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: https://secure.goingtowork.org.uk/page/content/unpaid-overtime) 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 […]

New stewards receive a surprise visitor at their training

Newly trained stewards who attended a networking and training event on the 20th September at UNISON Centre were treated to a surprise visitor partway through the morning. The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, stopped in with Dave Prentis to say hello and talk about the value and importance of stewards. Mr Corbyn spoke […]

UNISON disappointed by pay offer for colleges in England

UNISON has expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges. The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do little to lift […]

Raising the State Pension Age

The government announced on 19 July that they are planning to increase the State Pension Age from 67 to 68 for people between the ages of 39 and 46. This is likely to have a direct negative impact on the Local Government Pension Scheme and all other public service schemes. Members in this age group, […]