Black members’ news

The UNISON Black members’ conference is happening next weekend in the Brighton Centre.

If you would like to find out more about the event, please see the documents below.

Please note that items in this agenda are not UNISON policy until they have been debated and passed at conference.

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Black Action spring newsletter is available to download here.

Getting involved

UNISON South East have a Black Members’ Committee – their first meeting of the year will be on 18th of March in Guildford. For further information please contact Danielle Bruce.

If you are interested in standing for the position of Black Members’ Officer in the University of Brighton UNISON branch please contact us. You can find out more about the role here.

Get involved in ♥UNIONS 8-14 Feb

Get involved in ♥UNIONS 8-14 Feb

From the 8 to 14 February, unions and the TUC will be running a special week of activities throughout England and Wales to showcase the amazing work done by you and union reps in our workplaces.

There are lots of activities planned throughout the week. To keep up to date on the latest news, downloads and freebies, sign up below and you’ll get a weekly email containing everything you need to know in the lead up to heartunions week.

To get you started, ♥UNIONS are giving away an introductory pack to new subscribers. Your free pack includes a new heartunions pin badge, pen, postcard for taking selfies and promotional recruitment material. Be quick, they only have a limited number of packs to give away so it’s first come first served.

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Young Members AGM

The regional Young Members’ Forum is happening on 27th January in Guildford. If you are a young person under 27 and are thinking about getting more active in UNISON you might find this event of interest. The deadline for applications is 20th January.

Young Members AGM

The Young Members’ Forum are holding their AGM on 27th January at the UNISON South East Regional Office.

This is a chance to have a say in the campaigning activities we look at throughout the year and is a great way to take a step into UNISON activism.

If you’re under 27 and would like to find out more about getting involved as a young member, then download and complete the application form and return it to UNISONhelp for authorisation.

Further Information

Date 27th January 2017 14:00-17:00

Location Ranger House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4UL

Contact Jenny Mason j.mason@unison.co.uk 01483 406513

Black Leadership and Motion Writing course

RBMCThis event is open to all black members. Please contact unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

The Black Leadership & Motion Writing course will cover:

    • Leadership in Trade Unions
    • Committees at Regional level – structure & purpose
    • Leadership in practise
    • Mentoring & support
    • Motion writing workshop

This is a residential weekend that starts at 6pm on the 16th and will finish at 1pm on the 18th Sept 2016 in The View Hotel, Eastbourne.

Please note that spaces are limited so please apply early, using the registration form (closing date for application forms is 5th September 2016).

Hastings consultation survey

The University of Brighton Students’ Union encourage students, staff and community members alike to complete the Hastings consultation survey.

brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/hastings-consultation-survey-aug

The University of Brighton has launched its consultation regarding the future of its provision in Hastings. Brighton Students’ Union believes this consultation is an entirely pointless exercise which only aims to create a smoke screen for the University’s true intentions of completely withdrawing its provision from Hastings.

The ‘consultation’ offers only one option for providing Higher Education in Hastings, which is essentially the complete withdrawal of the University of Brighton from the town and the transferal of two access courses to the Sussex Coast College Hastings. We also believe that this consultation has been intentionally set for the summer so that students have less of an opportunity to take part.

We believe that the University should stand by its commitments to widening access to Higher Education and to the people of Hastings from whom it has taken large amounts of public money to invest in its facilities. We believe that the University could make a sound business case for continuing its provision in Hastings by investing in the campus and creating more student accommodation and improved student social learning facilities which would make the campus more attractive to prospective students.

We would like to encourage students, staff and the local community to complete this consultation so that they can demonstrate their anger to the University Board of Governors at this appalling decision.

Brighton Students’ Union will continue to work with local MPs, Hastings Borough Council, Unison, UCU, local businesses and members of the local community to oppose the closure of the Hastings campus.

Quote source: brightonsu.com/news/article/6013/Hands-off-Hastings-update-University-of-Brighton-Student-Consultation/

New Learning Bursary for Low Paid Women Members

UNISON’s low-paid or part-time women members across the South East wishing to take up study at their own expense can now access a new ‘education bursary’ which is a scheme designed to help with the financial cost of studying.

There are two grants available:

  1. a grant of £150.00 per year for a maximum of three years for a shorter courses for example, skills based courses, GCSE’s, A Levels undertaken at further education colleges
  2. a grant £1,000.00 per year for a maximum of three years to support women undertaking Trade Union or Labour Movement studies which could include a degree, diploma or MA level studies at a recognised university (including Open University).

This opportunity is provided by the former Regional Secretary Phil Wood who retired in 2015.  He was adamant that the funding bequeathed by him for the bursary should be used exclusively for low-paid women members and the South East is proud to be able to offer low-paid women members this opportunity.  Many of our women members have benefited from the excellent training opportunities that UNISON offers but this new learning bursary goes one step further and provides exclusive opportunities for low-paid women members.  To find our more please you can download a copy of the bursary application form or contact Fiona Roberts, Regional Women’s Officer at f.roberts@unison.co.uk or on 01273 544039

U in UNISON

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UNISON Southeast will be running a U in UNISON course on the 30th June, at the UNISON Regional Office Guildford.

This course is aimed at UNISON members who want to know about how UNISON works

Details:

This is an induction and taster session where you will:

  • Get an understanding of UNISON structures
  • Learn how committees work
  • Receive a grounding in the scope and scale of the role of a steward
  • Identify sources of support
  • Get a knowledge of further training that is available
  • Look at the difference you can make in your workplace

Please note that spaces are limited so if you’re interested contact unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk for more information. We cover the cost of your travel and lunch will be provided.

Regional Women’s Forum in Eastbourne

ForumUNISON Southeast Women are holding a Women’s Forum on 30 September to 2 October. The forum is open to women members.

You can find out more and apply for this event by downloading this pdf and returning it to unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk

Last year, the branch Women’s Officer attended the Women’s Forum and here is what she had to say about it;

I feel more confident since becoming involved with Southeast Women and the other UNISON Self-Organised Groups. As someone who struggles to communicate due to various mental health and anxiety-related issues, I made connections with similar members in other branches and discovered I had skills that I could put to use in University of Brighton. It was also because of the support provided by the Self-Organised Groups that I felt able to start talking about my mental health in my workplace without embarrassment.

Southeast Women offer training that is suitable for members who are new to trade unions and/or activism, and I was pleased to see that they used accessible language so I didn’t feel left behind in the workshops. They offer practical courses like assertiveness skills (pdf) but if you find you want to get more involved they can signpost you to other learning opportunities like branch officer training or leadership training.

Upcoming events for LGBT members

UNISON LGBT members have four upcoming events in London. If you would like to attend any of them please contact out@unison.co.uk (you don’t have to be out to attend).

 

National UNISON transgender members meeting

15 July 2016
9:30-12:00
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-transgender-members-meeting

 

National UNISON bisexual members meeting

15 July 2016
14:00-16:30
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-bisexual-members-meeting

 

National UNISON Disabled LGBT members meeting

16 September 2016
10:00-15:00
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-disabled-lgbt-members-meeting

 

National UNISON Black LGBT members meeting

17 September 2016
10:00-15:00
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-black-lgbt-members-meeting

 

The cost of travel will be covered by UNISON and lunch will be provided.