Unison, Newcastle City Branch

Room 145                       
Civic Centre                   
Newcastle upon Tyne    
NE1 8QH                

Phone        +44 (0)191 211 6981
Fax              +44 (0)191 211 4958
e-mail         unison.newcastle@newcastle.gov.uk


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Membership Cards

If you lose or damage your membership card, you can order a new card via your My.UNISON (My.Details) account or by calling UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.


New on Site


Friendship Day

Fawdon Community Centre will be hosting this Friendship Day family function on Sunday 18 December.

Part-time Education for Adults Returning to Learn (PEARL)

Free online resources for adult learners.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/49

Rents drag working families into poverty

Worrying ignorance on asbestos in schools

TUC attacks cap on small claims

Government shunts Network Rail off track

Takeovers down in number, up in value

Manufacturing output shrinks again


Labour Research Department Fact 78/48

Gig economy comes under scrutiny

UK economy — 0.5% growth confirmed

Executive pay and corporate governance

1Minimum wage rises from next April

Gender pay gap in London's public sector

Suspended prison sentences over safety


Branch AGM 2017

Notice of the branch AGM to be held on13 March 2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in November.

Show Racism the Red Card

Calendar 2017 featuring the outstanding artwork from our schools competition.


Local Negotiations

The latest news on the terms and conditions dispute in 'Fightback 2' bulletin.

Digital Skills Swapping Drop-in

Find out how to make the most of your digital device on Tuesday 20 December 2016 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Walk to Run lunch time taster session

As part of the This Girl Can initiative Active Newcastle are holding a lunch time running taster session on 12 December for women who don't currently run or who don't feel comfortable running.

Women Members

Women's Network on 3 December and National Conference on 16 February.

Members' benefits

Vauxhall Partners latest offer (which is valid until 18th December 2016) is up to £2,000 scrappage on an old car to put towards a brand new Vauxhall from across the range.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/47

Hammond's first and last Autumn Statement

Disability-related sickness top issue

CitySprint latest gig economy target

May in reverse over workers on boards

Young face social mobility problem

Survey on risks of cleaning agents


Syrian Refugee Benefit Gig

On Sunday 27 November at the Cumberland Arms.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/46

Lower housings costs keep inflation at 2.0%

Unemployment falls

September boost for average earnings

UK worst in OECD for investment in transport


UNIMAG 32, November 2016

A quarterly periodical updating stewards and reps on employment law.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/45

New rates for voluntary Living Wage

Theatre of austerity

Unions take on gig economy firms

Fall in tribunal claims

Factory output down in third quarter

Two families win in courts over bedroom tax

In the Papers

Parents back striking teaching assistants in Durham despite school disruption

Durham teaching assistants strike for second day

County Durham teaching assistants go on strike


Members Training

‘Confidence Building Session’ and ‘Foundation Certificate in Deafblindness’ added to the course calendar.

Fully Fund our NHS

TUC Campaign to raise awareness of the impact of the government’s spending squeeze on the NHS in England and to call for a fair and sustainable funding in the lead up to the autumn statement.

TUC Young Workers Month

Events in the North East.


Stewards Training

The next 3-day course is in January.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/44

Widespread benefits of union training

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016

Economy grows in third quarter

Give boost to childcare, say employers

Academies links with trustees' businesses


Online tools from UNISON Learning

Two new additions to our library of quick, interactive online modules and Use-IT, a quick and fun way to check maths and English skills and much more.

Briefing: Domestic Violence Workplace Champions

Champions act as a confidential, sympathetic and well informed first point of contact for colleagues and raise awareness around the issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Reclaim the Night

You are invited to the Northern TUC’s Annual Reclaim the Night event which this year takes place in Newcastle on Saturday 26th November.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/43

Investigation into grey area of self-employment

Government U-turn on safety appointment

Low pay in the UK 2016

Self-employment or precarious work?

Bullying a worrying problem in NHS

It may not be marriage guidance but it's helpful

Pay protection a reasonable adjustment


Retired Members

Papers for the meeting on 8 November.


Community Sector Conference

Bournemouth International Centre, 3-5 March 2017. This conference is open to all UNISON members in the Community Sector.

Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and part of the celebration a night of comedy and music has been organised to take place on Friday 25 November


Labour Research Department Fact 78/42

Weak average weekly earnings growth

Low pay in government

Jobless numbers on the rise in summer

Safety and health at work week

Pricier fuel and clothing pushes inflation higher


Council Budget

Three year proposals announced.

Show Racism the Red Card

Wear Red Day, Friday 21 October.

Outlines, October 2016

The current issue of the Branch Newsletter includes:

More attacks on terms and conditions!

