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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Latest News

Regional Young Members AGM Bulletin - April 2017 (04/04/17)

The regional group will be having their AGM followed by an evening of politically inspired comedy at 4pm on 22nd April in Leeds – we’d love to see you there.

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Our colleague and fellow young member, Ben Mayor organised a similar event last year with bands and discussions which was really well received.

“With more jobs being based on zero-hour contracts and exploited self-employed workers, unions are very important for young workers to fight back for their employment rights and fair pay. Events such as these are great opportunities for young workers to socialise and mobilise.”

Around fifty people turned up to enjoy a UNISON-sponsored gig for young and potential members at the Fenton pub in Leeds an event which was more than just about music and comedy.

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UNISON Y&H Gambia Project - Annual Report 2016


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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

UNISON members join London march for the NHS (06/03/17)

UNISON members from our region joined tens of thousands of other protesters in London on Saturday to march for the NHS – “a shining testament to shared endeavour”, as UNISON vice-president Carol Sewell told protesters.

Speaking to the rally at Parliament Square, Ms Sewell said the union is “proud to be supporting this event. Proud to be standing up for our NHS. And proud to be fighting back against the Tory cutters.”

She noted that next year will mark 70 years since the health service was set up by the post-war Labour government.

But “now May and Hammond repeatedly refuse to give it the money it needs.

“They are content to let it be run down; to watch as the waiting lists pile up; to stand by as patients lose out.”

She told the protest that “we have to make the government realise this can go on no longer.

“Our NHS has been there for all of us, and our families, through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad.

“Now is its time of need: the NHS needs us and we cannot be found wanting.”


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.

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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


Defending our EU members (10/11/16)

‘Listening to our members, it was clear what a rich contribution they make to our public services and, indeed, to our union’

UNISON members who are EU citizens gathered to share their experiences since June’s referendum on membership of the European Union, and share their concerns about what happens next, at a seminar in the UNISON Centre last month.

Members “are deeply concerned about the xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiment that fuelled the Vote Leave campaign and has continued to grow since,” said UNISON head of strategic organising Greg Thomson.

The EU members’ seminar brought union members and activists from across the range of public services together in London. They hailed from France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Bosnia, which took the first steps to joining the EU at September’s summit in Slovakia.

Their discussions will help inform the union’s work to defend its EU members’ right to remain in the UK, while opposing the tide of racial abuse that has arisen since the referendum.

“Listening to our members, it was clear what a rich contribution they make to our public services and, indeed, to our union,” said Mr Thomson.

In turn, they have a clear expectation that their union “should take a lead in rejecting that anti-migrant rhetoric and show that the real threat to our public services comes from the government’s austerity measures,” he added.

“The positivity and the fighting spirit emanating from their discussions will be pivotal in shaping the direction and success of the campaign, as it goes into the regions and branches.”

UNISON has commissioned a booklet from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, outlining members’ legal rights and set up an EU members’ helpline available every Tuesday on 0800 0 857 857. You can download it here...

There is also a dedicated Facebook group for UNISON members who are EU citizens to talk to each other at facebook.com/groups/UNISONEUMembers/. This is a closed group, and members will need to ask to join it.

Mr Thomson urged members who are EU citizens to establish a permanent right to remain by applying to the Home Office.


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.

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Doncaster Raceday 2017

UNISON Doncaster Raceday 2017

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