UNISON Southend-on-Sea members STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES at TUC march and rally on Saturday 12th May

Group photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea, PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) and CWU (Communication Workers Union) members at TUC march and rally on 12 May 2018 – associated union logos are displayed above the group.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea, PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) and CWU (Communication Workers Union) members travelled together from Southend to join tens of thousands in London, demanding a new deal for working people.

Photograph of young UNISON supporter, Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea), Ray Lacey (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) and Sam Adams (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) at TUC march on 12 May 2018.
Young UNISON supporter, Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea), Ray Lacey (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) and Sam Adams (Member, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) at TUC march on 12 May 2018.

TUC march in pictures.

Union members and campaigners from across the UK marched from the Thames Embankment at Westminster through central London to the rally and speeches in Hyde Park.

The message was clear:

  1. We need a minimum wage of £10 an hour, now.
  2. Ban those exploitative zero hours contracts.
  3. Fund our NHS and public services properly.
  4. Repeal the trade union act which makes it harder for us to stand up for working people.
  5. Crack down on tax dodgers who starve our schools and hospitals of funding.

Dave Prentis (UNISON General Secretary) TUC rally speech.

For those who weren’t able to make it to London at the weekend – here’s a video and link to the transcript of the speech Dave Prentis delivered after the march at the rally in Hyde Park.


TUC rally in pictures.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK A FREE COACH SEAT from Southend to STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May

It is essential to book a coach seat in advance – so contact the
Branch Office ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

TIME PICK-UP (AND DROP-OFF) POINTS
8:30am ROYAL MAIL DELIVERY OFFICE
Short Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AA
8:45am The ELMS
1060 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND
9:00am The TARPOT
London Road, South Benfleet SS7 5SQ

Return from London: 4:30pm (approx.)


WHY ARE YOU MARCHING?

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY!

International Workers' Day graphic showing two placards reading: "UNISON Southend-on-Sea" and "Step Up for Public Services."

International Workers’ Day has been celebrated since the 1880s to commemorate the contribution made by working people and the labour movement. Set aside some time today to remember the struggles of those who have come before us and those fighting for their rights around the world.

Also, if you’re a UNISON Southend-on-Sea member and would like to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Happy May Day everyone, and enjoy the hard won bank holiday next Monday!

Best wishes,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

SOCIAL WORK ACTION NETWORK (SWAN) NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018: Whose Side Are We On? Social Work, Austerity, Racism and Resistance!

Announcement graphic reading: "Social Work Action Network (SWAN) National Conference 2018 – Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April, University of Essex, Southend-on-Sea"

On Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is hosting their National Conference in Southend at the University of Essex, Gateway Building, Southend Campus.

REGISTER HERE to listen to keynote speakers and participate in workshops, debates and discussions about Social Work, Austerity, Racism and Resistance! Full conference timetable available here.

If you’re a member of Southend UNISON Local Government Branch please contact the office regarding support for registration fees.

Hyperlink graphic showing Social Work Action Network (SWAN) National Conference 2018 flyer which downloads .pdf version if clicked.

Click above image to download SWAN National Conference 2018 flyer.

Contact the branch to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May

If you’re a UNISON Southend-on-Sea member and would like to join the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Announcement graphic reading: "Book You Coach Seat Today for the STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally on Saturday 12th May."

If you know a non-UNISON member who would also like to attend this national demonstration please get them to contact us.

Dependent on numbers, we hope to be able to provide transportation (for a nominal fee) – this would be dependent on sufficient numbers for a coach booking.

If we do not have enough numbers for a coach we would be looking to support UNISON members from the Southend-on-Sea Local Government branch by covering/contributing towards return train tickets.

This march is set to be a big one. UNISON, the TUC and other trade unions are putting considerable support behind it. You’ll join thousands of like-minded people under the banner, Step up for Public Services.

It’s a march with a serious message but it’ll have a fun, family-friendly feel. Dig out your UNISON colours and let’s turn the streets purple. Plus there will be activities to keep your energy bubbling throughout the day.

Make sure you’re there!

Best wishes,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

For more information about the
STEP UP! FOR PUBLIC SERVICES March & Rally
please visit here and contact the Branch Office.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea AGM 2018 +buffet in pictures; Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports; and duly elected Branch Officers and Stewards

Photograph of Steve Cooper (outgoing Branch President) and Louise McDermott (incoming Branch President) co-chairing AGM.
Steve Cooper (outgoing Branch President) and Louise McDermott (incoming Branch President) co-chairing AGM 2018.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea AGM 2018 in pictures

Photographs: Tim Fransen


Branch Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports

Claire Wormald – Branch Secretary’s Report +

Jill Henson – Disabled Members’ Officer Report +

June Dillow – Women’s Officer Report +

Sam Adams – LGBT+ Officer Report +

Roger Young – Retired Members’ Officer Report +

Please click the + or signs to show or hide reports.


Duly elected Branch Officers +

Duly elected Stewards +

Please click the + or signs to show or hide tables.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018 +buffet – Tuesday 27th March – 5:00-6:00pm

AGM announcement graphic reading "UNISON Annual General Meeting 2018 + buffet on Tuesday 27th March between 5:00-6:00pm at Committee Room 1, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6ER."

UNISON Southend-on-Sea welcomes all branch members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) +buffet on Tuesday 27th March between 5:00-6:00pm.

