Chair’s Blog – September 2020

Published September 28, 2020 at 11:55

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.

It is a horrid virus and Unison members in Blackburn with Darwen have been on the frontline in the battle against it.

Together we are individually and collectively raising and campaigning on issues in our workplaces and our communities.

I am proud of what are members, our reps and our branch officers have done in these extremely challenging times.

That is why it is important we all support the national campaign – no return to normal. Here’s the General Secretary’s blog on the campaign.

I was delighted this month that we held our first branch committee since the first lockdown was brought in in March. We used Microsoft Teams and it was great to catch up with branch stewards and officers, hear about workplace issues and also discuss important branch business.

One of the key items was who the branch was going to nominate for the next general secretary.

After considering all the candidates’ statements, the branch unanimously nominated Paul Holmes. To find out more please visit: General Secretary election 2020 

Please read the statements carefully and watch out for any future hustings before casting your vote. Most importantly of all though, please do vote. It’s important you have your say on who the next General Secretary is.

You will be aware that the unions have accepted the pay proposal from local government association. This acceptance was based on the recent balloting of members. The pay rise will be included in September’s pay. The pay will also include back payment as the award was from April 2020.

As always, if you want to ask me anything or get in touch, please contact me on

Ben Greenwood, Branch Chair


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