UNISON Power launch recruitment campaign

UNISON Power Branch have launched a recruitment drive by urging their members, ‘Don’t Keep UNISON a Secret’. Branch Secretary and Membership Officer Vakas Bhatti and his team decided they had to adapt to the rise in numbers of staff working from home and not become overly reliant on workplace stalls as a means of recruitment. […]

Schools sign up to ground-breaking UNISON agreement

Three Catholic Multi-Academy Trusts with schools across the East Midlands have signed UNISON’s Learning Charter which commits them to support the learning needs of their staff. St Thomas Aquinas, Saint Ralph Sherwin, and Our Lady of Lourdes, who are part of the Nottingham Catholic Diocese, have committed to work in partnership with UNISON East Midlands […]

Save Ashgate Nursery School

Following on from the first stage consultation, Derby City Council are now consulting on the proposed closure of Ashgate Nursery School. Earlier this year, an overwhelming number of residents and families voiced their opposition to the council’s proposals during the 7-week consultation period. Over 91% of respondents strongly opposed Ashgate’s planned closure in January 2024. […]

East Midlands Gas (Southern) Branch Newsletter – May 2023

Take a read of the latest branch newsletter for details of the recent AGM, current branch officer vacancies, and an invitation to attend the national equality seminar in Leeds which is happening in July. East Midlands Gas (Southern) Branch Newsletter – May 2023

UK Emergency Alerts test

A national UK Emergency Alert test is due to take place on Sunday 23rd April 2023 at 3pm. This is a test of the system which will be deployed in case of future national emergencies. It involves an automatic notification to all mobile phones, on all networks, in the form of an alert sound. If […]

Environment agency workers to walk out for four more days

Thousands of Environment Agency workers in England are to strike for four days over pay later this month, blaming government inaction for putting communities, waters and wildlife at risk. Despite months of strikes and other action where workers have taken themselves off ‘on call’ incident response rotas, ministers have made no attempt to invite unions in […]

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UNISON Voice: East Midlands Gas (Southern) Branch newsletter

The latest UNISON Voice branch newsletter is available below. Read the branch’s Black Members Conference Report, the Important Motion for Energy Conference and how to managing difficult customers. UNISON Voice Southern Gas March 2023 A polite reminder that the branch AGM is happening on: Tuesday 21st March 2023 Leicester Spinneyside Meeting Room 8 Roosecote (and […]

Closure of Ashgate Nursery School a foregone conclusion

Plans by Derby City Council to close Ashgate Nursery School could be one step closer to becoming a reality this Wednesday, as councillors get their say. An overwhelming number of residents and families voiced their opposition to the council’s proposals during the 7-week consultation period. Over 91% of respondents strongly opposed Ashgate’s planned closure in […]

Local government and schools workers balloted for strike action over pay

Commenting on the pay offer for 2023/24 made to council and school staff by employers, UNISON head of local government Mike Short said today (Wednesday): “Without investment in the workforce, there’ll be no public services. “Council and school staff are caring for the most vulnerable, educating future generations, and keeping the local environment safe and clean. “These […]

East Midlands Gas (Southern) Branch NBMC report

UNISON’s national Black Members conference was held in Edinburgh from 20 – 22 January 2023 UNISON has 185,000 Black members, most of whom work in health and local government services, with significant numbers working in social care and schools. Many deliver frontline services, and many are low paid. In UNISON, ‘Black’ – with a capital […]