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Papers for the meeting on Tuesday 10 May.
David Cameron and ex-union chief join forces on EU
Jeremy Hunt doesn’t understand junior doctors. He co-wrote a book on how to dismantle the NHS
Equality watchdog warns junior doctors' contract is potentially illegal
Northumbria police boss condemns plans to replace cops with civilian volunteers
Those who can’t afford a home are being abandoned
What the great degree rip-off means for graduates: low pay and high debt
EU referendum - your chance to quiz Prime Minister David Cameron
Face it, Britain’s corporate fat cats will party until we turn the music off
The People’s Assembly march was a display of anger – that’s how change starts
Loss of a single council would be betrayal of people, says Labour MP
Mayor and North East Combined Authority is 'untested' and may not work - report reveals
Increase in number of high earners in banking
Low take-up of Shared Parental Leave
Blacklist victims get their day in court
Year-end economic growth uprated
Old and unemployable?
Acas updates guide on sex discrimination
New employers to pay voluntary Living Wage
Above-inflation rise for minimum wage
UK trading deficit worsens in 2015
Papers for the meeting on 9 May.
National Living Wage and April legal changes
Firms sign women in finance charter
Critical reports on academy trust
Fresh privatisation threat to Land Registry
Disabled people failed by government
A report from the Black Members' National Conference.
Britain’s membership of the EU has led to significant improvements in the rights of women at work.
Public and private sector employers are ignoring the lower statutory National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour introduced by the government for workers aged 25 and over and moving to pay staff the higher voluntary Living Wage.
Winners in March.
Inflation stuck at 1.3%
Working mothers-to-be face discrimination
Government complicit in gender pay gap
Stiffer sentences over dangerous dogs
Defeats for Tories in Lords over unions
Care home owner faces equal pay claim
Please sign the petition and pass it on to colleagues – they don’t have to be a UNISON member to sign!
On Friday 29 April Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East, will speak about the benefits of EU membership to the North East followed by a Q&A session.
March from Princess Square for speakers and entertainment in Exhibition Park on Saturday 30 April.
Look out for 2016’s Festival of Learning from 1 May to 30 June. With 42 days of learning activities and events there are lots of opportunities for learning something new.
Introduction to Social Media; Sign Language Taster Session; Dementia Workshop.
National Citizen Service offers an ‘experience of a lifetime’ for young people aged 15-17.
An event organized by the Women’s Group for both members and non-members. Wednesday 27 April, 12:30 in the Old canteen at Newcastle Civic Centre.
UNISON Northern is one of a number of Health Unions supporting a march and rally called to Save our NHS which will take place on Saturday 9th April from 1.00 pm at the Medical School, Newcastle University.
Starting 19 April, Mentoring, Information Advice and Guidance and Project Management, will be available at NOCN Level 2 Certificate in CPD for UNION Representatives
Book a free 30 minute consultation with a financial adviser on Wednesday 13 April in the Civic Centre.
An opportunity for UNISON’s disabled members to discuss how we can work together to ensure disability issues are kept on the bargaining agenda and to update on current issues affecting disabled members.
Branch AGM Lottery & Raffle Prize Results, 14 March 2016.
MPs reject Sunday shopping change
Unemployment cut by 28,000 in January
Budget 2016 — the economic background
Changes to inflation's shopping basket
Swings in earnings growth
NCFE level 1 Certificate in Well Being. Start date 4 April – Submission of Workbook 9 May.
Trade Union Bill moves closer to becoming law
Factory output falls
Too many not putting enough into pension
Mergers and takeovers
Motherhood penalty on earnings
Pension disadvantage of different workers
Pay in manufacturing — no change on 2% rise
Members vote to strike over unilateral pay offer.
Pay negotiations continue - seeking to match Local Government 1% offer.
This course is aimed at newly elected UNISON representatives and will include the role of the UNISON structure, representation and communication skills and equalities.
Winners in February.
Recent news from the national pro-choice campaign.
UNISON can continue fight against fees
Economy slows at end of last year
Lords say dilute union fund proposals
National Living Wage — productivity and pay
Regional AGM, 19 March.
Agenda for the Regional Group meeting on 9 March.
The Agenda and Annual Report for the AGM on 14 March.
Rise in childcare costs
Commission ruling favours workers
Public school tie still dominates in top jobs
Trade Union Bill misinformation
Threats to workers' rights from Brexit
Health chief: letter backing 'whatever is necessary' on contracts was not agreed
Four in five NHS staff thought about leaving
The NHS can be saved. We just have to decide how to do it
We are on the brink of a homelessness crisis among young people
Newcastle's political heavyweights line up against £300m funding snub
Political opponents on Darlington Borough Council vow to unite to 'save our market town'
Inflation moves upward
Unemployment on downward curve
Vice-chancellors of universities get 3%
Earnings growth going nowhere fast
Papers for the meeting on 7 March
Papers for the meeting on 8 March
UNISON Northern Region 2016 Course Programme for Activists and Members.
