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Lori Ashbridge will be reporting regularly on issues affecting school staff on our new 'Schools' page.
Follow all the latest news from our Branch Education Coordinator, Wendy Aitman.
Papers for the meeting on 2 December
Carers Rights Day, 29 November 2013, is about getting carers the information and advice they need to claim benefits, access practical support and find out how technology can help take the pressure off.
Courses starting in 2014 aimed at Teaching Assistants, Non-Teaching staff in Schools and Staff working in Health and Social Care.
Papers for the meeting on 2 December at 2pm.
The Civic Centre Learning Zone is temporarily not available but will reopen soon.
No joy in average earnings data
Living Wage rises
Inflation falls sharply
Hidden worth of golden goodbyes
Regional Policy Weekend 29/30 November.
Papers for the meeting on 21 November.
Joint working agreement on racism
Youth workers — Is this the only way Essex?
Factory output up in Northern Ireland
Health and safety in 2012-13
Inheritance in Britain — them that has, gets
Acas amends advice about companions
Third-party harassment rule repealed
'Little to boast about' as economy improves
UK losing out on green growth and jobs
Living Wage to be paid at Welsh council
Rights when adverse weather hits work
Seven in 10 need to supplement pension
Campaign targets modern-day slavery
13 November - Information, advice and guidance on the qualifications available for anyone considering a career in teaching in a post-16 environment.
Papers for the meeting on 4 November
Papers for the meeting on 12 November.
Please add your support to a major new online campaign for the Miami Five.
Join with women around the world to mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women and take back your night.
A three day course for activists on understanding pensions and how to deal with pensions issues from members.
Key annual figures on work-related health, safety and enforcement in Great Britain.
UNISON and Bridges to Learning are holding a professional development conference for social workers and social care staff in the Northern Region.
Outcome Measures- the next stage.
There are a number of places available for LGBT members to attend a one day workshop on Stonewall’s Authentic Role Model Programme.
Learning Stall and Stress Awareness session at Allendale Road.
October 2013 winners.
Workers on the board
UK in right state, says Milburn
Sexual harassment still rife at work
Gender gap in pensions
'Tragic day for the UK'
No let up in inflation
Average earnings' growth stagnates
Jobs not shares at Royal Mail
Unemployment down below 2.5 million
Compensation for blacklisted workers?
The Joint NJC Trade Union Side has unanimously agreed the NJC pay claim for 2014-15.
Exposing Loan Sharks and Learning about Fair Finance, 23 October
On Thursday 17th October 2013 members of NASUWT and NUT who make up 90% of teachers are going on strike as part of a long dispute with the Government.
A march and rally has been organised to take place in Durham on Thursday.
Firefighters in England and Wales set Saturday 19 October as date for second pensions strike.
Transport union RMT has confirmed that cleaners working for Churchill on the Tyne and Wear Metro have secured a landmark victory in their long running battle for pay and workplace justice that will lift them out of the poverty trap of the minimum wage and on the pathway towards a genuine living wage.
International solidarity is a key component of UNISON’s work. In a globalised world of multinational employers, the struggle for workers’ rights goes beyond a country’s borders. In Colombia, the active encouragement of multi-national corporate investment has resulted in many UK based firms pushing through reforms such as the deregulation of labour rights and environmental protections.
Pay Claim 2014 - Consultation
Customer, Culture and Skills Review
Local Government Pension Scheme 2014
Branch International Work – Colombia
Spotlight on Branch Donations
UNISON Membership Benefits – Legal Assistance
UNISON & Credit Unions
New Developments on the Branch Website
Shop Stewards Training
Smoking at Work – Council proposals
Strike in Schools – 17th October – UNISON Advice
Newcastle Council Staff Survey – UNISON Comment
Women's rise in labour market over 40 years
Own up, clean up, pay up over blacklisting
Factory output and production rise
Care workers lose out over travel time
Drawdown of pensions
The nation’s seventh national Get On-Line Week takes place 14-20 October.
SleepingBeauty at the Mill Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, Sunday 8 and Saturday 21 December.
September 2013 winners.
International policy agreed at UNISON conference
Election of new National Executive Council
Campaign continues for release of Cubans held in US
Colombian trade unionist on 'terror' charges
Israel plan to evict Bedouins
Thousands will die working on World Cup in Qatar
Share-owning democracy dream — just that
Days of Action
Balance of payments deficit shrinks
October brings few legislation changes
NHS pay submissions
UK growth confirmed
Success for Hovis strikers
Settlements stuck at 2.5% for six months
Reports to the October Branch Committee.
Papers for the meeting on 7 October
Threat to facility time in schools
UNISON takes on payday lenders
Reforms aim to tackle weaknesses in pensions
Bedroom tax woes
Minimum wage rises
More City fat cat consultants
TUC conference guest arrested.
