Unison, Newcastle City Branch

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Civic Centre                   
Newcastle upon Tyne    
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May Day 2015

March and Rally in Newcastle on Saturday 2 May.

May Day buskers night

Wednesday 29 April at Magnesia Bank, North Shields

Workers Beer Company

Volunteering at Glastonbury Festival 2015.

Show Racism the Red Card

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker takes part in interview for new anti-racism film.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/15

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%

Pension changes


Workers Memorial Day Service

Ashington, 25 April

Supporting Colleagues Affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse

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.


Special Local Government Conference

The Conference on 24 March instructed UNISON's negotiators to formally submit an additional NJC pay claim for 2015/16.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/14

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/13

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 Manifesto

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.

Six Book Challenge

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.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 13 April.


Durham Miners Gala

11 July 2015

Coach Trip To Lightwater Valley

7 June 2015

Branch Lottery

Winners in March 2015


Labour Research Department Fact 77/12

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

In the papers

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


The Accidental Activist

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.

Redcar Racecourse

Discount for UNISON members and two UNISON events.

Reps training

Two day discussion leaders course.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/11

Budget 2015 — the economic background

Unemployment down

Police infiltrated five trade unions

No joy in average weekly earnings data

Asbestos in schools


Support the Jarrow Walk-in Centre

Join the rally on 28 March.

Croyde Bay.

Take advantage of our last minute self-catering sale.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/10

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

In the papers

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


Car Insurance

Exclusive discount for UNISON members.


Member's Training

Equalities Taster Session. 17 March 2015, 14.00 – 16.30.

The State of the Unions: union membership and union recognition

An ERS report.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/9

UK growth confirmed

Benefits migrant workers bring to UK

Waste of young people

Zero-hours contracts

More public money needed for care sector

Executive pay levels and public trust

Outsourcing of public services hits quality

In the papers

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


AGM 2015

The Branch Annual report is available along with the Agenda and nomination forms.


Counter Demonstration to Oppose Pegida March

Saturday 28 February in Newcastle city centre.

Croyde Bay

Easter Holidays are just around the corner!

Exclusive UNISONPlus Member Offer

UNISON Health Plan and a free chance to win an iPad.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/8

Missing a Living Wage

Firefighter deaths

Party donations in 2014

Low paid could get 3% rise in autumn 2015

Factory output slows at end of 2014

In the papers

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.


Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, 25 March

A cross cultural and community based approach to tackling violence against women and girls in the North East.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/7

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


Introducing the Local Government Pension Scheme

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.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/6

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


English and Maths Courses Information Event

The session is aimed at staff thinking of taking English or Maths qualification or wanting to improve existing skills in Math and English.  


Labour Research Department Fact 77/5

Psychological impact of austerity on staff

Care crisis over cuts and pay

Disabled jobseekers face barriers

Fall in real pay

Economy slows

Shame of winter death toll from cold


People's Question Time comes to the North East

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.

UNISON Guarantees to beat your current Home Insurance premium

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.


LGPS Investments and Governance Course

To brief activists on the future development of Local Government Pension Scheme Governance and Investments.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/4

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?

In the papers

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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 2 February.


In the papers

Lesson one from the Hinchingbrooke hospital scandal: beware the ‘mutual’

Ghost jobs, half lives: how agency workers ‘get by’ in Britain’s shadow economy

NHS cannot cope with ageing population, warns top doctor

Inside the National Gallery, a portrait of modern inequality

Durham Free School to close after inadequate rating

Crisis-hit Durham Free School to close after damning Ofsted report

Labour attacks Prime Minister David Cameron over North East unemployment

More than a quarter of North East families 'don't have enough to live on'

Labour Research Department Fact 77/3

Free school meals

Unemployment down on both counts

Earnings growth fails to match inflation rise

How to cope with winter travel disruption

Austerity uncovered


Gateshead PSA Rally, 7 Feb

Gateshead Public Services Alliance together with community groups in Gateshead are campaigning to protect vital services from being closed or opening hours slashed.

Fighting for Fair Pay for NHS Staff

NHS Pay Rally on Thursday 29 January 2015

LGBT History Month

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in partnership with: UNISON, Community Hubs Network and Newcastle City Council will be hosting an event on 2 February to celebrate LGBT History Month.


