UNISON is Britain's biggest and brightest trade union with a membership of over 1.3 million. Yorkshire & Humberside region alone has over 145,000 members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.

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Worried about paying your winter fuel bill? Help is on hand (17/12/14)

Winter fuel help

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried
about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand
“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on
low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £40.

To apply download the APPLICATION FORM or
simply contact your UNISON branch office.

  • Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future.
  • There is a limited amount in the winter fuel grants fund and once exhausted no further awards can be made. Priority will be given to those who have not previously applied.
  • Your application must be received no later than 13 February 2015. Applications will then be processed and decisions communicated over the following few weeks.

Sheffield Steelers: Boxing Day offer for UNISON Members (15/12/14)

Job Vacancy: Team Administrator: Closing date 6 January 2015 (09/12/14)


TEAM ADMINISTRATOR (Maternity cover between 14/01/2015 to 14/09/2015 with a possible extension to 14/01/2016

UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside
Starting salary £25686 per annum pro rata
19 hours per week
Ref R13/83(b)

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 6th January 2015
It is expected that interviews for successful candidates will take place on Tuesday 13th January.    

We have a vacancy for a fixed term (maternity leave cover) Team Administrator post for the period 14/01/2015 to 14/09/2015 with a possible extension to 14/01/2016. The post will be based at the Regional Office in Leeds

The post holder will provide secretarial support and some administrative support either to a team of Regional Organising Staff or to members of the Regional Management Team including:-

  • full use of UNISON’s IT applications
  • assisting with general office and clerical duties
  • providing administrative support for meetings to the team and individual members of staff
  • assisting in providing basic advice and assistance on UNISON services and activities
  • assisting with the maintenance of UNISON’s membership and CASE management records
  • participating occasionally in recruitment activities

The person: you need to have:-

  • the ability to provide comprehensive support at all levels
  • the ability to touch type at speed (50 wpm or above) with precision and to have audio typing skills
  • the ability to use Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • the ability to draft correspondence and other documentation including agendas and minutes
  • the ability to work on own initiative and as a team member providing support to the team as and when necessary
  • knowledge of and commitment to the trade union movement and the values of UNISON

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application form below and see the job description and person specification.

Please send completed application forms to Y&H.personnel@unison.co.uk or via post to Keith Williamson, UNISON, Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ 

UNISON proud to sponsor BARLA (04/12/14)

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region have sponsored The British Amateur Rugby League Association for many years and this relationship continues to flourish.

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A new housing benefit deal for young people (Nov 2014)

Housing for young people

Regional Education Programme 2015 published (27/11/14)

Once again we have endeavoured to offer courses to suit everyone, as Lifelong Learning is still high on our agenda. We have courses tailored to the needs of activists and members alike and there are a number of new courses designed to further develop the skills of our activists.

In addition to our Regional Education Team, our Regional, Area and Local Organisers are working with branches, among the other organising duties they undertake, to develop Lifelong learning.

The programme is designed to help you and your branch. UNISON needs more, better equipped and motivated activists. The courses provided are aimed at building confidence and developing abilities.

Courses are available for potential, new and more experienced activists seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Branch development is vital in recruiting, organising and retaining members. We are constantly striving to increase membership and provide a better service. Increasing membership and developing new activists from all sectors of the union will make us stronger and more representative of our members.

In January 2010, Regional Council decided to increase the prices of training courses for the first time in 5 years and to update our cancellation policy. These charges have been held so there is no price increase for 2015.

In 2011 there were also changes to the TUC funding which meant that our basic courses for stewards, health and safety representatives and UNISON learning representatives have all had to become 5 day courses and because of this the cost of a 5 day residential course is now £150.

No one should be out of pocket attending UNISON courses. Branches and the Region contribute towards the cost of courses. Additional travel costs and additional carer costs can be claimed from your branch (details of help can be found in the programme).

You can find the Education Programme 2015 here...

Training the next generation - Developing Apprentices in UNISON (04/11/14)


Branches urged to follow the momentum for a living wage (11/09/14)

Branches could be "pushing against an open door" in trying to persuade public sector employers to pay the living wage, UNISON says.

"They're just waiting for us to ask them," suggests Charlie Carruth, a regional officer with the union's Yorkshire & Humberside region. "And that’s what branches should be doing. Make a living wage pay claim. Just ask."

Mr Carruth's optimism is based on the strides made by the union and others in turning Sheffield into a living wage city across public services, while also making inroads throughout the region.

Sheffield City Council is already a living wage employer and is committed to making all would-be contractors agree to the living wage in their contracts.

UNISON has made successful living wage claims to Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, which has agreed to bring 2,000 staff up to the living wage from January 2015, as well as a clinical commissioning group in the city.

Other bodies, such as Sheffield University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust are proving harder to crack. But in these cases UNISON is playing the long game, says Mr Carruth.

"Our strategy is to put living wage claims in across the board, backed up with statistics on pay and the cost of living. If we get a positive, then great. If not, we don’t go straight into battle, but build pressure by getting others to sign up.

"We're trying to pick employers off strategically, keeping the pressure on."

Elsewhere in the region, Rotherham NHS Trust, the Yorkshire NHS Trust and four CCGs across South Yorkshire have also agreed to pay the living wage.

UNISON learned from the cash-strapped Rotherham trust that although it couldn't afford the living wage itself, when it approached its CCG the commissioners agreed to pay the difference - thus revealing another approach for the campaign.

"Any trust could do this," says Mr Carruth.

"Employers are realising that they can do a lot of good and it's not costing them a lot of money. Plus, it's making them look good. It’' a virtuous circle. And the momentum is building."

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