Southend UNISON members join the Basildon Pride March – A Response To Hate on Saturday 15th September

Photograph of Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.
Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.

Southend UNISON members joined over 200 people for the Basildon Pride March at the weekend. The march was called at short notice in response to an anti-homosexual group which has been ‘preaching hate’ outside Basildon’s LGBT club, Colors, as well as distributing homophobic leaflets in the area.

For more info. about the event read Charles Thomson’s article: Basildon Pride parade, sparked by recent ‘homophobic’ incidents, set to become annual event

Basildon Pride March in pictures.

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE After Party in Colors!

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REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE celebrations in Colors on Saturday 15th September after the march!


Due to the venue having a limited capacity entry will be by TICKET ONLY. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information visit the BASILDON mini-PRIDE Facebook page and to make a donation please visit the event’s Crowdfunding page.

UPDATE: BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

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Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

We will then be proudly marching to Colors Nightclub for food and entertainment.

Southend UNISON will be meeting at Southend Central train station at 10.45am, to catch the 11.03am train to Basildon.

For further information contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) at the branch office: 01702 215 980

Join the BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Saturday 15th September

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Homes across Basildon and surrounding areas have recently been targeted with homophobic leaflets. Xpand Christianity produces these ‘offensive’ leaflets which are being distributed by an anti-homosexual group who are regularly ‘preaching hate’ outside Colors, a gay nightclub in Basildon.

Basildon mini-Pride March has been organised in response, and Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group will be attending, alongside Southend Pride, Transpire and many other community groups.

All UNISON members and allies are urged to come along and support this event and show that there is no place for hate in our society.

More details to follow soon…

Related Articles:

Basildon councillor files second ‘anti-gay hate crime’ police report in two weeks, as preachers set up stall outside Colors nightclub

Essex Police probes ‘offensive’ leaflet drop in Basildon, as Christian group which produced it claims, ‘Sodomites and lesbians are coming for us.’

Call for Southend UNISON members to attend national conferences – accommodation, travel and subsistence costs will be covered!


Dear Member,

UNISON holds national conferences each year for our members who identify with a particular self-organised group (SOG). This is one way of organising around equality that helps bring together certain underrepresented groups. These groups are Black members; Disabled members; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members; and Women members who experience particular types of prejudice and discrimination, issues and concerns. Each SOG has their own annual conference – please see conference dates and venues below.

Southend UNISON is looking to send members as delegates (or visitors) to these conferences and will cover accommodation, travel and subsistence costs.

UNISON recognises that society is not a level playing field and one of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of UNISON – these conferences enable branches to submit motions in advance and bring together members from across the country to collectively organise and debate important issues that affect them.

With continued unprecedented funding attacks on the public sector affecting underrepresented groups more than others, as well as a rise in anti-immigration, Islamophobia and racism – organising around equality and challenging discrimination has never been more important.

It is up to us all to fight against these attacks, however these self-organised conferences are an opportunity for delegates to discuss the issues directly facing them by debating motions and their action points that support the right to equality for all. Each conference will decide on motions to be sent to the National Delegate Conference.

Southend UNISON supports delegates to attend to act as a voice for this branch where appropriate, but also to keep this branch informed of the debates and issues raised so that we can collectively look at what we can do more of to improve equality within our workplaces.

If you identify with any of the self-organised groups above and are passionate about furthering the equalities agenda across this UNISON branch workplaces, and would like to be more engaged with the branch around equalities issues or indeed more generally please contact us and let us know which conference you might be interested in attending.

We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Conference Dates and Venues

Disabled Members’ Conference 2018
Dates: 27 – 29 October 2018
Venues: The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GR
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

LGBT+ Conference 2018
Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
Venues: Harrogate International Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

Black Members’ Conference 2019
Dates: 18 – 20 January 2019
Venues: Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 1BB
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

Women’s Conference 2019
Dates: 14 – 16 February 2019
Venues: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

STOP THE SOUTHEND HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES – Please download the petition here and get your workmates, friends and family to sign.