Show Racism the Red Card will offer a safe and non-judgemental environment to explore this often controversial but important issue.
Unwind and savour luxury, artisan chocolates as you discover the art of chocolate-making, all in support of Disability North.
The day has changed from Wednesdays to Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 13:20 in the Civic Centre social space (old canteen).
Invitation to trial a brand new free online course run by the Open University, with a £50 voucher as a thank you!
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Restructuring and its effect on well-being
Shopping free for all in England and Wales
Factory output flat at end of 2015
Managers should take lead over well-being
Wake up and smell coffee over dyslexia
Cameron ‘buying off’ Tory MPs threatening to rebel over council cuts
Library campaigners descend on parliament to defend public funding
NHS needs funding rise to make it envy of world again, says healthcare expert
North East housing associations issue dire warnings about 'right to buy' scheme
North East authorities snubbed by government's £300m council fund
Pay gap in black and white — TUC findings
Disgraceful delays over workers' deaths
Council job cuts
Families worse off under Universal Credit
UK economy grows, but annual rate slows
Skill shortages lead to unfilled vacancies
Boost for Boots staff
Thursday 25 February: Professional development conference for health and social care assistants in the Northern Region.
Saturday, 27 February. Speakers include: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, the Green Party's Caroline Lucas MP, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, and many others.
Northumbria University Access To Justice Society And The Colombia Caravana Uk Lawyers’ Group invite you to an evening meeting on Wednesday 17 February, 6pm -7.30pm
Huge earnings loss over last seven years
Lords inflict defeat over political funds
Union concern over migrant worker deaths
Huge bill for unions over Trade Union Bill
Retailers wait on National Living wage
Executive excess shows no sign of waning
NHS watchdog signed off doomed £750m contract despite doubts
Our last chance to restrain the housing bill is with the Lords
Spike in mental health patient deaths shows NHS 'struggling to cope'
North East emergency services staff say they are 'overworked' at Newcastle protest
North East Police Commissioners invited to take over the region's fire services
Watch Newcastle city centre busker attacked during racist Far Right demonstration
Unemployment falls across the UK
Some protection for zero-hours workers
Weekly earnings growth still low
Inflation at 12-month high
Blacklisters to miss out on Scottish contracts
Winners in January .
At Cluny, 27 February.
To be held on 28 April at Hartlepool.
The Trade Union Bill had it's second reading in the House of Lords on 11 January 2016 and will proceed to Committee Stage on 8 February 2016.
Papers for the meeting on 1 February.
The UNISON NJC Committee’s view is that the pay offer falls far short of what our members deserve and the employers can afford. The Committee is recommending Rejection of the offer.
It would be great to see you at the Discovery Museum for this event on 20 February celebrating the human rights heritage of Newcastle City Council and the wider Northeast.
Trade Union Bill: Government embarrassed as peers back Labour motion
Private firm G4S 'shouldn't be allowed to profit from refugees' over red doors scandal
A portrait of the National Health Service: 'It's almost like a religion'
For a clear view of the NHS, look past the politics and promises of a cure
Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam
Unison slams Hartlepool hospital bosses for cutting fertility services
On 4 February 2016. This event is open to any UNISON member who considers themselves to be disabled
A training day for stewards and reps.
UNISON in partnership with The Open University is running a Free Dementia Workshop.
Practice your prose in a word work out on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 1.20 in the Civic Centre social space (old canteen).
Following the success of last year when many of our members and new members took the challenge, we will be running the scheme again in conjunction with the City Library.
Conservative threat to opposition funding
More companies join Living Wage crowd
Hedge fund fat cats
Bosses can snoop on workers' internet use
Whitehall spend on consultants rises
Asbestos company smeared campaigners
Factory output remains weak at end of 2015
Low wage growth expected in 2016
Wealth divide grows ever wider
Workplace trends in the coming year
Fat Cat Tuesday
Britain's rail fares the highest in Europe
Manifesto for disability equality from TUC
Farm workers keep protection of board
Pay cuts at KPMG
Saturday 9 January 2015, 13:00 at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle City Centre
UNISON Northern has organised a rally in protest of the Government’s plans to remove the NHS Bursary which will force nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and paramedics amongst others into debt of over £50,000 by the end of their training.
New on the course calendar:
Getting to Grips with Computers.
Mental Health Awareness
English and Maths Course Information,drop-in sessions.
