“SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE”

Photograph of Baby Trump Blimp and placard reading: DUCK OFF DONALD

On Friday 13 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in Southend-on-Sea, London and towns and cities across the country to stand up against Donald Trump’s visit and values – a dangerous man that represents bigotry, hatred, misogyny and racism – and threatens both our environment and international peace.

What we saw was a day of celebration, noise and action. A day of joy, love, solidarity and resistance as we stood together in celebration of the diverse communities which make up our great country.

TOGETHER WE SAID IT LOUD, SAID IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP videos.

Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) talks about the importance of standing up against Donald Trump’s visit and values.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.

Protester Tony Groves talks about his own Baby Trump at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.


SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march, BRING THE NOISE Women’s March and TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration in pictures.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June in London.

We stopped outside Downing Street demanding Theresa May’s resignation en route to a rally where we were greeted by the National Health Singers choir singing “the NHS needs saving, don’t let them break it”.

Photograph of Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

Doctors, nurses, union leaders, actors and politicians including Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 40,000 people – demanding an end to government cuts and further privatisation of the health service, for staff to no longer be subcontracted to private companies and for social care to be properly funded.

Photograph of Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing 'Our NHS is 70' rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)
Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing ‘Our NHS is 70’ rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)

Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in pictures.

Happy Birthday Southend NHS!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Happy Birthday Southend NHS!’ event on Thursday 5th July, 2018.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Happy Birthday Southend NHS!’ event on Thursday 5th July, 2018.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members, Save Southend NHS campaigners and Southend NHS staff gathered on the green opposite Southend A&E to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

This joyous lunchtime event included singing and dancing to a backdrop of supportive honks and cheers from passing vehicles – culminating in the presentation of three magnificent cakes to the extraordinary Southend NHS staff – those everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives and to campaign against privatisation and financial cuts that will adversely affect the health and well-being of our local community.

For more information and to get involved visit the Save Southend NHS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthendNHS/

Join us today to wish Happy Birthday to Southend NHS!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in London on Saturday 30th June, 2018.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in London on Saturday 30th June, 2018.

Join us today (12:00–2:20, 5 July) in celebrating the 70th year of our beloved NHS.

We will be on the green opposite Southend A&E with our celebration cake (plus many other cakes) which we will present to the staff as a huge thank you for all that they are, and all that they do 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep us well.

We will be singing, dancing, and celebrating for 140 minutes, 2 minutes for every year that we have had the privilege of our wonderful NHS.

We will continue our fight to preserve it for everyone, our children, and our children’s children.

For more details visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/404654133370400/


Also, watch Hollywood star Michael Sheen in conversation with Aneira Thomas the first person born in the NHS and nurse for 28 years.

To learn more about Aneira Thomas and Aneurin Bevan, the architect of the our fantastic NHS who she was named after, read this article.

Please complete the survey of members about cuts to local council budgets and their working lives – Survey deadline 11th June

Announcement graphic reading: "Please complete Local Government Cuts Survey. Deadline 11th June."

Please complete the survey of members about the impact of local government cuts on services, and the impact on their working lives – including workplace stress, use of food banks, and undertaking unpaid overtime.

Click here for survey

This forms part of our campaigning and lobbying strategy to secure more money for local government in the Autumn Budget. In the run-up to the UK government’s Autumn Budget in November, we’ll be asking branches to support members to lobby their local MPs on the need for more funding in local government. We’ll be providing resources and more information in due course.

As part of this work, we will be supporting members’ and branches’ lobbying activity by providing constituency-level breakdowns of the survey results – giving you statistics to use in the local press and to lobby local MPs. It is essential that we receive as many responses as possible from members, so that we have results for all branches that can be used for campaigning.

Please complete this survey and share with fellow members. The deadline is 11th June.

Click here for survey

Hundreds attend The People’s Assembly Against Austerity conference in London on Saturday 2 June

Photograph of attendees at The People's Assembly Against Austerity CHANGE IS COMING conference.
Attendees at The People’s Assembly Against Austerity CHANGE IS COMING conference.

Hundreds of trade unionists, political activists, community campaigners, politicians and everyday people attended The People’s Assembly CHANGE IS COMING: HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE AN ANTI-AUSTERITY GOVERNMENT? conference in London on Saturday 2 June.

Insightful discussions against austerity, cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, communities and welfare services were held at three venues with sessions including: How can we fight an establishment backlash? How many houses will solve the problem? Can we beat the mainstream media? and Does our economy need immigration? with a final plenary focused on How can we achieve an anti-austerity Government? Click here to see the full-timetable of sessions and panel speakers.

It is clear the number of diverse voices against austerity are growing fast and we must ensure that these calls for change are heard through a series of actions, mass events and protests.

So make sure you’re heard and attend the forthcoming Our NHS is 70 celebration and demonstration in London on Saturday 30 June. UNISON Southend-on-Sea will be organising a coach to this event, details for booking your seat will be posted early next week.


For those who weren’t able to make it to the CHANGE IS COMING conference – please find below a selection of pictures of speakers and attendees and links to find out more and to help support the People’s Assembly campaign:

https://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk
https://twitter.com/pplsassembly
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly

Also, download the In Place of Austerity policy document – which is packed with essential information, stats, analysis and strategy. It’s an excellent resource for anti-austerity activists, speakers and organisers and is great for bringing local campaigning groups together.

Photograph of social and networking opportunity after The People's Assembly CHANGE IS COMING conference.
Social and networking opportunity after The People’s Assembly CHANGE IS COMING conference.

Notice for Council, School, South Essex Homes & Southend Care workers – THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

Graphic reading: "Notice for Council, School, South Essex Homes & Southend Care workers – THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED"

Dear Member,

Please read the PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07 below from the national negotiators that details the acceptance of the Local Government Pay Offer.