Council Budget

Public Sector Exit Caps

UNISON launches UK-wide campaign to celebrate public service champions

Additional Pay Claim 2017-18

Stars in our schools

Future Employee Benefits


Labour Research Department Fact 78/41

Shift workers more prone to disease

Lucky 13 in boardroom

Manufacturing output still weak

Firms sign Dying to Work charter

Perils of hard Brexit for UK car industry

Commission and holiday pay ruling

UK's record deficit in trade in goods

Labour Research Department Fact 78/40

Majority ignored on public sector exit pay

Long wait for gender pay gap to close

Sick leave benefits across Europe

How to shrink the great divide in UK

Women's mental health needs ignored

How to claim benefits for industrial injuries


Colombians People’s Struggle for Peace

Public meeting on 20 October.

One Day  Bridges to Learning CPD Workshops

Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Managing Anxiety

Interview Skills


Show Racism the Red Card “Wear Red” Day

UNISON members and their families are invited to support “Wear Red” Day, Friday 21 October, by going to work or going to school wearing something Red for the day and donating £1.


In the Papers

Teaching assistants to be balloted on strike action, despite split between GMB and Unison unions

Council's pay offer for teaching assistants rejected

Council votes to privatise services in shake-up of adult care in County Durham

Hospital overcrowding caused by 'political maladministration', say MPs

Is the North East Combined Authority now on the verge of collapse over devolution?

Protest planned against 'downgrading' of South Tyneside hospital services

Labour Research Department Fact 78/39

Top hazards mentioned by safety reps

Auto-enrolment pushes up pension figures

Prospect grows

Minimum wage rises

Apprenticeships — getting it right

How much of £86.9m is executive excess?

Shaping the Future

UNISON Newcastle want to create a new forum for members working in the charitable sector, and another for those working for housing associations


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 3 October..

Newcastle Unites against the Racist EDL

24 September

Assemble 1pm outside the Laing Art Gallery (Blue Carpet)

The aim of the protest is to send out a clear and simple message: the EDL is not wanted in Newcastle, the north east or anywhere else. We must all stand together in unity in the face of Islamphobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and fascism.

Leon Rosselson gig

24 September

‘Wry, poignant and political songs that are as intelligent as they are entertaining’

Film Preview Opportunity

3 October

Film director Ken Loach has contacted North East People's Assembly because he is looking for people to attend a special preview showing of his acclaimed new film 'I, Daniel Blake' which will be followed by a Q & A around the issues of austerity & welfare benefits raised by the film.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/38

MPs to examine boardroom pay

Dress codes need a redesign for today

Care firms targeted over illegal wages

Workplace inspections on missing list

Shortfall in out-of-school services

Branch Lottery

Winners in September.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/37

Earnings growth dip

In July, growth in average weekly earnings was down to 2.2% from the previous month’s revised

Unemployment among women falls

The fall in the number of unemployed women more than compensated for the rise in the men’s total, Office for National Statistics figures show.

Retail inflation down

The retail inflation rate fell in August, while the consumer measure was steady, Office for National Statistics figures show.

Campaigners set out how to solve poverty

The government should raise taxes on the wealthy to finance a £15 billion annual investment in affordable housing, free childcare and enhanced social security benefits to eradicate poverty in the UK, campaigners say in a report, We can solve poverty.

In the Papers

Don't make ordinary workers pay for Brexit, TUC urges government

Political battle lines drawn north and south of the River Tyne over devolution

Theresa May’s incompetence is creating an opposition within her own party

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and George Osborne among MPs hit by boundary shakeup

North East to lose four MPs in constituency shake-up plans

 'Thanks, but no thanks': How devolution for the North East was ended in 155 words



UNISON consults on an additional pay claim for 2017/18 while the NJC agrees terms of reference for a review of the Pay Spine.

TUC Education

The course brochure for TUC Education courses in the Northern Region is now available to download.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/36

Boardroom delight

Manufacturing output weakens in July

Tory contempt for health and safety

Forced retirement for one in eight

Decline in UK mergers and takeovers


Retired Members

Papers fopr the meeting on 13 September.


Disabled Members

Regional meeting on Thursday 8 September.


Solidarity Event

UNISON Northern Women’s and International Committees are holding a joint event to raise funds for the Women’s Sugarcane Cutters Committee in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia. World Headquarters, 7 October.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/35

Learning lessons from EU referendum debate

Youth unemployment still stubbornly high

Action plan to help new and expectant mothers

GMB files claims against Addison Lee

BECTU to merge with Prospect in 2017

Economy grows in second quarter

In the Papers

Is the North East finally going to start consulting on its controversial devolution deal?

Youth unemployment could be exacerbated in wake of Brexit vote, report says

GP crisis as calls are made for appointments to be limited to no more than 25 a day

The NHS is ailing. Is a ringfenced tax the best remedy?


Labour Research Department Fact 78/34

Shift workers are more susceptible to disease

Motherhood's penalty

MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads

Underemployment of BAME workers

Scottish public sector deficit unchanged

Acas guidance for young workers


Disabled Members' Branch Meeting

31 August

Discussing the published motions for the National Disabled Conference.