Early Season Self Catering Special Offer: £29.50 Per Person for up to 4 nights self catering
A survey from National Disabled Members Conference on Equality and the Trade Union Bill.
Details of the employers final offer for 2016 - 2018.
Papers for the meeting on 5 January.
UK unemployment rate at nine-year low
Inflation on rise again
Weekly earnings growth back below 2%
Well-being and work
See the course calendar for Bridges to Learning courses available to UNISON members in January/February.
A workshop for activists on campaigning against the Trade Union Bill and the withdrawal of DOCAS (deduction of contributions at source).
This training course for UNISON Stewards will look at the laws and responsibilities surrounding transgender matters including the Gender Recognition Act, the Equality Act (which defines gender assignment as a protected characteristic) and public sector equality duties.
Pensions, poverty and incomes of the older
Flood safety and guidance
Factory output weak
More guidance over transgender workers
Disabled workers with invisible impairments
Mergers and takeovers at low level
More women needed in science and technology
Land Registry sell-off back on agenda
TUPE transfer to Thirteen Care & Support.
TUPE transfer to Byker Community Trust.
Getting Conference Ready: drafting a motion; writing and delivering a speech
Promoting Equality and Tackling Racism in the Workplace
Campaigning and Organising Around DOCAS
Confidence Building Taster Session
New Union Representative Training
Second reading in Lords scheduled for 11 January.
Steward and Branch Officer nomination forms to be returned by Friday 12 February 2016.
Millions to be worse off
Work-related violence — get it down
Growth in UK economy is confirmed
Firms should have to reveal pay ratios
Freeze in statutory payments next April
Cuts threaten key public services
Is leaveism the new presenteeism?
Action over utility pension closure
National Pensioners Convention (NPC) invites you to an Insight Lecture by Baroness Altmann, Minister of State for Pensions. On 9 December at Newcastle University.
All UNISON women members in our region are welcome on 9 January 2016.
Winners in November 2015.
Papers for the meeting on 7 December.
Chancellor climbs down on tax credit
Blocs carve up trade and services
More money saved into workplace pensions
Pay in manufacturing
Autumn statement: As reality bites, revulsion could yet sink Osborne and Cameron
Welcome to Austeria – a nation robbing its poor to pay for the next big crash
Another big corporation is flagrantly dodging tax. This must be outlawed
'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks
Spending review 2015: time for George Osborne to face tough choices
Softening of tax credit blow to be funded by housing benefit cuts
Police cuts deal made despite terror threat, says George Osborne
More spending cuts will damage economy, TUC report warns
Save the library, lose the pool: Newcastle finds self-help has its limits as cuts bite
Spending Review: North East figures call for investment and an end to police cuts
'Old white men' worry for cost cutting Newcastle City Council
A series of lunch time presentations for all in Newcastle. Organised by Newcastle University chaplaincy and St Thomas’ church, all are welcome and admission is free at St Thomas’ church, Haymarket.
2 December, 13:00 – 14:00: “Promoting urban agriculture in Newcastle: is air quality an issue?” – Dr Claire Walsh;
9 December, 13:00 – 14:00: “Community Organising: Empowering Civil Society in Newcastle and the Northeast” – Rev Dr Nicholas Buxton
Use of agency workers to break a strike.
Government impact assessments "not fit for purpose.
Depressing effects of fit-for-work scheme
Retail price inflation down again
Annual survey of hours and earnings 2015
Roache is new GMB general secretary
Poorest hit hardest by tax credit cuts
Low pay in April 2015
Councils pay Living Wage but £10 is aim
Northern Public Services Alliance has organised a protest march and rally to take place on Tuesday 24 November, the eve of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Women, friends and families will sleep out overnight without home comforts to highlight the plight of the homeless.
Newcastle Law Centre have a range of free training courses on employment law and the asylum process. Unison members would be very welcome to attend.
Your right to strike is being threatened.
On the 20th November, we remember the people who have been murdered or taken their own lives as a result of their perceived gender identity
On 26 November 2015. Open to all disabled members of UNISON.
UK unemployment down again
Average earnings growth punctured
Life's not fair
Reasons behind presenteeism
Sunday trading extension on hold
New earnings data
Saturday 21 November in Newcastle.
Winners in October 2015.
New Living Wage rates — but 6m on less
Say No to TiSA
No wage worries for top executives ...
Safety worries over scab agency workers
Bidding for public contracts in Scotland
Discount offer for UNISON members from LV Insurance.
A panel discussion at eh Great North Museum on 3 December.
This is an open event to UNISON Young Members & to people who are interested in joining/ finding out more about UNISON.
