Meetings


25 September

Regional Disabled Members Meeting


 

UNISON Disabled members

Disabled Members' Officer: Shayma Hague and Mark Hollings (JobShare)

Disabled Members in UNISON   Disabled Members Archive

About the Disabled Members Group

Say No to Unfair Parking Charges in Newcastle


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Meeting

Regional Disabled Members Group

Date:  Tuesday 28 March 2017

Time:  16:30

Venue:  UNISON Regional Office, 140-150 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6TH.

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TRAINING FOR MEMBERS

Introduction to Diabetes Awareness

Date:  Thursday 11 May 2017

Time:  10:00-15:30

Venue:  UNISON Northern Regional Office, 140-150 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6TH

Cost:  FREE

Booking:  Bridges to Learning

This workshop is aimed primarily at any staff who wish to gain basic knowledge of Diabetes. The course will provide information about what Diabetes is and help raise understanding.

The aim of the course is to look at:
• What diabetes is
• Its complications
• Medication and treatment
• Weight management
• Food and diabetes
• Monitoring and the impact of diabetes

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REGIONAL MEETING

Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Date:  19/20 May 2017

Time: 09:30-16:30 (Friday), 09:30-13:00 (Saturday)

Venue:  Hilton Garden Inn, Vaux Brewery Way, Sunderland, SR5 1SU

Cost:  FREE

Booking:  If you would like to attend please send the completed application form to the branch office for approval.

Closing date:  1 May 2017 

Government cuts are having a disproportionate impact on UNISON’s Disabled Members.  Disabled people are more likely to work in the public sector, more likely to access statutory public sector services and more likely to need support to use universal public services.  Disabled people rely on disability benefits to stay in work and in some cases to survive.  All of these things are being cut.  The weakening of the Equality Act makes it increasingly difficult for our disabled members to challenge decisions and fight the cuts.  It is important that all our disabled members and anyone who represents them in the workplace is aware of the challenges ahead and what steps can be taken to mitigate this adverse impact.

This weekend is an opportunity 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.

Flyer

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Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group

Date:  Tuesday 31 January 2017

Time:  16:30-18:30

Venue:  UNISON Regional Office, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6TH

At the meeting elections will take place for the following positions;

If you wish to be nominated for any of the positions or want to know more about the positions, please contact Gill Toward, g.toward2@unison.co.uk or tel 0191 245 0888.

Nominations must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday 27 January 2017

Agenda

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Disability North’s International Day of Disabled People 2016

Date:  Saturday 3 December 2016

Time:  11:00 – 16:00

Venue:  Gateshead Leisure Centre, Shipcote Lane, Gateshead

Cost:  FREE to delegates

Booking:  International Day of Disabled People 2016

Please note that you do not need to register to attend the event, however registering will ensure your place on your desired activity session.

Disability North will be hosting its annual International Day of Disabled People event – a fun filled day dedicated to the people and services in our region that promote inclusion and accessibility for all.

Read more

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Branch Disabled Members Meeting

Date:  19 October

Time:  16:30 – 17:30

Venue:  Committee Room, Newcastle Civic Centre

This meeting is in preparation for this year’s National Disabled Members Conference.  If you would like to attend, would like to discuss agenda items or want further information, please contact Mark Hollings  or Shayma Haque  – Joint Disabilities Officers.

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Regional Disabled Members Group Meeting

Date:  Thursday 8 September 2016

Time:  16:30

Venue:  UNISON Regional Office, 140-150 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6TH

A buffet will be available from 4:15pm. 

Agenda

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Disabled Members’ Conference

Date:  29 – 31 October 2016

Venue:  Brighton

We are looking for expressions of interest to attend the conference as a delegate from the branch.  Travel and accommodation will be arranged by the branch and subsistence payments will be available.  The conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet other disabled members from around the country, to share experiences and learn new things!  If you are interested, please contact Mark Hollings (mark.hollings@yhn.org.uk) or Shayma Haque (Shayma.haque@yhn.org.uk) by 4:30pm on Tuesday 26 July.

Preliminary Agenda

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Branch Meeting

Date:  Wednesday 31 August

Time:  16:30

Venue:  Committee Room, Civic Centre

 We will be discussing the published motions for the National Disabled Conference.  If you would like any further information, please contact Mark Hollings (mark.hollings@yhn.org.uk) or Shayma Haque (shayma.haque@yhn.org.uk).

Preliminary Conference Agenda

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Disabled Members Keeping in Touch

Northern Region Disabled Members have a new Facebook page and YouTube channel where you will be able to learn about the issues that are important to Disabled Members in the Region, find out about events and training activities and keep in touch with other Disabled Members.  If you are a Facebook user please like and follow the page.  If you are a Disabled Member who would like to help run the Facebook page or YouTube channel or have anything you would like us to include please contact angela.hamilton@newcastle.gov.uk

National Disabled Members have also got a new Facebook page where you will be able to find out about campaigns Disabled Members are involved, keep up to date with national issues and priorities and find out about events and training.  Please like and share this page with anyone who you think would be interested.

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Caucus meetings

Meetings have been arranged to ensure that members from under-represented groups within disabled member self organisation have better access to the disabled members conference agenda.

