Unison, Newcastle City Branch

Room 145                       
Civic Centre                   
Newcastle upon Tyne    
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New on Site


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.


NOCN Level 1 Award in Information Advice and Guidance

A five week blended training course free to UNISON members.

In the papers

Austerity is far more than just cuts. It’s about privatising everything we own

Vote Leave’s campaign of fear will cause lasting divisions

NHS regulator to scale back hospital inspections after budget cuts

North East GP crisis leaves services at 'breaking point', it is claimed today

Labour Research Department Fact 78/21

Gross pay packages for top executives

Presenteeism — sick and at work

Trade union membership 2015

UK behind Scandinavia on gender equality

UCATT votes for merger with Unite

Missing data


Branch Lottery

Winners in May.


National Conferences

Delegate list and final agendas.


School Restructuring

Several Newcastle Schools are going through a re-structure due to budget reductions.

School Support Staff Seminar

Support staff working in schools make up over 340,000 of our members, making UNISON the largest education union in the UK. Teaching Assistants are the largest worker group in UNISON. Lori Wilson reports from this seminar in Manchester.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/20

Unemployment falls

Anaemic growth in average earnings

Check-off victory

Inflation down again

Old and in poverty

Check-off victory

Vindictive’ check-off removal ruled unlawful in DWP by High Court.


'Hands Off Our Schools'

Public meeting with Ian Mearns MP. Saturday 21 May.

Social Work in times of Austerity

UNISON invites social work staff to attend their ‘Social Work in times of Austerity’ event on 1 June.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/19

Shareholders unhappy over executive pay

Compensation for blacklisted workers

MPs keep it in family

Non-compliance with minimum wage rules

Industry in recession

Lloyds to offer gender reassignment surgery


Labour Research Department Fact 78/18

Trade Union Bill receives Royal Assent

Losers in move to Universal Credit  

Compensation win for blacklisted workers

Effects of shift work on women and their health

Union wants end to confusion over tips

School assistants struggle to cope

UK growth slows in early 2016

Personal Learning Development Grants for Schools Support Staff

Ten awards of up to £300 each are offered to help pay for course fees.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/17

Tata Steel package

Lloyds Bank offshores and axes jobs

Water industry — the pay gulf

Inflation and earnings forecasts for 2016

Apprenticeship matching scheme

Sickness absence change unlawful

Bulging pay packages for City executives


Labour Research Department Fact 78/16

Rise in unemployment

Guide to make pensions clearer

Growth in weekly earnings nosedives

BAME workers more likely to be jobless

Trade Union Bill — more concessions


In the papers

Protest never changes anything? Look at how TTIP has been derailed

TTIP has been kicked into the long grass … for a very long time

200 Government jobs under threat across the North East, claim Labour

MP tells Parliament debate there is something "severely wrong" with North East Ambulance Service

Labour Research Department Fact 78/15

Young women and the gender pay gap

Top executives in £1m a year pay club

Directors' greed led to death of worker

Retail price inflation increases to 1.6%

Lead In and Out campaigns chosen


Training for Reps

UNISON Northern, in conjunction with Safe Newcastle have developed a 1 day training course to support activists and increase awareness and understanding of the nature and impact of domestic violence and abuse.

Branch Lottery

Winners in April.


Retired Members' Meeting

Papers for the meeting on Tuesday 10 May.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 78/14

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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 9 May.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/13

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


Black Members

A report from the Black Members' National Conference.

Women’s Rights – the Risks of Brexit

Britain’s membership of the EU has led to significant improvements in the rights of women at work.

Employers to Pay Voluntary Living Wage

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.

Branch Lottery

Winners in April.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/12

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


Your Pension Funds at Risk

Please sign the petition and pass it on to colleagues – they don’t have to be a UNISON member to sign!

EU Referendum– Q&A

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.


May Day march and rally

March from Princess Square for speakers and entertainment in Exhibition Park on Saturday 30 April.


UNISON Events for the Festival of Learning

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.

Courses for members

Introduction to Social Media; Sign Language Taster Session; Dementia Workshop.

Change their life with NCS this summer

National Citizen Service offers an ‘experience of a lifetime’ for young people aged 15-17.


“Inspiring Women” and a Prepare and Share Picnic Lunch

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.


NHS Rally

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.


