South East Campaigner

 
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September 2017

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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 […]

Proud to be in UNISON – top 8 brilliant things from 2017

It’s impossible to review UNISON’s year and do justice to all the amazing things UNISON’s activists and members get up to. So, we haven’t tried. Instead here are 8 pretty important, awesome things we’ve done together. Roll on 2018.  It wasn’t just about ET The big headline-grabbing win over the summer concerned employment tribunal fees. […]

World AIDS Day: 1st December

WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY? World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was […]

UNISON Celebrates Stars in Our Schools

On Friday 24th November, schools across the South East joined in the celebrations for UNISON’s ‘Stars in our Schools’. UNISON organises this nationwide celebration of the hard work by dedicated staff tucked away behind the scenes of our schools – from cleaners to catering staff, teaching and classroom assistants to technicians,admin workers to maintenance staff […]

From Lewes to Everest via London

Kevin Miller describes himself as an ‘average working bloke’ but there’s nothing everage about the challenge he’s set himself in 2018. A UNISON member and refuse collector from our Lewes & Eastbourne councils branch, he’s planning to trek the 5,380 meters to Mount Everest Base Camp in November 2018. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s […]

Campaigning and networking at Regional Strategy Weekend 2017

This year’s Regional Strategy Weekend took place on 29 and 30 September at the Arora Hotel in Crawley. 90 delegates from across the length and breadth of the South East came together to find out more about UNISON’s priority campaigns and plan our activity for the year ahead. We were joined by Angela Rayner MP […]

Brighton & Hove branch supports the Real Living Wage

Living Wage Week 2017 took place from 5 to 11 November this year. Events took place around the region and UNISON uses the week as an opportunity to celebrate where the Living Wage is paid and focus our campaigning work on increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers. As part of the week’s festivities, Brighton […]

Telling parliament that government needs to Pay Up Now!

UNISON members from across the country recently met with their Members of Parliament to explain to them why it was so important to urgently reverse the real world pay cuts that public service workers have suffered since 2010. Two of the members who took part in the Pay Up Now! lobby were Jenny Ford and […]

It’s Young Workers’ Month!

Young Workers Month is an opportunity for union reps, activists and campaigners to reach out and inform young workers about trade unions and ensure that there are sufficient opportunities for young people to get involved and play an active role in shaping the movement. It’s also a chance for unions to demonstrate to young people […]

Social care wages scheme helps no-one, says UNISON

Commenting on the government’s new scheme for social care employers that sets out to address the problems where sleep-in staff have not been paid the minimum wage, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This scheme helps no-one. The care system is creaking at the seams, and no-one wants to see it plunged further into crisis. […]

Special Education Needs

In July 2017, the Department published four research reports relating to SEND. Three of these come from the DfE-funded ‘What Works’ project, which looked at SEN support for pupils in mainstream schools and colleges.  The fourth looks at the wellbeing of secondary school pupils with SEN. The reports can be downloaded at the links below: […]

School Funding England

School Funding England The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the outcome of their consultation of the future of school funding in England. There are some significant changes from the original proposals announced earlier in the year. They have stated that there will be an additional £1.3 billion pounds for school funding over the next […]

50 years of Choice for Women

The UNISON South East Regional Women’s Committee has for many years supported Abortion Rights UK, in line with National UNISON women’s policy. Recently Abortion Rights UK asked labour movement organisations to offer support and donate £50 to mark fifty years since abortion was legalised. The South East Regional Women’s Committee would be grateful if branches […]

Why public service employers should Pay Up Now!

The first two weeks of October saw UNISON branches across the region organise events to promote the work they do locally and to call for an end to the government’s pay cap. This cap means that the average public sector worker has seen a pay increase of just 4.4% between 2010-2016 – in real terms, […]