Southend UNISON AGM 2019 in pictures; Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports; and duly elected Branch Officers and Stewards

Photograph of Chris Jenkinson (Regional Secretary for UNISON Eastern), Louise McDermott (Branch Senior Vice President), Steve Cooper (Branch Chair) and Gloria Lawton (Branch President) at Southend UNISON AGM 2019.
Chris Jenkinson (Regional Secretary for UNISON Eastern), Louise McDermott (Branch Senior Vice President), Steve Cooper (Branch Chair) and Gloria Lawton (Branch President) at Southend UNISON AGM 2019.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea AGM 2019 in pictures


Branch Secretary and Officers’ Annual Reports

Claire Wormald – Branch Secretary’s Report +

Sam Adams – LGBT+ Officer Report +

Roger Young – Retired Members’ Officer Report +

Jill Henson – Disabled Members’ Officer Report +

Tim Fransen – Communications Officer Report +

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Duly elected Branch Officers +

Duly elected Stewards +

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REMINDER: UN ANTI-RACISM DAY DEMONSTRATION on SATURDAY 16th March – FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members.

Announcement graphic reading: “UN ANTI-RACISM DAY DEMONSTRATION, Saturday 16th March, FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members."

Southend UNISON has booked a coach for the UN ANTI-RACISM DAY DEMONSTRATION on Saturday 16th March – pickup points and times below.

If you are interested in joining this important demonstration, please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Coach seats are free for Southend UNISON members. If you know any non‑UNISON members who would also like to attend please get them to contact us ASAP – tickets are £10 for non-members (concessions are available).

TIME PICK-UP (AND DROP-OFF) POINTS
9:00am ASDA SHOEBURYNESS North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness SS3 8DA
9:15am OLD WALNUT TREE(formerly THE WHITE HORSE) Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4XA
9:25am VICTORIA CIRCUS Bus lay-by behind the Odeon Cinema
9:30am PALACE THEATRE 430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
9:40am The ELMS 1060 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND
9:50am HADLEIGH CHURCH
10:00am The TARPOT London Road, South Benfleet SS7 5SQ

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

 We hope to see you on the coach and for more information please visit the UN ANTI-RACISM DAY DEMONSTRATION Facebook page and/or contact the Branch Office.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Southend UNISON ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 with guest speaker Roger McKenzie – Thursday 7th March – 5:30-6:30pm

AGM 2019 announcement graphic reading: UNISON Annual General Meeting 2019 + buffet on Thursday 7th March between 5:30-6:30pm at Committee Room 4a, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6ER – with guest speaker Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary. Alongside this text is a photo of Roger McKenzie addressing trade unionists at the Stand Up To Racism - Trade Union Conference 2018.

Southend UNISON welcomes all branch members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) with guest speaker Roger McKenzie (UNISON Assistant General Secretary) on Thursday 7th March between 5:30-6:30pm.

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 Thursday 7th March.

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Southend Borough Council is unfairly forcing staff to use a day’s leave this Christmas! Join the UNISON Festive Protest on the steps of the Civic Centre – Thursday 20th December, 12:15 – 1:15pm

Announcement graphic reading: “Southend Borough Council – Don’t be Scrooge! Join the UNISON Festive Protest on the steps of the Civic Centre – Thursday 20th December, 12:15 – 1:15pm”

Dear Members, Stewards and Officers,

Southend Borough Council is unfairly forcing staff to use a day’s leave this Christmas!

Join the UNISON Festive Protest on the steps of the Civic CentreThursday 20th December, 12:15 – 1:15pm

We look forward to seeing you there for a mass ‘photo-bomb’ at 12:45pm and mince pies!

In Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit wasn’t in a union, but we are – so share this post with workmates, on Facebook and Twitter, and let’s make our voices heard!

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Click here to download Festive Protest leaflet .pdf
Click here or above image to download Festive Protest leaflet .pdf

Essex Library Services UNDER THREAT! Join the Lobby! Sign the Petition! Have Your Say!

Announcement graphic reading: "Essex Library Services UNDER THREAT! Join the Lobby on 11th December! Sign the Petition! Have Your Say!

Dear Officers, Stewards and Members,

As you may have heard, Essex County Council is currently consulting residents on plans to close libraries across Essex while having others run by volunteers.

There are plans to close 25 libraries while up to a further 34 libraries may be run by volunteers and local groups. However, these 34 volunteer-run libraries will also face closure if no one is able to commit to taking on the services.

With nearly half of library users being either under the age of 9 or over the age of 60, these closures will impact on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It will mean the loss of local services that support parents and children. It will mean the loss of free Internet access for the community. It will also mean an increase in loneliness to those living in isolation – libraries provide an essential and safe space to socialise.

The campaign supported by UNISON Eastern Region have asked for our help, the following are activities you can participate in:

  1. There is a lobby of the Full Council meeting at Essex County Hall, Chelmsford on 11th December at 9am. Please meet at the Atrium Entrance, Market Road, Chelmsford. This is not a UNISON lobby but is being organised by a local campaign group Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE). More information can be found on their Facebook page.
  2. Sign the SOLE petition available here.
  3. Have your say by completing the Essex County Council survey available here. Let Essex County Council know why libraries are important to you and why they should remain open.

We hope you can help defend these essential jobs and services – if you’re interested in attending the lobby please contact the branch and we can help with transport by pooling cars.

