8th August – Essex March for Fair NHS Pay

Saturday 8th August, March for Fair Pay for NHS Workers-

March organised by local NHS nurses and other staff to protest at being left out of pay rises for some other areas of the public sector (like doctors and police). Part of a national day of demonstrations. Meet 11am at Basildon Hospital for a short socially-distanced march to a town centre rally. #NHSWorkersSayNo
#NHSPay15

8th August NHS March Flyer

UNISON AGM 2020

Southend UNISON Annual General Meeting

5pm, Thursday 19th March 2020

Committee Room 4a, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend

AGM poster 2020Our Annual General Meeting is open to all our members. It’s when we get a chance as a branch to discuss our work over the year and decide what we want for next year. You can take part in electing your Branch Officers for the year ahead and you can ask questions  about the union. We invite all members to come along – it’s your union!

There are free refreshments and a buffet at the end of the meeting (from 6:15pm).  Thompson’s Solicitors and other organisations will be present with information stalls.

You can nominate people (including yourself!) to be officers and stewards, preferably in advance of the meeting and you can also raise motions and questions for discussion.

You should have received information in the post about this but if in doubt, email unison@southend.gov.uk for further details.

Please follow us on Facebook – there is a Facebook event here.

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.

 

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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Southend Pride Quiz Night Fundraiser: Want to join the UNISON Quiz Team?

Announcement graphic reading: “Southend Pride Quiz Night. Want to join the UNISON Quiz Team?”. This announcement text overlays a photograph of Twenty One a gallery and alternative cultural venue on Southend’s seafront.

Want to join the UNISON Quiz Team? Contact Sam Adams at the Branch Office: unison@southend.gov.uk

 Southend Pride Quiz Night 

The Southend Pride Quiz Night is back on Friday 22nd March. Hosted by the incredible Joey Bambino and Vivian Bam Bam, help us raise money to make this year’s Southend Pride bigger and better than ever!

For more info. check out the Southend Pride Quiz Night Facebook event page below.

 WHERE: Twenty One, Unit 21, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH
 WHEN: Saturday 22nd March, 7:30 – 10:00pm
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2329961380593232/

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

LGBT+ History Month 2019 – Peace, Reconciliation and Activism

Announcement graphic reading: “LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH”. This announcement text overlays a photograph of Jodi Thompson (OUTreach member), Sam Adams (UNISON LGBT+ Support Officer) and Claire Wormald (UNISON Branch Secretary) at the LGBT+ History Month stall on Friday 22nd February at Southend Borough Council.
Jodi Thompson (OUTreach member), Sam Adams (Southend UNISON LGBT+ Support Officer) and Claire Wormald (Southend UNISON Branch Secretary) at the LGBT+ History Month stall on Friday 22nd February at Southend Borough Council.

On Friday 22nd February UNISON and OUTreach celebrated LGBT+ History Month at Southend Borough Council. This year’s theme is about Peace, Reconciliation and Activism to raise awareness of the lives and achievements of the LGBT+ community.

2019 commemorates 50 years of activism since the Stonewall riots – a pivotal moment in LGBT+ rights and history. This gives us the opportunity to remember those who fought for our rights, and those who continue the fight around the world. It is crucial that the struggles and fights of others, to give us the lives we have today, are recognised. It is also so important that we understand the fights that are still continuing to happen, and still need to happen, to give people liberation and peace.

If you missed our stall last Friday check out the brilliant education and resource packs available at The Proud Trust website as well as our previous post featuring an LGBT+ history interactive timeline and downloadable wallchart: https://wp.me/p5UE6l-1kK

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.

Visit the LGBT+ History Month stall – Friday 22nd February – 12:00-2:00pm @LGBTHM #LGBTHM19 @SouthendBC

Announcement graphic reading: “LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH STALL – Friday 22nd February, 12:00-2:00pm – Southend Borough Council, Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER”. This announcement text overlays a photograph of Michael Sargood (OUTreach member) and Sam Adams (UNISON LGBT+ Support Officer) on the UNISON Bi Visibility Day stall at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in 2018.

February is LGBT+ History Month – a chance to celebrate LGBT+ lives and culture in order to challenge prejudice and build equality.

On Friday 22nd February Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group and OUTreach (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s forum for LGBT+ staff and allies) will be holding a stall to celebrate the lives and achievements of the diverse LGBT+ community.

 WHERE: Southend Borough Council, Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER
 WHEN: Friday 22nd February, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!


In the meantime, explore UNISON’s and the labour movement’s LGBT+ history through the interactive timeline and downloadable wallchart below.

Interactive Timeline of UNISON’s LGBT+ History

UNISON’s own LGBT+ history shows how far we have come, remind us of what we have achieved and highlights our commitment to the campaigns ahead.

The film Pride brought a slice of lesbian and gay political history to a new audience but what UNISON members may not know is the extent to which our former partner unions were involved in the struggle for gay rights, along with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The interactive timeline below shows a few of our historical moments. It is not a comprehensive history and of course many more people than are mentioned here have contributed to LGBT+ rights, and continue to do so.

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Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories Wallchart

The wallchart, click here to download, has been produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) History Month.

The aim has been to produce a resource to support those raising awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, equality and diversity.

Centred on the United Kingdom, it highlights important legal milestones and identifies visible and significant contributions made by individuals, groups and particularly the labour movement.

The group is currently developing a digital version of the chart. This will provide more detailed information about the campaigns, organisations and personalities identified in the wallchart. Guidance for educators using the resources is also planned. For more information visit: https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/wallchart/

Image of 'Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories Wallchart' – please click to download hi-res .pdf version.