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Barnardo’s Scotland Staff Conferences 2019

This year Barnardo’s are holding three staff conferences in Scotland. UNISON Barnardo’s will be present at all three with information, advice and freebies available. Come along and have a chat with us, and if you’re not already, become a member of the only recognised union for Barnardo’s employees. The conference dates are: Glasgow – 4th […]

Bob Woods

Last week we passed on the sad news of the death of Bob Woods, former Barnardo’s colleague and lifelong trade union and LGBT+ activist. Bob was not only a highly respected social worker but devoted many hours of his own time to causes close to his heart, including promoting respect for difference at St Teilo’s […]

Landmark UNISON case confirms minimum annual leave for all workers

UNISON today secured a victory at the Court of Appeal affecting hundreds of thousands of employees working part-time and irregular hours or patterns. Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON clarifies the legal position ensuring all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they do not get given work or paid […]

Climate Change Strike

The UNISON Barnardo’s Branch has received a number of enquiries asking what action UNISON intend to take regarding the climate change strikes on 20th September 2019. Please see below the official statement which the Branch will be observing. Anti-trade union laws (i.e. the Trade Union Act) mean that UNISON branches are unable to take strike […]

UNISON National Delegate Conference in Tweets

UNISON National Delegate Conference 2019 in Tweets Take a peek at some of the highlights of each day at NDC this year in Liverpool! Tuesday Opening of Conference Proud to be Attending Unison National conference. #UNDC19 #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/15UtSHsxIY — paul edwards (@pauledw88927349) June 18, 2019 UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis Unites Conference You'll never walk […]

National Delegate Conference 2019

National Delegate Conference (NDC) took place in Liverpool at the ACC Liverpool from 18th – 21st June 2019. The Barnardo’s branch sent one delegate, two sharing delegates and a visitor – Aiden Kremin-Pacey (Young Members’ Officer), Karen Rickards (Branch Secretary), Louise Ashworth (Treasurer) and Pauline Gordon (Northern Ireland Convenor, Assistant Branch Secretary). If it’s Tuesday […]

Young Members’ Weekend: Belfast 2019

UNISON’s National Young Members’ Weekend took place this year in the historic city of Belfast from 10-12 May. With a range of in-depth workshops, networking opportunities and political education seminars, the weekend was an inspiring and thought-provoking experience. As the Young Members Officer in the Barnardo’s branch, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this event. […]

School Uniform Grant 2019

Families living on low income 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 for You has once more set up a limited […]

First committee meeting of the year

Every two months the Branch Committee (members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting) meet to discuss the future of the Branch, what is happening and how they will work to continue to improve the workplace. This is the first committee meeting since the Annual General Meeting last month. This month, the Committee meeting […]

Annual General Meeting Live Streamed

Every year the Branch holds the official AGM (Annual General Meeting) in March. This year, the AGM took place on 29th March 2019 in the Barnardo’s Midlands Regional Office in Halesowen. For the first time, the AGM was live streamed onto Barnardo’s Workplace and has been published for all members to watch whenever is convenient […]