Please click here to download the AGM notice, agenda and Steward/Branch Officer nomination forms.

It is important members attend the AGM in order to vote in Stewards and Branch Officers, and agree the branch budget going forward. It also shows your support for the branch and helps us all get to know each other.

Don’t forget if you are in a workplace without a steward you can nominate yourself and get a colleague to second your nomination, or you can nominate a colleague (if they agree to stand) using the forms downloadable here.

At the end of the meeting, a delicious buffet will be served to give everyone a chance to catch-up and chat with friends and colleagues.

Finally, you should have received your AGM invites and posters in the post – if not, we might have the wrong address for you so please get in touch so we can update our records.

All the best and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 27th March.

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration of all things LGBT+ with TRANSPIRE and OUTreach

Image displaying UNISON Southend-on-Sea (with Rainbow Flag ribbons), Transpire and OUTreach logos (on the left) and a group photograph of associated members (on the right).

On 27th February, UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration for LGBT+ History Month. LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Group photograph featuring Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.
Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.

In the Jubilee Room at the Civic Centre stalls were set-up, representing community organisations and workplaces from across the borough. In addition, Gina Denham, founder and chair of TRANSPIRE (a Southend based Transgender Support Network) gave an informative and entertaining presentation on both transitioning as well as diversity at work. Read TRANSPIRE member Ren Stedman’s excellent article here.

The event closed with UNISON Southend, OUTreach (Southend Borough Council LGBT+ staff forum) and TRANSPIRE joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag above the Civic Centre.

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea, Transpire and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea, TRANSPIRE and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea LGBT+ self-organised group are here to support members, raise awareness, challenge discrimination, and make links with the wider LGBT+ community of Southend and beyond.

For more information or advice contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) via the UNISON Office.

Photograph of the Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
The Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

International Women’s Day – 8th March – What’s on in Southend?

Website / Social Media announcement banner reading "International Women’s Day, 8th March, Join the Celebration, Free Events in Southend."

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 with a whole day of fantastic free events and activities happening in Southend.

8:30 – 10:00am
International Women’s Day – Networking Breakfast and Career Development Tips
The Hive Enterprise Centre (above the Beecroft Art Gallery)
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX

Photograph of Emma Nicholls, the Founder of Your Red Dress Ltd.
Emma Nicholls, the Founder of Your Red Dress Ltd.

Join Emma Nicholls, the Founder of Your Red Dress Ltd on International Women’s Day and learn five transformational tools that can help women to accelerate their careers to the next level and get ‘unstuck’. Emma takes delegates on a journey of discovery and shares easy to implement tools and insights to help women propel their careers.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT


Also visit the Essex Feminist Collective’s exhibition ‘The Agency of Visible Women’ at Beecroft Art Gallery.

Image of poster for the Essex Feminist Collective’s exhibition ‘The Agency of Visible Women’ at Beecroft Art Gallery.

‘The Agency of Visible Women’ is a fictional institution made flesh for the duration of this exhibition. The institution seeks to make women visible and highlight the myriad ways this visibility is challenged, even within our feminist communities.

With proceeds from any donations and a portion of any sales going towards a zine making workshop for survivors of sexual abuse at Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis.


12:00 – 2:00pm
International Women’s Day at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Committee Room 4a & Civic Centre Foyer
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER

Sam Reed (UNISON member), and UNISON Women’s Officers June Dillow and Louise McDermott invite you to take the opportunity to engage with our special guests.

Linda Durant (Unison Eastern Women’s Officer), Caroline Nugent (President, PPMA), Frances Neal (WASPI), Lynsey McCarthy Calvert (Mothering Matters), Debbie Schofield (CEOP rep) and Sharon Houlden will be holding Q&A sessions covering a variety of topics including gender parity, achievements of the past 100 years, mandatory voting, technology and robotics.

Plus visit an array of stalls including UNISON, WASPI, Southend Soroptomists and Rayleigh Red Tent.

2018 is a very special year as it’s the centenary of the Suffragette movement and the partial right to vote for women. Don’t miss the display of some of the Southend women involved in suffrage.

Photograph of Suffragette sash (c.1910).
Detail of a Suffragette sash (c.1910).

7:00 – 11:00pm
Angel and the Melodyhorns, Molejoy and Petty Phase for IWD
Twenty One, Unit 21, Pier Approach,
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH

An evening of music led by women artists in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The Essex Feminist Collective will be running the all women playlist between bands and a silent auction will be open for bids.

The night is free, but all donations will go towards Dove and Rape Crisis.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Image of the Essex Feminist Collective's combined Venus and raised fist symbol.
The Essex Feminist Collective’s symbol.

LGBT+ History Month

Announcement image of LGBT+ History Month including UNISON Southend-on-Sea logo with LGBT Rainbow Flag coloured ribbons.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea invites you to their LGBT+ History Month event on 27th February, 12.30–2.30pm in the Jubilee Room, Ground Floor, Civic Centre – everyone welcome.

There will be a ‘marketplace’ of stalls and goodies from LGBT+ organisations and allies. Additionally, TRANSPIRE (a Southend-on-Sea based transgender support network) will be delivering a presentation at 1pm, followed by a Q&A session.

Immediately after the event, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be raising the rainbow flag at the Civic Centre.

For further information, please contact Sam Adams, UNISON LGBT+ Officer at the UNISON Southend-on-Sea office.


LGBT+ History Resources