LGBT+ History Month – Eastleigh UNISON launches LGBT+ staff network

Eastleigh UNISON were delighted to celebrate LGBT History Month by launching a new staff network for members of the LGBT+ community. The network was created with the following objectives in mind: To provide a safe platform for discussing issues affecting LGBT+ staff within the workplace and the wider community To encourage the council to recognise […]

“Stunning” victory for ISS staff at Prospect Park Hospital

Staff employed by private contractor ISS at Reading’s Prospect Park Hospital are today (Friday) celebrating a momentous victory following a year-long campaign to win the same pay rates as colleagues employed directly by the NHS, says UNISON. As a result of the union’s campaigning, the firm has agreed to move around 60 staff – including […]

Treasures uncovered at New Forest District Branch!

After weeks of postponing, Bertie Russell, Branch Secretary and local organisers, Emma Lang & Emily Neave finally got together to give the New Forest District Branch office a well needed clean. However, what Bertie discovered, was a shock to everyone! Bertie discovered multiple trophy cups and a chain of office, dating as far back to […]

UNISON launches new vision for housing in England

Following a call from UNISON South East, the national union has launched it’s all new Housing Manifesto

Call for branches to affiliate to Justice for Colombia

Yve White, chair of the regional international committee, asks for support for colleagues in the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist

A win-win opportunity

UNISON learning reps from across the South East region gathered in Guildford for a network day earlier this month. Vicki Gibbs, Area Organiser for education and equalities, organised the event, and spoke about the ‘many joys’ of lifelong learning. The learning reps discussed their experiences so far.  Presenting learning as a ‘win-win’ opportunity for employers […]

Regional Council AGM: UNISON SE Declares a Climate Emergency

UNISON South East’s Regional Council Annual General Meeting took place on 8  February 2020 in London. Along with the usual business of electing our committees and representatives for the year ahead, the packed meeting heard a range of motions including calling on the union to declare a climate emergency. Two motions were selected as regional […]

Tell your colleagues why you Heart UNISON

Heart UNISON is UNISON’s contribution to the Trade Union Congress’ Heart Unions event. It’s become a yearly tradition that trade unionists across the country – including members of your UNION branch – take the opportunity to talk to their colleagues about the benefits of being part of a trade union, what we do and our achievements […]

Frimley Health – we stopped the WOS

There’s a very positive update on our Scrap the WOS campaign this week and an extra reason for everyone to celebrate this Christmas. The WOS plans have been stopped while UNISON, Unite and GMB jointly talk about alternatives with Frimley Health trust management. Unite and GMB suspend strikes Talks between the unions – UNISON, Unite, GMB – […]

It takes one to know one – the winners!

Thank you to all of you who got involved in It takes one to know one during November. Our winners in the prize draw have all been notified and will be receiving their shopping vouchers very soon. The lucky winners are: 1st prize £500 shopping voucher – Rehka Gandesha, Central & East Berkshire 2nd Prize £250 voucher – Grahame Stanley, Oxfordshire […]

A winter tradition: Supporting our communities

Trade unions like UNISON are there to help look after you at work. But our members are also part of communities outside of their workplaces – many of which rely on dwindling public services. We know that winter, the pressures of paying extra fuel bills and festive celebrations can stretch tight resources even further. There […]

South East motions successful at UNISON National Retired Members Conference 2019

South East Retired Members were well represented at the 2019 UNISON National Retired Members Conference in October. The South East Region Retired Members Committee proposed two motions, “Universal Credit and the effect on pensioners in mixed age couples” which was composited with motion 21 Southwest Region “Universal Credit and Pensioners” as amended by City of […]

Going for Growth in Radian Housing

For UNISON, November was “Go For Growth”. Across the union, UNISON branches worked to highlight the benefits of remaining a UNISON member, whilst making sure non-members were aware of the support they would get as members. As General Secretary Dave Prentis noted: It’s the third time we’ve run our successful recruitment campaign – Go for […]

It takes one to know one: meet our people – Gabby

Gabby Houlgraves UNISON Steward, Branch Communications Officer, Kent Local Government Branch How long have you been active in the union and what roles do you hold? I’ve been a member for 15 years. I’ve been active in UNISON since July 2018, and I’m currently a workplace steward and Branch Communications Officer. What made you take this […]

Union membership is a Human Right

10th December is Human Rights Day. This date marks the signing of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. As the United Nations explain: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the […]