Save our Fire Stations March and Rally

Saturday 7 February in Sunderland

Member benefits

Vauxhall Corsa offer ends 1 April 2015

Labour Research Department Fact 77/2

Stronger enforcement call on minimum wage

November sees slower rise in factory output

Private firm cuts and runs from NHS hospital

Retail price inflation at five-year low

Tesco closes defined benefit scheme

Abandon CPI and RPI inflation measures

In the papers

A&E meltdown forces thousands of operations to be cancelled

Anxious Britain will find no succour in a TV election debate

Plans to privatise child protection are moving at pace

Talks on combined authority for the North-East to take place 'very soon'

Hundreds march against NHS services cut at Hartlepool Hospital

Heat maps reveal how North East has suffered due to funding cuts


School Visits

Schools Convenor's schedule of meetings with members.


Women, Glass Ceiling and  a Living Wage

NE Women’s Network consultation event.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/1

Four out of five deterred by fees

Limit to backdated holiday pay claims

The year ahead

Fat cat Tuesday on second working day

UK's trading position worsens in autumn

Pension downside of umbrella companies

UK rail commuters hit by January rise


UNISON Northern Course Programme 2015

Training for members and reps.


Regional Women’s Network Meeting

You don't have to be a Rep to attend, all UNISON women members in our region are welcome.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 5 January


In the papers

Newcastle City Council could make £7m when they auction off their assets.

Reality of £40m Newcastle City Council cuts lands as future of Sure Start services is revealed.

The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding.

Mayor push is a Tory 'smokescreen' to destroy local government, says MP.

'Devastating' number of North East people on zero-hours contracts, says TUC.

Labour attacks NHS England’s Christmas ‘news blackout’.

George Osborne gambles on spending cuts despite slip in voter support.

Region's police forces hit by bigger-than-expected funding cuts.

Tory election win would 'end local council services', Labour council leader claims.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/50

Unemployment down on both counts

Earnings growth stays below inflation rate

Retail price inflation at five-year low

Fit to work service

New appeal over tribunal fees


/Winter Fuel Grant

Worried about you/r winter fuel bill? Help is on hand.Winter Fuel Grants of up to £40 are available to UNISON members.


Branch Lottery

Winners for December 2014.

Bridges to Learning

New Lunch and Learn Taster Sessions and CPD workshops have been added to the course calendar.

Nutrition and Diabetes

Dealing with Grief and Supporting Others

Introduction to British Sign Language

Understanding Cancers

Effective Speaking in Groups and in Public

Study Skills

Emotional Intelligence

Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

Conflict Resolution


In the papers

Thousands of working families forced to depend on charity handouts this Christmas

Choice in public services is a myth exploited by big corporations

Institute for Fiscal Studies criticises Osborne’s pursuit of tax cuts

Revealed: how the wealth gap holds back economic growth

Ignore the flaws. For only Labour can beat the Tories

Alan Milburn: Tide of economic growth is a 'failure' if social inequality is not tackled

Boom time - for food banks

Labour Research Department Fact 76/49

Osborne's cut to go much deeper

Wages across the globe

Young workers hit by casualisation

Reasons for rise in use of food banks

Factory output higher

Cut income inequality for economic growth


Sure Start

Petition delivered to Downing Street


Labour Research Department Fact 76/48

Shared parental leave

Business R&D in 2013

Autumn Statement — more austerity

Mergers and takeovers involving UK firms

Discrimination against new mothers still rife

Union recognition in voluntary sector


Labour Research Department Fact 76/47

Economy — steady as you go in Q3

CPI inflation measure is 'flawed'

Growth through people

Annual survey of hours and earnings 2014

More working families living in poverty

Low pay in April 2014

Positive step at Grangemouth


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 1 December.


Stars in our Schools

Celebrating the unsung heroes of our children's education, Friday 28 November.

Sure Start

UNISON branch delegation will deliver a petition to Downing Street.


Branch Lottery

Winners for November 2014.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/46

Unemployment falls on both main counts

Average earnings posts a small rise

No change for retail price inflation

Police cover-up over blacklist links?

