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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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Doncaster care workers vow to fight on (22/04/14)

Doncaster Care Strike April 2014

UNISON members at Care UK in Doncaster showed their determination to continue fighting for fair pay when they opted for more industrial action in May at a strike rally on Good Friday.

The rally at Doncaster Trades Club was addressed by assistant general secretary Karen Jennings, who said it was "an honour to meet 150 courageous members striking to stop exploitation of staff and vulnerable clients."

UNISON regional organiser Jim Bell told the local press: "Our members are being forced to make great personal sacrifices but they feel they have no alternative if they are to protect their jobs and the service to vulnerable people which these pay cuts would effectively destroy.

"The way that Care UK is behaving in Doncaster is ringing alarm bells across the country. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has pledged continued support for our members in Doncaster and will be on the picket line in the near future.

"UNISON is also urging the Labour Party to give its full support for these workers, because if Care UK get away with such savage pay cuts in Doncaster, no care service in the country will be safe.

"Meanwhile, all the Doncaster MPs - Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint - have written to Care UK urging them to sit down with UNISON at the earliest opportunity to resolve the dispute."

Although the union has tried to negotiate, Care UK refuses to back down from plans to slash the pay, terms and conditions of the workforce.

The workers have already taken strike action in March and April, with the latest taking place over Easter.

The Doncaster, District and Bassetlaw health branch has launched an appeal to help members.

Please make donations payable to Doncaster, District and Bassetlaw Health Branch 20511, and send them to the UNISON Office, Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5GJ.


UNISON ACTIVE Magazine - Spring 2014 edition now published (08/04/14)

You can find it here...


 

Plans to close or downgrade A&E made public - your help needed (05/04/13)

PLANS TO CLOSE OR DOWNGRADE A & E SERVICES AT
CALDERDALE ROYAL HOSPITAL HAVE NOW BEEN MADE PUBLIC

See our dedicated website here...

UNISON and Band Together for the NHS attended the Kirklees Health & Wellbeing Board meeting, where various presentations were made outlining plans and aspirations for transforming services in Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale.

The presentations raised more questions than they provided answers.  A full public consultation will take place in the Summer months - as we have always said:  "It is essential that the public is strongly represented in any decision making that affects the future of NHS services in the Huddersfiled, Halifax, Calder Vale and surrounding areas".

YOUR HELP NEEDED - PUBLICISE PUBLIC MEETING ON SATURDAY 29th MARCH

Postcards promoting our Public Meeting on Saturday 29th March have now been printed and over the coming weeks groups of supporters and individuals will be out and about in Halifax and the Calder Valley handing out the postcards to members of the public.

From Monday to Thursday next week, Band Together for the NHS will be outside railway stations handing the postcards to passengers as they arrive and leave the stations. 

Why not come and help us for an hour at your local station please find out all the details here - your help will be much appreciated.


UNISON Personal Assistants Support Network (04/03/14)

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Personal Assistants (PAs) provide support and care for people who have social care needs. But who supports the PA's?

UNISON is the union for Personal Assistants, and this web site is here to make sure PA's have a place to come to find out about their rights and share experiences.

UNISON want to establish a network so PA's can share experiences, mentor and support each other. You can join the community for free by visiting the website
www.pa-unison.org.uk and signing up.

This site is about building an online community of Personal Assistants.

  • UNISON acknowledge that this kind of work can be isolating.
  • The site is designed to provide information and guidance on issues that face Personal Assistants.
  • UNISON want to offer Personal Assistants the chance to share ideas and best practice.

WEB: www.pa-unison.org.uk
TWITTER: @unison_pa
FACEBOOK: UNISON Personal Assistants


Young Workers Month: Take our survey (04/02/14)

Help us to build your union – a message from Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON

Dear colleague,

I know that young people are being hit very hard by the austerity agenda being pursued by the coalition government. It is a disgrace that nearly a million young people are without work, or hope of work. It is also a disgrace that far too many young working people live under the threat of redundancy caused by budget cuts, outsourcing, and/or privatisation, or are forced to try and survive on low pay.

UNISON has a proud tradition of organising young workers to defend themselves and their services, and never misses an opportunity to make the case to those in power of the need for proper jobs, pay, and conditions.

But all that depends on our ability to grow as a union. And that means recruiting new young members to join with us in winning in the workplace and in the wider world.

That’s why I am writing to ask you to help us by doing three things to help build UNISON and make it an even stronger union.

1. Take part in our young workers survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G85WD7G

Our online survey will help us find out about the issues that concern you most at work and help shape our bargaining and campaigning agendas when we speak to employers or Government about what needs to be done to support and develop young workers. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, can be done anonymously, and is open to anyone in work under the age of 27. Please complete the survey no later than Monday 17 March.

2. Keep in touch through young members social media
There are many ways you can stay up-to-date with young members activity, and social media is one of the fastest growing ways of doing that. Keep in touch through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youngunison or follow us on Twitter at @youngunison

3. Recruit a friend to UNISON
And this is the most important ‘ask’ of all. We know from our own experience that ‘like recruits like’, so the best person to get a young worker to join UNISON is a young union member. Speak to your work colleagues, friends and family about why you joined UNISON, and why they should too. It’s never been easier to join.  They can join online at joinunison.org and don’t forget to tell them all the benefits (hyperlink on word benefits to http://www.unison.org.uk/for-members/member-offers-and-entitlements/) of being in UNISON.

Three little things, but they can make a real difference.

These are tough times, but together we can win through and build an alternative to casting young people onto the scrapheap, treating them as second-class citizens. I stand for an alternative where young people are valued and seen as the key to our future as a fairer and more prosperous society. And UNISON will continue to fight your corner, and for that alternative.

Yours sincerely

Dave Prentis
General Secretary


Care UK workers in Doncaster to strike on 27 February (21/02/14)

Care Uk Workers in Doncaster

Care UK workers in Doncaster vote unanimously for 7 days of strike action in defence of Agenda for Change and the strike starts on Thursday 27 February 2014.


National Young Members Weekend: Request your place now (16/01/14)

UNISON NATIONAL YOUNG MEMBERS WEEKEND
16 – 18 MAY 2014 AT THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL, GLASGOW

REQUEST FOR PLACE ON REGIONAL ALLOCATION FOR WEEKEND

The request will be considered by the Region and you will be notified by them if you have been successful. Download the request form here and send to: Rianne Johnson, Regional Young Members Contact, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NJ or by email to r.bent@unison.co.uk

National Young Members 2014


Regional Education Programme 2014 published (26/11/13)

Education programme 2014Once 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 new 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.

Download the 2013 Education Programme and 2013 Calendar here...


UNISON Y&H Doncaster Raceday 2014


Doncaster Raceday 2014

Because you're Worth It! Campaign for fair pay


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