George Osborne ready to bow to pressure to soften tax credit cuts
Labour can’t just gloat over Osborne’s mess – we need a positive alternative
Tax credit system: experts urge Conservatives to phase in planned reform
Tax credits vote: PM accuses Lords of breaking constitutional convention
Even the House of Lords couldn’t stomach Osborne’s tax credit cuts
Most workers 'will be worse off at retirement' under new universal state pension
North-south divide starts with pre-school children, report says
North children are worse off than their London counterparts - IPPR says
Thirty two executives receive over £112m
Time off work when children are sick
UK economy slows
Health and safety statistics 2014-15
Government's plans over gender pay gap
County council to pay Living Wage
Free training for members
Poverty goals? No, it’s extreme wealth we should be targeting
Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised
Osborne refuses to back down on cuts to tax credits
Osborne is all for renationalisation – so long as the nation isn’t Britain
This isn’t a poll tax moment, and the Tories know it
‘This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it’
Junior doctors: 7 in 10 to leave NHS if Hunt pushes through new contract
Lords forced to back down on tax credits motion as Tory rebellion grows
£1m a year executives 10 a penny
Factory output weak
Blacklisters admit guilt
Too many earning below Living Wage
Asbestos — MPs call for eradication law
Grandparents to share parental leave
Papers for the meeting on 2 November.
Branch calls for delegates to the National Women’s Conference in Brighton,11 - 13 February 2016.
RPI inflation down, CPI negative
Gay couple lose court fight over pension
Average earnings growth again over 3%
Facebook's 'tax bill'
Labour must unify around the anti-austerity message
The Guardian view on Labour’s fiscal policy: mayhem, muddle, but the right call in the end
NHS seven-day plans will fail without more resources, warns doctors' chief
Councils against Trade Union Bill
UK's current account deficit narrows
How to report on gender pay gap
Will low-paid workers be better off?
Support staff with cancer, says TUC
Pay in the boardroom
Regional meeting on 15 October.
Winners in September 2015.
No financial fears in retirement for fat cats
Parental leave at top ranked employers
No jail for corporate manslaughter
Factors in measuring gender pay gap
Employment law changes from October
Supermarket to pay above Living Wage
Papers for the meeting on 9 October
Proposals to improve employment tribunals
Supermarket Lidl to pay Living Wage
Cap on public sector redundancy pay-offs
Forecasts for the economy
Tribunal numbers dive
Price of a life — the price of car?
Who misses out on auto-enrolment
Half Term Family Special Offer
Two-night Autumn Getaway, with FREE Spa Treatment
What matters to you when booking a GP appointment?
Council to press ahead with changes.
UNISON volunteers for the Workers Beer Company look back on their experience.
Learn to become a Union Learning Rep.
If Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is going to work, it has to communicate
Jeremy Corbyn: Conservatives are poverty deniers
The Guardian view on trade unions: part of the answer, not all of the problem
Anti-union Bill will make industrial relations worse, warns Easington MP Grahame Morris
Widening opposition to Trade Union Bill
Jobless total up again
Rebound in average earnings growth
RPI inflation edges higher, CPI at 0%
As part of the 2014 Probation pay dispute and following the breakdown of talks at ACAS, members will be taking further industrial action from Monday 14th September.
At the Tory party conference in Manchester, 4 October. Fee travel for UNISON members.
There are new courses for members and reps in the course calendar.
Fat cats in banking
Number of zero-hours contracts rises
Trade Union Bill comes under attack
Factory output weakening
You never see a poor bookie — or fat cat
Osborne’s public health cut is a blunder too far
Nursing chief: ‘Nurse shortages are life-threatening’
Police force could lose 22,000 jobs under new spending cuts
Local authorities 'cannot cope with further cuts'
'Mad' apprenticeship targets have consigned a generation to low-skill, low-paid duties
UK plc owned by rest of the world
Fight goes on for abolition of fees
Steady growth in 2015
Gender pay flip-flop
Capability assessments 'not fit for purpose'
Check out the tasty executive pay deals
Winners in August 2015.
A free screening of the 2014 hit comedy on 14 September. With a discussion with an original member of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners!
Newsletter and agenda for 8 September meeting.
Courses for new reps or members who are thinking about becoming union reps
Lunchtime session on 16 September.
Papers for the meeting on 7 September.
The TUC has published online a report on the Migration Messaging project that was run over the last year in partnership with Hope not Hate and Migrant Voice.
UNISON General Secretary warns 500,000 further public sector jobs could go by 2020
Market turmoil is yet another lesson in need for international policy cooperation
This leadership race is bigger than Labour: if Corbyn wins, Britain could be out of Europe
Government's trade union proposals not fit for purpose, watchdog says
Union proposals — 'not fit for purpose'
Long-hours culture brings risk of stroke
Moves to increase apprenticeships
When is a pay rise not a pay rise?
