Branch Blog

Blog 51: A better working life, Overtime and NEC elections

Blog 51 is here, and we are embracing the sun kissed beer gardens with an affection normally reserved for family members at midnight staggering out of a well stocked wedding, but resisting the giant queues outside Primark, more out of a lack of tolerance to shopping, than social distancing concerns. We are opening up, and […]

Blog 50: 1% insult

Blog 50 is here, counting down the hours to our covid release, like grizzled prisoners chalking off the days on the wall of a cartoon prison cell.

Quite a lot is going on at the moment. From the government deciding your efforts this year are worth a 1% pay “cut”, to them also outlawing the inevitable protest which comes from that.

Blog 49: LGBTQ+ history month and making history with our virtual AGM

Blog 49 is here. Partially vaccinated, and like the shoots of the first spring daffodils we are poking our heads above the soil daring for the sun to shine. Have we turned a corner? Is a version of normality ready to descend upon us? I do hope so. The weight of the pandemic landed square […]

Blog 48: Clapping and AGM 2021

Hi Dudes, Blog 48 here in all its shiny new 2021 glory (which feels very much like the dirt and rust of 2020). As I type this I am watching the news and seeing Trump supporting hooligans storm the senate. Its quite surreal. I hope it doesn’t catch on. I’m petrified the UNISON office may […]

Blog 47: Cold shouldering the virus and dignity at work

Blog 47 here, all locked up and nowhere to go. Wearing pyjama’s all day at weekends is the new norm, which is causing quite a stir in my Cul de Sac as my Star Wars Onesie I bought when I was 13 doesn’t quite fit me anymore, and this “all in one” seems to show […]

Blog 46: Day to day roles, biggest challenges, UNISON General Secretary election

Hi Dudes, Blog 46 is here. Peri-second wave, and certainly not waving and most definitely drowning but somehow, like an inquisitive seal off the Yorkshire coast peeking above the cold sea and witnessing the wonderful work going on around me. This month a comrade expressed to me that “nobody knows what we do on our […]

Blog 45: School bubbles and Tony’s rowing story

Hi Dudes, Blog 45 here and its resolute in its determination to stay positive in the face of the continued strain of the pandemic. The Branch recognise how disheartening the news is that Leeds is in a new lockdown, and these measures are likely to last through to the spring as the Covid numbers once […]

Blog 44: UNISON General Secretary, Nurses United and Palestinian Solidarity

Hi Dudes, Blog 44 is here, and just like coronavirus it just goes on and on and on. There is no vaccine yet for the Rona, and similarly there is no rescue or let up from this humourless, uninformative, ludicrous Blog – We just have to put up with both as our new way of […]

Blog 43: We know our worth

Hi Dudes, Blog 43 is here and its staring down the clueless government and saying “No Pay Rise for NHS staff… really? I think the Eton educated dummies have misread the room. We will not be messed around any longer. WE KNOW OUR WORTH. NHS PAY – Wow, we’ve had some crazy reaction to our […]

Blog 42: Race for equality

Hi Dudes, Blog 42 is here and in keeping with current events ( like the last 400 years) I am focusing on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. A grass roots campaign that fights oppression, educates, and gets results. I hope some of you attended, or saw the pictures from the massive rally in Leeds – Millennium Square last Sunday (14th […]