Join the campaign to save Orchard Close Care Home!

HCC is currently holding a consultation on the proposed closure of Orchard Close Respite Care Home on Hayling Island. Many service users and their families have been devastated by the proposal and are fighting hard to change the minds of HCC bosses who claim that closing the much loved respite care home could save them […]

A futurist’s advice to the Trade Union movement on the challenges ahead

It’s impossible to explore the future of industrial relations without first looking at how the world of work is evolving. Traditional models of full-time employment are being eroded by the growth of self-employment. Included in this is the rise of freelancing. Of the 4.8m self-employed people in the UK, 4.4m are ‘solo self-employed’ (employ no […]

Retired members section at Tolpuddle 2018

Magnificent banners held proudly high, represented groups from all over our nation:  unions, political groups, campaigners, pensioner organisations and more, almost too much to absorb. We laughed and cheered as they continued to progress the High Street, bands providing a taste of New Orleans, Asia and northern brass. Later Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd with […]

Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Step up for public services – Trades Union Congress demonstration on 12th May

Thousands of trade union members, including two from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Group, marched through central London in the rain to protest against eight years of austerity caused by the primary school economics and greed of Wall Street and our own financial centre in London. Primarily the call of this mass demonstration was for the […]

Work Your Proper Hours Day

Support staff at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh marked Work Your Proper Hours Day on February 23rd by taking part in a ‘lunch & learn’ event organised by UNISON. In the days running up to the event staff were encouraged to use the TUC’s online calculator (try it yourself here: https://secure.goingtowork.org.uk/page/content/unpaid-overtime) to estimate […]

Retired Members News Update

We had a pleasant time at the end of August having coffee, then looking around Southampton Art Gallery, where there was a special exhibition of costumes used in Kathakali, traditional Indian storytelling in mime, with video showing the highly trained actors in action and how they put on the make-up.  We were also interested in […]

It is time for real pay rises for all public service workers, says UNISON

Opening the debate on public sector pay today (Monday) at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For millions of public service workers struggling to survive, there is no more pressing issue than lifting the pay cap. “They’ve suffered years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen […]

New stewards receive a surprise visitor at their training

Newly trained stewards who attended a networking and training event on the 20th September at UNISON Centre were treated to a surprise visitor partway through the morning. The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, stopped in with Dave Prentis to say hello and talk about the value and importance of stewards. Mr Corbyn spoke […]

UNISON disappointed by pay offer for colleges in England

UNISON has expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges. The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do little to lift […]