UNISON members attend Mental Health in the Workplace Conference

Four members of UNISON Essex Branch attended the first Mental Health in the Workplace Conference organised by Colchester Trades Council. The conference took place on 12 October 2019 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.  44 tickets were booked and 10 speakers were scheduled to attend. Four members of UNISON Essex were at the Conference: Branch […]

Celebrating Stars at Oak View School

On 23rd July 2019, UNISON celebrated support staff at Oak View School in Loughton. Every year, UNISON runs a national Stars in Our Schools campaign, holding events across the UK to celebrate school support staff.  These staff play a pivotal role in keeping pupils safe, helping them learn, and keeping schools running smoothly. With 42% […]

Happy birthday to UNISON Essex Branch!

UNISON Essex Branch turned three on 1st July 2019. UNISON Essex was created in response to widespread privatisation and outsourcing of public sector work.  Many members who would previously have been employed by a local authority or the NHS are now employed by a range of academies, private companies, which made it difficult for representatives […]

One Amazing Weekend: UNISON Essex delegates enjoy ONE UNISON Weekend

Three branch officers from UNISON Essex attended the Eastern region’s ONE UNISON weekend on 18th and 19th May 2019.  The weekend was a combination of branch officer training, activist workshops and a celebratory evening of regional Branch and Activists Award presentations. Jane Dabbs and Oladipo Ogedengbe, Branch Secretary and Black Members’ Officer respectively, attended the […]

Pottering about: the life of a retired member

A group of UNISON Essex retired members recently got together to enjoy a beginners’ pottery course. The self-funded event was conceived and organised by UNISON Essex Branch Retired Members’ Secretary John Abrehart, and took place at Southend Adult Community College.  The group attended two two-hour sessions to produce one finished piece of pottery each. Although […]

Recruit a friend in May to win!

As part of UNISON’s national Go For Growth campaign in May, UNISON Essex are pleased to  announce our recruit a friend prize draw, running from 1st to 31st May 2019. If you recruit a new member to UNISON during the month, both of you will be entered into our prize draw to win a fantastic […]

UNISON Essex takes first steps towards mentoring scheme

As part of the commitment to recruiting, training and supporting new stewards and safety reps, UNISON Essex has an action plan in place to create a mentoring scheme for new stewards. The first step of this plan was undertaken in March 2019, with Branch Secretary Jane Dabbs and Health and Safety Officer Richard Bond attending […]

Film recommendation from our Branch International Officer

Our Branch International Officer, John Adams-Hughes, recently attended UNISON International Seminar.  As part of the seminar John watched Nae Pasaran, a film about international worker solidarity. John stated that the film “was truly inspirational and very moving. I would urge all members to watch it while it is available on the BBC. It is a […]

UNISON Essex at Women’s Conference 2019

UNISON Essex was represented by three branch delegates at National Women’s Conference 2019. The conference brings together women from across the country, all members of UNISON, to discuss issues specific to being a woman in the workplace. Branch delegate Titi stated “we had great conference sessions with speakers for various motions raised speaking passionately and […]

UNISON Essex AGM 2019

On 26th and 27th February 2019, UNISON Essex welcomed members to their third Annual General Meeting. Due to the size of the Branch, four meetings took place across Essex.  The purpose of the meeting was for members to hear about the Branch’s activities in 2018, as well as to look at plans and the budget […]