Blog 56 from the Branch Chair

Hi Dudes, Blog 56 is here, resurrected like (Pat) Phoenix from the ashes. Where has the blog been? Well, I was struck down with ailments which would have made Frankie Howard weep and given him enough materiel for a 3-hour show. Anyway, the Blog is back, and I can only apologise both for its absence […]

Blog 55: Giving hope to fight back and getting involved in your union

Hi Dudes, Blog 55 is here, with our brow furrowed, and eyes narrowed at the prospect of that real terms NHS pay cut, an unfair rise in national insurance tax, Covid infections galloping away, no end to the NHS staffing crisis, and Leeds United’s sluggish start to the Premier league. We are told to rise […]

Blog 54: 3% pay offer and a crescendo of grumble

Blog 54 is here gnashing our teeth in frustration, at the 3% pay offer, like a particularly angry Crocodile when met with a bafflingly elusive, water hole gulping, Antelope. The minute I tiptoed, ballerina like, into my department after the 3% pay announcement I was met with a crescendo of grumble “when are we striking […]

Blog 53: We own it!

Blog 53 is here, and I write this with England on the precipice of football Nirvana . Leeds’ own Kalvin Phillips seems to have become the genius hybrid of David Batty, Gary Mcallister , and Pele, and for those 90 minute windows our NHS Covid woes have been forgotten. It shows what a desperate 16 […]

Blog 52: Excellent result for staff with no ‘kicking off’

Blog 52 is here, feeling nostalgic for when an Indian variant was a new dish at your favourite restaurant, or a cunning new delivery from a Test cricketer. Hold onto your seat everyone and lets hope those magic vaccines repel those bugs like a young Batfink (one for the teenagers that one). Ive heard of a slight Yorkshire variant too. We don’t share the virus though, we “keep it to thi sen” so there’s no fear of it spreading, especially to Lancastrians.

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 […]