Have you voted yet?

Published on November 17, 2020 at 10:37 am

General Secretary Election
Have you voted yet?

The UNISON general secretary election must be conducted by a postal ballot to your home address because that’s how the law says trade unions must conduct elections for general secretary positions. You will not get an online vote!

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Chair’s Blog – 11th November 2020

Published on November 11, 2020 at 9:50 am

Chair’s Blog

Don’t forget to vote

Ballots have dropped for the election of Unison’s next general secretary, the most senior official in our union.

It’s really important for all members to have their say as the general secretary helps shape and influence the direction of the union over the next few years.

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The big vote: General Secretary Election 2020

Published on November 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

What’s it all about?
The general secretary election is your chance to vote to elect the most senior person in the union. Being a member, or retired member, of UNISON entitles you to a vote if you were a member on 28 July 2020.

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Sign the petition to save union learning!

Published on October 29, 2020 at 2:02 pm

For 20 years the Union Learning Fund (ULF) has been getting working people into skills training they’d otherwise have no access to, with courses directly relevant to the workplace, tailored to workers and supported by government funding.

Workplace learning is a massive success.

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Homeworking Tax Relief

Published on October 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm

If you’re a tax payer you can now apply for tax relief for homeworking.

HMRC have launched a new online portal for employed workers who have been told to work from home by their employer.

Note: you cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.

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Stars in Our Schools 27 November 2020

Published on October 13, 2020 at 11:14 am

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Stars in our Schools, our annual celebration of school support staff, will look and feel very different this year.

All events will either be run online or in a socially distanced way. Our theme this year is: ‘Working together to get the job done – safely!’   Many old favourites will still be there.

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Lancashire Combined Authority Update

Published on October 13, 2020 at 10:56 am

Fifteen to Three? Local Government Reorganisation

You may have seen recently some news that Lancashire might be getting something called a Combined Authority and an elected Mayor. You may have also seen that this is conditional upon there being some form of Local Government re-organisation (LGR) – that is a change in the number of Councils and their boundaries.

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Blackburn with Darwen local government branch has nominated Paul Holmes

Published on October 12, 2020 at 8:11 am

We believe Paul:

  • Has the best record of leadership and fighting for members
  • Is the members’ candidate from the shop floor
  • Will take the job on his current wage
    Will massively increase funding to branches so we can support you better
  • Has a track-record of winning disputes and elections
    His leadership will be inclusive, developing talents from across or whole and involving retired members

Chair Ben Greenwood said: “We believe his policies will improve Unison and truly create a member led union”


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Chair’s Blog – September 2020

Published on September 28, 2020 at 11:55 am

I hope you are all safe and well.

It goes without saying that we continue to face really testing times. At Christmas none of us, even in our wildest dreams, expected the world to change so much.  Sadly, it looks like our entire way of life will continue to be massively affected.

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