H&S Officers (Job share): Paul Barwick, Jaci Carden
Assistant H&S Officers (Job share): Vacant
The Health and Safety Executive calculates that workplaces with an active Health and Safety rep have half the accident rate of those that don't.
Newcastle UNISON branch has around fifty health and safety reps, each with the legal right to inspect their workplace at 3 monthly intervals.
The work of the reps is supported by the Branch Health and Safety Officers who offer advice, training and resources.
If there is not a UNISON Health and Safety rep in your workplace then see if anyone is prepared to give it a go, or offer to do it yourself.
Before you jump in at the deep end you can watch a UNISON video clip about health and safety inspections (on Youtube) and have a chat with one of the Branch H&S officers about the role of the rep.
As a H&S rep you will never know how many accidents you have prevented, or even if you have saved a life, but you will be maintaining one of the great achievements of the trades union movement in making your workplace a safer environment for you and your colleagues.
Do you know that the incoming Health and Safety Executive head Dr Richard Judge is under government instruction to ‘commercialise’ the HSE watchdog. But a Hazards campaign is urging the new chief executive to ensure the regulator uses its legal powers, people and skills to protect us at work, instead of flogging its services to all-comers.
Please support Hazards Magazine/Hazards Campaign action against the commercialising of the HSE, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by 350 delegates (many of them from UNISON safety reps and branch safety officers) at the just gone 2014 Hazards Conference at the weekend.
We need to stand up for our health and safety and that of our mates, our families, and our communities now!
We want to get a blizzard of these letters going to HSE now so please go to http://www.hazards.org/safetypimp/ print off and send the 'Don't Pimp our Watchdog' letters, circulate via your own networks, and on social media. Get your workmates, branch members, friends and family to send them too.
FIND OUT MORE Read the article Our health and safety is not for sale from Hazards magazine issue 127
Print off and send the 'Don't pimp our watchdog' letter to new HSE chief Dr Judge
Email your letter (sample below) to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to welcome you to your new job.
I know when you take up the reins in November, you’ve been tasked with ‘commercialising’ the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
But I think the government’s workplace safety regulator should be using its legal powers, people and skills to protect us at work, not flogging its services to all comers to fill a government-imposed funding gap.
Please don’t pimp our watchdog. HSE should be saving lives, not selling out.
I would like to help you improve HSE’s lifesaving work, so feel free to get in touch.
UNISON has called on the Labour party to commit itself to carrying out a full audit of asbestos in schools if it forms the next government.
We will be lobbying to make sure that the health and safety of workers is on the agenda of all the major parties for the election campaign," says the union's head of health andsafety Tracey Harding.
The call for a schools audit came at a seminar on asbestos organised by by the all party parliamentary group on occupational safety and health.
Assistant national health and safety officer Robert Baughan also called for the Health and Safety Executive to get the resources it needs to restart proactive inspections of schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other public service buildings.
Jaci Carden and Paul Barwick have been nominated to share the position of Branch Health & Safety Officer.
Their nominations are unopposed so there will not be an election to this post at the Branch AGM on 10 February 2014.
Here Paul assesses the H&S challenges facing the branch in the coming year.
Hi – my name is Paul Barwick and I will be the Branch Officer for Health & Safety in a job share role with Jaci Carden having previously been the Assistant Branch Officer.
I see 2014 as a very challenging year when it comes to Health & Safety as many organisations including the Health and Safety Executive face massive cuts and re organisation. Here at the City Council we face more than our fair share which itself puts extra pressure on our members as we have to contend with cuts to budget, staff and resources.
I see the main challenges in the coming year as:
Published online on 30 October, the latest statistics on work-related health, safety and enforcement in Great Britain 2012/13 include the following key annual figures:
The government and its business bankers treat your survival as a joke The government says workplace safety laws hold back the economy. Ministers complain safety enforcement is a diversion business could and should do without. But, Hazards says, while this is lapped up greedily by the business lobby and the tabloids, there’s just one problem. It’s a cynical - and ultimately deadly - lie.
15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.
Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.
Branch nominations and ballot details.
This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.
Winners in March.
Executive pay bandwagon rolls on
Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay
Employment law changes this April
New minimum wage rates kick in
UK lags on maternity
Merger heralds new teaching union
Consultation on caste discrimination
New courses for members and stewards.
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
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
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.
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
Agenda and annual report.
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
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
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
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
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.
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
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
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
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
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
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?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
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
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.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
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
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
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
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
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
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
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'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