LGBT Policy Weekend Away Day

Date:  25 March 2017

Time:  09:30-16:30

Venue:  Hilton Gardens Inn, Vaux Brewery Way, Sunderland SR5 1SN

Cost:  FREE

Booking:  Application form to Branch Office

Closing date:  15 March 2017

The aims are:



Durham Teaching Assistants March and Rally

Date:  Saturday 25 March

From 12 noon: Meet in Millenium Square, Durham (outside the Gala Theatre)

12:45: Leave the square to march to the Miners' Hall, Redhills, with a

14:00: Rally at Redhills.

County Durham Teaching Assistants have arranged this solidarity rally on Saturday 25th March.

UNISON delivered very successful strike action to suspend the notice of dismissal and reengagement, and brought the Council back to the table. Negotiations and a review of the role are continuing.

It’s important that we maintain a high, visible profile in this dispute and I am sure you will want to show your solidarity and support for our members.

Previous rallies have generated huge turnouts and massive press interest, and this is a great opportunity to get involved in a campaign demo with a positive message. Please bring your families, banners and flags so that our message of support and solidarity is clearly visible.

Facebook event page here:



Misogyny as a Hate Crime

An audience with Melanie Jeffs, Nottinghamshire women’s centre.

Date:  Monday 27 March 2017

Time:  11am – 12noon followed by buffet lunch.

Venue:  Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle (Aiden Suite).

Cost:  FREE

Booking:  Please confirm your attendance and any dietary requirements with Brenda Gray

Closing date:  27 March 2017

Unfortunately, misogyny against women is all too often an accepted practice and can often go unchallenged. However, misogyny can have a huge impact on a woman and those witnessing it.  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.

Misogyny is described as a ‘dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women’.  This can be demonstrated in many forms including both verbal and physical abuse.

Melanie Jeffs was influential in Nottinghamshire Police recognising Misogyny as a hate crime. Melanie has said ‘’We know it’s a big issue that happens on a daily basis – it’s part of the everyday wallpaper of women’s lives. This is about raising awareness, making women feel that they don’t have to put up with it – and that’s very empowering. Already women are ringing through to the police saying: ‘I want this to be recorded as a misogynistic hate crime’.”

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.



Eve of WMD Gig

Date:  Thursday 27 April 2017

Time:  19:30

Venue:  The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool

Further details to follow. 

Acts are “Blue Diesel” & “Matt McGuinness and MLC” with a local support act to be confirmed.   



NTUC / HTUC Health & Safety Seminar

Date:  Friday 28 April 2017

Time:  09:00-12:00

Venue:  Hartlepool College of Further Education

Cost:  FREE

Presentations from:-

Further information on presentations and the invitation to attend will be posted in March.



Remembrance Service 2017 

Date:  Friday 28 April 2017

Time:  12:30

Venue:  Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool

Cost:  FREE

Hartlepool Trades Union Council (HTUC) organizes a Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony in Hartlepool (first held in 1999) on International Workers Memorial Day the 28 April of each year to remember those employees who have died through Industrial Accident or Disease whilst trying to earn an honest living for themselves and their families. 

The confirmed speakers for this year’s (International) Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Service are:-  

It is likely that over 40 wreaths will be laid by individuals / organisations and we will be providing individual flowers so anybody attending the service can lay a flower at the Workers Memorial in memory of a loved one.  

Video made for Workers Memorial Day 2016 (Very graphic images)

Everybody is welcome to attend. We would especially like to welcome all family, friends and colleagues who wish to remember loved ones who have died or been injured, or made ill through their work.



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

Branch Contact: Jane yugire

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



Minute taking

Date:  Tuesday 16 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

Branch Contact: Jane yugire

This course if for anyone who wants to:
• Learn how to take minutes for the first time
• Learn how to prepare agendas and all the other associated activities
• Improve their minute taking and check how well they are doing
• Build their confidence and sharpen up their skills

Increasingly organisations expect staff to be able to take minutes but most people have never had any formal training. This course offers a clear structured path to taking good minutes and sets out all the basics of good organisation. The course will involve some formal teaching and informal learning, individual work by students and some group work. An actual minute taking exercise will enable students to check their skills and the tutor will provide individual feedback to all.

The course includes some resources that students can take away with them. An attendance certificate for the course shows that students have attended formal training



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.




Introduction to Presentation Skills

Date:  Thursday 25 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

Branch Contact: Jane yugire

This course is aimed at anyone who has to or who will have to in future, conduct presentations of any kind.

The course covers the basics of giving good presentations including guidance and the mechanics on how to speak and deliver well, working a room, organising space and being seen and heard. The course will also offer a structured approach to using resources such as Powerpoint, flip charts, handouts and other resources.

All students will be expected to come to the course with an idea that they can use to present to other students.

The course uses a mix of formal and informal teaching, individual and small group learning and a couple of online resources. An attendance certificate for the course shows that students have attended formal training.



Organising Stewards Course

Date:  21, 22 June & 4 July

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

Cost:  FREE

Booking:  Application Form to the Branch Office

Branch Contact:  Wendy Aitman

This Shop Stewards Organising Course is for new/untrained Shop Stewards or for more experienced Shop Stewards who want a refresher.

The course is informal, and as well as learning about the role of the Steward and meeting Branch Officers, you will have an opportunity to discuss issues that you have to deal with in your workplace. The course will include a pre course activity which will be sent out after the closing date.

New Stewards should attend all 3 days.

Facility time has been agreed for Stewards to attend this course but you must agree the dates with your line manager.



Getting started with Twitter

Date:  Thursday 6 July 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

Branch Contact: Jane yugire

Don’t know your hash-tags from handles, or your trends from moments? Don’t think you can fit something into just 140 characters? Then this workshop might be for you and will help you get a handle of the basics of using twitter. You get advice on best practice, in addition to tips and tricks to get you ahead in both your own CPD and networking opportunities. Finally, learn how to also stay safe on twitter and minimise your online digital footprint.



The annual Durham Miners Gala will take place on Saturday, 9 July 2011  - please see attached poster.


The theme of this year’s Gala will be “Public Services” in recognition of the struggle we are involved in against the Government’s austerity measures and attacks on public service workers, their conditions and pension rights  -  

8.30 a.m. march-off through Durham to the Racecourse ground.


UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis will be one of the lead speakers on the day along with other trade union and labour movement leaders.


As usual, there will be a UNISON marquee on the Racecourse Ground, which we will be sharing with sister public service union colleagues, P.C.S. and Show Racism the Red Card.   Please come and visit the marquee following the march through Durham.   A wide variety of entertainment and stalls will be available to make it a real family day out.


We look forward to welcoming you and your families on the 9th. 


New on Site



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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


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


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


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


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


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.


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


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


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


Affiliations and donations

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


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


A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


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.


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


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


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


Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


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