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Peterloo Massacre Bicentenary: March for Democracy

On the 16th August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, armed cavalry charged into a crowd of some 60,000 – 80,000 peaceful protesters who had travelled from all across Greater Manchester to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. This event became known in history as the Peterloo Massacre and this year we are commemorating its […]

Defend Local Government Pensions

The Government is currently consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme (LGPS) to new non-teaching staff. The proposal would: Create a two-tier workforce with new starters offered inferior pensions; Disproportionately affect women and the lower paid; Threaten the future sustainability of the […]

School Uniform Grant 2019

Get help with the cost of school uniforms Families living on low incomes with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard. But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There […]

Use your Vote on Thursday to STOP fascist Tommy Robinson

Use your vote to Stop Fascist Tommy Robinson. Trade unions are supporting the campaign to encourage people to use their vote on May 23rd to stop the fascist Tommy Robinson becoming an MEP in the North West. The PR system in the EU elections means he only need a small percentage of the vote to […]

Reminder: UNISON NEC Elections 2019

Our Branch has nominated the following candidates for our National Executive Committee which is elected every 2 years and is the body which leads our union on a whole range of key issues affecting our members and their future. It is vital that we elect a NEC which will be prepared to do everything possible […]

Manchester May Day Celebrations

As part of the May Day celebrations this year a number of events will be taking place across the city. A summary of the planned activities is included below along with clickable links for more information. Wednesday 1 May – Wednesday 8 May 0161 Festival: facebook.com/events/164395167823846/ Saturday 4 May 1pm – 5pm Salford May Day […]

There for You Winter Fuel Grants 2018-19

Members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls. But it’s not all bad news – help is available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set […]

Upcoming Events in December

In this post we have included details of upcoming events in December which you may wish to attend. Community Engagement Event – Saturday 8 December Dr Florence Levy, Head of Health Workers Union FETSALUD in the North Caribbean region of Nicaragua, will be visiting the UK in December and as part of her speaker tour […]

National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism

A national unity demonstration has been called for by Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism to counter the growth of the far-right in the UK as they become increasingly confident and vicious in their activities. The demonstration is due to take place in London on 17th November and is backed by Dianne Abbott […]

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We need your help!

Parliamentary Enquiry into Pension Scheme Costs and Charges Millions of workers have been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension. Most of these pension schemes do not disclose how much it costs to manage and invest the money they contribute. UNISON will be making a full submission to the inquiry and we have attached a briefing on […]

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