On Monday 31 August 2015. The Mela is a free event, based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures, and is open to anyone who wants to learn more, be entertained and meet new people as well as enjoy different music, art and food in Newcastle.
Book now for Saturday 30 October.
Book now at special UNISON rates for 6 or 19 December.
The widening pay gap
Inflation stays at 1%
Rise in regulated rail fares outstrips wages
High cost of bogus self-employment laid bare
More firms commit to paying Living Wage
Jeremy Corbyn's rise is a 'game changer' for Labour Party says Unison boss Dave Prentis
North East paramedics assaulted by drunk patients as figures highlight shocking scale of abuse
South Tyneside Council could cut up to 600 more jobs to save £55m by 2020
Jeremy Corbyn is the curator of the future. His rivals are chasing an impossible dream
This war of the generations could yet destroy the left
Jeremy Corbyn is right to blame the banks, not Labour, for the financial crisis
Carillion secures place on major government outsourcing programme
North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling accuses Government of 'massive centralisation' over Euro cash
Beth Farhat column: Britain’s three million night workers need fair rights to work-life balance
Support the National Gallery strikes while they’re still legal
Students are dashing from A-levels into debt, fuelled by a fear of poverty
Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report
In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen
Sex abuse charity funding crisis sees up to 10,000 in UK wait a year for help
Jeremy Corbyn would clear the deficit – but not by hitting the poor
Ashington Football Club host TUC rally in support of Qatar World Cup workers
Challenge of finding holiday childcare
Jobless total rises for second month in a row
Average earnings growth down again
Pay rises to average 2% in coming year
Interest rates on hold but rise on horizon
At the Tory party conference in Manchester, 4 October.
The August issue of the branch newsletter.
Unions consider amended proposals.
A new page on the web site where you can find local businesses offering discounts to UNISON members.
Millionaire company executives rake it in
Attack on check-off
An appetite for the Living Wage
Presenteeism — not quite an epidemic
Night working grows since recession
Factory output shrinks
Three equality guides from Acas
George Osborne's spending cuts letter to civil servants angers North East unions
NHS told to fill only essential vacancies due to 'almost unprecedented' finances
Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters aren’t mad – they’re fleeing a bankrupt New Labour
NHS patients may face widescale charges, warns financial thinktank
Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual
Jeremy Corbyn has good chance of becoming Labour leader, says Grahame Morris
Public sector workers to lose right to have union fees deducted from wages
Win or lose, Jeremy Corbyn has already changed the rules of the game
One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year
Benefit cut 'could make thousands of vulnerable young people homeless'
Fears North East colleges will close as MPs slam Government review as 'smokescreen' for cuts
New courses have been posted for August and September.
Join the branch delegation to the conference in January 2016.
Winners in July 2015
Britain’s rich are thrust into the future. The poor get kicked back into the past
More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials – report
Too much cash directed to shareholders
Economy perks up
Discrimination as mothers lose jobs
Union reforms could harm productivity
Union political funds
Fit note fails to deliver
Labour disputes in 2014
UNISON has published the decisions of the National Local Government Conference and the National Delegate Conference which were held in June.
A Free paper based distance learning course for UNISON members.
Our training is a flexible way to improve financial capability and tackle financial exclusion.
Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show.
George Osborne’s assault on welfare must not go unchallenged.
The Tories are callously redefining what it means to be sick or disabled.
Beth Farhat column: Union bill is unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic.
Top pay and decline of union influence
IKEA now a Living Wage employer
New ideas needed on older workers
Review heralds end to pay progression
Council targets rep over privatisation
Increase in number of deaths at work
Retail inflation sticks at 1% in June
'Unnecessary attack' on workers' rights
Rise in unemployment
Average earnings dips
You have a voice - we want to hear it. 4/5 September, Newcastle.
A limited number of grants are available to members who are either School Support Staff or Personal Care Assistants working in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or employed directly by individuals.
£20 discount for unison members on a new car insurance policy with Liverpool Victoria.
Colombian human rights defender Berenice Celeita was kept under surveillance by unidentified individuals after returning from a visit to the USA and Canada to expose human rights violations in Colombia.
Conference takes place Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November in Brighton.
We need volunteers who will be able to set up the stall on Saturday 18 July and to staff it throughout the day.
The Albert Kennedy Trust are looking in the North East for volunteers to be carers, mentors and citizen advocates for young LGBT people who have experienced being homeless.
New contract or old con trick?
