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 […]

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AGM 2021

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 2nd March 2021 7.15am – 4.00pm – 8.00pm All UNISON members welcome Please be aware that due to COVID 19 the Annual General Meetings due to take place in 2021 may have to be to take place virtually. In order that members can participate fully in the democratic process and allowing […]

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 […]

When School Bubbles go down!

Has your child’s school bubble gone down? Are you having to take time away from the physical workplace to fulfil your caring responsibilities? Has your manager allowed you to work from home? or are you taking annual leave or unpaid leave / working your time back? Is everyone within the department being given the same […]

#NoGoingBackToNormal

Thousands of key workers died during the pandemic looking after us. In the public services nurses, care workers, cleaners and more made the ultimate sacrifice to help others. This was all the more heart-breaking because for years before COVID-19, these public service workers have been undervalued, underpaid and mainly invisible. Years of neglect made the […]

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 […]

Branch nominates Paul Holmes as next UNISON General Secretary

Your Branch Committee have met tonight (1st September) to discuss Branch issues and amongst this business have democratically nominated Paul Holmes to be their preferred next General Secretary of UNISON. Thank you to all committee members giving up their free time. John Ingleson – UNISON Branch Chair

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 […]