These caucus meetings allow these groups to submit motions and amendments in line with the conference timetable –as set out by the Standing Orders Committee. There are four caucus groups – black members; women members; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) members and Deaf (BSL users) members.

Members who wish to attend the caucus meetings should seek branch or regional sponsorship; this will enable them to participate in conference itself. Disabled members’ conference will be held in Brighton from 29-31 October, further details will be issued to branches.

The meetings will take place at the UNISON National Office London.

The equivalent of second class travel and refreshments will be provided nationally for these events.

If you are interested in attending you can find our more and register at the following links:

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Disabled  Members Policy Weekend

Date: Friday, 20 May  (9.30 am – 4.30 pm) & Saturday, 21 May 2016 (9.30 am – 1.00 pm)

Venue: Durham Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, Durham  DH1 5TA

BookingApplication form to the Branch Office

Closing date: 3 May 2016

Government cuts are having a disproportionate impact on UNISON’s Disabled Members.  Disabled people are more likely to work in the public sector, more likely to access statutory public sector services and more likely to need support to use universal public services.  Disabled people rely on disability benefits to stay in work and in some cases to survive.  All of these things are being cut.  The weakening of the Equality Act makes it increasingly difficult for our disabled members to challenge decisions and fight the cuts.  It is important that all our disabled members and anyone who represents them in the workplace is aware of the challenges ahead and what steps can be taken to mitigate this adverse impact.

This weekend is an opportunity 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.


     

    New on Site

    23/03/2017

    Training

    New courses for members and stewards.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

    Inflation leaps to 3.2%

    More regulation of gig economy needed

    Appalling risk of suicides in construction

    Fat cats — the great pay divide

    Racist abuse after Brexit vote

    Lack of diversity at top in Wales


    22/03/2017

    Branch Committee

    Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


    18/03/2017

    Regional Disabled Members Group

    Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

    Misogyny as a Hate Crime

    Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

    Swings and scooters of inflation basket

    No real improvement in weekly earnings

    Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage

    Zero-hours contracts at record high

    Unemployment falls below 1.6 million


    12/03/2017

    AGM 2017

    Agenda and annual report.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

    Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget

    Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

    Company merger and acquisitions in 2016

    Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high

    GMB take on DX delivery firm

    Former chancellor's nice big earner

    Charter to stop violence at work


    03/03/2017

    March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

    Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

    LGBT Policy weekend

    Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

    HOPE Not Hate Event

    A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

    NE People’s Assembly

    March calendar of events and activities.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

    Trade Union Act regs come into force

    Gender pension gap leaves women short

    Violence at work — the nasty truth

    Bookseller's £7m salary

    Money purchase pension are norm

    British Gas denied appeal in Lock case

    Government fails in ethnicity review


    01/03/2017

    Branch Committee

    Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

    Retired members

    Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


    24/02/2017

    Branch Lottery

    Winners in February.

    Workers Memorial Day

    Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.


    23/02/2017

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

    Government green paper on pensions

    A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay

    Employers — don't miss out on talent

    Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff

    Economic growth revised upwards

    Work fears of disabled people revealed

    In the papers

    Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

    NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

    Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

    London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East


    22/02/2017

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

    Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

    Inflation hits three-year high

    Unemployment at 11-year low

    Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

    In the papers

    Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

    I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

    English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

    North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

    North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

    UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

    The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

    Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

    Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

    Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

    Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

    UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

    Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

    Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

    Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

    Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

    There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

    Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

    NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

    Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess


    12/02/2017

    Disabled Members Policy Weekend

    Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

    Members training

    Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

    Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

    Reps training

    Regional Education Calendar 2017

    In the papers

    A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

    Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

    Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

    It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

    More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

    Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

    TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

    Review of tribunal fees finally published

    Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

    Insecure work on rise

    Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


    05/02/2017

    Affiliations and donations

    A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


    07/02/2017

    In the papers

    UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

    NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

    Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

    Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

    Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

    'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

    Racism at work

    Economy grows but there's a shortfall

    Advice on gender pay gap from Acas

    Tories offer no solution on discrimination

    Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools

    UNIMAG 33

    A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


    06/02/2017

    Branch Lottery

    Winners in January.


    27/01/2017

    Young Members

    Northern Region Young Members AGM

    Black Members

    UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

    LV Car Insurance

    Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


    26/01/2017

    North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

    In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

    Branch Committee

    Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

    Death by a thousand fire service cuts

    Guidance on stress

    Modern-day slave traders jailed

    Fees let bad bosses get off scot free

    Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017

    Get tough on pay, says pension funds


    22/01/2017

    Women's Network AGM

    Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

    Disabled Members

    Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

    Members training

    Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

    Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act

    Inflation rates at highest since 2014

    Retail inflation eating into earnings growth

    UK unemployment at nine-year low

    In the Papers

    Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

    May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

    NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

    Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

    World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

    Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

    Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


    15/01/2017

    Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

    UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

    Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint

    TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights

    Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage

    High street store fined over safety

    Manufacturing output edges higher

    Child poverty briefing


    13/01/2017

    Branch Lottery

    Winners in December.


    06/01/2017

    The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

    Consultation on political fund review: December-January

    Reading Ahead

    We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

    Trade Union Reps courses

    Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

    Northern Region Training Programme

    UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

    Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

    'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff

    Plans for a Universal Basic Income

    2017 — economic forecasts for year

    'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone

    Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts

    UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse

    UK economic growth revised upwards