Pensions


LGPS: Parliamentary Debate on LGPS Investment Regulations

UNISON has secured a debate on the LGPS investment regulations, these will have a significant impact on the LGPS. “Debate in the House the Local Government Pension Scheme Investment Regulations”. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125475    The debate is scheduled for 24 October 2016.


Your Pension Funds at Risk

The government wants to use the money in your pension funds to invest in their pet infrastructure projects. This potentially puts at risk the money that should be used to pay your pensions. There has been no debate in Parliament over this issue and we need to try and make sure it gets debated.

We have established a Parliamentary petition which requires 100,000 signatures to get a debate in the House of Commons.

You can sign it by clicking here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125475/signatures/new  the text below describes the petition.

Now pass it on to a colleague – they don’t have to be a UNISON member to sign!

Debate in the House the Local Government Pension Scheme Investment Regulations

5 million people rely on the LGPS to pay their pensions. Government wants powers over LGPS investment funds, but they could gamble away members’ money on infrastructure projects. This is not allowed in any other UK scheme, including the MPs'. The LGPS must be invested in members’ best interests.

Parliament must debate this issue and make the government accountable for these powers of intervention as any such direction may breach the law. Specifically Article 18 paragraph 3 of the EU Directive 41/2003 Institutions for Occupational Retire Provision: “Member States shall not require institutions located in their territory to invest in particular categories of assets.”


LGPS 2014 launched on 1 April 2014

The LGPS in England and Wales changed on the 1 April 2014. It is now a career average scheme for benefits built up from 1 April 2014.

For information on the current scheme please visit LGPS

Further information is also available at Tyne & Wear Pension Fund.

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The Regulations changing the LGPS will come into force with effect from 1 April 2014 .

There is an important  update on the UNISON website News section covering where we are on the Transitional Regulations that will set out the protections on benefits earned before April

Pensions update

UNISON's advice to members is:


Taking control of our pension funds

Most UNISON members pay into a work pension fund.  These funds are invested, including in companies on stock markets around the world, and the profits help to pay for pensions. So you are not just a pension fund member but also an investor.

By getting involved in deciding how those very large funds are invested, we can help make this money work for members, society and the general economy.

From April 2014, all LPGS funds must have pensions boards with 50% scheme member representation. UNISON is campaigning to improve member representation in the LGPS and to modernise governance of the funds.

Branch Secretary Paul Gilroy has been invited to join a Regional group set up to oversee the union’s Capital Stewardship campaign to introduce member governance into our pension scheme.

Paul says, "This is an exciting development, and the Branch intends to run a campaign to increase membership of the scheme in the New Year, I believe that a greater influence on the running of the fund will attract more union members and council staff to join."

Read more

(04/11/2013)


Local Government Pension Scheme 2014

The changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) will come into effect on 1st April 2014. All pensions in payment or built up before April 2014 will be protected. If you are currently in receipt of a pension or have left with a deferred pension these changes do not affect you. If you are currently a contributing scheme member your pre-April 2014 pension will still be based on final salary at retirement and the current normal pension age (The age at which the Scheme will pay your benefits without actuarial reduction or enhancement as of right).

Read more in Outlines, October 2013

Local Government Pension Scheme 2014

UNISON - Local Government Pension Scheme

(14/10/2013)


Pension newsletter, November 2012

This Campaign News contains two key items – an update on the Joint Statement made on 1 November by the three LGPS unions and the LGA  and the issue of use of LGPS funds to invest in local infrastructure projects.

(07/11/2012)


UNISON members vote to accept changes to Local Government Pension Scheme

UNISON members across England and Wales have voted 90.2% in favour of accepting the proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

UNISON is the largest public service union and its members in the Local Government Pension Scheme span local government, police and probation, schools, colleges, universities, water, transport and environmental services, private companies and the voluntary sector.

The union led the negotiations which resulted in proposals to maintain the current contribution levels for 90% of LGPS members, introduce a 50/50 ‘low cost’ scheme for the low paid, and move from a final salary to a career average scheme.

Welcoming the ballot result, UNISON Head of Local Government Heather Wakefield said:

‘These were tough negotiations, but with a focus on the majority of members who earn less than £21,000 a year, we have ensured that current LGPS members can afford to remain in the scheme and those who could not afford to do so to date can now join via the 50/50 option.

"This is vital for many of our members who have suffered a decline in earnings as a result of the Coalition’s pay freeze policies. Contributions are now on a fairer ‘progressive’ basis. We will continue to campaign with all of the union, through the TUC, against the proposals to increase the state retirement age.

