Category Archives: Conferences

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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Conference News – the union defending its activists

Today Unison conference voted to support its activists.  They are the backbone of this union.  Speaker after speaker talked of the sustained attacks they have suffered at the hands of employers.  Inspiring was the fight backs and support the activists have received from both members and the union.  There is also the emotional burden stewards […]

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Conference News

Some members may wonder why Unison spends time debating International Issues.  We live in a global economy where employers have no compunction outsourcing work to other countries.  It is essential that trade unions across the world work together for good levels of pay and conditions of service for everyone.  Conference heard many inspirational stories about […]

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Conference News – Did you know?

I have just been to a lunch time fringe meeting about trade union rights.  Did you know you live in the 6th richest county in the world we have some of the most regulated strike laws in the world.  In fact this country’s laws have been condemned by the Court of Human Rights and the […]

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Conference News – a Health Service fit for the future

This morning Conference debated a Health Service for the future.  Although this ConDem government promised to protect the health service, there is going to be a shortfall of 2 billon pounds this year alone.  Waiting lists are getting longer, services are being withdrawn and massive cuts are being implemented.  You may ask where is all […]

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Conference Update

Unison Conference never disappoints.  Inspirational speakers and debates.  If you have never been, you should volunteer.  So far I have been to a rally with International speakers.  It is only by trade unions working together that we will achieve good pay and t&c.  As long as there are people in poverty companies are going to […]

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National Delegate Conference

The National Delegate conference takes place in Brighton this week.  Watch here and on our Facebook page for updates and reports.  Providing we can access it at the conference centre! Regards Paul

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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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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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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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