We know from the successful Southend Libraries Campaign that people power can make a huge difference, so please participate where you can and support this important campaign.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

SAVE OUR local SERVICES, Protect Our Communities. Support SAVE OUR SERVICES DAY on Thursday 6th December!

Announcement graphic reading: "Save Our Local Services."

Dear Officers, Stewards and Members,

On Thursday 6th December for SOS Day, we are focusing on the role our members play in keeping people safe. Workers in trading standards, environmental health, social services, schools and many others are the unsung heroes of our communities. However, cuts to council budgets have put these jobs under extreme pressure and our communities at risk.

Do you work in a service that helps to keep communities safe?

If so, tell us how cuts have affected your job and the service you work in.

Whether your job has obvious and high profile impact on people’s safety, or whether it’s a role that doesn’t often get any limelight but has safety implications that might surprise people, we’d like to hear from you.

So please get in touch using the form in the “tell us your story” section on the UNISON Save Our Services campaign page or contact the branch office. We will use your comments in our campaigning to highlight the impact of cuts on local services and let us know if you’re happy for us to publish your name.

What else could you do?

On SOS Day you could also hold a workplace meeting, talk to colleagues in public safety-related roles about how cuts have impacted their jobs and local services, or do something much bigger. Download the Save Our local Services toolkit and contact the branch office for some ideas!

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Grovember: Let’s grow our union. Get a fellow worker to join today!

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Dear Officers, Stewards and Members,

We’re in the final week of November and our month-long push for growth: Grovember.

We can all feel very optimistic about what everyone has achieved so far – but there is still time before the campaign formally comes to a close this weekend for one final effort to get a fellow worker to join.

So everyone, let’s get talking, getting names on application forms (which can be collected from the branch office) – and using the  Easy Joiner  tool to get potential members signed up digitally in just two easy steps.

Let’s remember to highlight the strengths that makes UNISON and our branch great – and highlight the special thank-you offers that give members and their families the chance to save money on holidays, days out and theatre trips.

 ▹ Find out more about Grovember and the resources to help you 
 ▹ Find out more about our offers for new and existing members 
 ▹ Have you signed up at least one member? You could win cash! 

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

REMINDER: National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism this SATURDAY 17th November – FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members.

Announcement graphic reading: “National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism, Saturday 17th November, FREE coach seats available for Southend UNISON members."

Southend UNISON has booked a coach for the National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism this Saturday 17th November – pickup points and times below.

If you are interested in joining this important demonstration, please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

Coach seats are free for Southend UNISON members. If you know any non‑UNISON members who would also like to attend please get them to contact us ASAP – tickets are £10 for non-members (concessions are available).

TIME PICK-UP (AND DROP-OFF) POINTS
9:00am ASDA SHOEBURYNESS North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness SS3 8DA
9:15am OLD WALNUT TREE(formerly THE WHITE HORSE) Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4XA
9:25am VICTORIA CIRCUS Bus lay-by behind the Odeon Cinema
9:30am PALACE THEATRE 430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
9:40am The ELMS 1060 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND
9:50am HADLEIGH CHURCH
10:00am The TARPOT London Road, South Benfleet SS7 5SQ

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

We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain, fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat.

As you know the majority of society opposes fascism and racism, but we can only defeat this threat if we come together and take action. This demonstration will show that we are proud of our diversity, and we stand united in our determination to drive back this toxic cloud of hate.

Join the Southend UNISON coach on Saturday and let’s help flush this vile movement back down the sewer where it belongs. We hope to see you on the coach and for more information please visit the National Unity Demonstration Facebook page and/or contact the Branch Office.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?

Announcement graphic reading: 'ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE? COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY ASAP.'

Dear Member,

A number of you have highlighted your concerns that Southend Borough Council will be enforcing a closure day on Monday 24th December and that employees (except critical services staff) will need to use either flexible or annual leave to cover this closure.

While some workers may be able to work from home, others cannot and will therefore be forced to use a days leave.

We believe this is an unfair demand which doesn’t form part of your contract of employment and undermines these terms and conditions.

To help us challenge what we believe to be an unfair demand please complete the following short survey ASAP:


SURVEY: ARE YOU BEING UNFAIRLY FORCED TO USE YOUR FLEXIBLE OR ANNUAL LEAVE AT CHRISTMAS?


Alternatively, click here to download the survey, and then print, complete and return to a Southend UNISON Steward, Officer or the Branch Office ASAP.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Join THE LAST MILE CITIZENS’ LOBBY on Monday 5th November #thelastmile

Announcement graphic to join THE LAST MILE CITIZENS’ LOBBY on Monday 5th November 2018 – Meet at 10AM in Parliament Square.

UNISON members will be taking part in what’s been dubbed the ‘last mile citizens’ lobby’ at Westminster on 5th November, a third and final effort to speak up for the rights of EU citizens in the aftermath of the UK’s departure from Europe.

For more information read the news story and visit the event page.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to attend please contact the branch which will be covering travel expenses and subsistence.

Alternatively, an e-lobby is also available for people who cannot make the journey or take the day off.


For further information on this day of action contact Katia: k.widlak@unison.co.uk

You might also be interested to know that UNISON has launched a new web page on EU Citizens’ Rights, which provides organising information for UNISON’s EU members

To coincide with the launch, UNISON has also provided new guidance for branches and information for EU members on the government’s Settled Status proposals for EU citizens.

UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.