Coalition MPs linked to privatised NHS



Local Government members vote to accept pay offer.


Reclaim the Night

Support this Northern TUC event on Saturday 22 November.

Steward training course

It’s more important than ever that we have the maximum coverage of Reps during the difficult times we are in, so consider this rewarding voluntary role to help support your colleagues.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/45

Another downside to shift work

Victory on disclosure

Economic benefits of EU migrants

Bereavement guidance

Umbrella con trick


Living Wage

New living wage rates for 2015.


The huge Tampakan mining project aims to build one of the world’s largest opencast copper and gold mines right in the middle of the B’laan ancestral homeland on the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines. With a controlling stake in the project, the Anglo-Swiss company Glencore stands to make enormous profits.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/44

Living Wage rises across UK

Health and safety 2013-14

Lost decade on pay

Holiday pay victory

2.5% for last pay round

TUC welcomes a new affiliate


Branch Lottery

Winners for October 2014.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/43

Banking job losses

Living Wage victory

Stress still top in TUC safety reps survey

Scandal of low-paid workers in Britain

Gender pay inequality

Economic growth slows in Q3


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 3 November.


Stop Glencore's Deadly Mine!

Discussion with Filipino activists, Tuesday 28 October, 17.30.

The huge Tampakan mining project aims to build one of the world’s largest opencast copper and gold mines right in the middle of the B’laan ancestral homeland on the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines. With a controlling stake in the project, the Anglo-Swiss company Glencore stands to make enormous profits.

Hear from prominent Filipino activists about the mining and human rights in the Philippines, and learn what you can do to support their work!

Labour Research Department Fact 76/42

More evidence of executive excess

No end to child poverty ... but a divided nation

Parental leave and pay in civil service

Factory output at a standstill in August

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts

Probe into payoff


Labour Research Department Fact 76/41

Inflation rates at five-year lows

Unemployment dips below two million

Data shows Britain needs a pay rise

Ditch the car


I want to tell you a story…

A  Free introduction to life story course.

Advanced training for Union Reps.

For Stewards and ULRs, starting in January.

Branch Lottery

Winners for September 2014.


Strike Suspended

Pending consultation on a new pay offer.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/40

Thirty one more millionaire executives

Stressed workers

Lost decade on pay

Four steps to defeat poverty in Britain

Balance of payments


Labour Research Department Fact 76/39

Employment law changes in October

Economic growth better than thought

City fat cats purring

Living Wage employer numbers rise

Ford paternity case

HSE should stop committee closures

BACM teams up with Prospect


Health and Wellbeing Event

Civic Centre, Tuesday 7 October.


Pay Claim

Employers proposal rejected.


War on Want

There are more than 870 million people living in hunger. But this is not a consequence of poor global harvests or natural disasters. Hunger on this scale is the result of a global economy in which hundreds of millions of small farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people have faced ruin through the hijacking of the global food system by large agribusiness and food retailers.


Introduction to Life Story (creating your own history)

Have you ever thought of putting together your life story “creating your own history” or helping family or other people put together their life story?  

Labour Research Department Fact 76/38

Working families

What a top executive gets — another 20

Tax evasion spirals ever higher

Slump in tribunal cases boosts UNISON's claim

Executive pay focus

Union's inquiry call on outsourcing


Sure Start Picnic photos

Photos from the Sure Start Picnic in the Park in July.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/37

Dip in inflation

Unemployment fall

Earnings in doldrums

Conflict of interest at academy schools


Poverty pay isn’t inevitable. Look to the cleaners of New York

The minimum wage in Britain is £6.31 an hour, while in New York it’s $8 an hour, or £4.93. So who do you think’s better paid: a hotel cleaner in London or one in Manhattan?

Labour Research Department Fact 76/36

Unions are reaching out to LGBT workers

Mental health at work

Thirty more boardroom millionaires

Manifesto for reporting on diversity

Factory output still below peak


Women Members Policy Weekend

Impressions from the Newcastle branch delegates.


‘Stars in our Schools’

It takes a whole team to make a school a safe and happy place for children to learn. But many of those staff are tucked away behind the scenes – the unsung heroes of our children’s education.

