrey as two primary schools remain in danger of closure. Green Oak Primary and Ripley CofE were mandated to become academies by the Department for Education after failing their respective Ofsted reports, but at the time of writing, there are […]

External Women’s History Events

There are a number of events and exhibitions being run by external organisations to celebrate Women’s History Month in 2018. Here’s a selection which you may be interested in with links to find out more. Information about the various talks and guided tours around Westminster throughout the year to celebrate 100 Years of the Vote […]

Guest blog from Women’s Committee chair Serena Powis

Learning to ride a motorcycle was probably the best decision I ever made – it has taken me all over Europe and allowed me to make friends all over the world. Choosing Moto Guzzi as my preferred ride and joining the Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain put the icing on my motorcycling cake – […]

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 […]