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 […]

Blog 41: Thank you’s, branch updates and campaigning for a fair future

Hi Dudes, Blog 41 is here, once again I will replace the funnies with more of a general update. It doesn’t feel right to be cracking jokes with my trademark rapier like sharpness quite yet. (This is my excuse for losing my wit – a bit like what happened to John Cleese in the 80’s). […]

Blog 40: Heroes, PPE, and honouring those who have died at work

Hi Dudes Blog 40 is here, beaming out a positive rainbow in this horrible time. UNISON members and the NHS in general have never been shown in such a wonderful light. To be the tiniest cog in this wonderful organisation makes me incredibly proud – Our / Your colleagues are hero’s, I’ve always known that, […]

Blog 39: Coronavirus

Hi Dudes, Blog 39 here. Obviously this Blog is going to take a slightly different tone to the usual frolics.  Things are changing so rapidly that by the time you read these things may be out of date. Please keep up to date via government announcements / websites, and the trusts daily update. Remember to […]

Blog 38: UNISON is there to support our members

Hi Dudes Blog 38 is here and you find us dancing in this joyous rain and splashing our way to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) TUESDAY 3rd March 2020 AGM 1 : LGI – 07:15am –    Food Court, Clarendon Wing AGM 2 : SJUH – 16:00pm  – UNISON offices, Beckett Wing Please all c’mon down […]