Balance of payments shows improvement
Tories fail on child poverty so redefine it
Go-ahead but delay for tax-free childcare
UK economy in better shape in 2015
Manufacturing output flattens out
Regional inequalities increae under Tories
Tories have redefined child poverty as not just about having no money
Whitehall not permitted access to two thirds of outsourcing contracts – report
David Cameron abolishes poverty, just like that
Legal aid cuts will hurt vulnerable people, not ‘fatcat’ lawyers
The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries
The case for radical change in Europe can’t be left to the nationalist right
Colombia's pipes to nowhere: villagers die of thirst as corruption stalls dam project
Families struggle to close income gap
Midwives join TUC
Time off for antenatal appointments
Health and safety for children
Thumbs up for pensions but ...
Financial pain of Child Benefit freeze
Relax dress codes at work in heatwave
Friday 10 July.
Tuesday 7 July 2015, organised by the Northern Public Services Alliance together with the People’s Assembly.
An autobiography by one of the leading activists against apartheid in South Africa.
Winners in June 2015
The World Cup of shame.
MEPs to vote on TTIP trade agreement.
Ban on Trade Union Congress of Swaziland lifted.
Cynical about the Tories redefining child poverty? You should be
By scapegoating Muslims, Cameron fuels radicalisation
Child poverty does not only exist in a vacuum filled with hard-done-by urchins
Tory plan to redefine child poverty as figures set to show first rise in decade
Skivers and strivers: this 200–year–old myth won’t die
Tax credit cuts will hit North East hardest and increase child poverty
Pension deficit tops £12bn in 2014
CBI head calls for wage rises
Living Wage for contractor staff
Productivity puzzle — seven levers
Public sector jobs lost and worse to come
Life at the top
Tens of thousands protest across the UK.
Anti-austerity protests: tens of thousands rally across UK.
Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever.
Living Wage served up
Improvement in average earnings
Inflation on the rise
Review of tribunals announced
Closing date is 10 July. A change to the published criteria has just been agreed so that the childcare element of Working Tax Credit will no longer be treated as income in our financial assessment.
Tyneside Cinema, 18 June, a screening of a film made in the North East last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.
The NHS needs savings of £22bn? Only a magician could find that
North East devolution: Deal should include voting shake-up and see mayor faces scrutiny
EU referendum: Conservative Party is 'tearing itself apart' over Europe, says Labour
Living Wage milestone of 1,500 employers
Guide to time off for surrogate parents
Rise in factory output — but still below peak
Unions reject blacklists firms' 'derisory' offer
Facility time guide
Toxic air claims made by cabin crew
Little pay restraint shown by top execs
Employers refuse to consider a new claim for 2015/16.
Winners in May 2015
What if David Cameron is an evil genius?
How far does Cameron want to shrink the state? Ask Barnet’s binmen
Low activity in 2015 mergers and takeovers
'Union premium' on wages gets bigger
Economic growth estimate unchanged
Blowing the whistle — but to who?
Experts say cut time spent sitting in office
Monday 8 June 2015, 11.30-3pm in the Civic Centre.
Talk: Celebrating Diversity, Contesting Injustice: Reflections on Multiculturalism and Migration – Monday 15 June, 17.30 at Newcastle City Library.
Introduction to the New Local Government Pension Scheme, 15 July.
This battle will define us. We must protect our children from austerity
Look at the alternative Queen’s speech and wonder what might have been
Landlords enjoy £14bn tax breaks as figures reveal buy-to-let expansion
The British left must learn to speak a new language – Spanish
We are no longer paid what we are worth – just look at dog walkers
On the edge: the working families who struggle to make ends meet
Persistent poverty in UK and Europe
'Union effect' in training
University lecturers hit by casualisation
Safety probes at schools
Exclusivity banned in zero-hours contracts
Growth and divide in weekly earnings
George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ project will devastate whole cities
Ukip looks hilarious. But soon we won’t be laughing
Jon Cruddas: this could be the greatest crisis the Labour party has ever faced
NHS England chief: cash shortages could hit plans for seven-day health service
Worried about education? Get stuck in and change it
Retail price inflation stays under 1%
Increasing pressure on older carers
Reform of executives' performance pay
Crown Estate to pay Living Wage
Co-op Group to continue political support
Tories won donations battle in election run-up
Papers for the meeting on 1 June.
‘There for you ‘ are once again launching the School Uniform Grant programme for 2015.
Saturday 6 June in Newcastle.
In London on 20 June 2015
Tories take power after general election
City bonuses boost earnings growth
Unemployment dips by 35,000 in first quarter
Factory output slows at beginning of 2015
Tory Party resumes its attack on unions
The big lie of economic success may still not save the Tories
'Secret' Tory plans for £8bn in welfare cuts exposed by Danny Alexander
GPs are exhausted, A&E is overrun and hospitals are broke. What went wrong?
