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

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.

STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference – Call for people to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November | #N17

Photograph showing a large group of STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference attendees holding National Unity Demonstration posters above their heads as a sign of support – the accompanying text reads: “National Unity Demonstration Saturday 17 November.”

The STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference in central London on Saturday 20th October brought together trade unionists, campaigners, parliamentarians, and faith and community leaders from across the UK, Europe and the US to help build a mass movement against the far right on our streets, in our workplaces, on our campuses and in our communities.

Around 1,400 people attended throughout the day – themes included combating racism, building solidarity with refugees, and defending migrants’ rights – with a resounding call for people to join the forthcoming National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

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

For more information please read this previous post and/or contact the Branch Office.


STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference in pictures.

Click here to view more pictures from the STAND UP TO RACISM International Conference and for more information about the proceedings download the Conference Agenda and read Tomáš Tengely-Evans’ article: Anti-racist conference meets in London and pledges to push the racist right back

Contact the branch to book your coach seat to join the National Unity Demonstration on Saturday 17th November

Announcement graphic reading: “National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism, Saturday 17 November, Assemble 12 noon, central London (details tbc).” Stand Up To Racism, TUC, Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism logos are displayed vertically alongside.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and would like to join the National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism on Saturday 17th November please contact the branch ASAP to book your coach seat.

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.

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.

The demonstration has been initiated by Stand Up To Racism, officially backed by the TUC, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism and supported by Diane Abbott MP and John McDonnell MP alongside a whole host of trade union leaders, politicians and cultural figures.

For more information please visit the National Unity Demonstration Facebook page and/or contact the Branch Office.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Graphic depicting numerous demonstrators in shocking pink silhouette on a yellow background.

Join the SHOULDER TO SHOULDER – Women’s Pensions Rally in London – Wednesday 10th October – #shouldertoshoulder #onevoice

Announcement graphic reading: "SHOULDER TO SHOULDER Women's Pensions Rally London – Wednesday 10th October." Also displayed are WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality), BackTo60, 'We Paid In, You Pay Out' and Southend UNISON logos.

Dear Members,

WASPI, BackTo60, ‘We Paid In, You Pay Out’ and other women’s pension groups will join together ‘SHOULDER TO SHOULDER’ on 10th October in London in a joint endeavour to secure back their earned dues.

When / Where
Wednesday 10th October / London
12:00 – 3:00pm at Reformer’s Tree, Hyde Park
3.30 – 6:00pm at Parliament Square

Everyone affected by the unacceptable changes in the pension provision for women are invited to attend.

Confirmed speakers at the rally are key figures in the political and legal dispute, including David Hencke, Yvette Greenway, Sam Smethers, Helen Shay and Frances Barber.

If you’re a Southend UNISON member and need support with costs to attend this important event contact the branch office ASAP.

For more information download (and share) the SHOULDER TO SHOULDER press release and event programme, and read the BackTo60 post.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary

Please complete the UNISON Equality Survey 2018 – and enter a fantastic prize draw with a chance to win a holiday in North Devon

Announcement graphic reading: "Please Complete Equality Survey 2018 and maybe win a holiday for two at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort in North Devon! Survey closes at 5pm on Monday 27 August 2018." This text overlays a photograph of the beach at Croyde Bay, Devon.

Click here to take survey

Equality is one of UNISON’s central values and each year we carry out an Equality Survey to find out more about the issues affecting our members to help inform our campaigning work.

Last year 11,500 members took part and helped inform briefings for the union’s service groups and self-organised groups on key issues for their bargaining and organising agendas – it will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Completing the survey entitles you to enter a fantastic prize draw with a chance to win three nights for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort in North Devon.

Click here to take survey

“SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE”

Photograph of Baby Trump Blimp and placard reading: DUCK OFF DONALD

On Friday 13 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in Southend-on-Sea, London and towns and cities across the country to stand up against Donald Trump’s visit and values – a dangerous man that represents bigotry, hatred, misogyny and racism – and threatens both our environment and international peace.

What we saw was a day of celebration, noise and action. A day of joy, love, solidarity and resistance as we stood together in celebration of the diverse communities which make up our great country.

TOGETHER WE SAID IT LOUD, SAID IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP videos.

Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) talks about the importance of standing up against Donald Trump’s visit and values.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.

Protester Tony Groves talks about his own Baby Trump at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.


SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march, BRING THE NOISE Women’s March and TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration in pictures.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June in London.

We stopped outside Downing Street demanding Theresa May’s resignation en route to a rally where we were greeted by the National Health Singers choir singing “the NHS needs saving, don’t let them break it”.

Photograph of Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

Doctors, nurses, union leaders, actors and politicians including Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 40,000 people – demanding an end to government cuts and further privatisation of the health service, for staff to no longer be subcontracted to private companies and for social care to be properly funded.

Photograph of Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing 'Our NHS is 70' rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)
Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing ‘Our NHS is 70’ rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)

Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in pictures.

Join BABY TRUMP at the TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration on Friday 13th July – the branch will be covering 10 return train tickets!

Photograph showing Baby Trump, a balloon huge effigy of the US president, overlaid with "TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP" logo.

If you’re a UNISON Southend-on-Sea member and would like to join BABY TRUMP and millions of people at the TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration on Friday 13th July – contact the branch office ASAP.

The branch will be covering 10 return train tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP demonstration please visit the dedicated Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/176581893155207/

Conference 2018 – Windrush scandal

The last day of National Conference 2018 marked exactly 70 years since the ‘Empire Windrush’ docked at Tilbury carrying hundreds of migrants from the West Indies.
The anniversary should be a celebration of the contribution these and other migrants made – particularly to our trade union and our public services. However, it happened just when many of the children of those migrants are facing the consequences of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ for immigration.
In an impassioned debate, the impact on many UNISON members as well as the wider community was spelt out.

Michael Braithwaite
Michael Braithwaite with General Secretary Dave Prentis and his UNISON rep, Hugo Pierre

A video was shown highlighting the case of UNISON member Michael Braithwaite who lost his job as a teaching assistant after 15 years and despite having a ‘British Commonwealth’ passport was threatened with deportation. Now 66, he had come to the UK aged 9 to join his parents. As he said “To think that maybe tomorrow I would not be with my family, or in a place I love, was devastating”. “A campaign has now won him indefinite leave to remain but his life has been turned upside down. There is an article about Michael’s story here.

A speaker from the National Executive Committee moved an Emergency Motion calling for justice for the Windrush generation. Although the Home Secretary had been forced to resign, in reality people are still being denied access to employment and services and a number have been deported. It seems as though the only thing Theresa May is sorry about is that she got found out! It was My who started this policy. Public sector workers are here to deliver services, not to be border guards as the Tories would like.

One delegate from the West Midlands spoke of her friend, who had gone to a meeting to sort out her passport only to be detained with only the clothes she stood up in an held for two weeks before she was allowed a phone call.

Another delegate said that what had happened to the Windrush generation could happen to others – no-one from the Commonwealth was safe.

Conference overwhelmingly passed the motion calling amongst other things for:

  • Campaign for the restoration of full rights for the ‘Windrush generation’ , Commonwealth British residents and their children
  • Campaign for rights to legal aid and full compensation for any losses incurred including injury to feelings
  • Campaign against the ‘hostile environment’