Meetings


LGBT Members National Conference

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November 2016


 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender

Trade unions exist to improve the working lives of their members. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers face harassment and discrimination. It’s hard to deal with on your own. Joining UNISON gives you a voice in the UK’s largest public service unin, committed to working for LGBT rights.

LGBT members organise locally and nationally to support each other, to identify and challenge discrimination, to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to campaign for change.

Branch LGBT Officer: Louise Crosby & Christine Jackson  LGBT members in UNISON    LGBT Archive


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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:

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Impact of public spending cuts on LGBT people and services

UNISON has commissioned a survey to study the impact of public spending cuts on LGBT people and services.  We need to speak to LGBT people who have used or are using any type of public service and anyone that delivers public services to LGBT people in the last three years.

You can do it online, over the phone or do it online and also have a follow up telephone interview. The online part takes about 15 min. The closing date is 2 September.

This is the link to the survey

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LGBT Survey

Are you Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex, disabled and organising some or all of your own social care? 

Next-to-nothing is known about the use of social care support by disabled people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Researchers would like to hear from you and will use what you tell them to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.  For more information see https://timmus.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lgbtqi-survey

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National LGBT Conferenc, 2016

Date:  18-20 November 2016

Venue:  Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Cost: Travel expenses and accommodation will be paid for by the branch.

Booking:  Louise Crosby

Closing Date:  12:00, 1 September 2016

Preliminary Agenda

Conference website

Conference report

Branch Delegate Report

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LGBT Policy Weekend

Date:  16 & 17 April 2016

Venue:  Jury’s Inn (formerly Thistle Hotel) Middlesbrough

Cost:  FREE

Booking: Send the application form to: a.lewins@unison.co.uk

Closing Date:   Monday, 28 March

The LGBT weekend is an opportunity to identify and discuss key issues for LGBT members in the Region; to explore and seek ways to improve how UNISON organises LGBT members; Regional priorities; National LGBT Conference; and work related issues for LGBT members and link these to the Regional LGBT Group; We will use the issues raised to draft motions to National Conference.  This weekend is a great way to meet and work with other LGBT activists and is a safe space for everyone.  It is open to members who identify themselves with the LGBT Group.


 

UNISON LGBT Conference 2010 Branch Report.

 

This year’s LGBT Conference was held at the Bristol City Centre Marriott Hotel. Over 350 Delegates from 179 Branches across the UK were there representing the LGBT community to carry issues that are important to the LGBT community.  

 

Conference heard from three Guest Speakers. Eleanor Smith, UNISON Vice-President. Fiona Mactaggart MP, Shadow Minister for Equality and Yesimi Ilesanmi, Nigeria Labour Congress. All of these Guest Speakers carried the same message - We must fight the cuts to Public Sector and Services that are vital to the LGBT Community.  

 

Of the many debates over the weekend the unifying theme was the damage that the Government's spending cuts are going to have on LGBT people. From the impact on LGBT disabled members of cuts to Disability Living Allowance, to the cuts to already patchy services supporting Transgender to transition, to funding cuts for LGBT community organisations.

But the resolve of delegates was clear, that we are united and ready for the fight. LGBT Self-organised Groups are an example to other parts of the union, with strong links to community groups which we need to mobilise wider support for our campaign. 

Each group must be out there taking UNISON's Million Voices into the community as well as mobilising LGBT members, that way we won't just have a Million Voices, but a million feet on the streets of London come March 26th.

 

"Together we will defend our public services and speak up for LGBT equality – that's why I'm proud to be here today."

That was the message from UNISON vice-president Eleanor Smith, addressing the union's LGBT conference in Bristol and introducing the theme that would be heard from speaker after speaker.

Delegates stressed that recruitment was more important than ever in the fight against the Con-Dem coalition government's cuts.

Conference heard Ms Smith say that "recruitment is our number one priority” and that theme was taken forward as delegates discussed how to grow the union, inside self-organised groups and in the workplace as a whole.

Tim Roberts of the LGBT national committee described it as: "A huge organising challenge", adding: "We're stronger together – get organised!"

Another delegate said: "It isn't what the union can do for you, but what you can do for the union."

As conference got its teeth into the issues, another delegate issued a challenge: "Each and every one of us needs to stand up and be counted.

"There is strength in numbers – everyone has a part to play."

 

Another common theme amongst the Debates was Domestic Abuse, Conference heard from two speakers who told us about their own struggles against Domestic Abuse, the effect it has had on their lives and the ever growing need to raise public awareness not only at home but also within the emergency services who are the frontline teams dealing with Domestic Abuse.

There were three Motions from the Northern Region submitted to Conference this year.

 

o   LGBT Victims of Domestic Abuse

o   Support for Older LGBT people in Rural Areas

o   Recognition of Civil Partnerships - An International Issue, a Human Rights Issue

 

All of these Motions were debated at Conference and all three Motions were passed by Conference.

Several of the Northern Region Delegates stood and spoke on various Motions this year, and we had more Delegates and Visitors than ever attending Conference.

 

Conference also heard about UNISON LGBT International campaigns. There are still countries in the world where identifying as LGBT will lead to Death. We cannot let this happen to our LGBT brothers and sisters worldwide.

 

“We must stand up and fight for Equality” was the closing statement from Yesimi Ilesanmi from the Nigeria Labour Congress, who herself has stood in the face of discrimination and hatred because of her sexuality.

 

On a lighter note, there is a social aspect to the LGBT Conference. The South West region hosted a Reception on the Friday night and a Social Mixer on the Saturday night. The local Gay Scene in Bristol also welcomed all of us warmly into their bars and clubs. The Bristol City Centre Marriott hotels also welcomed us openly and were more than happy to cater to our needs. I myself have made many new and valuable friends across the UK because of the Conference.

 

I am very proud to come from the Northern Region as a first time Visitor and a young member.

“The feeling here at conference is warm and friendly, I have made many new friends and I have not felt intimidated at all with it being my first time at any Unison Conference .”

 

I am thankful to my Branch for letting me attend the LGBT Conference 2010 and I look forward to next year’s conference which will be held in Glasgow.

 

New on Site

18/04/2017

Learning at Work Week

15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.

Distance Courses

Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.


06/04/2017

NEC Elections

Branch nominations and ballot details.

'There For You’ Newsletter

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.


01/04/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in March.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

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


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