Young people on Milibrand: did Brand's interview with Miliband work?
Ed Miliband says NHS faces a £2bn deficit in 2015
Meet the invisibles – the wealthy and powerful at the heart of the Tory party
Labour reveals North East health trusts set to overspend by tens of millions of pounds
Economy slows in first quarter of year
Blacklisted rep in tribunal victory
Top executives enjoy £1m a year packages
Women still face back-to-work barriers
Unequal treatment to end at airport security
Union reps' meetings qualify as working time
Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis
Life at the sharp end: five families hit by five years of austerity
How the Tories dehumanise low-paid families – or should I say ‘benefit units’
Foodbank set up at Newcastle hospital after financial burden facing parents of premature children worsens
Handsome rewards in executive packages
Epilepsy in workplace
Richard Desmond's UKIP donation
Nationwide says 'pay up' on Living Wage
Union official to head taskforce in Scotland
New qualification right on adoption leave
Strike over Tata Steel's pension closure?
Newsletter and agenda for the meeting on 12 May.
Islamic Diversity Centre (North East) to Hold Ground Breaking Conference on Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Winners in April 2015
Papers for the meeting on 11 May.
Obama officially asks Congress to remove Cuba off terror list
Professional Development Workshops in June and July.
11 May - A lively discussion of first-hand experiences and legal opinion to launch the Colombian Caravana delegation report.
Unemployment dips below 1.84 million
Turbans in workplace
CWU gets new gen sec
Earnings data provide little relief
Black and Asians hit by casualisation of work
Whistleblowing case — public interest ruling
2010 and now
March and Rally in Newcastle on Saturday 2 May.
Wednesday 29 April at Magnesia Bank, North Shields
Volunteering at Glastonbury Festival 2015.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker takes part in interview for new anti-racism film.
More union bashing from Tories if they win
Inequalities among ethnic minority people
Factory output slows at start of 2015
Ambulance staff are stressed out
Inflation dips under 1%
Ashington, 25 April
This training is being offered to Unison stewards who may be approached by victims and / or perpetrators of DVA for information and support in the workplace.
The Conference on 24 March instructed UNISON's negotiators to formally submit an additional NJC pay claim for 2015/16.
Employment law changes in April
Compensation scheme an 'unholy mess'
Tory claim on tax rubbished
Living Wage successes
Tory backers named and shamed
Balance of payments - record deficit
Executives in the £1m-a-year pay club
Economic growth is revised upwards
UNISON can appeal over tribunal fees
Call for public inquiry into blacklisting
A promise to end zero-hours contracts
Industrial action at Windsor Castle
Austerity has led to mental health issues
The Women’s Network has produced this manifesto for you to use with those seeking your vote in May’s elections. It is based on the main concerns of UNISON women in the region.
World Book Night is 23rd April and to coincide with the event we are promoting the Six Book Challenge. Why not take the opportunity to read books that you would never normally read? Also we have a selection of books including quick reads which would be a quick way to try out a book?
Unison is launching this exciting challenge which is run by the Reading Agency to encourage our reading habit.
Papers for the meeting on 13 April.
11 July 2015
7 June 2015
Winners in March 2015
Millionaire says Living Wage 'irrelevant'
Food and furniture prices cut inflation
Changes to inflation's shopping basket
Downside to being an agency worker
Wealth gap as wide in Scotland as GB
Blacklister stitched up
Take-home pay growth
Labour pledges to end dependency on food banks with welfare reforms
Labour, drop the benefits doublespeak and let’s hear your underdog-whistle
16 North-East colleges unite to fight 'devastating' funding cuts
After killing off Margaret Thatcher in the controversial comedy Maggie's End, Ed Waugh presents an anti-cuts comedy that shows there is an alternative to austerity.
Discount for UNISON members and two UNISON events.
Two day discussion leaders course.
Living standards squeeze has hit young far harder than old
Report reveals North East among worst hit by Government cuts
Labour's Jeremy Beecham says Vince Cable 'should be ashamed' of £320m RGF cash
Jeremy Hunt visits East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital to discuss facility's future
Protesters picket Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in east Cleveland
Budget 2015 — the economic background
Police infiltrated five trade unions
No joy in average weekly earnings data
Asbestos in schools
Join the rally on 28 March.
Take advantage of our last minute self-catering sale.
Gender pay gap across EU member states
Factory output up, but below pre-crisis peak
Poor mental health of 'blue light' staff
Pay and expenses for top university job
NHS members' links to private healthcare
Mergers and takeovers at record low
Jobs growth for women is in low-paid jobs
50% rise in long-term unemployment for young ethnic minority people in UK
Coalition Britain: after the teething problems, will universal credit work?