Free Training for Union Representatives

Starting 19 April, Mentoring, Information Advice and Guidance and Project Management, will be available at NOCN Level 2 Certificate in CPD for UNION Representatives


Lighthouse Financial Advice – General Surgery

Book a free 30 minute consultation with a financial adviser on Wednesday 13 April in the Civic Centre.

Disabled Members’ Policy Weekend

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 Lottery

Branch AGM Lottery & Raffle Prize Results, 14 March 2016.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/11

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


Free Distance Learning Course

NCFE level 1 Certificate in Well Being. Start date 4 April – Submission of Workbook 9 May.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/10

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


Action for Children

Members vote to strike over unilateral pay offer.

Tyne Tunnel

Pay negotiations continue - seeking to match Local Government 1% offer.


ERA Modular Stewards Course

This course is aimed at newly elected UNISON representatives and will include the role of the UNISON structure, representation and communication skills and equalities.

Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Abortion Rights

Recent news from the national pro-choice campaign.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/9

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

Period policy


Women's Network

Regional AGM, 19 March.

Disabled members

Agenda for the Regional Group meeting on 9 March.


Branch Annual General Meeting

The Agenda and Annual Report for the AGM on 14 March.


Labour Research Department Fact 78/8

Rise in childcare costs

Discriminatory advertising

Commission ruling favours workers

Public school tie still dominates in top jobs

Trade Union Bill misinformation

Threats to workers' rights from Brexit

In the papers

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'

Labour Research Department Fact 78/7

Inflation moves upward

Unemployment on downward curve

Vice-chancellors of universities get 3%

Earnings growth going nowhere fast


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 7 March

Retired Members

Papers for the meeting on 8 March

Core training for activists and members

UNISON Northern Region 2016 Course Programme for Activists and Members.

Immigration and Racism – What’s the Story?

Show Racism the Red Card will offer a safe and non-judgemental environment to explore this often controversial but important issue.

Indulge Yourself in an Evening of Luxury Chocolate…

Unwind and savour luxury, artisan chocolates as you discover the art of chocolate-making, all in support of Disability North.


Writing Get Together

The day has changed from Wednesdays to Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 13:20 in the Civic Centre social space (old canteen).


Open University Pilot Offer

Invitation to trial a brand new free online course run by the Open University, with a £50 voucher as a thank you!

Labour Research Department Fact 78/6

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

In the papers

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


Labour Research Department Fact 78/5

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


Health and Social Care Assistants Conference

Thursday 25 February: Professional development conference for health and social care assistants in the Northern Region.

Stop Trident demonstration in London

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.

Colombia: The Peace Process, Transitional Justice And The UK’s Role

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


Labour Research Department Fact 78/4

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

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 78/3

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


Branch Lottery

Winners in January .

Fundraiser for West End Refugee Service

At Cluny, 27 February.

Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Service 2016

To be held on 28 April at Hartlepool.


Trade Union Bill

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.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 1 February.


‘Reject the offer’, says UNISON

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.

Celebrating Newcastle City Council and their work for human rights

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.

In the papers

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


Northern Regional Disabled Members AGM

On 4 February 2016. This event is open to any UNISON member who considers themselves to be disabled


Promoting Equality & Tackling Racism in the Workplace

A training day for stewards and reps.

Dementia Workshop

UNISON in partnership with The Open University is running a Free Dementia Workshop.

Writing Get Together

Practice your prose in a word work out on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 1.20 in the Civic Centre social space (old canteen).

Six Book Challenge-now Reading Ahead

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.

Labour Research Department Fact 78/2

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


Labour Research Department Fact 78/1

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


Rally to Protect NHS Bursary

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.

Free Training for Members

New on the course calendar:

Getting to Grips with Computers.

Mental Health Awareness

English and Maths Course Information,drop-in sessions.

Croyde Bay

Early Season Self Catering Special Offer: £29.50 Per Person for up to 4 nights self catering

Survey on Equality and Trade Union Bill 

A survey from National Disabled Members Conference on Equality and the Trade Union Bill. 


Pay offer

Details of the employers final offer for 2016 - 2018.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 5 January.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/50

UK unemployment rate at nine-year low

Inflation on rise again

Weekly earnings growth back below 2%

Well-being and work

Prentis re-elected


Free Training for Members

See the course calendar for Bridges to Learning courses available to UNISON members in January/February.


TU Bill/DOCAS Sign-Up Training

A workshop for activists on campaigning against the Trade Union Bill and the withdrawal of DOCAS (deduction of contributions at source).

