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 […]

Workers Memorial Day

The Workers Memorial Day was first created in the 1970’s to commemorate workers who have lost their lives at work.  It is a well-known fact that more people are killed at work than in war.  A lot of these fatalities is through poor health and safety in the work place. This is something that must […]

Well Done Diane Wright

Last year Diane Wright, Assistant Branch Secretary was the second person in the branch to be awarded the Kenny Bell Memorial Award from UNISON’s Northern Region for outstanding organising in schools and the community. This award is one of the most coveted awards in the Trade Union World.  When you win this award it is […]

Heartunions Week

Heartunions week took place from 8th to 14th February 2017 and was a week of activity throughout England and Wales promoting the benefits of trades unionism, raising the profile of unions in their communities and online. Why do we do heartunions week? Heartunions week is all about building a stronger movement after the trade union […]