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 […]


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 […]

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

Important message regarding a March in Leeds on Saturday 8 August – demanding a fresh pay deal for the NHS

Many members have contacted us regarding the March in Leeds (this Saturday, 8th August, 11am) regarding the demand for a fresh pay deal for the NHS. Clearly the Branch supports the marches aims and principles and ordinarily we would be there with all our bells, whistles, banners, and collective voices. However these are not normal […]

Return to work – Protect your colleagues #BeOnTheSafeSide

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the game for everyone when it comes to protecting yourself and your colleagues in the workplace. As the government moves to ease lockdown restrictions with the wider opening of schools and offices, UNISON is pushing for all employers to do everything possible to keep staff in their workplaces safe and healthy. […]

Legal help: Easier ways to get in touch during COVID-19 crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis, UNISON has changed its processes to make it easier for members to get legal support at no extra cost, as part of their union membership. Here’s a simple guide for branches to help our members get the support they need, when they need it. Employment advice Members with issues relating directly […]

Branch update: 6 May 2020

Quick update to what’s going on within your UNISON Branch. As you know we normally like face to face updates but for some reason at present this is difficult. I want to start by thanking all UNISON members working in whatever capacity during this crisis and sending thoughts to all members of the NHS family […]

We remember: International Workers Memorial Day April 2020

Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living. In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration had never been more important. And that is why UNISON LTH and Staff of Leeds Teaching Hospital observed […]

PPE Guidance

UNISON Leeds Teaching Hospitals Branch has produced this guide which you should follow if you experience problems or shortages of PPE in your workplace. Your branch will support you with this process. Download the UNISON LTH PPE Guidance here… (issued 22 April 2020) A handy visual guide to PPE can be found below Visual Guide […]