Conference motions propose policies and objectives which, if carried, will be adopted and pursued by UNISON. If there is any motion which you particularly want the branch delegates to support or reject then tell your steward. In general our delegates will use their discretion to cast their votes in accordance with principles adopted by the branch. However, they can be mandated to vote one way or another.
Motions proposed by our branch are listed below. As is typical of conference motions, each has a long preamble which you can read in the agenda. Presented below is the 'business end' of each motion which tells the National Committee what to do.
The Local Government Conference Agenda includes one motion from Newcastle City Branch.
37. Children's Social Work Reform
“Calls on the SGE to:
1) Run a further survey on social workers asking for their views on the policy paper;
2) Encourage regions to work with branches to produce further material to be used in workplaces to engage with members about the reforms;
3) Increase awareness that whilst members are being informed posts are at risk due to budget cuts Frontline is being given investment and local authorities have to guarantee that they receive a post at the end of their ‘training period’.“
The National Delegate Conference Agenda comprisest the following motions from our branch:
17. New ways of working: Agile, lean or mean?
"Calls on the National Executive Council to:
1) Develop guidance so branches and regions can support disabled members to request reasonable adjustments to new working practices;
2) Work with Service Groups and Self Organised Groups to identify examples of good practice for implementing new ways of working; and
3) Encourage employers adopting new ways of working to consider the impact on disabled people throughout the implementation process."
43. Free and high quality funded childcare for all.
“Calls on the National Executive Council to:
1) Campaign for universal free childcare for all children from the end of maternity / paternity leave until school age;
2) Campaign for childcare support which will benefit all parents, including those who work shifts and unsociable hours and for comprehensive policy measures geared towards the introduction of universal free childcare;
3) Support the Gingerbread campaign for affordable childcare for single parents;
4) Work with other unions and staff for minimum rate of pay for childcare staff;
5) Campaign for decent terms and conditions for the staff providing childcare in schools and nurseries, including adequate training and safe child/carer ratios;
6) Urge Labour Link to make this a labour manifesto commitment;
7) Examine and raise awareness of the obstacles linked to childcare that women face in the labour market;
8) Continue to campaign to defend Sure Start nurseries. “
71. Access To Work
"Asks that our branches work alongside the National Executive Council, National Disabled Committee and Disabled Members Self Organised Groups to produce training material and advice and guidance so that stewards and branch officers have a greater understanding of ATW, and can therefore assist disabled members in the workplace.”
77. The Crisis in Syria
“Instructs the National Executive Council to:
1) Call for an urgent and substantial international political and humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis based on dialogue, peace, disarmament and respect for human rights and international law instead of external military intervention;
2) Urge the British government and the European Union to significantly increase its refugee resettlement programme;
3) Work with groups supporting and campaigning for the rights of refugees and opposing military intervention in pursuit of these ends. “
“Calls on the National Executive Council to:
a) To oppose withdrawal from the EU;
b) To support freedom of workers movement across Europe;
c) To continue to campaign against TTIP;
d) To advocate worker’s solidarity across Europe to fight for greater democracy, against cuts and austerity, and for levelling up of social provision and rights;
e) To work with other trade unions and labour movement bodies across Europe to campaign on these issues;
f) To seek a union in Eastern Europe and Greece to twin and build links with.”
102.The Refugee Crisis; the Media’s Reporting and its Negative Impact
“Calls upon the National Executive Council to:
1) Encourage members, coordinated through their branches, to write to local and national newspapers to question the incorrect and discriminatory language that is being used;
2) Encourage regions to work with branches to produce local material that can be used in workplaces to help dispel myths;
3) Encourage branches and regions to work with organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card.”
Josie Bird (Branch Chair) and Paul Gilroy (Branch Secretary) will attend not as branch representatives but as members of the National Executive representing the Northern Region.
New courses for members and stewards.
Inflation leaps to 3.2%
More regulation of gig economy needed
Appalling risk of suicides in construction
Fat cats — the great pay divide
Racist abuse after Brexit vote
Lack of diversity at top in Wales
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.
Swings and scooters of inflation basket
No real improvement in weekly earnings
Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
Zero-hours contracts at record high
Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
Agenda and annual report.
Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
GMB take on DX delivery firm
Former chancellor's nice big earner
Charter to stop violence at work
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
Trade Union Act regs come into force
Gender pension gap leaves women short
Violence at work — the nasty truth
Bookseller's £7m salary
Money purchase pension are norm
British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
Government fails in ethnicity review
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.
Government green paper on pensions
A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay
Employers — don't miss out on talent
Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff
Economic growth revised upwards
Work fears of disabled people revealed
Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'
North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region
North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises
UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense
Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival
Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week
Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?
Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall
Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns
Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’
Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC
There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid
Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire
NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'
Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests
Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?
Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts
More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals
Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting
TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report
NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs
Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says
Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’
Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts
'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration
Racism at work
Economy grows but there's a shortfall
Advice on gender pay gap from Acas
Tories offer no solution on discrimination
Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools
A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
Death by a thousand fire service cuts
Guidance on stress
Modern-day slave traders jailed
Fees let bad bosses get off scot free
Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017
Get tough on pay, says pension funds
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act
Inflation rates at highest since 2014
Retail inflation eating into earnings growth
UK unemployment at nine-year low
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says
May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal
NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial
Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint
TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights
Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage
High street store fined over safety
Manufacturing output edges higher
Child poverty briefing
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff
Plans for a Universal Basic Income
2017 — economic forecasts for year
'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone
Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts
UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse
UK economic growth revised upwards