What it is to be Trans at Work

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. 

Labour Research Department Fact 77/49

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


Community and Voluntary Sector

TUPE transfer to Thirteen Care & Support.


TUPE transfer to  Byker Community Trust.


New training courses.

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

Trade Union Bill

Second reading in Lords scheduled for 11 January.


AGM 2016

Steward and Branch Officer nomination forms to be returned by Friday 12 February 2016.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/48

Millions to be worse off

Work-related violence — get it down

Growth in UK economy is confirmed

Transgender guidance

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


Insight Lecture - Pensions and Ageing Society

National Pensioners Convention (NPC) invites you to an Insight Lecture by Baroness Altmann, Minister of State for Pensions. On 9 December at Newcastle University.

Regional Women's Network Meeting

All UNISON women members in our region are welcome on 9 January 2016.

Branch Lottery

Winners in November 2015.


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 7 December.


Labour Research Department Fact 77/47

Chancellor climbs down on tax credit

Blocs carve up trade and services

More money saved into workplace pensions

Pay in manufacturing

In the papers

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


“Food 4 Thought”

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


TU Bill

Use of agency workers to break a strike.

Government impact assessments "not fit for purpose.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/46

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


Rally in Newcastle

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.

December Sleep Out Challenge

Women, friends and families will sleep out overnight without home comforts to highlight the plight of the homeless.

Free Training Courses

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. 


Trade Union Bill

Your right to strike is being threatened.

International Transgender Remembrancer Day

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


Regional Disabled Members Group Meeting.

On 26 November 2015. Open to all disabled members of UNISON.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/45

UK unemployment down again

Average earnings growth punctured

Life's not fair

Reasons behind presenteeism

Sunday trading extension on hold

New earnings data


Reclaim the Night

Saturday 21 November in Newcastle.

Branch Lottery

Winners in October 2015.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/44

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


Car Insurance

Discount offer for UNISON members from LV Insurance.

Decentralisation: what’s in it for the North?

A panel discussion at eh Great North Museum on 3 December.

UNISON Northern Young Members Celebration 2015

This is an open event to UNISON Young Members & to people who are interested in joining/ finding out more about UNISON. 

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/43

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


Getting to Grips With Computers

Free training for members

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/42

£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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 2 November.


National Women’s Conference 2016

Branch calls for delegates to the National Women’s Conference in Brighton,11 - 13 February 2016.


Labour Research Department Fact 77/41

RPI inflation down, CPI negative

Gay couple lose court fight over pension

Unemployment down

Average earnings growth again over 3%

Facebook's 'tax bill'

In the papers

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


Labour Research Department Fact 77/40

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


Disabled Members Group

Regional meeting on 15 October.


Branch Lottery

Winners in September 2015.


Labour Research Department Fact 77/39

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

Economy expands


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 9 October


Labour Research Department Fact 77/38

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

Presenteeism rife


UNISON Croyde Bay Special Offers

Half Term Family Special Offer

Two-night Autumn Getaway, with FREE Spa Treatment

Healthwatch GP Survey

What matters to you when booking a GP appointment?


Redundancy and Protection Policies

Council to press ahead with changes.

Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals

UNISON volunteers for the Workers Beer Company look back on their experience.



Learn to become a Union Learning Rep.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/37

Widening opposition to Trade Union Bill

Jobless total up again

Rebound in average earnings growth

RPI inflation edges higher, CPI at 0%


Probation Service Strike

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.

TUC National Demo.

At the Tory party conference in Manchester, 4 October. Fee travel for UNISON members.

Training course calendar

There are new courses for members and reps in the course calendar.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/36

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


In the papers

Cameron tells Merkel crisis won't be solved by Britain taking more refugees - Politics live

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/35

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


Branch Lottery

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!


Retired Members

Newsletter and agenda for 8 September meeting.


Union Reps Training

Courses for new reps or members who are thinking about becoming union reps


Dyslexia Awareness training.

Lunchtime session on 16 September.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 7 September.


Anti Racism

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.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/34

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?

Executive excess


Newcastle Mela

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.


Trip to Blackpool

Book now for Saturday 30 October.

Panto - Aladdin

Book now at special UNISON rates for 6 or 19 December.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/33

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

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/32

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


TUC National Demo.

At the Tory party conference in Manchester, 4 October.


The August issue of the branch newsletter.

Redundancy and Protection Policy

Unions consider amended proposals.


