A blog from our Regional Convenor, Glen Williams

No Return to Normal

Well we continue to live through strange and challenging times where so much has changed and yet so much stays the same: Tory sleaze, Tory allocation of contracts to party donors and ‘friends’, a pending pay freeze for public sector workers and the real threat to our NHS- all under the ongoing cover of Covid. Read more

Real Action in a Virtual World

We continue to live in bizarre times and you all continue to work in what must feel like ever-changing pressures. I am increasingly aware of members showing signs of Covid fatigue and, as a region, we are looking at ways this can be addressed. It goes without saying that I hope all reading this and your families stay safe and well until the pandemic recedes. Read more

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all UNISON members in the North West and to your families- I am sorry it feels neither new nor too happy for many people. I genuinely hope you managed to get a rest over the festive season and I say a particular thanks to all of our members who worked throughout the holiday and continue to provide incredible quality services 24/7. Read more

UNISON North West: Adapting and Winning

As your elected Regional Convenor, I am slowly getting to meet with all the committees and activists in our region. It staggers me how much work by activists and staff goes on under the radar but is integral to our agreed regional priorities and work programme. Rogue employers and a rogue government have used Covid as an excuse to attack public sector workers and our region is demonstrating that a fight back is possible. Read more

October 2020: Scrap the Pensions Cap!

Hello to all UNISON North West activists and members, Read more

Sending strength, solidarity and thanks to our UNISON North West activists

Since I last wrote we have lost a true friend and comrade to our region- Jean Blevin. Jean was our Regional Treasurer and longstanding health activist known throughout our region and union. After a short battle, Jean fell victim to cancer in August and we have met regularly with her family, friends and colleagues. When the pandemic allows, we will properly remember the immense work Jean did for our region and union. Read more

COVID-19, Collective Voice and Our Region's Challenges

A very warm welcome to all UNISON North West activists on behalf of your new Regional Secretariat. Never has there been a greater need for our collective voice to be heard in and outside of our union. Read more

Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we’ve faced in decades- UNISON North West is meeting it head on

When I became Interim Regional Convenor at the end of last year, I did not expect that just a few months later we would be faced by a global pandemic- the consequences of which are colossal for our whole union. Coronavirus has made the turbulence of the last few years pale into insignificance by comparison.

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The Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise! Pay Seminar 2020

As trade union officials we are often so busy supporting members in the here and now, that it can be difficult to take time out to discuss the big issues. It is crucial though that as a union, we do take time to think, to debate and to plan. That’s why I was so pleased to chair our Pay Seminar which took place a few weeks ago. There are few issues that are more important to our members than pay, and it is crucial that we work collectively to set a pro-active pay agenda for the coming years. Read more

2019 in Review: Recruitment and Retention

I have begun the year by reflecting on our recruitment and retention figures for 2019. There are some exceptional statistics that are testament to the excellent work of activists and organisers across our region. Read more

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