Co-Operative Communities


May 2016

Neil Quinn Service Manager for Co-Operative Communities has left the Council – Carol Egdel, Team Manager, leads in this area following the changes from the budget proposals.


April 2016

The budget proposals in this area outlined a new approach to service delivery with the deletion of all existing roles and the creation of one generic post. The staff have now been through a selection process and due to additional monies coming forward from internal and external funding – no staff are at risk of compulsory redundancies. The new structure has now been implemented.


February 2016

The budget proposals have now been shared with staff in this area, they outline a new approach to service delivery with the deletion of all existing roles. The current establishment is 23.5 FTE, the proposed structure is 1 manager and 9.5 communities officers. Proposed job loss 21.2 FTE. A full members’ meeting is taking place and an update will be provided at Branch Committee.


December 2014

In the briefing (Tony Durcan - Budget Briefing) Tony stated that there was a possibility of a social enterprise model being explored regarding this service. No detail regarding this is available and it is only an option at this stage, however staff meetings have been arranged to listen to the views of the staff, and shop stewards from this service are to be present at these.(NR)


September 2014

The restructure within this area is complete. Co-Operative Communities has been moved into CCS, and UNISON will pick up any issues we have in this area at the regular meetings with Tony and his management team.(NR)


July 2014

The restructure within this area is on-going and staff have now all been informed of the outcome of the selection process. UNISON has highlighted to Tony Durcan some issues that have arisen throughout this process and the difficulties these have caused for members. Tony has advised that the comments will form part of the lessons learned process. For the staff that have fallen out of the selection process UNISON is continuing to provide support to them.(NR)


June 2014

The restructure within this area is on-going and staff have now completed their EOIs, and the new structure should be implemented by mid-June. For any staff that are not successful in retaining a post, individual support and advice will be offered to them.(NR)


May 2014

The restructure within this area is on-going the overall reductions for staff are as below. The deadline for the end of consultation has been extended to May 6th at 9am. I have met with members in this area as part of the consultation and fed back the concerns they have raised. Management have responded to the queries and it is anticipated that the EOI process will start for the worker groups affected from Wednesday 7th May 2014.

Management posts will be reduced by 1 FTE = 4 FTE to 3 FTE

Facilitators will be reduced by 4.7 FTE, = 18.36 FTE (19 staff) to 12.7 FTE

Project Officers will be reduced 7.17 FTE = 15.17 FTE (18 staff) to 7.17 FTE


April 2014

Jan Cromerty met with staff in December to share proposals; these indicated a proposed job loss of 14 fte posts, and details have now been shared. The structure being proposed is as follows:-

Management posts will be reduced by 1 fte; 4 fte to 3 fte

Facilitators will be reduced by 4.7 fte; 18.36 fte (19 staff) to 12.7 fte

Project Officers will be reduced 7.17 fte; 15.17 fte (18 staff) to 7.17 fte

A number of individuals have requested VR; consultation is due to close on 22nd April, with the selection process to start the week after, workplace meetings are arranged to meet with staff affected. In addition to this this section will move into a new division Culture, Customers and Skills, with the service manager reporting directly to Tony Durcan.(NR)


March 2014

Discussions in this area are on-going regarding the budget proposals; the intention is delete 14 FTE posts by November 2014. Staff have been involved in workshops regarding the services going forward. I have met with Jan Cromarty (Cooperative and Culture Change Lead) regarding this and understand the detail has not been finalised in relation to which posts these could be. I have requested an update by the end of February.(NR)


February 2014

Discussions in this area are on going regarding the budget proposals, the intention is delete 14 FTE posts by November 2014. Staff have been involved in workshops regarding the services going forward and I am meeting with the lead in this area regarding timescales and options.(NR)


January 2014

The proposals regarding the budget for this area were shared with staff mid-November and a briefing for staff took place regarding the future service, which I attended. This session began to explore what this service could look like and offer after staffing reductions. The proposals indicate a job loss of 14FTE, these reductions would be made by the end of 2014 but with the selection process taking place from April on-wards. A meeting with Jan Cromarty the lead in this area will take place in the New Year to seek further clarification on the proposals. I will then arrange to meet with our members in this area.(NR)


December 2013

Budget cuts have been announced in this area, staff have been met, this does involve the deletion of 14 posts - an update on this will be given under the budget item.(NR)


November 2013

Discussions in this area are on going regarding the budget proposals, the intention is to delete 14 FTE posts by November 2014. Staff have been involved in workshops regarding the services going forward and I am meeting with the lead in this area regarding timescales and options.(NR)


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NEC Elections

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'There For You’ Newsletter

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Branch Lottery

Winners in March.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

Executive pay bandwagon rolls on

Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay

Employment law changes this April

New minimum wage rates kick in

UK lags on maternity

Merger heralds new teaching union

Consultation on caste discrimination



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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

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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


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


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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


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.


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


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

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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


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

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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


Affiliations and donations

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


In the papers

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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


A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


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.


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


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

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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

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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


Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

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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