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.

General election: 7 May

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Politics is about the everyday issues that affect us all. That’s why it’s important that UNISON members use their vote in the 2015 general election. In the run-up to the election having a one-to-one conversation is a great way to motivate our members to make a difference on 7 May.

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Latest News

UNISON ACTIVE Spring 2015 magazine (07/04/15)

You can find the spring 2015 edition of UNISON ACTIVE here... (plus previous copies - well worth a read).

Black Members Annual Report 2014 - 2015 (04/03/15)

You can download the Black Members Annual Report 2014 - 2015 here...

UNISON NHS members in England accept government’s pay offer (03/03/15)

UNISON members have accepted the government’s pay offer for NHS workers in a ballot that closed today (Tuesday 2 March 2015).

The results are:

Votes to accept: 67 per cent
Votes to reject and take further action: 32 per cent

UNISON head of health, Christina McAnea, said:

“Our members have voted to accept this offer. Although it does not go far enough, it is an improvement and it will make a difference particularly to over 250,000 of the lowest-paid in the NHS.

“By ignoring the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body for England, the government forced health workers to take strike action over pay for the first time in 34 years.

“I’m proud of the fact our members were prepared to take strike action without compromising patient care. Their industrial action has forced the government to negotiate with us and sent a warning that NHS workers will not sit back and do nothing when their standard of living is attacked.

“We are calling on any government elected in May to develop a pay strategy that rewards health workers fairly for the demanding jobs they do, and ensures the NHS can continue to recruit and retain a high quality workforce.

“The current state of pay in the NHS means many workers rely on unsocial hours payments to make ends meet. We know this government wants to cut these.

“The industrial action over the last six months should be a warning to ministers that our members will not accept further cuts.”

Latest Y&H Young Members Bulletin published (04/03/15)

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Young Members have published their latest bulletin.

It's worth a read...

  • What we do
  • NYM Weekend 2015
  • Police and Justice Group 
    Fair Pay Fortnight
  • Use your vote - We need you!
  • Workers Beer Company
  • Stand Up to Racism Demo

You can download it here...

UNISON National Young Members Weekend 2015 - get involved (18/01/15)

YM Weekend 2015

UNISON National Young Members Weekend 2015
Friday 15 May - Sunday 17 May 2015
at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nottingham.

Dear Young Member,

The details of the 2015 UNISON National Young Members Weekend have been confirmed and this year it is to be held in Nottingham. 

Who can attend?

Any young member (under the age of 27 on 17 May 2015) who is interested in getting actively involved in organising and campaigning in UNISON.

Each region is strongly encouraged to send its full entitlement of 10 young members, at least 50% of whom must be women. Yorkshire and Humberside will give priority to those who would be attending for the first time or are from an under-represented group.

What is on offer?

The weekend includes plenary sessions, education and training, campaigning exercises, discussions, and social activities.  The weekend will take place against a background of attacks on public services and on young people, so one focus will be a practical campaigning activity, including approaching members of the public to get our case across. The weekend brings together more than 100 young members from across the UK to find out more about the union and, more importantly, how they can play a part in our campaigning to defend public services.  It’s a great way to network, meet new friends, socialise and find out how to get active.

What does it cost?

£280 per young member payable by the Branch.  This rate includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  There are no regionally funded places available.

Can partners attend?

Yes, UNISON has negotiated a rate of an additional £10 per night for the weekend for members who wish to bring a partner (this rate is for bed and breakfast only). To book for dinner as well it is an additional £25.00 per night, and for lunch on the Sataurday or Sunday it is a further £13.95. Payment must be made in advance (full details are on the Application Form)

Members who wish to bring their child(ren)

Children under 14 are given bed and breakfast accommodation free. Lunches are taken in the crèche at no charge. Evening meals for children are charged at £6.95 per meal.

Travel costs and reasonable adjustments (including crèche)

Travel costs are met centrally. Members are expected to use Stewart Corporate Travel to travel to and from this event. This is in order to control costs but also as part of our policy to support public transport and our commitment to the green agenda.

Details about how members can book travel (through Stewart Corporate Travel), and register for reasonable adjustments, including dietary adjustments, and for crèche services will be emailed to members immediately after their registration for the weekend is confirmed, along with the deadline for return.

How is it being promoted? 

The weekend is being promoted through EFocus, on the young members webpages, and in various other outlets and at various UNISON events.  There is a flyer to promote and I attach a pdf for distribution through your networks.  In the meantime, please would  you do your best to support and promote this event and please would you encourage any young members you may know to register their interest with me by completing the attached Expression of Interest Form.

How to register an interest in attending?

If you are interested and want to attend please let me know asap by completing the attached Form and return it to me.  The deadline for return is 4pm on the 11th March 201.  The necessary membership checks will be completed and the Region will then confirm with the individual if they have secured a place during week commencing 16 March 2015.

Thanks for all your support and co-operation.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get back to me.

With thanks and kind regards

Rianne Johnson
Area Organiser (UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside)

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.

You can find the latest photos here...

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...

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."

Doncaster Raceday: 1 August 2015

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