HSBC, Leicester - 21 February
Myself and the local/national Reps attended this site for the day to promote the Union. It had been well advertised which meant we had alot of enquiries. It was very positive. It is hoped that we will be able to do this again in a few months' time.
Stagecoach, Skegness - 16 February
I attended this depot along with the Reps and Regional Officer, Scott Lennon. It was a very productive day and gave members an insight into the full scale of their benefits, especially Driver Care. Also a popular benefit on the day was the £5000 Free Accidental Death Cover which is available to all members. You can find more information and apply online for it here.
University of Derby - 8 February
Myself, Shaun Pender - Community Organiser and Neil Vernon - Union Learning Organiser attended the University of Derby again to try and speak to students, members and non-members alike. We were situated outside the Careers & Employability Hub. There are many groups at the university including full time students, mature students and employees who are based at the university itself. It is hoped that we can arrange more sessions throughout the year to raise the profile of Unite.
Leicester City Council, Time to Change Event - 5 February
I attended this employee event along with our Reps. It focused on mental health and educating people about what it is to deal with a mental health problem and to be more understanding of others, especially in the workplace. It was also a good opportunity to speak to members and non-members who were interested in the legal and affiliated benefits Unite has to offer.
Mental health in the workplace was the main topic of our 2017 Health & Safety Conference. You can click here for more resources for your workplace. Alternatively, click on the logo below to visit the Time to Change website.
Nottinghamshire Health Service Branch - Public Meeting 1 February
This was a public meeting organised by one of our NHS Branches in the Region, entitled 'NHS Privatisation - a bitter pill to swallow for Notts'. It was very well attended by members and non-members, as well as Branch Reps and the Regional Officer, Garry Guye.
Government’s proposals to test new and possibly illegal privatisation plans in Nottinghamshire were explained at the meeting. Speaking to a capacity and determined audience at The Mechanics, Nottingham, Dr Colin Hutchinson explained the new management Accountable Care Organisations (ACO), for contracting out NHS and social care delivery. ACOs have evolved from Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) whose aim is to integrate health and social service delivery in a single package. Alarmingly, commercial organisations will be allowed to tender to become ACOs.
For more information you can access the Branch website here
EM/DE56 - Branch sponsored football kit launched on 27 January
The former Branch Chair, Ian Mosley, is one of the coaches of this team who proposed the Branch support the new kit. The senior coach Gad Khalsagirls is also a Unite member from Rolls Royce. The team have only got to win one game to win the league and they have four games in hand!
Pictures thanks to Branch Secretary, Ian Hawley
Trelleborg - 11 January
I attended this site to cover all day shifts whilst our Senior Rep assisted as well as carrying out a ballot. It was an ideal time to speak to members and non-members alike, including agency staff. Many people were not aware of some of their benefits, especially our latest one which is the NHS Dental Plan! If you would like more information on the latest discounts on offer please click here. Legal Services can be found on our dedicated website here.