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Please supports the PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) STOP THE SOUTHEND HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES campaign.

The government plans to close the Southend HMRC office in 2022 and Southend Benefit Service Centre by 2020. This will remove around 1,500 jobs from our community.

If these plans aren’t stopped the closures will:

  • Deny the local community access to important public services.
  • Significantly reduce the spending power of DWP and HMRC staff who live and shop in the area. PCS has estimated that £34 million per year will disappear from the local economy.
  • Lose essential, specialist VAT and customs knowledge in the run up to Brexit and beyond. Arguably at a time when this knowledge is most needed.
  • Axe around 1,500 good quality jobs from our community at a time when Southend’s unemployment rate is already higher than the national average.


  • DOWNLOAD THE PETITION calling on Southend MPs to intervene to keep the offices open and get your workmates, friends and family to sign.
  • DROP OFF COMPLETED PETITIONS to Southend Jobcentre Plus in an envelope marked for the attention of Rachel Heemskerk (Branch Secretary, PCS DWP Essex), alternatively drop off at the UNISON Southend-on-Sea Branch Office.
  • Share this post and the STOP THE HMRC AND DWP CLOSURES campaign flyer on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Keep up-to-date with the PCS national campaign against office closures at:

JOB VACANCY: Branch Education Organiser – UNISON Southend Local Government Branch

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UNISON Southend Local Government Branch is seeking to recruit a Branch Education Organiser who will be working with our members in schools and education throughout the Southend area.

This role will be focusing on our members, building recruitment and playing a key role in developing local organising initiatives and campaigns.

Office Location: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6ER
Salary: £10 an hour
Contract Type: 1 year, Fixed-Term
Hours: Part-time 18 hours per week

If you are interested, please email: for an application pack.

Completed application forms must be returned by close of business on Wednesday 17 September 2018.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 24 September 2018.

Please note that this is a branch employed post, not a UNISON employed post.

Please complete the UNISON Equality Survey 2018 – and enter a fantastic prize draw with a chance to win a holiday in North Devon

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Click here to take survey

Equality is one of UNISON’s central values and each year we carry out an Equality Survey to find out more about the issues affecting our members to help inform our campaigning work.

Last year 11,500 members took part and helped inform briefings for the union’s service groups and self-organised groups on key issues for their bargaining and organising agendas – it will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Completing the survey entitles you to enter a fantastic prize draw with a chance to win three nights for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort in North Devon.

Click here to take survey

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with Birmingham Homecare Workers

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In Birmingham, homecare workers are striking because they’ve been pushed to breaking point. Government cuts to local authority budgets have led to Birmingham City Council slashing the home care/enablement budget by 40%.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea extends solidarity with the Birmingham Homecare Workers who are fighting back against savage cuts to their contracted hours and wages, and the subsequent knock-on negative impact to essential services that support individuals back to health and independence.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea has sent £250 toward the strike hardship fund and is organising a workplace collection to raise further funds and awareness. Additionally, Southend Trades Union Council is sharing the request for support with all local trade union branches.

To find out more visit the UNISON Birmingham website and Facebook page and to contribute to the hardship fund please make cheques payable to ‘UNISON Birmingham Branch Hardship Fund’ and post to: 19th Floor, The Mclaren Building, 35 Dale End, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7LN

Southend Pride’s Amazing Parade & Festival 2018 | #SouthendPride

Photograph of UNISON stall at Southend Pride Festival at Warrior Square Gardens.

On Saturday 21 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of people on the Southend Pride Parade – the culmination of a range of fantastic events throughout the week to celebrate the LGBT+ community.

The parade gathered at Royal Plaza and was opened by Southend Pride organiser, Dan Turpin, UNISON Southend-on-Sea Secretary, Claire Wormald, and the Mayor of Southend, Councillor Derek Jarvis.

After these speeches and a workout with Active Life everyone proudly marched up the High Street to the Festival in Warrior Square Gardens, and then on to an After Party at The Cliff Pub.

Southend Pride in pictures: