Information for members from Refuge – Domestic abuse charity

Women living with abusive partners will be fearing for their safety as new lockdowns come into force across the UK. Their abuser may be monitoring their phone and internet access, isolating them from friends and family, and making it difficult to reach out for support. We want to make sure women facing domestic abuse know […]

Hampshire UNISON (LG) nominates Paul Holmes ahead of upcoming election – Ballot opens 28th October

Hampshire UNISON has nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary ahead of the upcoming election because: • Paul will significantly increase funding to branches, meaning we can organise effectively, fight for every job, and always be there for our members • Paul has a track-record of fighting for members and winning disputes • Paul will take […]

Hampshire UNISON in BCC News – “Hampshire council’s library closures plan ‘far too hasty’, Unison says”

Original article here A council is being “far too hasty” in its plans to close eight libraries and reduce the opening hours of those remaining, a union has said. Hampshire County Council wants to save £1.76m from the library service, putting 50 jobs at risk. Unison union said it had been “inundated” with complaints from […]

Retied Members Section – Good News on the State Pension?

The article here concerning State Pensions appeared in the Times on the 24th September.  If correct it is good news for us retired members.  As you may know elements of the ‘Media’, some of our ‘Parliamentary Representatives’ and a selection of ‘Think Tanks’ have for some time been agitating for reductions in Pensioners rights. I […]

Withdrawal of free TV licenses from pensioners aged 75+

Your Retired Members Management Committee has been active in opposing the BBC decision to withdraw free TV licences from the majority of pensioners aged 75 plus. We have engaged with the media, written to elected representatives, and taken part in street demonstrations. I think our attitude is best displayed in our letter published in the […]

Report from the TUC meeting on the state pension

In recent years the Conservatives seemed to consider the state pension is a plaything whose protections can be altered at their whim.  In truth, it is a right enshrined in law, payment of which is triggered in most cases by an individual’s National Insurance contributions over many years. On Thursday 23 July 2020, Joe Hannigan […]

Open letter from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section to Baroness Harding on ‘Test & Trace’

Dear Lady Harding COVID – 19: TEST AND TRACE You will have recently received a communication from Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, referring to this subject. Our Unison Section in Hampshire is affiliated to the NPC and we share the views and concerns expressed in the message that they sent to […]

Hampshire Retired Members Section on the crisis in UK care homes

Probably before ‘the force of nature’ that is the Corona virus arrived on our shores, most of us had limited knowledge of its capabilities, except that it represented a particular danger to the elderly and more so those with existing debilitating health issues. Care homes housing so many elderly residents, often with serious health issues, […]

Chris O’Neill on UNISON participation in the Labour leadership contest

In January this year you may have seen announcements in the media or on internal circulations that Unison had voted to support Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner in the contest for the election of the Leader and Deputy of the Labour Party. Clearly, not all Unison members are Labour Party supporters. I was curious to […]

Press release from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section: The barbarians are at the library doors

After ten years the onslaught to diminish our public services in Hampshire continues. Currently we are invited to take part in a consultation on the County’s library services, ultimately the aim of which appears to gain support for the closure of libraries, which will lead to inevitable redundancies. For many pensioners libraries represent a point […]