RPI inflation rate up, CPI inflation down
Appeal allowed over landmark ruling
Initiatives to combat homophobia
Take-home pay fillip for service sector
A quieter year for shareholder revolts
Fat cat consultants
Living Wage claim for academy support staff
Thursday 19 September 2013, 12.00 till 1.00 at the Newcastle Law Courts on the Quayside.
Average weekly earnings gloom
Platinum-plated pensions for fat cats
Government attack on TUPE transfers
Zero-hours contracts in higher education
Unemployment dips below 2.5 million
PCS success over check off challenge
Complaint over temps' pay goes to Europe
Million more earning less than Living Wage
HSE nets £2.7 million from fee scheme
Mergers and takeovers
Shares for employment rights scheme starts
Crossrail worker reinstated
Papers for meeting on 10 September.
21/22 September 2013 in Durham.
York St Nicholas Fayre & Market on 1 December and branch Xmas party on 19 December.
Minute Taking Workshop on 16 October 2013.
August 2013 winners.
Demonstration against the EDL on Saturday 31st August.
Economy in slightly better shape, but ...
Naming and shaming minimum wage cheats
Big losers in coalition's pension reforms
Bakers take action over zero hours
Working mothers face discrimination
Remploy to close three furniture factories
Members meetings to consider next years' pay claim.
This is a meeting for all members that have undergone Equality Representative training and have an interest in equality in the workplace.
Branch seeks delegates and visitors to attend this conference in November. Deadline 29 August.
Your Homes Newcastle has had to consider how it delivers its housing management services to the City’s Council housing tenants.
The Government is pushing forward a Bill early next month which will severely restrict the way Hope Not Hate, among others, can campaign in the 12 months before a General Election.
Thursday 19th September: Yamil Eduardo Martinez and Yudith Camps Alejo will discuss ‘the next generation’ of trade unionism in Cuba.
Some more highly paid charity workers
Unite to launch credit union network
Equality in pay and benefits
Zero-hours contract guidance from Acas
Outlook for economy
Increase in bonus payments in 2012-13
The NHS is under threat from privatisation and cuts. Join UNISON in Manchester on 29 September.
This conference on 21 September in Durham will be a chance to find out more and have your say in the next steps of the campaign to defend the NHS.
Learning has a high priority within the Newcastle branch and this learning newsletter is a way of informing the membership and more importantly, celebrating the many instances of learning activity which the branch leads or participates in.
All UNISON women members are encouraged to attend this regional conference on 13/14 September in Durham.
Papers for the meeting on 2 September.
Average weekly earnings in slump
Small fall in unemployment
Government blocks Wales over farm wage
Dip in inflation
Northern Ireland employment law
Training for union activists and for professional and personal development.
To celebrate International Day Of Older Persons on 1st October, UNISON, through our Community Learning Project, are holding an event in a Committee Room, Civic Centre, Newcastle between 12 noon -2 pm.
The second day of action under the Action for Rail campaign is on Tuesday 13th August. Support the campaign at Newcastle Central Station from 8am - 9am.This action is centred around the increase to fares.
More workers on zero-hours contracts
No interest rate rises until joblessness falls
New mums go back to flexi- or part-time work
More employment law misery from Tories
Rise in factory output
Apprenticeship scheme's inequalities
Managing for health and safety advice
The next round of Bitesize Briefings take place from September to December.
UNISON volunteers recall their personal highlights from the Glastonbury Festival.
July 2013 winners.
UNISON Bridges to Learning is offering an iPad training workshop aimed at staff interested in learning how to use iPad or improving learning on iPad.
Tribunal fees challenge
Youth scheme failing
Settlements up to 2.7%
Minimum wage no longer fit for purpose
Cable may appeal over consultation ruling
Bedroom tax challenge
Myth of compensation culture dispelled
Blackpool on 26 October.
Panto on 8 & 21 December.
Planning is getting under way for the 999 - Answer the call for your NHS rally outside the Conservative party conference in Manchester on 29 September.
Barnet Unison has put together its top ten list of privatisation and private sector commissioning failures. Some extraordinary ones in here.
Economy has grown half as much as forecast when government came to power.
New price for justice — tribunal fees
Scheme to help disabled people into work
Union political funds
UK economy gathers pace with 0.6% growth
Static contractual obligations win out
Samaritans try to derecognise Unite
UK's current trading position worsens
Employment law changes take effect
The branch is seeking delegates to attend the conference in Liverpool from 26th to 28th October 2013.
Courses starting in September 2013
Inflation up again
Inconvenient home truths for coalition
No joy in earnings data
Fall in unemployment
Threats made against trade unionist leader and LGBT community.
