Update on state pension from Retired Members Section

It is anticipated that the state pension will rise by 4% from next April, 2020.  This was the figure provided by the Office for National Statistics of the average wage growth up to July this year and should therefore be reproduced in the pension increase due to the Triple Lock protection (yet another issue your […]

UNISON National Retired Members Conference – Southport, October 2019

Diana Barnes and Chris O’Neill were Hampshire’s delegates to this year’s conference, representing Hampshire’s 1,010 retired members. Southport is located on the north-west coast of England, not far from Liverpool. It is a lively holiday resort with many shops and restaurants and noticeably friendly residents. A more detailed report of the conference will be produced. […]

Summer Newsletter 2019

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Tolpuddle 2019

Exciting, amusing, stimulating, entertaining, intellectually challenging, all this is one day at the Tolpuddle Festival.  Our thanks to Patrick Young, Area Organiser South East/West team, who arranged the coach to the Festival for Unison members and friends, picking up at Winchester and Southampton. During the morning we visited the exhibition area manned by people representing […]

Leanne Jones, Labour Link Officer – Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Labour Link Forum

Dear Members The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival takes place this year 19-21 July.  It is a weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village. There is no entrance charge on the Sunday apart from £10 parking fee and bucket collection. The procession takes place from 2 pm, the […]

Hampshire Retired Members statement on Government plans scrap free TV licenses for the over-75

Can you smell it? The stink of hypocrisy when Theresa May expresses her disappointment at the BBC announcement not to provide funding for free TV licences to the majority of pensioners over the age of 75. It was her government that transferred this unwanted burden on to the BBC. The resultant inquiry was passed into […]

Standing up for pensioners rights – Petition concerning TV licences for the over-75

You will probably be aware that the BBC has announced that it will not be providing funding for free TV licences for the majority of pensioners over the age of seventy-five. Your Committee believe this is shameful, and if you agree, we encourage you to sign the petition available here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/234627 Currently over 75,000 people have […]

Retired Members’ social in Romsey

Making use of their Bus Passes some of the Retired Members Section recently gathered for lunch at King John’s House and Heritage Centre in Romsey.  It was a sunny mid-May day so we were able to eat outside in the beautiful garden.

Report from Hampshire Unison’s Labour Link Officer

Dear Members, As your UNISON Hampshire Labour link Officer I attended the Regional Labour Link Forum on the 8th March.  Two motions were passed, Cuts in Local Government and Modern Slavery, these will now go forward to the National Labour link Forum for further discussion. If you would like the full wording of the motions please let me know. At the same meeting I […]

Thank you to outgoing Retired Member’s Chair, Diana Barnes – 8th May 2019

At the recent AGM of the Section, Diana Barnes informed us that after five years as Chair she wished to relinquish the post. Fortunately she will remain a member of the committee and be the organizer of social events. Held by us all in high regard with her good humour and wisdom, she has been […]