Members' discounts

A new page on the web site where you can find local businesses offering discounts to UNISON members.


Labour Research Department Fact 77/31

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

In the papers

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



Members' Training

New courses have been posted for August and September.

Black Members National Conference

Join the branch delegation to the conference in January 2016.

Branch Lottery

Winners in July 2015

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/30

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


National Conference Decisions

UNISON has published the decisions of the National Local Government Conference and the National Delegate Conference which were held in June.


An Introduction To Pensions

A Free paper based distance learning course for UNISON members.

Money Mentoring Course

Our training is a flexible way to improve financial capability and tackle financial exclusion. 

In the papers

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.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/29

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/28

Retail inflation sticks at 1% in June

'Unnecessary attack' on workers' rights

Rise in unemployment

Average earnings dips


Women’s Network Policy Weekend

You have a voice - we want to hear it. 4/5 September, Newcastle.

UNISON Personal Learning Development Grant

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.

Savings for members

£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.


National LGBT Conference

Conference takes place Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November in Brighton.

Northern Pride

We need volunteers who will be able to set up the stall on Saturday 18 July and to staff it throughout the day.

Needed urgently!

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.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/27

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


In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/26

Families struggle to close income gap

Midwives join TUC

Time off for antenatal appointments

Health and safety for children

Healthy workplaces

Thumbs up for pensions but ...

Financial pain of Child Benefit freeze

Relax dress codes at work in heatwave


Black members' meeting

Friday 10 July.

Pre-Budget Rally in Newcastle

Tuesday 7 July 2015, organised by the Northern Public Services Alliance together with the People’s Assembly.

Book launch, 16 July

An autobiography by one of the leading activists against apartheid in South Africa.

Branch Lottery

Winners in June 2015


Playfair Qatar

The World Cup of shame.

National Conference Reports

Branch Secretary





MEPs to vote on TTIP trade agreement.


Ban on Trade Union Congress of Swaziland lifted.


In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/25

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


Anti Austerity Campaign

Tens of thousands protest across the UK.

In the papers

Anti-austerity protests: tens of thousands rally across UK.

Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever.


Labour Research Department Fact 77/24

Living Wage served up

Improvement in average earnings

Inflation on the rise

Unemployment falls

Review of tribunals announced


School Uniform Grant Application

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. 

Miners Strike 30th Anniversary

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.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/23

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


Pay claim

Employers refuse to consider a new claim for 2015/16.

Branch Lottery

Winners in May 2015

In the papers

What if David Cameron is an evil genius?

How far does Cameron want to shrink the state? Ask Barnet’s binmen

Labour Research Department Fact 77/22

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


Lunch, Learn and Fitness Event

Monday 8 June 2015, 11.30-3pm in the Civic Centre.

Refugee Week

Talk: Celebrating Diversity, Contesting Injustice: Reflections on Multiculturalism and Migration – Monday 15 June, 17.30 at Newcastle City Library.

Reps Training

Introduction to the New Local Government Pension Scheme, 15 July.

In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/21

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


In the papers

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

 Labour Research Department Fact 77/20

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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 1 June.


School Uniform Grant Application

‘There for you ‘ are once again launching the School Uniform Grant programme for 2015.

Anti Austerity March and Rally

Saturday 6 June in Newcastle.

National Demo - End Austerity

In London on 20 June 2015


Labour Research Department Fact 77/19

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


In the papers

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  

Labour Research Department Fact 77/18

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


In the papers

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

Labour Research Department Fact 77/17

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?


Retired Members Meeting

Newsletter and agenda for the meeting on 12 May.


Against Racism – Against Hatred

Islamic Diversity Centre (North East) to Hold Ground Breaking Conference on Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Branch Lottery

Winners in April 2015


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 11 May.


Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Obama officially asks Congress to remove Cuba off terror list


Bridges to Learning

Professional Development Workshops in June and July.

Peace and Justice in Colombia

11 May - A lively discussion of first-hand experiences and legal opinion to launch the Colombian Caravana delegation report.

Labour Research Department Fact 77/16

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


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


Indulge Yourself in an Evening of Luxury Chocolate…

Date:  March 17 2016

Time:  20:00

Venue:  Disability North, The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PH

Cost:  £10.00

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.

Rise in unemployment

Guide to make pensions clearer

Growth in weekly earnings nosedives

BAME workers more likely to be jobless

Trade Union Bill — more concessions