Discrimination against pensioners

The Retired Members’ Committee was troubled by yet another one of Hampshire County Council’s notorious ‘consultations’. This one concerned proposed cost cutting measures to bus passes and concessionary travel. The attached article was circulated by us to all the principal daily and weekly newspapers in our county, expressing our reservations about the consultation. The response was […]

Report from Tolpuddle 2022

There has been an annual gathering to mark the story of the 6 Tolpuddle Martyrs, who started the first Trade Union, since 1930s. It began as a Sunday afternoon event with wreaths laid on the grave of James Hammett, followed by a procession of banners and speeches. Today, the annual event sees thousands of trade […]

Ukrainian language leaflet on UK employment rights

The branch has produced a leaflet for Ukrainian workers to help spread awareness of UK employment rights and fight labour exploitation: Ukrainian Leaflet – A4 4pp – July 2022 We’ll be working with local community organisations to distribute hard copies of the leaflet. The branch also has copies it can send out on request so […]

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Hampshire UNISON Summer 2022 Newsletter

Report from Diana Barnes on the NPC Pensioner Poverty Webinar

NPC Webinar: The perfect storm behind pensioner poverty 1st February (Dignity Day) 2022 Intro from General Secretary, Jan Shortt. More than 2 million pensioners live in poverty now. 1/3 have to choose between eating and heating. 1.1 million more live in hardship: these are mostly 85+, and women are hit worse. Incomes are not keeping […]

Report from National Community Conference 2022

Over the period of the 18th March until 20th March the Community Service Group held it National Conference and Seminar in Glasgow. It was nice to be able to meet colleagues in person again, after two year. It was a privilege to be selected to represent the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender plus National Committee, […]

Question for the General Secretary from Hampshire Retired Members

The recent AGM of Hampshire Unison held at Winchester University was overshadowed by the last minute withdrawal of our special guest Christina McAnea our recently elected General Secretary. We had hoped to ask her a number of questions on behalf of our Retired Members Section.  Denied the opportunity to do this, we have sent the […]

Branch Secretary’s report to 2022 AGM

2021 was another incredibly difficult year for workers, particularly for those who, like our members, work in underfunded and overstretched public services. As members in every workplace faced the risks and challenges posed by the ongoing COVID pandemic, austerity has continued unabated. For a decade workers have paid for the costs of the 2008 financial […]

Retired Members Report to the 2022 AGM

Being optimistic by nature, it comes hard to report on some of the matters concerning pensioners’ experiences over the past year. We were contemptuous of the government when they transferred responsibility for financing free TV licences for those 75 + years to the BBC.  The inevitable result of the BBC enquiry led by ‘a creature […]

Tribute to Pat Turner – Hampshire UNISON member and lifelong activist

In late January, a few days before Pat’s eighty-seventh birthday, Diana Barnes and Joe Hannigan representing Hampshire Unison Retired Members’ Section, attended a meeting in Southampton of the Wessex Branch of the National Pensioners Convention, (to which we are affiliated) chaired by Pat. Their purpose was to make a presentation acknowledging a lifetime of contribution […]