Conference hails striking members

General secretary Christina McAnea called UNISON strikers from the last year forward to rapturous applause from the floor

The final day of UNISON’s national delegate conference saw delegates rise to celebrate all those members who had been out on strike during the last year.

General secretary Christina McAnea called the strikers forward to rapturous applause from the floor, with representatives from each of UNISON’s 12 regions.

From the South West, Rhian, Julia and Lorraine from our Sodexo and Livability disputes in the region. Christina also mentioned the strike action at Wiltshire Health and Care as well as the recent action at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Rhian, Julia and Lorraine walk into national delegate conference holding UNISON flags.

Conference also went live to a picket line where Barnet mental health social workers were taking their 66th day of action.

Paying tribute to the strikers, Christina said: “This is a fantastic demonstration of the brave and courageous members in every region and nation of this union who have taken part in disputes against their employers on pay, defending services, jobs and terms and conditions.”