Sunday, 25 February 2018

Did you every wonder where UNISON’s colours came from?

Does the colour scheme on the medal look familiar to you? Do you know what it is?  Well, it is actually a hunger strike medal from the women’s suffrage movement and represents the colours of the suffragettes.   In 1908 the women’s Social and Political UNISON or WSPU adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green which would distinguish them in the political movement. Emmelin Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper Votes For Women wrote “Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, white stands for purity in private and public life and green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.”

UNISON lottery

🤑UNISON members: we've relaunched the UNISON lottery, giving you a chance to win up to a grand and help your fellow members at the same time 👍

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Health & Safety Spot Light.

Strain on employees at work is seen to be a major cause of mental health issues— a government-commissioned report shows that mental health is costing the UK economy almost £100 billion a year and figures show that around 300,000 people leave jobs due to mental health issues.

If work place stress is causing an issue you can approach your Unison representatives/Health & Safety representative in confidence to see if the issue can be dealt with through a discussion with the employer or to offer support.

In solidarity ✊🏻

Monday, 19 February 2018

Branch meeting dates

New meeting dates for 2018/19 commitee meetings will be released after our AGM on the Thursday 15 March 2018.

The last commitee meeting for 2017/18 year will be Tuesday 27 February.

All are welcome

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

UNISON needs your help.

UNISON's press team is looking for parents who work in the NHS, schools, local government and police forces, who would be happy to talk to journalists about how government restrictions on their pay and cuts to in-work benefits have made life financially tough for their families.

It's to illustrate a TUC story that suggests that one in seven children whose parent (or parents) work in the public sector will be living in poverty by April. To qualify as a case study you don't need to be on the breadline, just happy to talk about how your wages don't stretch as far as they used to, and how it can be a struggle to get through the month.

For this story, you would need to be prepared to be filmed or quoted, you couldn't be anonymous.

Most media outlets are keen to speak to people today, and then either film them today or tomorrow. If this is something you think you'd like to do, please get in touch with Liz or Charlotte in the media team. Either email us or call on 0207 121 5466.

Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Elections are now taking place for UNISON branch officers and Stewards

Elections are now taking place for UNISON branch officers and Stewards

If you would like to stand for one of the following post’s please call the UNISON office on 01865 25 2393 or e-mail

Branch Chair or Vice Branch Chair

Branch Secretary or Assistant Branch Secretary

Health and Safety officer

Young Members Officer

Equalities Officers

Branch Education Co-coordinator

Branch Communications Officers

Sports and Social Officer

Branch International Officers

APF Political Officer

Steward or a Work Place Contact Workplace contacts have a more informal role than stewards or safety representatives. They can also operate as part of a network supporting an elected steward

Want to meet new people, learn new skills and go places?
Be active in UNISON and you'll get a lot more out of your union.

The RBL needs our help, please share.

Do you know a WW2 veteran who would want to take a free Remembrance tour back to where they served? No database exists of WW2 veterans who are still alive today, so we need your help. If you’re a grandchild, neighbour or carer and know someone who fought in WW2, please tell them about this opportunity and encourage them to sign up! Tours will take place throughout 2018 and veterans will have the chance to their respects at battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorials.

 Find out more here:

Friday, 9 February 2018

Police campaign encourages young people to Protect Your World

 As almost a quarter of 12-15 year olds say they don’t know how to control who can see what they post on social media*, Thames Valley Police (TVP) is encouraging young people to take action to protect themselves online.

The internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise but it’s vital that young people are aware of its dangers and how to stay safe. Identity fraud, cyberstalking, confidence scams, cyberbullying, romance fraud, hacking, and distribution of malware are all examples of cyber dangers.

But there are simple ways to reduce the risks. Here are TVP’s top tips:

·         Make sure you are only connected to people you know on social media networks and that your settings limit the information you share
·         Turn off the mapping feature on social media and apps, as it shares your exact whereabouts and routine
·         Be share aware – your email address, postal address, the name of the school/college you attend and your telephone number are all examples of personal information that you should keep private
·         Always be cautious of internet chats - when you’re chatting online there’s no guarantee you are speaking to who you think
·         Be cautious of fake sites when shopping online. If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is
·         Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi - never provide personal information to access it or use sites which are password protected when using it

It’s also vital that parents, carers and responsible adults, such as youth activity leaders, have the tools and knowledge to help young people stay safe online.

Social media is a concern for many parents, who can struggle to keep up-to-date with the networks their children are using, so the NSPCC has created the Net Aware website ( This online guide demystifies the content, age restrictions and perceived risk levels of over 30 social media and gaming networks, enabling parents to understand what their children are doing online.

TVP also recommends taking the NSPCC’s TEAM approach:
  • Talk – to your child/children about staying safe online, find out what sites/social media they are using, what worries them and you about them being online, the emotional aspects of social media (jealousy, self-esteem etc)
  • Explore their online world together – the NSPCC has useful tips of how to start the conversation on their website
  • Agree rules about what is ok and not
  • Manage parental controls on all your family’s devices – free helpline available (0808 800 5002)
  • Repeat – make it part of everyday life

If you fall victim to cyber crime or experience an attempted scam report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

For more information and advice visit

*Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report, November 2017

AGM papers

Agenda and papers 2018 AGM are now available by  clicking here