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Black Members’ Conference – February 2015

  Aleya and Janice attended the Unison National Black Members’ Conference in Brighton, which was held on 6-8 February.  Their report is below. We attended the ‘Black members’ – defending public services’ conference in February, which was a three day event. This conference takes place annually, and it was the first time AQA had sent representatives. […]

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Election updates

Congratulations to our very own Mary Whitby, who was elected Labour Councillor for Besses ward in Bury at the local elections recently. Also, congratulations to our Local Organiser, Beth Knowles, who was elected Labour Councillor for Manchester Central, and to Theresa Griffin, our former Regional Organiser, who was elected as Labour MEP in the European […]

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Annual General Meeting – 19 March 2014

The AGM was held on 19 March 2014.  Speakers from UNISON Welfare and Manchester Credit Union attended and gave some very useful information about the services that they offer. The new Branch Committee were elected, details can be found on the ‘About Us‘ page.  The Minutes from the meeting will be available on the AGM […]

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Regional Council – 18 January 2014

  The Regional Council meeting was held in New Brighton on 18 January. The guest speaker at this meeting was Angela Eagle, Labour MP for Wallasey. Agenda items included a presentation to Diane Kelly, who was retiring as Regional Convenor. Three motions were put to the Council: Octopus Lottery – submitted by North West Regional […]

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Higher Education Conference 2014

The preliminary agenda for the 2014 HE Conference has been published. A total of 27 motions are to be debated, and these include: – Opposing Austerity in Education – Privatisation and Shared Services in Higher Education – Impact of restructuring and outsourcing on young workers – Disability Leave and Attendance Policies –  A Time to Change […]

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Benefit of working in a unionised workplace

The lastest Labour Research Department’s newsletter included an article about a Workplace Employment Relations Survey.  The article is reproduced below. Benefit of working in a unionised workplace Employees in workplaces which recognised unions were “significantly less likely” to have been adversely affected by the recession, an authoritative new survey said. The Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) […]

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Regional Council – 19 October 2013

Jane and Grant attended the Regional Council meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on 19 October. The Guest Speaker was Maureen Le Marinel, UNISON’s National President. The regional work programme was tabled, and included the following: Meeting the Organising Challenge Bargaining and Job Security Campaigning for Public Services Internal UNISON Systems Under ‘Bargaining and […]

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2013 Higher Education Seminar – report

Ian and I attended this year’s Higher Education seminar in Harrogate, from 24-26 October. The seminar theme was ‘Trade Unions Rising to the Challenge in an Age of Austerity’. The event opened on Thursday evening.  Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary for Organising, spoke about the challenges and opportunities that the government’s austerity agenda presents […]

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What have unions ever done for us?.

We were shown this video at the HE Seminar today.  With apologies to anyone who may be offended by some of the language in it. What have unions done for us?

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HE Branch Seminar

The Branch Seminar for the Higher Education Service Group is being held in Harrogate from the evening of Thursday 24 October to Saturday 25 October. Items being discussed include: Meeting the organising challenge in an age of austerity Trade union reps on the front line tackling attacks on activists The two sides of Privatisation and […]

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