State pension increase 2023/24

The government altered the Triple Lock protection on the State Pension increase 2022/23 to our detriment. I am tempted to believe that without the substantial activity of groups such as ours, representing pensioners‘ interests, the same might have happened this year. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure in September 2022 was 10.1%. As a result, […]

2022 National LGBT+ Conference report

I attended the National LGBT+ Conference in Edinburgh from 18th-20th November, on behalf of the Regional Self Organised Group. The first session I attended was the caucus meeting for Disabled LGBT+ members, which began with a report on the work the group’s representatives on the National Committee. During the meeting we also discussed the motion […]

UNISON Higher Education Seminar – University members up for the fight

Hampshire UNISON’s Rory Elliott gave a presentation to this year’s UNISON Higher Education seminar as the national dispute over pay gathered momentum. The presentation focused on how branches can boost participation in strike ballots and on the lessons learnt from the campaign so far. The strike ballot at the University of Winchester where Rory represents […]

National Disabled Members Conference 2022

National Disabled Members Conference 2022  Over the period of 29th until 31st October I attended the National Disabled Members Conference in Brighton, on behalf of the Branch.  The first section I attended was a workshop looking at the Disability Employment Charter. This was presented by Unisons Assistant General Secretary for Equality and Angela Hamilton the […]

Attack on the state pension

To some members of the government and elements of the media, the state pension seems to be endlessly controversial. Already proportionately one of the lowest state pensions paid in the world, the government decided not to honour the triple lock protection this year, with rumours circulating that it might not be honoured next year or […]

2022 National Unison Retired Members’ Conference Report

This year’s Conference was held in Telford, near Ironbridge, on 17th-18th October, so Joe Hannigan and Diana Barnes travelled there the previous day. On the first day, there were various meetings for Black members, Women, LGBTQ+, and Disabled members, and talks, including gatherings for people from the Regions. Diana attended the Women’s meeting, where we […]

Report from National Community & Voluntary Sector Committee

On Monday 24th October 22 I attended the first hybrid meeting of the National Community & Voluntary Sector Committee at Unison Centre. The meeting was opened by Haifa Rashed Assistant National Officer Community & Voluntary Sector, she welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the National CVS Committee and proceeded to ask everyone to introduce […]

Members on strike at University of Winchester

UNISON members at the University of Winchester have been on strike on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September. With the highest turnout for HE UNISON members in England at 75%, UNISON members at the university voted overwhelmingly to strike. Nationally, the employers have walked away from the negotiating table and strike action is our only […]

Inflation and local government pensions – Information for Hampshire Pension Fund members

The formula for the April increase in next year’s (2023) public service pensions is reviewed this month by HM Treasury. It is based on the rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in September this year (2022). Subsequently the increase is approved by Parliament. It is likely that the rate of CPI will be in […]

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 […]