FOSSETTS FOR THE PEOPLE Public Meeting – Saturday 23rd February at 3:30pm – @UNISON.Southend @SouthendLabour #Southend

'Fossetts For The People' announcement graphic reading: “PUPLIC MEETING Saturday 23rd February at 3:30pm – St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4AB”. This announcement text overlays a photograph of Fossetts For The People campaigners Colin Nickless, Kate Sheehan and Mike Fieldhouse holding placards.
Fossetts For The People campaigners Colin Nickless, Kate Sheehan and Mike Fieldhouse.

Southend UNISON and Southend Labour support the Fossetts For The People campaign for social housing in Southend – please attend their first public meeting.

 WHERE: St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4AB
 WHEN: Saturday 23rd February at 3:30pm
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/397368017708243/

Fossetts For The People believe that Southend Borough Council should step in and develop the 14 acres of land at Fossetts Farm, recently sold off by the NHS to Homes England, and build good quality social housing for rent to families and people most in need. About 40% of councils throughout England have already built similar developments through publicly owned Local Housing Companies (LHCs) – let’s do it in Southend too!

If you can’t make the meeting, please sign the petition to Southend Borough Council and visit the Fossetts For The People Facebook page for more information and to get involved.

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

SPEAK UP FOR SCHOOLS – VOTE TODAY! #SpeakUpForSchools

Feature image reading: "SPEAK UP FOR MY SCHOOL – VOTE TODAY! Alongside text is a photograph of Jo Gull (Southend UNISON Steward) and Caron Mullins (UNISON Schools Organiser, Eastern Region) at an awareness raising event at Greenways Primary School.
Jo Gull (Southend UNISON Steward) and Caron Mullins (UNISON Schools Organiser, Eastern Region).

Caron and I organised a SPEAK UP FOR SCHOOLS event at Greenways Primary School on 28th January.

The event supported by Principal Mr Ashley Eastwood raised awareness of the UNISON Consultative Ballot about support staff pay, terms and conditions and workload.

UNISON represents around 250,000 school support staff across the UK and those members do fantastic work to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and schools running smoothly.

If you haven’t done so already VOTE TODAY and have your say on what’s happening at the school where you work.

The consultation ballot is now open and will run until 5th March.

For more information about the SPEAK UP FOR SCHOOLS campaign and to join UNISON click here.

All the best,

Jo Gull
Southend UNISON Steward, Greenways Primary School

Join the SAVE OUR LIBRARIES ESSEX March and Rally on Saturday 9th February in Chelmsford! #savelibraries @Essex_CC @EssexLibraries @essexlive @ChelmsfordSole @UNISONEastern

Join the SAVE OUR LIBRARIES ESSEX March and Rally

 WHERE: Saracens Head Hotel, 3 High Street, Chelmsford CM1 1BE
 WHEN: Saturday 9th February, 12:00 – 2:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/352674068844486


This public march in Chelmsford on Saturday 9th February is organised by campaign group Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE). SOLE are asking for people to meet at 12 noon, Chelmsford High Street, outside of the Saracens Head Hotel.

For up-to-date information on the SOLE campaign, including this march, please visit, like and share their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurLibrariesEssex

Essex County Council is currently consulting residents on plans to close libraries across Essex while having other libraries run by volunteers. If this goes ahead one-third of libraries in Essex will close and many more will be under threat. Find out if your local branch library is under threat at: https://bit.ly/2FPYGOk

By downgrading or closing these 44 libraries, Essex County Council hopes to save an estimated £3 million pounds* which could easily be sourced from the £340.2 million† they have in reserves.

Libraries are an essential part of the community and need to be defended. With nearly half of library users being either under the age of 9 or over the age of 60 these closures will impact on 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 Internet services to the community. It will mean an increase in loneliness to those living in isolation.

If you have not already done so then please:

  1. Sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-essex-libraries
  2. Complete the Essex County Council survey: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation

YOUR VIEWS MATTER SO MAKE SURE THEY ARE HEARD


Click here to download the SOLE March & Rally flyer.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein

“When in doubt, go to the library.” J.K. Rowling

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” Ray Bradbury

“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities” R. David Lankes


* Essex Future Library Services Strategy 2019-2024, p.20
Essex County Council Statement of Accounts 2017/18, p.20

Save Hullbridge Library – BOOK RAID – Saturday 26th January, 9:30 – 12:30

Announcement graphic reading: “Save Hullbridge Library – BOOK RAID! Saturday 26th January, 9:30 – 12:30” This announcement text overlays a photograph of Hullbridge Library.

Join us to show support for the under threat Hullbridge Library by taking part in the Save Hullbridge Library – BOOK RAID.

 WHERE: Hullbridge Library, Ferry Road, Hullbridge SS5 6ET
 WHEN: Saturday 26th January, 9:30 – 12:30
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2186722064915806

To prove just how much the library means to you come along anytime between 09:30 – 12:30 on Saturday 26th January and take out the maximum number of items per person (14).

With enough attendees, hopefully we can emulate the huge success of the recent Hockley Library Book Raid, empty the library, raise awareness of the Essex County Council libraries consultation and get this in the media!

This event has been organised with the co-operation of the Library Staff and Friends of Hullbridge Library.

Please sign-up EVERYONE you know locally – babies can even have 14 items from the children’s section.

We look forward to seeing you there!

All the best,

Samantha Reed
Southend UNISON Steward

Image of the 'Save Hullbridge Library – BOOK RIAD' flyer containing text similar to "Save Hullbridge Library – BOOK RAID – Saturday 26th January, 9:30 – 12:30" post above.

 SOLE (Save Our Libraries Essex) 

Southend UNISON affiliates with the LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL campaign! @labourlabel @cleanclothes

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Southend UNISON affiliates with Labour Behind the Label.

Labour Behind the Label campaigns for garment workers’ rights worldwide. They support garment workers’ efforts to improve their working conditions and change the fashion industry for the better. They raise awareness, provide information and promote international solidarity between workers and consumers, and represent the Clean Clothes Campaign in the UK.

For more information about Labour Behind the Label campaigns and events visit their website: https://labourbehindthelabel.org


And to learn more about other campaigning organisations that Southend UNISON supports please visit our Affiliates page.

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