Regional Secretary’s Blog

Joanne Kaye is UNISON South West’s regional secretary.

Blog: Heroes need more than medals and applause

Many of us were irked when the Mayday bank holiday was replaced by a VE Day holiday this year.  As a movement we’re uncomfortable about the celebration of war, even when it’s the war against fascism in Europe. The Covid-19 crisis is often likened to a war and gives too many male world leaders the […]

Blog: Men’s mental health at work – how unions can help men to open up

It’s a bit of a cliché – the strong and silent man, the stiff upper lip. But sometimes clichés are clichés because they contain a truth. The truth here is that men often don’t talk about their mental health, or indeed their feelings at all.

Blog: Go for Growth this May

At a time when union membership across the world is in decline, it’s UNISON that’s bucking the trend and standing up for more and more public service workers. As a result, we’re now the biggest union in the UK.

Blog: Today we not only mourn the dead, we also pledge to fight for the living

Today marks the day when we remember all those who died or have been seriously injured through their work. Joanne Kaye writes on International Workers’ Memorial Day. It is estimated that 50,000 die each year through their work. That equates to 140 people for every day of the year. It is relatively rare for our […]

Blog: UNISON will redouble the fight against racism

Earlier this year a Unison rep and nurse was on shift at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and discovered shocking racist graffiti, using words she hadn’t heard since the 1970s. Regional secretary Joanne Kaye writes from South West TUC’s annual conference at Croyde Bay. The nurse was so shaken and distressed by this she had to […]

Blog: Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s always a huge source of pride to me that UNISON is the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Regional secretary Joanne Kaye writes on International Women’s Day 2019. With over a million women members, we have the strongest voice on issues like the gender pay gap, sexual harassment, part time working and domestic abuse. Our […]

9 Sept rally for Bristol

Blog: The long march to end austerity

I’m marching on Saturday for the public service workers who make Bristol great. Regional secretary Joanne Kaye writes on why Bristol needs public investment, not more cuts. Ask any Bristolian and they’ll tell you: I’m proud of my city. Robin or gashead, Clifton heights or south of the river, new arrival or the latest in […]

Blog: Looking forward to your Bank Holiday?

It could be less secure than you think… If you’re one of the people lucky enough to get all four days off this Easter bank holiday, you’re probably looking forward to time with family and friends, recharging and maybe knocking a few items off the DIY to-do list. Of course, we mustn’t forget the thousands […]