A list of completely ridiculous benefit sanctions people have experienced
The TUC today expressed a note of caution over the CBI's new sickness absence figures released today.
We are running a self-confidence course for women which is aimed at people with low self-confidence or those people working with people with low self-confidence
Professional Development Workshops, free Maths and English qualifications and Accredited British Sign Language.
Chinese workers are exposed to silicosis, a deadly lung disease, while working in factories that produce jeans for Western brands such as Levis, H&M and Gap.
Are you interested in raising money for UNISON at the Leeds Festival? Newcastle UNISON members can do so by volunteering to raise funds by working behind a bar at the festival.
Cable confirms sale of family silver
Rules on NEST to be eased by 2017
Rise in factory output
Executive pensions rise in real terms
Inequality narrows — but not for long
Fuel poverty cut at stroke of pen
Promotion just a pipe dream for part-timers
Papers for meeting on 23 July.
This 5-day course is for new Stewards or for more experienced Shop Stewards who want a refresher.
The Coalition Government are selling our NHS Services to profit making companies.
It’s time for us all to care about who it is making decisions about our future. This can’t wait till the next election. This has to be stopped now.
148 too many deaths in the workplace
TUC shows how to close the wage gap
Equal pay victory
Public sector staff targeted by Osborne
BBC pay-offs slated
Branch supports Newcastle City of Sanctuary initiative.
The outcomes of some of the debates at UNISON's National Conference.
June 2013 winners.
Wednesday 10 July: Ken Mortimer, an out gay and a Civil Servant who has worked in government service for 35 years, will describe the impact of sexual orientation upon his career and his experiences of the workplace.
Action needed on workplace equality
High cost of child poverty in Britain
Emphatic 'No' to Royal Mail sell-off
New Acas Code on settlement agreements
Review of banking urges change for good
New whistleblowing rules introduced
Papers for the meeting on 1 July
UNISON's latest briefing on the government's plans to reform the Probation Service in England and Wales.
Inflation back over 3%
More children growing up in poverty
Government looks into zero-hours contracts
More councils paying Living Wage
Older workers at record level
Invest more in young people
Inflation hitting workers' pay packets
New mums lose jobs
If you would like to know more about UNISON Northern Region’s extensive education programme and become involved in reviewing our work and helping to shape next years programme then you are very welcome to join us in Durham on Friday 19 July
Annual City bonuses distort earnings figures
Dip in unemployment
Fillip for factory output
Taxpayer bails out C2C
Right to strike
Gissa pay rise
Shame of child slavery
The women’s self organised group is a great way of meeting new people, finding out relevant information and networking with your fellow colleagues and members.
This weekend school is an opportunity for those with an interest in equalities work within UNISON. It brings together those keen to learn about the role of self organization within UNISON and how this can be a key role encouraging new activists within branches and at local level.
Five free courses starting in September at the Trade Union Education Centre.
Anne Frank is a symbol of the millions of innocent children who have been victims of persecution. Anne’s life shows us what can happen when prejudice and hatred go unchallenged. Get an insight into what life was like as Fascism swept through Europe during the Second World War. The exhibition is a timely reminder of the horrific consequences of intolerance and hatred.
Rise in the number of union members
Takeover activity on downward trend
The income divide in recession and future
Blacklisting claims go to High Court
National Minimum Wage crackdown
Court rejects religious discrimination claims
Growth for economy
Payday lenders' failings exposed
Equal pay consultation
More low-paid will get state pension
Pay rises average 2.8%
'Yes' to political fund
Facts not spin
How to spot a Loan shark and the impact the “quick loan fix” is having on our members and people in our community.
Alfamir’s situation is becoming increasingly more desperate with further threats on her life.
Wages, Poverty & Pay Day Loans. This meeting on 21 June brings together those wanting to make a difference either locally, regionally or nationally.
These courses are suitable for anyone who wants to learn more or improve their skills, from the basics of how to use a keyboard and mouse to using the Internet.
May 2013 winners.
Papers for meeting on 3 June.
Wednesday 19th June from 2pm until 7pm. Come and meet the tutors, find out about our new courses and enrol on any of the courses from our current prospectus.
This course is designed for adults looking to change their current job role or pursuing a new career path, or who need to refresh their CV.
Sharp fall in inflation
Stressed at work
Economy long way from recovery?
Assessment procedure for benefit unfair
Pension regulator's three-year plan
Where to get a legal helping hand
Work programme failures over 'parking'
Shortfall of jobs for younger workers
Factory output down
Rise of 15,000 in number of unemployed
FTSE firms' foothold in tax havens
More pain with negative earnings growth
The things they say
Public Meeting on Thursday 23 May.
Rally in Newcastle on Saturday 25 May.
