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 […]

Report from the South East LGBT+ AGM

On Saturday 11th December I attended the Regional Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Plus Self Organised Group Annual General Meeting as a delegate on behalf of the branch. The co-convener opened the meeting and welcomed everyone and asked if attendees would introduce themselves to the other delegates present. The 1st item on the agenda was to […]

Local government pay ballot: Briefing for UNISON members

Fixed-term workers’ pension U-turn welcomed

UNISON has welcomed the announcement by the University of Winchester that workers on fixed-term contracts will no longer be excluded from the Local Government Pension Scheme. The decision by the University came following a lobbying campaign led by UNISON Hampshire branch, who had argued against the University’s unfair practice of only allowing employees on permanent contracts into the […]

Winter Deaths Protest – London 26th November 2021

The above protest took place at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, later moving to Downing Street, where a letter was handed in for the Prime Minister. The event was organised by the London Region of the National Pensioners Convention together with Fuel Poverty Action to protest at the growing number of deaths amongst pensioners which are […]