Heartunions Week / Pay up Now Campaign

This year UNISON is combining Heartunions week and our current Pay up Now campaign by taking this opportunity to make the case for a fair pay rise for public services.  Since 2010 living costs have increased by 22%, while public service pay has gone up by just 4.4%. Although the official week was from 12th to […]

Stars In Our Schools All Shine On

On Friday 24th November 2017 UNISON held its Annual National Celebration of School Suport Staff.  Since 2014, the day has been set for the last Friday in November and is a time to celebrate the vital work done in schools across the country by any member of staff not employed as a teacher. School support […]

Day of Protest

On Friday 8th December 2017 the branch visited various workplaces across the city singing our adapted Christmas Carols with free mince pies and chocolate logs promoting our continued “Pay up Now” campaign. A huge thank you goes to all those who came out into the cold to support us and joined in, we would especially […]

Pay Up Now Campaign

Over the summer the Branch organised their road shows for the Pay up Now and Scrap the Cap campaigns.  In September we launched the campaign which saw us in the Civic Centre, Sandhill Centre, Hetton Children’s Centre, Leechmere (SCAS) and Fawcett Street. These were really successful and it was lovely to see members win from […]

Academy Trust to sign Recognition Agreement with Trade Unions

Following detailed discussion between representatives from the Extol Academy Trust which includes schools within the Tees and Wear Valleys (Eldon Grove Academy, Hartlepool and New Silksworth Junior & New Silksworth Infants School, Sunderland) and the Joint Trades Union Committee (JTUC) an agreement has now been reached on a Trades Union Recognition Agreement. Pictured above from […]

Pay Up Now!

There has been quite a bit of activity from your branch to highlight the NJC Pay Campaign, we have just been informed that it is now called “Pay Up Now”. Just to remind you the pay claim from the National Joint Council committee is 5% for all Pay scales. The campaign is well underway and […]

UNISON Legal Victory – Employment Tribunal Fees Scrapped

The Government introduced Tribunal Fees 4 years ago, which were introduced by the then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in July 2013. Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200. This was a huge expense for many low paid employees. UNISON won […]

Tropical Heatwave!

Nationally UNISON has approximately a million women members.  One of the most inevitable issues that our female members face is the menopause.  It is not a subject that gets that much publicity in this country but can be a very challenging experience not only for women but for their loved ones also. Most women will […]

Scrap The Cap

Workers in the UK have endured the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times and wages are still lower than they were in 2008. The government has inflicted a decade of pay restraint on public service workers. Years of pay freezes followed by a 1% limit which means that wages have been cut 10% in real […]

Live Life Well Service

The Live Life Well Service is paid for by Sunderland City Council but is a free service to support anyone, who lives or works in Sunderland who wants to change their life style.  The Service is delivered by County Durham and Darlington NHS foundation trust in partnership with NECA.  The service provided both advice and […]