"UNISON will now move into the next stage of discussions on improving the governance of the new scheme which is due to come into effect in 2014."

(05/09/2012)


Pension ballot opens on 31 July

Members covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales are being urged to vote yes to a new LGPS 2014 scheme when they are balloted this month.

The ballot will be open from 31 July to 24 August 2012 and you will have the option of returning your ballot paper by post or casting your vote online.

Why should I vote ‘yes’?
The four Service Groups voting to recommend the proposals and urging you to vote “yes” are doing so for the following key reasons:

It is important that UNISON delivers a massive “yes” vote to the proposals – along with the other unions.

If the proposals are accepted by members and employers, the government will base its formal consultation on them in September.  If they are not accepted then the government may consult on alternative proposals – which would almost certainly be worse.

You can read more in this month's second issue of Outlines and in Protect Our Pensions Issue 22. Updated information is posted on the Pensions page of UNISON's national website.

(28/7/2012)


Local government pension scheme ballot

A ballot over proposed changes to the local government pension scheme in England and Wales will run from 31 July to 24 August.

Members who are eligible for membership of the LGPS will receive a ballot paper in the post.

For more information on the ballot and the pension proposals go to UNISON's national website.

(26/06/2012)


Local government pensions proposals released

The Local Government Association (LGA) and trade unions have announced the outcome of their negotiations on new LGPS proposals (for England and Wales) to take effect from 1st April 2014.

These proposals will be communicated to scheme members, employers, funds and other scheme interests. Unions will consult their members over these proposals and the LGA will consult employers. The government has confirmed that a favourable outcome of our consultations will enable them to move directly to a statutory consultation later in the Autumn to implement these proposals.

The branch will be arranging full consultation meetings as soon as practicable.

The main provisions of the proposed LGPS 2014 can be found on the UNISON national website..

Detailed information about all aspects of the LGPS 2014 proposals can be found on the links below:

Joint statement

At a glance

LGPS 2014 overview

Protection

A career average pension

Member contributions

The 50/50 option

Retirement

Glossary

Frequently asked questions

Proposals for the new scheme

Proposals powerpoint presentation

(11/06/2012)


Negotiations are continuing

"We have been discussing the scheme for the future from 2014 and governance arrangements in the new scheme. This has involved absorbing and negotiating on the basis of very detailed information on the LGPS, taken from 2010 valuations, data from the Government Actuaries Department (GAD) and the Treasury. We want to do the very best by you – LGPS members – and so the process has taken rather longer than we anticipated. We will be meeting again this week and the start of next week, but hope to move soon after that to a conclusion."

Pension Newsletter No. 17,  April 2012


April 2012 campaign updates

The negotiations are moving in a positive direction, in line with the principles agreed before Christmas. However, it is crucial that we ensure that every element of a proposed new scheme is fully considered and that we explore all options in order to get the best possible deal for members. This has required a significant amount of work by actuaries and others and it is therefore not yet possible to produce final proposals.

We hope that we will be in a position to give you full details before the end of April so that the all-member ballot can commence around the start of May.

Pension Newsletter No. 16,  March 2012

(11/04/2012)


March 2012 campaign updates

WHAT IS HAPPENING

Following the fantastic turnout on the 30th November the government finally agreed to proper negotiations to take place based on a new set of principles. These talks have involved UNISON as well as other Public Sector Unions and the Local Government Association, which represents the employers. The Talks are still ongoing with the Government still looking at proposals.

The joint Local Government Association - Trade Union Project Team submitted outline pension proposals on 13 February to Department of Communities and Local Government and the Treasury for considerations.
Unfortunately, as yet, the government has not yet come back to us with a response to them.

UNISON’S POSITION

UNISON has made very strong representations to the Government over the unnecessary delay in the timetable, which was carefully detailed in the documents underpinning the negotiations.

It was hoped to start consultation with members in the near future. Once final proposals are available the five LGPS Service Groups will meet to be briefed and to make their recommendation.

Although the timeline in the negotiations has slipped, by approx 1 month, we shortly expect to have a revised offer from the Government and employers over the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

We are hopeful this offer will be on the table in April.

Once the offer is made, you will be able to view the details to enable you to make an informed decision on whether to accept them or not. You will decide whether or not the Governments proposals are acceptable or not, so don’t miss your opportunity to have your say and vote.

LGPS CONTRIBUTION BANDS

The LGPS contribution bands have been revised in line with the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 – as required by the LGPS Regulations.
This is not a change related to the current negotiations on the new scheme from 2014 or a contribution increase.

