Friday, 26 May 2017

Do your politicians care about you?

Ask your local candidates about pay and public services

Before you vote on 8 June, do you know where your local candidates stand on the issues that matter to you? 
UNISON represents people working in 
  • local government
  • NHS
  • social care
  • education
  • police
  • community and voluntary sector
  • utilities and transport
That’s why we think it’s important to look at what the parties and candidates who want to be our local MPs have to say about your pay, jobs and public services.
Click this link to 

Email your local candidates and visit the UNISON dedicated web site


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Oxford stands with Manchester

After last night's appalling events at the Manchester Arena Oxford City Council have lowered the flag to half mast over Town Hall Oxford.

If you would like to sign a book of condolences, Manchester City Council have created an online book of condolences. 



A despicable act designed to cause maximum pain’
‘Hatred will never triumph,’ says Dave Prentis in response to last night's Manchester Arena atrocity
Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the wounded, those searching for loved ones, and those grieving a terrible loss.

“We also pay tribute to those public servants involved – their response was incredible. Many worked through the night to save lives or rushed into work to help when news broke of the attack. And they will continue to put Manchester back together in the days and weeks ahead.

“Strangers providing young people with a place to stay, taxi drivers taking people to safety and long queues at blood banks this morning tell a simple but important story – that hatred will never triumph.”





Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Register to vote

Your voice does matter, don't lose it.

Click here to Register-to-vote now.





There For You

UNISON’s welfare service for members and their families

Your union supports you at work, but we know there’s a whole world of other issues that can cause stress, unhappiness, and generally prevent you achieving what you want to achieve.
That’s why UNISON runs a support service covering finances, health, family, personal development and more. This is in addition to the work reps do supporting members at work.
It’s important too that members have a strong voice when it comes to national issues that seriously impact on living standards, such as the welfare system, public services, and jobs. UNISON campaigns in Parliament so policy-makers listen to the voice of public service staff.
How to access There For You
Your branch should have a Welfare Officer trained to support members to find the services they need from UNISON. They’re your first port of call.

Click to find local Branch Finder or check Our facebook page  


UNISON There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017

UNISON There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017


If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You.  To be considered, you must either be:

In receipt of Housing Benefit; or
Your net annual income is £18,000 or below [Note: We ignore the following income Child benefit, any childcare element included as part of your working tax credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment].
Also, you will need to have paid a minimum 4 weeks membership subscriptions before 22nd May 2017

To take advantage of this grant please complete the forms below and return to us with all the supporting documentation requested. We’ve also included a Q&A setting out the full conditions and eligibility criteria which should answer any questions that you have.

Please note the closing date is 21st July.

It’s worth a try.  Just log on to www.unison.co.uk/thereforyou 




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