Torbay refuse worker salary cuts ‘unnecessary’, says UNISON

Plans to cut the pay of Torbay refuse collectors because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis are ‘cynical and unnecessary’, says UNISON. The workers employed by TOR2 – a partnership between Torbay Council and Kier Group – were told today (Friday) they’d face mandatory pay cuts and possible job losses due to the impact of Covid-19. UNISON, which represents the workers recently described by the Government as ‘essential’, is baffled by the TOR2 move. Unlike other businesses […]

Show support for ‘amazing’ NHS staff risking their lives on front line, says UNISON

Everyone across the country is being urged to join a mass round of applause later today (Thursday) for NHS and care staff in a campaign backed by UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Clap for Our Carers initiative is a chance to thank all employees who are working around the clock to treat people affected by […]

And our Get Active Equality award goes to…

Izzy Pochin from Dorset UNISON Branch picked up this year’s Equality award at Get Active in Taunton. Izzy has used her personal experience of discrimination to drive passion for equality and social justice and her commitment and dedication is a beacon to others and she has set a high standard in a very short space […]

Super six scoop organising representatives of the year award

Six women at the heart of the campaign to prevent large scale changes to administration services at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have been recognised at UNISON South West’s Get Active awards ceremony. The dispute was over the Trust’s attempt to restructure admin services and down-band staff, which lasted from November 2018 […]

Lunchtime learning lands regional award for workplace rep

Lunchtime training organised by Teresa Critchon and Kate Robbins has been so successful that on occasion it’s been standing room only and even saw the Deputy Mayor of Bristol popping in. Their emphasis has been on equality, workers rights and engaging underrepresented groups in the branch with topics including the menopause, equality and rights at […]

Final batches of cheques now being issued to Discovery members

We are pleased to advise that we are now in the process of sending out the final cheques to those UNISON members eligible for a share of UNISON’s Employment Tribunal settlement. As you will be aware UNISON secured this financial settlement after we settled an Employment Tribunal case against Somerset County Council. We secured this […]

Flying start to the year as Concorde Health Branch wins regional award

With equality at the heart of what they do and an annual 25 days of Christmas organising tradition it was almost inevitable that Concorde Health would secure Branch of the Year. Upon presenting the award at the Get Active awards ceremony in Taunton UNISON regional secretary Joanne Kaye said:  “Concorde Health have made equality issues a […]

Croyde Bay break raffled for UNISON’s There For You charity

A two night break at Croyde Bay has raised £182 for UNISON’s There For You charity following a raffle at UNISON’s Get Active event in Taunton. The prize, kindly donated by UNISON’s seaside resort in North Devon, entitles the winner to a two night stay for up to four people in one of their hotel’s […]

Adult social care services back under council control in Bath

Community resource centres and extra care facilities will be back under full council control with effect from 1st September 2020.

Next batch of cheques issued to Discovery members

We are pleased to advise that we have sent the next batch of cheques to those UNISON members eligible for a share of UNISON’s Employment Tribunal settlement. As you will be aware UNISON secured this financial settlement after we settled an Employment Tribunal case against Somerset County Council. We secured this for the union as […]

Discovery Employment Tribunal Settlement Update

We are pleased to advise that we have sent the next batch of cheques to those UNISON members eligible for a share of UNISON’s Employment Tribunal settlement. As you will be aware UNISON secured this financial settlement after we settled an Employment Tribunal case against Somerset County Council. We secured this for the union as […]

Get help with winter fuel bills

Members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls. But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set […]

Contacting UNISON over the festive period

UNISONDirect hours over Christmas and the new year

Discovery Employment Tribunal Settlement Update

We are pleased to advise that we have this week started sending out cheques to those UNISON members eligible for a share of UNISON’s Employment Tribunal settlement. As you will be aware UNISON secured this financial settlement after we settled an Employment Tribunal case against Somerset County Council. We secured this for the union as […]

Unsung heroes of South West schools celebrated by UNISON

School support staff across the South West have been recognised today (Friday) as part of UNISON’s UK-wide celebration of the invaluable contribution they make to children’s education. UNISON organised the annual ‘Stars in Our Schools’ celebration event to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day and to make sure the world knows just how […]