Hope Not Hate’s Community Picnic

3 September

An opportunity for people to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and fun setting (food, games and conversation!) and a way of getting to know other people who live locally and recognise that we have more in common than what divides us.

North East People's Assembly AGM 2016

13 September

All supporters of the People's Assembly, living in north-east England, are very welcome to attend.

Protest The Tory Party Conference

2 October

In Birmingham. Newcastle coach tickets £25 waged, £10 unwaged.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 5 September..


Outlines, August 2016

When is a living wage “A Living Wage”?

New professional standards for teaching assistants published

Stars in our schools

Newcastle College Review & Redundancies

Labour Leadership Election

Time to debate LGPS changes as petition hits 100,000 signatures, says UNISON

Tyne & Wear LGPS

Disabled Members Officers

Branch Organising

Durham Miner’s Gala

Death of Davey Hopper

Branch Learning

In the Papers

Brexit damage to economy will outweigh modest wage gains, says study

Feet first, our NHS is limping towards privatisation

Yes, zero hours work can be banned: New Zealand has just done it

Labour Research Department Fact 78/33

Unemployment down

Earnings growth static

Minimum wage offenders named

Briefing on new housing Act

Cost of living in the UK on the rise


UNIMAG 31, August 2016

A quarterly periodical updating stewards and reps on employment law.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/32

No pay restraint in UK boardrooms

'Hypocrisy' of Post Office bosses

Half of women suffer sexual harassment

Councils need greater powers to build houses

Factory output expands


National LGBT Conference

Details and agenda for the LGBT Conference in Llandudno, 18-20 November. 

What is Domestic Violence and Abuse?

Training session for members.

Panto – Beauty and the Beast

Special offer for UNISON members.

Branch Lottery

Winners in August.


Black Members meeting

This meeting will discuss Motions for Black Members Conference 2017.

UNISON survey

Impact of public spending cuts on LGBT people and services.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/31

Cut in interest rates

Days lost to strikes at very low level

Voluntary Living Wage needs revision

Rise in value of council outsourcing contracts

Search for gig economy in UK

National scandal of homecare wage cheats

New Courses

Two courses have been added to the schedule:

Introduction to Understanding Autism

Confidence Building taster session.

LGBT Survey

Researchers would like to hear from you and will use what you tell them to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.

Branch Lottery

Winners in July.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/30

Union political funds bring in more income

Progress needed on transgender equality

Economy grows in second quarter

Green family used BHS as milch cow

Lack of progress on disability rights

Workers should take care in heat of the sun

Reps Training

One Day Introduction to the Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 September 2016.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/29

Earnings growth dips

Air fares fuel inflation

UK's 'badge of shame' on disability rights

Unemployment hits 11-year low as numbers fall


Training courses

Bridges to Learning one day  regional workshops aimed at all staff working in Health, Social Care and Education.

Emotional Resilience 

Introduction to Counselling Skills

Understanding Autism

Your Skills, Your Future


Labour Research Department Fact 78/28

More top executives on £1m or more a year

How deal with issue of fatigue

Manufacturing boost

NLW — the first 100 days and a crisis

Below par academies

Labour Research Department Fact 78/27

Forty executives living in ££££ land

Rise in deaths at work

Mesothelioma and its deadly toll

Poverty rise in the UK

Three more join Living Wage family


Retired members

Papers for the meeting on 19 July.


Tyne Tunnel Trekkers

An account of the 24 hour Cateran Yomp. Tyne Tunnel Trekkers raised over £1600 for the Army Benevolent Fund.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/26

UK economy grows

Narrow majority for exit in EU referendum

Women part-timers lose out on pensions

Lack of support for disabled teachers

Small narrowing in UK current account deficit

Remuneration package of 32 averages £2.15m


Branch Lottery

Winners in June.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 4 July..


Labour Research Department Fact 78/25

Adverse impact of tribunal fees

'Reckless' to scrap NHS bursaries

Missing out on pensions and benefits

Call for 14-day self-certification period

Fathers missing out on paternity pay


Labour Research Department Fact 78/24

Average earnings fillip on back of living wage

Retail price inflation rises in May

UK unemployment rate at 11-year low

Modern slavery judgment against firm

Employers don't have working carers' policy


Orlando Vigil

Please come and join us in our vigil supporting and remembering the victims of the recent atrocity. Saturday 18 June, 6pm at Newcastle Civic Centre.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/23

Dementia in workplace

Thirty execs rake in £70 million

Deaths after Johnson's fire service cuts

Value of inward M&A hits seven-year high

UK factory output 'recovers'

Climbdown on police spying on unions


Members' training

New courses and taster sessions have been added to the course calendar for June and July.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/22

Rise in numbers working from home

Economic growth confirmed for start of year

Remuneration for two totals over £55 million

Euro 2016 advice

Planes, trains and drones and lasers

Equal pay progress at Scottish council


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 13 June.