Read more in the Pension Newsletter, March 2012

(23/03/2012)


January 2012 campaign updates

As negotiations on the Local Government Pension Scheme begin in earnest the national campaign newsletter (Issue 12, 27 January 2012) brings you the latest news and links to useful sources of infoprmation.


December campaign updates

The strike on 30th November was very well supported in Newcastle, with less than 10% of the workforce in work, of which a large proportion were exempt workers for life and limb cover or personal  exemptions for members in their last year of service or pregnant.

You will find photos and campaign updates in the branch newsletter, 'Outlines'.

In the national campaign newsletter you will find the agreement reached with the Local Government Association (LGA) over principles and a timetable for negotiation over contributions and the scheme design of the LGPS in England and Wales from 2014. The government accepted that the LGPS – as a funded scheme with a high proportion of low earners – was different to the other ‘pay as you go’ schemes and has therefore given the go-ahead for a longer period of negotiation, over the short and long-term issues.

The government has also agreed to suspend the formal consultation on short-term savings while negotiations take place from January 2012.
(27/12/2011)


Outlines Strike Special No. 3


Outlines Strike Special No. 2


Outlines Strike Special No. 1


Outlines - Branch Newsletter

This is a special edition about the pension ballot.


Pension meetings at Partnership House

Newcastle City Branch has organised meetings in the Training Room at Partnership House for UNISON members and non members who pay into the LGPS, we’ll give you the latest information on the progress of negotiations, the latest on the Government’s plans and answer your questions.

Thursday 13th October 2011, Training Room, Partnership House, 9.00 am – 10.00 am and 10.00 am - 11.00 am

No facility time has been granted for these meetings, please check with your manager before attending.

(7/10/2011)


Pension training reviewed

UNISON Northern Region  ran a 3-day basic pension course in September. Lynne Hannon, a member of our branch, attended the course and had this to say about it

"The pensions 3 day course was one of the best courses I have ever done. The trainer, Dave McMonnies, made it very interesting and even funny. I can honestly say I would recommend this to everyone. I had thought it would be a bit dull and boring however it was exactly the opposite and I feel I understand the basics and could speak with confidence about our scheme."

If you feel inspired to learn more about pensions and maybe to get involved in our campaign to defend the Local Government Pension Scheme then contact the branch office and let us know.

(4/10/2011)


Why young members should vote 'yes' for action to defend pensions on November 30

This UNISON pensions update is aimed at young members who will find it particularly relevant to their circumstances but you don't have to be young to read it.

It has some very useful information about the consequences of leaving the Local Government Pension Scheme, so if you are thinking along those lines then please check this out first.

(26/9/2011)


Protect Our Pensions

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis announced at the TUC Conference last week that UNISON will ballot for a strike to protect our pensions.

Ballot notices will be dispatched from 28th September, with the ballot open between 11th October and 3rd November. It is critical that pressure is put on the Government in order that they change their position and engage in constructive negotiations with the trade unions. A high turnout in the ballot and a YES VOTE is essential to show the Government the strength of feeling among UNISON members.

Not a penny of any increase in your contributions will go towards improving your pension schemes. Instead it will go to the Treasury. This is an additional unfair tax on public sector workers and is deliberately disguised as money for the pension schemes, which the government falsely claim to be unaffordable. The truth is public sector pension funds are cash rich and affordable.

Newcastle City Branch has organised a series of meetings in the Civic Centre for UNISON members and non members who pay into the LGPS, we’ll give you the latest information on the progress of negotiations, the latest on the Government’s plans and answer your questions.

If you’re not a UNISON member, there is still time to join and take part in the ballot, if you care about your pension, have your say.

BECOME A MEMBER OF UNISON – SIGN UP NOW

Branch Secretary's presentation (Updated 13/10/2011)

(20/9/2011)


Industrial action on pensions

UNISON has negotiated with the Government in good faith but the government is unwilling to move their position; a position that will mean pension members will:

Many of you will recall that in 2008 our pension scheme was changed and now the Government wants to change it again, not because it’s not affordable, but because the Treasury wants to take money from public sector workers to fill the black hole in the public purse caused by the banking crisis. Why should we face what amounts to an additional tax just because we work in the public sector or what equates to a 3% pay cut? Contrast that with the recently published Vickers report on the banking crisis gives the banks until 2019 to implement many of the proposals; fairness and equality ….I don’t think so!

Dave Prentis, General Secretary states that:

“If you're eligible for the local government pension scheme, NHS pension scheme or civil service pension scheme then in the next month you'll receive a ballot paper and I urge you to vote 'yes'

The branch will be organising meetings at every major workplace to give you the facts and answer your questions, we can’t afford not to succeed with a yes vote, pensions are deferred salary, a decent pension in retirement should be a right, we can win this battle but we must stand up and fight.