A survey of more than 1,400 young people by UNISON shows that 93% do not think the government is doing enough to help them to cope with the recession.
Read the Final Agendas for National Conference and Local Govrnment Conference. Is there something there that you want your branch delegates to support or to oppose?
UNISON has a a limited fund to help members on low income with school uniform costs.
Latest updates and a presentation for members.
A new one day session has been developed for any members who would like to find out more about becoming a Representative, either a Union Learning Representative or Steward.
Papers for meeting on 14 May.
UNISON’s NJC Committee’s Views on the offer.
Special offers on weekend breaks for UNISON members.
In Hartlepool, Friday 17th May.
Presenteeism on rise
TUC sets out priorities
Credit unions offer alternative to sharks
Bullying in workplace
Review of Health and Safety Executive
Local elections 2013
Labour Research Department Fact 75/17
Boost for jobs in manufacturing
UK skirts round triple-dip recession
Town Hall Poor List
Apprentices needed to build workforce
Threats to two more pension schemes
Women lose out in changing labour market
Call for ban on zero-hours contracts
April 2013 winners.
Papers for meeting on 13 May.
Employers make a final offer.
22 May 2013, a Basic Computer Session and Decluttering Workshop open to all staff.
The next round of Bite Size Briefings takes place from May to June.
Known for its friendly atmosphere, the event will play host to a mixture of great music for all tastes, political debate and speakers, a tin village kids' area packed with fun, poetry, drama, a wide choice of food and drink and most of all the chance to meet old friends and make new ones.
Open to all, the history school is a great chance to learn more about radical and trade union history. Running ahead of the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival it offers a chance to learn lessons from the past in beautiful, rural Dorset.
Agricultural Wages Board is axed
Pension? Pass the cream crackers
Parliamentary ping-pong over 'rights for shares'
Nationalised rail wins out over privately-run
A sorry apology from assessors Atos
Top firms should come clean on well-being
Economic outlook is gloomy this year
Bringing together economic arguments, legal rights, publicity ideas and campaigning tools to help you fight the cuts and defend jobs and public services.
“It is a disgrace that 28,000 hardworking local government staff now earn less than the rate which the government accepts is the minimum any worker in the UK should be paid."
Training for members and activists working within the Community and Voluntary Sector.
Sunday 9th June 2013. Theme Park - Shopping Village - Bird Of Prey Centre
Saturday 13th July 2013. Have a great day out and join in the parade of banners and bands.
Chartered Management Institute – Level 5 Diploma
Computerised Accounting For Business Level 1 (Free)
A seriers of guides for UNISON activists.
Blacklisting 'morally indefensible'
Unemployment higher than in 2010
Small rise in National Minimum Wage
No joy in average earnings figures
RPI inflation rises
Branch delegates and motions to UNISON's National Conference and Local Government Conference.
Courses and events, April - July 2013
18—19 May 2013, Durham
Alfamir's son was murdered by the Colombian army, and now she and her family are facing death threats and persecution. In this short video, she talks about her son's murder and the situation she is facing.
Free WEA Course for UNISON members who have recently left work either through voluntary severance or redundancy or are leaving work soon.
A free, accredited paper based distance learning pensions course.
The lastest issues include:
Employment changes come into effect
Balance of payments
Employers want retirement age back
Inflation eats away at pay rises
Zero-hours contracts on the rise
Even more employment tribunal reforms?
Fight for facility time
UK unprepared for ageing population
Banking millionaires, but low-paid miss out
Union movement and company governance
Low pay adviser gets thumb up
Make equality count in public procurement
Reject no-strike plan
Discount and Flexible Finance for UNISON members. Offer ends 1 July.
Slide in average earnings growth
No joy for Osborne on unemployment
RPI inflation remains above 3%
Papers for meeting on 11 April.
In Hartlepool on 28 April. To remember workers who have died through Industrial Accident or Disease whilst trying to earn an honest living for themselves and their families.
March 2013 winners.
Papers for meeting on 12 March.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team are working with Newcastle City Learning, Newcastle City Council to deliver a free session to staff/community leaders who want to work with us and ensure their residents/customers are protected from loan sharks.
Robert Rae’s startling account of the impact of the 1926 General Strike offers irresistible parallels with a world in economic crisis in 2013.
UNISON's response to the employers pay offer.
A transcript of Paul Gilroy's speech to the Branch AGM.
Papers for meeting on 4 March.
Monday 11 March. The Northern TUC International Forum in collaboration with UNISON and War on Want extend an invitation to meet Alfamir Castillo, President of the Women Sugar Cane Cutters Committee, Colombia.
The Young Members Policy Weekend, 15/16 March, will be fun as well as a useful introduction to the union.