The key features of the pay offer are:

  • A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale point (SCP) 6, over two years.
  • A pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on the current SCPs 7 – 28.
  • 4.04% increase over two years, for those above the current SCP 29, including those above SCP 49.
  • A new pay spine from 2019, with new scale points 1-43 and even 2% pay gaps between SCPs 6-28.

I would like to thank everyone involved at branch level in the recent pay consultation. This branch was clear with its ‘we deserve better pay’ message and the outcome of the branch ballot was to reject this offer, with 2/3 of our members voting to reject.

On the second ballot requested by our NJC committee, again there was a clear rejection of this offer by those able to vote. This vote was taken at our AGM on the 27th March.

Thank you to all UNISON members that used their vote in this ballot to Have Your Say.

Also, thank you for those activists and members that engaged in spreading the message from our branch Executive Committee encouraging a rejection of this pay offer on the grounds that it offered only another pay cut and that we should fight for a fairer deal.

Whilst we have lost this particular battle over pay we will continue to fight austerity. Join us and speak up for public services on the 12th May at the national march and rally STEP UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICES – everyone welcome! Later this week, please visit our website for more details and to book your coach seat.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch secretary

6 April 2018

PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07

UNISON ACCEPTS NJC PAY OFFER

The UNISON NJC Committee met today to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20. The previous membership consultation resulted in a very narrow overall vote to reject the offer but members in 8 out of 11 Regions had voted to accept it.

The NJC Committee therefore sought further feedback from those branches who had responded to the membership consultation on its recommendation to accept. 79% of branches and 10 out of 11 Regions have now voted to accept the pay offer. This feedback was confirmed in a formal acceptance vote by the NJC Committee.

We will now notify GMB, Unite and the Local Government Association. The NJC Joint Secretaries will be meeting on 12 April to consider the Trade Union Side position. GMB has voted to accept the pay offer but Unite has rejected it. The NJC Committee also agreed an implementation strategy for dealing with the assimilation to the new NJC pay spine, any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details of the strategy will be circulated to branches shortly.

Click here for further details.

Have Your Say – Vote on Pay – Return Ballot Papers by 8th March

Call for School workers and Local Government workers including South Essex Homes and Southend Care to return ballot papers by 8th March either via the Southend branch office or by using the prepaid envelope.

PAY BALLOT CLOSES TODAY – For your vote to count, hand deliver your ballot paper to the Branch Office today!

Social media announcement graphic reading "Have Your Say – Vote on Pay" and asking members to return ballot papers by the 8th March 2018.

If you have not received a ballot paper please contact the Southend branch office ASAP.

The national pay offer from your employer is under consultation – for the majority of local government workers including those at Southend Borough Council, it means just a 2% pay increase – another below-inflation pay offer. Wages in local government have risen by just 4.4% since 2010 compared to a 22% rise in the cost of living – we deserve better!

The recommendation from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch and the National Joint Council (NJC) is to REJECT this offer because for the majority it represents another unfair pay cut.

We want you to have your say, so please USE YOUR VOTE today.

Whatever you think of the pay offer, whether you want to accept or reject it, we ask you to Have Your Say and Vote on Pay – the outcome of this pay offer is in your hands.


For more information, please attend the following events:

5th March 5.00 – 5.45 pm
Pay Meeting – Committee Room 6, Civic Centre, Southend Borough Council

6th March 12.15 – 2.00 pm
UNISON Pay Up Now! Stall – Reception Area, Civic Centre, Southend Borough Council

… or contact the UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch and invite us to your workplace.


Please also download this Member’s Briefing that explains in more detail the offer and the reasons why the recommendation is to REJECT this offer, and visit the following link for further details about  the Pay Up Now! campaign for Council and School Workers.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners joined over 60,000 people at the NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW! demonstration in London.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW! demonstration in London | Photograph by Paul Stygal

On Saturday 3rd February a large Southend contingent marched with over 60,000 people on the NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW! demonstration to challenge Jeremy Hunt’s ongoing deadly plans for the NHS.

UNISON members joined other unions, health workers, patients and activists calling for the NHS to be properly funded. Speakers reported on how united the country was in defence of the NHS and explained that it was privatisation and funding cuts creating the crisis in our NHS and not migrants or inefficient NHS workers.

Both demonstrators and speakers called for the complete re-nationalisation of our NHS, echoing the pledge from the Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health – Jon Ashworth. Among speeches by politicians and health campaigners, a nurse said that it had been calculated that around 120,000 deaths can be attributed to the cuts in NHS funding. Additionally, Nicola Romero spoke of how her daughter, Becky, died due to a lack of NHS resources. Mrs Romero’s emotional speech is available to watch here.

People everywhere vowed that the fight for the NHS will not stop until it is properly funded. As we marched in London, other protests were being held up and down the country including Middlesbrough, Warrington, Macclesfield, Stafford, Worcester and Kidderminster – a real message of support for our NHS and solidarity with all its workers.


We need to keep up the fight for our NHS

Nationally: Another demo has been called for the 30th June (on our NHS’s 70th birthday) – so put it in your diary now!

Locally: We need to keep fighting the Mid and South Essex STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships) which are trying to downgrade Southend Hospital and move services to Chelmsford or Basildon – all part of proposed cuts of £30 million in Southend alone. These plans have been described by NHS Consultants as dangerous, unsustainable and will put lives at risk. We need your support to save our local NHS services. For more information and to see how you can help Save Our Southend NHS from STPs, privatisation and cuts please visit the campaign Facebook page.


Watch/read more about the NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW! demonstration:

Video report by ITV News correspondent Ronke Phillips.
Article on the UNISON National website.
Article in Socialist Worker.
Article in The Guardian.
Photos by Paul Stygal.