(15/9/2011)


UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis announced at the TUC Conference yesterday that UNISON will ballot for a strike to protect our pensions.

 

In a message to all members Dave says,

"Did you know that relevant government ministers, without agreement, have already changed for the worse the way in which those receiving a public sector pension get an increase each year to take account of inflation? They have stopped using the Retail Price Index which has been used for decades and, from this year, pensions will only increase in line with the Consumer Price Index - a much worse index. This change alone has reduced the overall value of the pensions by over 10%.

Now, they want to increase your pension contributions by an average of over 50% if you earn above £15,000. It's the equivalent on average of a 3% pay cut.

Not a penny of this major increase in your contributions will go towards improving your pension schemes. Instead it will go to the Treasury. This is an additional unfair tax on public sector workers and is deliberately disguised as money for the pension schemes, which they falsely claim to be unaffordable. The truth is public sector pension funds are cash rich and affordable."

Leaflets:

Public Sector Pensions - Why should you care? The government is insisting that public service pensions need to be cut as they cost too much and the country can’t afford them. If you don’t work in public services, you might wonder why you should care.

Want to work till you drop?  That’s what the government wants you to do by changing your pension scheme

(15/9/2011)


UPDATE ON LGPS NEGOTIATIONS – ENGLAND AND WALES

Campaign newsletter,  6 September

In October 2010, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that he intended to apply the 3.2% tax on public sector pensions to the LGPS.

Instead of defending the LGPS, the Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles, has gone even further, insisting that the £900 million to be taken from the LGPS in England and Wales must be in addition to the savings already being generated by the scheme.

This newsletter outlines the arguments that UNISON and the other unions have made to the employers. We have demonstrated that there is no need for further savings to  the LGPS – either through contribution increases or changes to scheme benefits.

(12/9/2011)


Northern Region Pensions Newsletter

'Members in this Region are at the forefront of UNISON‟s campaign to defend public sector pensions. We will be organising a strong and effective fight–back and making sure that our  members are ready for action.'

Clare Williams, Regional Convenor

August 2011 Gold Plated Pensions myth buster


3 Day Basic Pensions Course (Non Residential)

Tuesday, 20 September, Wednesday, 21 September & Thursday, 22 September 2011
Venue: UNISON Office Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne

A three day non residential course for activists on understanding pensions and how to deal with pensions issues from members.

Occupational pensions are deferred wages yet for many they seem frightening, complicated and difficult to understand. This three day course will provide help and guidance. It will explain pensions in simple, down to earth terms and will provide an invaluable insight into understanding pensions and how they work.

The tutor for this course is the highly recommended Dave McMonnies from the North West.

Closing Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Flyer

Application form

(31/7/2011)


Are public sector pensions going broke?

In a recent blog Nigel Stanley (TUC’s Head of Campaigns and Communications) examines David Camerons claim that "the pension system is in danger of going broke.”

(4/7/2011)


Public service pensions – myth and reality

Alice Hood is a TUC policy officer working on public sector issues.

In this blog she debunks some public service pension myths…

Myth 1: Public service pensions are gold-plated
Myth 2: Public service pensions are unreformed
Myth 3: Public sector pensions are unsustainable
Myth 4: The government is protecting the low-paid

(1/7/2011)


What do people in the North think about the pensions dispute?

A YouGov poll was published yesterday and has regional breakdowns which are quite interesting.

It shows:

So while the London-based national media stations and commentators assert the strikes are unpopular, the polling suggests there's certainly a good deal of support for them and in particular in the North.  The Northern PSA should take a good deal of credit for this for consistently putting what’s happening to public services in their full political context.

Full data
Read Clare Williams take on these results

(1/7/2011)


30 June strike and rally

Action by a number of public sector trade unions, to defend their pensions will take place on 30 June 2011. This action by our sister unions is an important stage in the campaign to resist the Government’s onslaught on all public sector pension schemes. While UNISON is not part of the industrial action planned for the 30th, we want to show our solidarity with those unions taking part. A rally and march is organised in Newcastle which we would encourage our members to attend in their own time.

Details of March & Rally in Newcastle are as follows
Centre for Life – 12.15pm
Monument – 1pm

Branch officers are attending the rally with the branch banner to show our solidarity, please contact the branch for any further information.

Poster and details
(29/6/2011)


UNISON Pension strategy factsheet

This factsheet sets out the agreed industrial strategy in respect of the threats to UNISON members’ pension schemes. It includes a question and answer section and a timeline.

(23/5/2011)


Campaign against the increase in the state pension age.

As you will know, the government is proposing to accelerate the increase in the state pension age. The changes will mean that 4.9 million people will have to wait longer to get their pension – with 500,000 women aged 56-57 having to work more than an extra year, and 33,000 working for exactly two years longer.

UNISON will be campaigning against these changes, and Labour will try to amend the legislation in the House of Lords and in the House of Commons.
 
As part of the campaign, Unions Together have launched an online petition with a message from Barbara Bates, a 56 year old woman who is affected by these changes.
 
(26/02/11)


UNISON responds to the Interim Report of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission

The commission chaired by John Hutton published its Interim Report on Thursday 7 October.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:

“Our key priority is to make sure that our members’ pension schemes; that they pay into all their working lives, remain sustainable and affordable and that there is no damaging race to the bottom. We will seek to maintain, using all means possible, the agreements reached two years ago to make our public service schemes sustainable and also protect existing members of the scheme.

“This is an interim report, and UNISON will continue making the case for public sector pensions throughout the course of the review.

“It is only right that the report recognizes that public sector pensions are not gold-plated. We are pleased that Hutton recommends keeping a defined benefit scheme, but we are adamant that the final salary scheme should be retained.

“There is a real danger that taking a career average to calculate pensions will see the low paid getting less in their retirement – especially as the government has switched from using the RPI to using the CPI to calculate pensions.

“Public sector workers already pay a sizeable amount into their pension schemes year in, year out. Many of our members would struggle to pay more. Council workers, including home carers, librarians, social workers and dinner ladies, pay in 6.4% of their wages, while NHS workers pay an average of 6.6%.

“Plans to make public sector staff work until they drop will hit the low paid hard. For many public sector staff, working longer is not an option. Many nurses, home carers, paramedics and refuse collectors are already forced into early retirement because of the physical nature of their jobs, and the damage it does to their health.

“It is time the government turned their attention to the private sector, where two thirds of employers don’t provide a single penny towards their employees’ pensions, forcing taxpayers into picking up a massive long-term benefits bill.”

(11/10/10)


 

Public sector pensions' review should be comprehensive and independent, says UNISON

UNISON has called on the Government to make sure that its public sector pensions review body is truly independent and takes evidence from unions and pension fund trustees.

General Secretary, Dave Prentis, has further urged the Government to stop issuing misleading figures and mis-informed statements about public sector pensions and wait for the results of the review. He said:

“Only three years ago, public sector pensions went through massive changes to make them sustainable and affordable. Since then, there has been constant sniping and carping by the Tories and LibDems about unreformed, gold-plated pensions, quoting grossly misleading figures to create a climate for cuts.

“We are happy to participate in any review and to give evidence to that review, but the Government has a responsibility to make sure that it is independent and not a rubber-stamp for its ideological attacks on public services.

“Bringing in John Hutton as chair doesn’t fool anyone. I am disappointed that a former Labour minister would allow himself to be used as a tool to attack low paid public sector workers.

“The average pension in local government is just £4,000 a year, dropping to £2,600 for women. People pay into these schemes all their working lives – if they didn’t, they would have to rely on state benefits, funded by the taxpayer.

“The review to the NHS scheme in 2008 gives complete protection to the public purse. The employers’ contribution is capped at 14% and, if the cost rises, it is health workers who will pick up the bill”.

(21/06/10)

3 Day Basic Pensions Course (Non Residential)
Tuesday, 20 September, Wednesday, 21 September & Thursday, 22 September 2011
Venue:
UNISON Office
Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
A three day non residential course for activists on understanding pensions and how to deal with pensions
issues from members.
Occupational pensions are deferred wages yet for many they seem frightening, complicated and difficult to
understand. This three day course will provide help and guidance. It will explain pensions in simple, down to
earth terms and will provide an invaluable insight into understanding pensions and how they work.
The tutor for this course is the highly recommended Dave McMonnies from the North West.
Closing Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2011
 

New on Site

23/03/2017

Training

New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

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


22/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


18/03/2017

Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

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.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

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


12/03/2017

AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

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


03/03/2017

March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

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


01/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


24/02/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

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.


23/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

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

In the papers

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


22/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

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


12/02/2017

Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

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?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


05/02/2017

Affiliations and donations

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


07/02/2017

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

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

UNIMAG 33

A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


06/02/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


27/01/2017

Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


26/01/2017

North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

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


22/01/2017

Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

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

In the Papers

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


15/01/2017

Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

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


13/01/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


06/01/2017

The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'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