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“using the union was a positive experience” – writes a member

Joining UNISON is the best decision I have made in years. Having worked in the Private Care Sector for several years, I had often thought about joining UNISON but felt that it would not be worth my while. However, after months of difficulties with my unsupportive and disorganised management, I decided it was time to join up. Despite having been a UNISON member for less than 6 months the union represented me without question and with complete commitment and professionalism.  
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Celebrate the Stars in our schools on 27 November 2015

Stars in our schools is a celebration of school support staff. UNISON has organised the day to celebrate the wonderful work they do every day and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to children’s education.

On Friday 27 November 2015 schools across the UK will be holding awards ceremonies, putting on special assemblies and even dressing up as super heroes.  Click here to read more.

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Operation Black Vote: Labour Party Leadership Question Time Thursday 30 July 2015

18:30 – 21:00 – KPMG 15 Canada Square London E14 5GL

Operation Black Vote hosts a Question Time session for the candidates for the position of Leader of the Labour Party. Read more ›

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Stop Playing With Cancer Urges Joint Union Asbestos Committee

Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible asbestos contamination of UK imports.  Click here to read more

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Free SERTUC Walking Tour – Women in Service Thursday 30 July 2015

Discover the world of WWI to present day warfare through the fascinating stories of women in the armed services and on the Home Front. Our Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will be profiling the brave women of the SOE, the female workers who kept the country functioning during two World Wars in factories and driving essential transport, the women who joined the armed and voluntary services and of course those who administered evacuation, rationing and followed the advice of Dr Carrot and
Mrs Sew and Sew at home. Read more ›

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Burston strike school rally Sunday 6 September 2015

The Burston Strike School was at the centre of the longest running strike in British history, between 1914 and 1939. The strike began when teachers at the village’s Church of England school, Annie Higdon and her husband, Tom Higdon, were sacked after a dispute with the area’s school management committee and schoolchildren went on strike in their support. The Higdons set up an alternative school which was attended by 66 of their 72 former pupils. Read more ›

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New partnership of north-east London councils hopes ‘to deliver real change’ for residents

The local authorities in the north-east of London have formed an official partnership which it is hoped will “deliver real change” for residents.  Click here to read the full story in the local press.

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Public Sector Pay falls back against Private Sector pay rises

The Chancellor, George Osbourne has announced that Local Government will have to make a further 40% cut in budgets over the next few years and has also limited public sector pay increases to 1% a year. At the same time Private Sector workers are now enjoying an average of 3.3% pay rises according to Labour Research. In fact average pay in the Private Sector rose by 5.6% in March 2015 alone. Read more ›

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Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival July 2015

Steve Woodhouse at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival

Steve Woodhouse at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival

Although I have been to the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival on a few occasions over the years I have always done so just as a day trip on the Sunday.  So I was pleased to be able to go along for the whole weekend for the first time and to enjoy a very relaxed, well organised and fun festival. Read more ›

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Cuba Solidarity Campaign Forthcoming Events

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The Union Advantage – How unions make work better and society fairer

Every day, Britain’s trade unions are working hard for their members. Even now, when times are hard, our negotiators are able to win pay rises to help people cope with the worst effects of the government’s austerity programme. Read more ›

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