Autumn 2018 Newsletter

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Support and best wishes to members at Staffordshire University – Open letter from Unison Retired Members

Like me, you may have recently received an email from Amelia Rout, who is Secretary of the Unison branch at Staffordshire University. The management at this university have proposed that the lowest graded members of staff (mainly women) are transferred out of the current Local Government Pension Scheme into a wholly owned subsidiary company.  The […]

Hands off our bus passes! Open letter from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section Deputy Chair

21st August 2018 Once again Mr. Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, using a strangely loaded questionnaire, is scheming to get government support to introduce charging for pensioners’ bus passes and each individual journey travelled. Last year he made his first effort to convince government that the law be altered to allow his parsimonious […]

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 […]

Stand up to racism!

In March, members of Hampshire UNISON were among the thousands who braved the snow and bitter cold to take part in the annual March Against Racism in London, held each year to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Demonstrations were held in 55 different countries, testament to the opposition […]

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: 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 […]