On 28 November UNISON is taking a day to celebrate the great work they do.


Self-confidence for women members.

Workshop followed by a buffet tea on Tuesday 16 Sep. at the Tyneside Cinema.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/35

Another 31 executives on £1m or more

Dress codes at work

Lower level of mergers and takeovers

Young NEET women

Happy retirement beckons for fat cats

Growth to slow

Labour Research Department Fact 76/34

Closed shop at the top

Name and shame

Welfare reforms hit working families mos

Pay settlements

Tell us about loopholes

Low-paid women are missing out

Own up, clean up, pay up


Retired Members

Papers for the meeting on 9 September.

Trip to Blackpool

For members and families on Saturday 1 November.

Trip to York

St Nicholas Fayre and Market, 30 November.

Panto 2014

Cinderella, 7 and 20 December.


International event

Official Invitation from Palestine’s Ambassador to Great Britain,Friday 29 August.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/33

Self-employed rate at 40-year high

Seven-figure pay packages for 19 more

Older workforce grows by more than a third

Fat cat lawyers and accountants

Inflation down, 'grim news' for commuters

... inflation


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 1 September.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/32

Unemployment edges lower towards 2m

Six ways to tackle living crisis

Earnings misery

High-skilled workforce missing in England

Twenty-five executives on £1m or more


Single Status Protection – “Red Circles”

UNISON has been attempting to engage the Council in “meaningful consultation” around the ending of the 4 year salary protection UNISON negotiated as part of the single status agreement implemented in September 2010.

Sustainable funding for public services

An extract from UNISON's manifesto.

School asbestos audit urged

UNISON has called on the Labour party to commit itself to carrying out a full audit of asbestos in schools if it forms the next government.

Local Government

Tribunal orders Bromley Council to compensate workers offered cash to sign away rights.


Labour Research Department Fact 76/31

Factory output up, but running out of steam

Executive pay - another 26 on £1m plus

CDC pension schemes

Money is there for firefighters' pensions

Stronger safeguards needed on silica dust

Carr review hits political barriers

London council's costly employment offer


Outlines, August 2014

This issue of the branch newsletter includes:

Local Government pay dispute and proposed 2nd day’s strike on 14th October

The impact of the introduction of tribunal fees

Social worker professional registration guidance

YHN / NCC review update

Single Status protection ending update

“People’s March for the NHS” – 16th August

TUC “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” – 18th October

Feedback from Glastonbury Festival Volunteers

“I think my favourite moment would be when I first arrived off the coach, and the feeling I had when I looked around to see the scale of Glastonbury, and knowing that was to be home for five days. It was electric!”


Training calendar

Check out the latest training opportunities for members and reps.

Black Members Conference 2015

Deadlines for delegate nominations and submission of motions.


Newcastle Mela Volunteers Required

As usual UNISON will be supporting Newcastle Mela this year and we and are looking for volunteers to tend a stall on Sunday 24 August from 12 noon – 6 pm. 

Labour Research Department Fact 76/30

Earnings and top executive pay

Only now is economy above 2008 peak

Union safety concerns over Network Rail

ESA not fit for purpose, say MPs

Priced out of justice

Labour Research Department Fact 76/29

Workers in the heat

Young hit hardest by recession

Labour disputes in 2013

Boost for union political funds

Network Rail faces equal pay claim

Tories ramp up rhetoric on strikes


Labour Research Department Fact 76/28

Fall in unemployment

Weak earnings growth

Inflation higher

Executive pay gap

Acas in demand


Doncaster Race Day

Doncaster Race Day on 2 August will be an enjoyable day out for members and their families.

Branch Lottery

Winners for June 2014.

LGBT Housing Survey

Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation [NTRF] is working with the support of LGBT Federation North East and Tyne Trans Group to identify the housing needs and issues of LGBT people.

Labour Research Department Fact 76/27

Pay-off 'value for money' or 'obscene'?

Smaller increase in manufacturing output

Executive pay — 35 on £1m or more

Guidance on working from home

Car industry expands

Scottish referendum campaign money


Join The People's March For The NHS

Jarrow to London, 16 August - 6 September.

Retired members

Newsletters and agenda for the meeting on 15 July.