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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]