Stop Climate Chaos Join us Friday 20th September

…Stop Press – Stop Climate Chaos…. Stop Press – Stop Climate Chaos ….

Solidarity with School Students’ Global Climate Strike-meet Friday 20th September 12.45pm  – 1.30pm on the steps of Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea

Friday 20th September is the day of the Global Climate Strike by school students demanding action on climate change.

Show your solidarity with their action by joining us for a lunchtime event between 12.45 and 1.30 pm on Friday 20th September on the steps of Southend Civic Centre in Victoria avenue. We want to see as many trade union banners, flags, union members and campaigners there as we can.

We are fighting for the future of the planet and humanity. We cannot leave school students to fight alone. Students and workers together can build a movement powerful enough to get system change not climate change.

We will be gathering in solidarity with the school students that will be striking globally on this day please make sure you join us.

At 1pm we will be joining the National Alarm that is to be sounded at the same time across all events nationally – be there – we need to act together to avoid climate chaos. Click on the link to hear more from up and down the country  https://youtu.be/HbrJUAOy2kc

Let’s heed the words of Greta Thunberg and 46 activists form the international school strike movement “This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job… Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.” 

We are calling for the UK government to act on climate change. Not just to do something – to do enough to avoid climate chaos. This means investment not in new fossil fuels but in renewables – massive amounts. It means saving energy by insulating and converting all homes and all public and private buildings, and a shift from cars to public transport. It means a dedicated workforce to create this infrastructure – one million climate jobs. And it means the UK supporting a global agreement to cut warming emissions of all kinds, speedily, with fairness and justice.

Unison working for a safer and more supportive workplace

Empowering women to take on menopause in the workplace

UNISON Southend with the support of UNISON  Eastern region organisers held a  successful menopause workshop last week, with around a dozen women from Southend Borough Council taking part.

They went to along to find out about and share experiences of the menopause as well as empower themselves to tackle the taboo subject inside and outside of work.

UNISON Southend Borough Council branch secretary Claire Wormald thanked local UNISON  organisers Caron Mullins and Dionne Eade for leading the workshop, saying she received “great feedback” from the participants.

“The workshop allowed women to look at how their workplace could be improved,” she said.

“We came up with a number of ideas to put to our employer, including looking at a policy on menopause.

“Menopause is a workplace issue and we are now armed with ideas for a safer and more supportive working environment – and a potential new health and safety representative!”

We  publicised the event with stalls and posters and even negotiated an hour off for participants at the end of the day so that the workshop could start at 4.30pm and run through until 7pm in members’ own time.

Claire added: “Organising and educating members through a workshop empowers not only those that attend but also, through acting on the outcomes, the wider union by agitating for better support”

Southend UNISON is looking at repeating this workshop in 2020 and looking at an  awareness raising session with men that are interested in finding out more on the impacts of the menopause.

Let us know if you are interested.

 

USE YOUR VOTE TODAY!

NEC Elections – USE YOUR VOTE – Voting Papers out NOW

Elections Close 17th May

The National Executive Council for which you are voting lay members onto, serves to manage the union between National delegate conferences and has full power and authority to act on behalf of the union. It comprises of elected delegates from Regions, and service groups plus 4 national black members ; disabled members  and young members seats.

NEC elections give you an opportunity to elect a leadership that will ensure UNISON uses its full weight in the interests of members like us. Branches like ours need a fair share of the union’s resources and we need to know we have the backing of the leadership when we have to take action in defence of pay, jobs or services.

Elections often have a low turnout; please ensure that you do use your vote, in these important elections. This branch has nominated the following candidates on the basis that they stand for a fighting union.

   Paul Holmes  Local Government  Male seat
  Andrea Egan  Local Government Female Seat
  Jane Doolan  Local Government Female Seat
  Diana Leach  Local Government General Seat
  April Ashley  Black Members Female Seat
  Manjula Kumari  Black Members Female Seat
  Hugo Pierre  Black Members Male Seat
  Pauline (Polly) Smith  Low Paid Eastern Region Seat
  Sarah Crowe  Eastern Region Female Seat
  Ella Smith-Gibbs  Young Members Female Seat
  Kendal Bromley  Young Members General Seat
  Angela Hamilton  Disabled Members General Seat
  Paula Carlyle  Disabled Members Female Seat
  Anjona Roy  Community Seat Female
  John Gray  Community Seat General

More information on these elections click  link below

https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/your-voice-your-vote/

 

Southend UNISON joined thousands of anti-racists campaigners in London to mark the World Against Racism global day of action on Saturday 16th March

Photograph of Southend UNISON members and friends with branch banner at the UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration 2019 in London.

Southend UNISON joined thousands of anti-racists campaigners in London to mark the World Against Racism global day of action on Saturday 16th March.

Thousands of people in Britain marched in unity against racism and fascism following the murderous attack on Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a far-right adherent.

Demonstrators marched in London, Cardiff and Glasgow along with those in 60 cities across the world on United Nations Anti-Racism Day.

Roger McKenzie (UNISON Assistant General Secretary) said:

Today is an opportunity to take action against the resurgent racism and fascism that has consequences for us all. It’s a chance for every one of us to increase our efforts to build a better world. On UN Anti-Racism Day, UNISON recommits to fighting hatred wherever it exists.

UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration, London in pictures.

More pictures from the event can be found on Twitter at: @antiracismday, #WorldAgainstRacism, #NoRacismNoFascism and #Unions4Unity

Photograph of Diane Abbott (Shadow Home Secretary) addressing World Against Racism rally at Whitehall, London. (16 March 2019)
Diane Abbott (Shadow Home Secretary) addressing World Against Racism rally at Whitehall, London. (16 March 2019)

At the rally in Whitehall Diane Abbott (Shadow Home Secretary) stated:

We are still in shock after the Christchurch attack. We have to fight fascism and white nationalism wherever it rears its head. And we have to fight the enablers of anti-Muslim hatred wherever we see them.

Photograph of Frances O’Grady (General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)) addressing World Against Racism rally at Whitehall, London. (16 March 2019)
Frances O’Grady (General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)) addressing World Against Racism rally at Whitehall, London. (16 March 2019)

… and Frances O’Grady ((General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)) said:

Now more than ever we must promote our values of tolerance and diversity. Racism and fascism have no place in our society. As trade unionists we’ll continue to stand up to the forces of hatred and division and won’t flinch in our campaign against the far right.

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 +

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


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