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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.

NHS Strike November 2014

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UNISON members in the NHS in England are taking strike action.

Strike: 7 - 11 am Monday 24 November
Take your breaks: Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 November

Latest News

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...



Celebrate Equality in UNISON Event - Sat 13 December (27/11/14)

Equality Event

This is a joint UNISON Self Organised Group event to enable members to find out more about equality in UNISON and to celebrate the successes. It is open to everyone and families are welcome. Members can just drop in throughout the day.  The event is an opportunity to hear about wider equality issues and campaigns in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Refreshments will be available and there will be live music at the end of the day.

Speaker
Professor David Richardson, director of Hull University's Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation.

Celebrate Nelson Mandela's Legacy
There will be a ‘Nelson Mandela Legacy’ board on which people can record their thoughts and impressions.  

‘Vox pop’
There will be an opportunity for people to record their thoughts to camera on why they think equality is important and why they want to get involved.


Job Vacancy: RMS Learning Support: Closing 5th December 2014 (25/11/14)

UNISON YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

RMS CLERK – Fixed term contract until 31st October 2015

UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside
Starting salary £22407 per annum
35 hours per week
Ref R13/73

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th December 2015

We have a vacancy for a fixed term post of RMS Clerk up to 31st October 2015 based at the Regional Office in Leeds

The post holder will be responsible for undertaking day to day clerical duties in relation to the maintenance of the UNISON membership system including:-

  • processing subscription payments and calculation of branch accounts
  • ensuring confidentiality of personal and other sensitive information
  • assisting with data entry of membership details
  • assisting with processing Branch Officer and Steward accreditations

The person: you need to have:-

  • the ability to motivate yourself and to work effectively with other staff as part of a team
  • the ability to work to deadlines
  • high standards of accuracy in calculations and recording information
  • the ability to work with computer based and manual financial records
  • good written and verbal communication skills
  • 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 


 

Job Vacancy: RMS Learning Support: Closing 5th December 2014 (25/11/14)

UNISON YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

RMS LEARNING SUPPORT – Fixed term contract until 14th August 2015

Applications are invited for the post of RMS Learning Support:

UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside
Starting salary £25686 per annum
35 hours per week
Ref: R13/67T

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th December 

We have a vacancy for a fixed term post of RMS Learning Support up to 14/08/15 based at the Regional Office in Leeds

The post holder will be responsible for assisting UNISON branches in the use of the web-access membership records system (WARMS) within a designated team and to provide on -going support and advice including:-

  • working within the membership/subscription database and providing support and liaison for designated Branch WARMS users
  • data entry/processing and working to the requirements of the Data Protection Act
  • adherence to agreed policies and procedures utilising standard documentation e.g. application forms, reports and standard letters
  • dealing with membership/subscription enquiries including banding
  • assisting in ensuring continued development of services in accordance with the strategic objectives of UNISON nationally and regionally.

The person: the successful candidates will have:-

  • a general understanding and experience of working with database systems
  • a very high standard of accuracy in recording information
  • a high standard of numeracy
  • an understanding of IT technical support
  • good written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to assist in delivery of training and learning support
  • 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 


 

Job Vacancy: Team Administrator: Closing 5th December 2014 (25/11/14)

UNISON YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

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: Friday 5th December 2014

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 


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

Apprenticeships


UNISON slams extra payments for GPs diagnosing dementia (22/10/14)
The Government’s plans to pay GPs an extra £55 for each patient they diagnose with dementia are an “outrage”, says UNISON, the UK’s biggest health union.

The announcement of the extra money has angered members who have been denied a 1 per cent pay rise this year by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Gary Cleaver, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Organiser for UNISON, said: “We are as concerned as everyone else that an estimated 350,000 people suffering from dementia go undiagnosed.

“But GPs and hospital staff are all trained to do this diagnosis with a simple set of questions. It is a relatively quick, routine process and if people are going undiagnosed that failure should be addressed urgently, right across the health service, to find out why.

“Mental health services are in crisis across the country because of Government underfunding. Care services are beset with the scandal of zero hours contracts and a high turnover of minimum wage staff.

“More money should be going into treatment for people suffering from dementia, not into the pockets of a relatively small number of GPs – most of whom have never sought to receive extra payment for doing their job.

“This proposed six months of extra payments to doctors - for doing what is a routine part of their contracts - could cost up to £19 million nationally.

“Our members on the health front-line, such as nurses and paramedics, have endured years of falling real income and have been told by Mr Hunt that they are not even worth a below inflation 1 per cent rise this year.

“We are told there is no money available for NHS workers, yet as soon as the Government thinks they can gain positive publicity from throwing money at a problem, they can find it instantly.

“This sends a clear message that high earners need to get paid even more to carry out their basic duties while already low paid NHS staff are condemned to doing more for less.

“It makes it plain for all to see that this Government operates a double standard when it comes to the NHS - and the economy as a whole.

“The wealthiest are becoming even wealthier while the majority are forced into poverty under the smokescreen of so-called ‘necessary austerity’.”


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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