Local Government

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Local Government is the largest of UNISON’s North West’s service group and includes members working in Further and Higher Education, Sixth Form Colleges, Fire support services and Community and Voluntary Sector and Housing Associations.

Nationally, UNISON provides negotiating and bargaining support for our 850,000 members who work in local government. This includes people working for local councils, schools, voluntary organisations, housing associations, the probation service and private companies.

Main Contact:

John Lewis – Regional Lead for Local Government
Telephone: 0161 661 6702
E-mail:  [email protected]


Local Government Sections

  • Connexions
    UNISON represents around 15,000 members working either in or with the ConneXions Service and existing careers service companies in England.Our members include careers advisers, secretaries, administrators and other support staff, youth and community workers and education welfare officers, social workers, personal advisers, careers advisers, careers assistants and employment advisers.
  • Further Education
    UNISON is the main union for support staff working in further education colleges.Our 25,000 members include learning support staff, librarians, IT specialists, technicians, professional staff, administrative and business support staff, cleaners, canteen staff and estate management staff. For further information please contact either Victoria Walton on 0161 661 6762 or Paula Williams on 0161 661 6718For further information please visit our national website.
  • Adult and Social Care
    UNISON supports more than 300,000 members working in social care services – for employers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.We campaign for the best possible deal for employees and for the highest standards of care for service users. We support key parts of the government reform agenda but we believe that services are grossly underfunded and that the views of those who deliver the services are too often ignored.For further information please visit our national website.
  • Housing
    UNISON is opposed to the wholesale selling off of large chunks of the country’s council housing stock.These large scale voluntary transfers are damaging to tenants, local authorities, services and trade union organisation. UNISON fully supports options that enable investment to take place without homes being sold.For Further information please visit our national website.
  • Fire
    UNISON is the biggest union in the UK for fire and rescue service staff (non-firefighters). We have members in every brigade in England, Scotland and Wales.Fire and rescue service staff perform a huge variety of roles, from cooks and cleaners to control room staff and emergency planners; from driving instructors and community safety staff to accountants and trainers.The fire and rescue service is undergoing radical change as a result of government modernisation plans. These plans will see the regionalisation of much of the fire and rescue service; the promotion of a statutory duty to ensure community fire safety and the roll-out of an integrated personnel development system. In Scotland, the plans may lead to a common fire services agency.The Regional Fire Forum meets six times a year and allows representatives employed by Fire & Rescue Services to share information and discuss issues of mutual interest.

    Who to Contact

    Janice Pugh, Chair
    Telephone: 01942 650 503
    Email: [email protected]

    Iris Davies
    Telephone: 0161 661 6751
    Email: [email protected]

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