No end in sight

A widely accepted definition of the term Society is – ‘A community, nation or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions and collective activities and interests.’ Alarmingly, cracks caused by the actions of national and local government are appearing in our society which, if not corrected, could lead to widespread discontent and disorder. Twelve […]

Hampshire UNISON February 2024 Newsletter

You can find the Hampshire UNISON 2024 newsletter here

Cheltenham TUC Rally – 26th January 2024

In January 1984 the government under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher announced that it would ban trade unions in GCHQ, claiming that there was an inherent conflict between the structure of trade unions and loyalty to the state.  No evidence was produced to support this invidious slur on the reputation, loyalty and integrity on trade […]

Hampshire UNISON response to HCC Care consultation

The Hampshire County Council Health & Adult Social Care Select Committee will be meeting next week to consider the proposed changes to HCC Care which were subject to public consultation at the end of 2023. Details of the proposals can be found here: info-pack-hcc-care-2023.pdf (hants.gov.uk) Aside from our consultation with management regarding the impacts on […]

Report on 2023 National Disabled Members Conference

Over the period of 28th until 30th October 2023 it was my pleasure to attend the National Disabled Member Conference, which took place at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, as the branches delegate to this conference. During the Saturday afternoon section various Caucus meetings were held. These meetings gave attendees the opportunity to discuss the appropriate […]

Support working people’s struggles in India!

The Hampshire UNISON Branch Committee recently passed the motion below: BACKGROUND INFORMATION India Labour Solidarity (ILS) is a new initiative to promote solidarity between workers and their trade union and labour movements in the UK and India. The Tory government is pushing to deepen trade, industrial and business relations between the two countries. At the same time India is slashing back basic labour rights through a new […]

Report from the 2023 National Delegate Conference

Tuesday 13th June 2023 The Conference began with Andrea Egan, President, welcoming delegates. The incident in Nottingham was remembered and regret was expressed. Palestinian Rights reps, Columbian Human Rights and EPSU wee welcomed. Standing orders report was discussed and passed. SO2 The Right to Strike was passed. NEC 2022 report was passed. Financial statement was […]

The triple lock should not be a plaything of politicians

Many pensioners are struggling with the cost-of-living increases, aggravated further by seemingly endless cuts to public services.  Working members of Unison can negotiate pay increases; pensioners, however, have to rely on the government honouring the triple lock protection. The triple lock was introduced by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010.  It was designed to ensure […]

Report on the Retired Members Conference – 3rd-4th October 2023

Early in October, Joe Hannigan attended the National Retired Members Conference in Edinburgh as our branch delegate. We had one motion on the agenda and a number of amendments to other branches‘ motions. Unfortunately, the conference dates clashed with industrial action on the railways. Undeterred, Joe made the return journey by coach, involving a total […]

UNISON 2023 Local Government Pay Ballot Result

UNISON’s national strike ballot for local government workers has closed. At Hampshire County Council 70.91% voted for strike action on a 25.49% turnout, this is broadly in line with the national average (75% voted for strike action on a turnout of 31.4%). As the ballot was disaggregated, strike action can be taken at those employers […]