Bingo group delighted with UNISON donation

Published on February 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

UNISON Blackburn with Darwen has donated £100 to a social group based at a sheltered accommodation.

Branch Treasurer Ben Greenwood and Councillor Maureen Bateson visited Brackendale Sheltered Accommodation in Ewood to hand over the money.

Brackendale residents, who include former UNISON members, hold a weekly bingo group but their machine is not working as well as it should.

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Are you receiving emails from the Branch?

Published on February 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Don’t miss out, find out what’s happening in your Branch.

The Branch sends out regular updates/information via email, this will be the email address you filled in on the application form, many members will not have originally given this information so please get in touch with the office and update your details.

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Debt – Can UNISON help you?

Published on February 10, 2016 at 10:59 am

For an increasing number of UNISON members managing household finances isn’t just getting harder because the cost of living is increasing, they’re also struggling to deal with debt.

If you are facing problems UNISON may be able to help you.  Many people who find themselves in financial difficulty are scared and either pretend it isn’t happening or find themselves too embarrassed to speak to anyone about it – yet as the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved!

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Watch out for UNISON’s Big Prize Draw

Published on February 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

UNISON will be launching a big prize draw in the coming weeks, with £30k worth of prizes.

The draw is to encourage members to update their personal contact information for our records. This is a key priority for the union – given the current threats in the Trade Union Bill and the increasing need to be able to contact our members quickly and easily.

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Public Meeting – Stop TTIP!

Published on February 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

A public meeting will be held 25th February 2016 at 6pm at UNISON North West, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN.

The EU-US trade deal is a charter of rights for big business. It threatens our public services, environmental protections and food safety standards.

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#heartunions – Your support is needed!

Published on February 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

This week (8-14 Feb) is #heartunions week, celebrating the work trade unions and their network of volunteer reps do to help working people every day.

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 In workplaces all over Britain, union activists are making sure we are safe, protecting our jobs, bargaining for fair pay, organising workplaces and helping us get on at work through learning and training.

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Have you say on Local Government Pay Survey

Published on February 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

The survey was sent out last week to all members on National Green Book Terms & Conditions via survey monkey, this is a consultative ballot only.

Watch out for this in your inbox, if you haven’t received this via your personal or work email please contact the Branch asap.

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‘School Support Staff Seminar 2016 taking place in Manchester’

Published on January 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

The School Support Staff Seminar will be taking place on 27th April 2016 from 10am – 4pm at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester.

The seminar  provides an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues affecting school support staff. There will be updates on national negotiations,  policy developments, speakers and workshops on a wide and varied range of relevant and professional matters.

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