Half of single parents borrow to pay childcare costs, says charity
Gingerbread says many single-parent families under severe financial pressure, not helped by reduction in tax credit support
Iain Duncan Smith’s family values won’t help the poor
Government accused of breaking promises on NHS cancer treatment
Labour won’t let David Cameron turn the UK into little Britain
TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs
TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs
Committee calls for European countries to retain right to protect the environment with impunity in negotiations for EU-US trade deal
Exclusive discount for UNISON members.
Equalities Taster Session. 17 March 2015, 14.00 – 16.30.
An ERS report.
UK growth confirmed
Benefits migrant workers bring to UK
Waste of young people
More public money needed for care sector
Executive pay levels and public trust
Outsourcing of public services hits quality
Newcastle City Council passes £40m budget cuts despite protests
Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour
How Yarmouk refugee camp became the worst place in Syria
Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment: Austerity 1945-51 and 2010- review – an elegant demolition of the chancellor’s policies
Why more men should fight for women’s rights
Almost 700,000 people in UK have zero-hours contract as main job
Figures reveal 28,000 of people in the North East on zero hour contracts for their main job
EXCLUSIVE: Plans revealed to expand Darlington and Durham A&E departments
The Branch Annual report is available along with the Agenda and nomination forms.
Saturday 28 February in Newcastle city centre.
Easter Holidays are just around the corner!
UNISON Health Plan and a free chance to win an iPad.
Missing a Living Wage
Party donations in 2014
Low paid could get 3% rise in autumn 2015
Factory output slows at end of 2014
The bishops’ letter to British politicians is a true act of leadership.
Miliband’s hands are clean, but the Rifkind and Straw sting may still hurt.
West Midlands police face swingeing cuts.
Every vote could make a difference on May 7 - and too many are being lost.
North East jobs: Almost a third of jobs in some areas paying less than living wage, says TUC.
Time is running out for voters to wake up to the Tories’ cataclysmic plans.
A cross cultural and community based approach to tackling violence against women and girls in the North East.
New limits from April
Deficit worse because of wage stagnation
End of year bonuses boost earnings data
Unemployment down below 1.9 million
Fuel and food behind lower inflation
A training course for UNISON reps. Those wanting to apply to become member reps on an LGPS Fund Board should attend this course. Knowledge of the regulations and how the scheme and funds are costed is going to be essential.
Fourteen directors on at least £20,000 a week
Tax avoidance the PwC and HSBC way
Zero-hours workers want share of bonus
Setback for shop staff over EU ruling
The session is aimed at staff thinking of taking English or Maths qualification or wanting to improve existing skills in Math and English.
Psychological impact of austerity on staff
Care crisis over cuts and pay
Disabled jobseekers face barriers
Fall in real pay
Shame of winter death toll from cold
The People's Assembly is putting on a nationwide series of 'People's Question' Times - an anti-austerity alternative to the BBC's Question Time. Each is a chance to hear and question a range of prominent perspectives on the big political topics of the day.
It’s easy to take advantage of our best ever offer for UNISON members. Simply give us a call, tell us a few details about your home and what you’re currently paying, and we’ll offer you cheaper cover guaranteed.
To brief activists on the future development of Local Government Pension Scheme Governance and Investments.
Multi-lingual guide put online by TUC
Unity ceramics union merges with GMB
Flexibility in sickness absence policies
Economic outlook for 2015 rosier
Shop staff still face violence and threats
Another year of executive excess
An earnings measure to include self-employed?
Ukip general secretary calls for NHS to be privatised and compares it to Nazi Germany
Miliband and Cameron battleground set with 100 days to go before election
Cameron cuts, and the money is recycled to the rich
Poorest hit hardest by coalition changes, says report
Date: March 17 2016
Venue: Disability North, The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PH
Booking: Disability North Events
We have limited places left for our luxury chocolate tasting evening on March 17th at Disability North. Indulge in delicious, hand-crafted chocolates as you hear about the history of chocolate and the unique ways in which it is created from a leading, international chocolatier.
On Thursday 17th March at 8:00 P.M. we are hosting a fantastic evening of chocolate at The Dene Centre, home of Disability North. Embark on a unique chocolate tasting experience as our artisan chocolatier draws on her extensive training throughout Europe as an apprentice to Swiss chocolatier Phillipe Burger.
Exclusively this Easter, you will hear how she hand-crafts her famous, luxury Easter eggs using traditional Swiss methods.
Unwind, and savour luxury, artisan chocolates as you discover the art of chocolate-making, all in support of Disability North.