UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region

UNISON is Britain's largest public services union with a membership of over 1.3 million. Yorkshire & Humberside region alone has over 145,000 members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.



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UNISON response to Manchester Arena atrocity (23/05/17)

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.”


Get help with school uniform costs - deadline 21 July 2017 (23/05/17)

School uniform grant 2017

School Uniform Grant - Application form pdf
School Uniform Grant - Questions & Answers pdf

If you have any problem with filling in the form please don't hesitate to get in touch with the branch


Equality briefing - Talking to your parliamentary candidates (19/05/17)

A general election is taking place on Thursday 8 June 2017, and over the coming weeks parliamentary candidates will be out and about in their constituencies trying to secure your vote, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to tell them about issues that are affecting you.

If you attend a hustings, phone in to a radio show to talk to a candidate or if one knocks on your door, remember you don’t have to just listen to their campaign promises, seize the opportunity to talk to them about subjects that matter to YOU.

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UNISON Y&H Gambia Project - Annual Report 2016


You can download a copy of the report here... pdf logo

The project we have been running in the Gambia with the Bijilo school reached its peak when Wendy Nichols made it her Presidential project, during her term as President, this concluded in June last year. Over the 5 years UNISON have been involved in this project your assistance has allowed us to develop the school vegetable garden, equip the school with gardening equipment, improve and secure the perimeter wall protecting the garden, install water tanks and improve water supply, install and improve toilet facilities, build a secure equipment store and with the money from the Presidential appeal build and equip a four classroom block to improve the schools capacity.

The time, however, has now come to move on from the school and look at other areas to assist in. During her Presidential visit to the school to open the classroom block, Wendy and Jim Bell, the project co-ordinator, met with representatives of one of the three public hospitals in the whole of the Gambia, Serrekunda Hospital. This meeting resulted in a memorandum of understanding between Y&H UNISON and the Hospital which will be the focus of our efforts going forward. You can download a copy of the report here... pdf logo

Return to Learn & Women's Lives Courses (16/01/17)

Return to Learn and Women’s Lives will run from September 2017 in the following areas:-

Women’s Lives – Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield
Return to Learn – Barnsley (inc. Wakefield and Rotherham), Bradford and Halifax

More information about venues and times will be available from July 2017. For more information or to register your interest in these courses please contact your Regional Education Administrator: Tanya Shearer: email: t.shearer@unison.co.uk,
Tel: 0113 218 2330.

Find out more...

You can find more courses on our education page here...


Date for your Diary: UNISON Doncaster Raceday - 5 August 2017 (03/01/17)

UNISON Yorkshire & HUmberside Doncaster Raceday
Saturday 5 August 2017
Total price £13 (2 tickets)
Tickets on sale from 1 February 2017 and closing date is 28 July 2017.

Members can upgrade to TWO County Stand tickets for £30
(These are usually £32.50 each!)

Doncaster Raceday 2017


Regional Education Programme 2017 published (22/11/16)

Welcome to the 2017 Regional Education Programme. Once again we have endeavoured to offer courses to suit everyone, as Lifelong Learning is still high on our agenda. We have courses tailored to the needs of activists and members alike and there are a number of new courses designed to further develop the skills of our activists. Working with our partners such as the WEA and Northern College we have increased our learning offer and increased the range of courses and learning opportunities available.

You can find the 2017 Education Programme here....

Ed Prog cover 2017In addition to our Regional Education Team, our Organisers will be working with branches, among the other organising duties they undertake, to develop Lifelong learning and ensure activists are trained to the highest up-to-date standards.

The programme is designed to increase the access to the most up to date training UNISON can offer both for new and developing existing activists. UNISON needs to increase its activist base, and attract better equipped and motivated activists. The courses provided are directly aimed at building confidence and developing skills abilities. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Branch development is vital in recruiting and organising and retaining members.
We are constantly striving to increase membership and provide a better service. Increasing membership and developing new activists from all sectors of the union will make us stronger and more representative of our members.

It is now 7 years since the Regional Council increased the charges to branches for training courses and I am pleased to be able to report that the charges should remain unchanged for 2017. The only exception being the Branch Officer training weekend as the increased cost of hotel accommodation has made it inevitable that we will need to raise the charges slightly.

Unfortunately, due to Tory Government cuts there have been significant reductions in general further education funding and TUC funding has also been drastically cut. As a result of effective lobbying by the TUC, the previous Coalition government’s intention to remove fee remission was postponed to August 2016 thus enabling the region to keep charges to branches unchanged.

But sadly it may be necessary to review the charges moving into 2018 but we will work hard to keep any increase to a minimum.

No one should be out of pocket attending UNISON courses. Branches and the Region will continue to contribute to ensure this, and access is freely available to as many members / activist as possible. Any additional travel costs or carer costs can be claimed from your branch, but you do need to speak to your branch and get their agreement in advance (details of help can be found within this programme).

We also offer for clarity a separate members only training programme detailing some of the courses/workshops UNISON offers for non activist members. You can obtain a copy of this from your branch education co-ordinator or Branch Secretary. You can always find it on our web site www.unison-yorks.org.uk/education.html.

Working together with other Trade unionists to achieve common goals is at the fundamental core of our organisation and we offer many opportunities for development.

So please access and enjoy our learning offer and don’t be afraid to comment on things that went well or not so well as we are always striving to improve your learning experience and all feedback is carefully considered and used to improve our delivery.

You can find the 2017 Education Programme here....

Wendy Nichols
Regional Convenor


Reserve your place on FREE Return to Learn and Women's Lives Courses

These courses are a fantastic free opportunity for UNISON members who have been away from learning for a long time. The course start this autumn so visit our Education & Training page for more details and to apply.


UNISON proud to sponsor BARLA

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region have sponsored The British Amateur Rugby League Association for many years and this relationship continues to flourish.

You can find the latest photos here...


Doncaster Raceday 2017

Doncaster races

You can download the poster here... pdf logo



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