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Our branch is run by a committed group of individuals who believe passionately in public services and the public sector ethos.

We represent over 10,000 members in Bradford Council, and those employees engaged in delivering public services allied to the Council, such as Bradford Community Housing Trust, Serco, Care Trust, in addition we have members in Further Education Colleges and the Community and Voluntary Sector within the City.

NEC elections 2017

Are you a UNISON member? You can vote for our national executive council between 3 April and 28 April. UNISON National Executive Committee are lay members of branches elected from across the various service groups to represent the views of ordinary members. 

Branches are entitled to nominate individuals and following that process our Branch has decided to nominate the following... click here pdf logo

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2017 NEC elections (10/04/17)

The above elections start today and members will shortly be receiving ballot papers to participate in the above elections.

UNISON National Executive Committee are lay members of branches elected from across the various service groups to represent the views of ordinary members.  Branches are entitled to nominate individuals and following that process our Branch has decided to nominate the following.

Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Seats
Liz Mawson - Regional Low Paid Seat
Tony Green - Regional Male Seat
Jenny Middleton - Regional Female Seat
Linda Crowther - Regional Female Seat

Local Government
Wendy Nichols – Female seat
Lynn Poulton – Female seat

Community Service Group
John Gray - General seat – elected unopposed
Denise Charles - Female seat  

Black Members
Elizabeth Cameron – Female seat
Majula Kamari – Female seat
Abiola Kusoro - Black Reserved Seat – elected unopposed

Police and Justice
Maureen Le Marinel - Police and Justice Female Seat – elected unopposed

Kim Silver - Female Seat

Young Members
Andrew Anderson

When considering the requests for nomination the Branch felt that the above candidates had indicated that they would;

  • Put members first
  • Were committed to building a union that looks after its members
  • Wanted to unite our union and reject the politics of division
  • Fight cuts and austerity
  • Grow and develop our union for the battles ahead

The Branch encourages all our members to take part in these elections so if you could spare a few minutes to complete your ballot paper before the deadline of noon on Friday 28th April 2017 that would be appreciated.  

Should you not receive a ballot paper by 11th April 2017 then please ring the following number 08000857857. 

Please note the deadline to request replacement ballot papers is noon on the 25th April 2017.  

Member’s details  
If you have moved house, changed jobs, got a new email address then can we please ask that you contact the branch office in order that we can update your details.  Please either ring 01274 513170 or alternatively email at office.admin@unison-bradford.org.uk.


UNISON 'There for You' newsletter (07/04/17)

Download the latest newsletter here... pdf

We are UNISON’s registered charity offering FREE and confidential services, benefits and support including:-

  • Financial Assistance - if you are in financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Small Grants
    - School Uniform May - July (application forms available May 2017)
    - Winter Fuel Dec - Feb (now closed for 2017)
  • Links to Credit Unions - for loans/savings
  • Wellbeing breaks - during illness/respite for carers
  • Support & information – listening support & sign posting
  • Debt advice - freephone 0800 389 3302

Download the latest newsletter here... pdf

In-house training calendar 2017 (02/03/17)

24TH MAY 2017

REACCREDITION TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE (Both days must be completed) 1ST & 2ND JUNE 2017

(Both days must be completed – counts as re-accreditation)
6TH & 7TH JULY 2017

No training in August 2017 – due to Summer Break

BASIC STEWARD TRAINING – 5 DAY COURSE (all 5 days must be completed)
7TH, 8TH, 11TH, 12TH & 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

(Both days must be completed)
21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

25th OCTOBER 2017

DISCUSSION LEADER TRAINING – 2 DAY COURSE (Both days must be completed)
16TH & 17TH NOVEMBER 2017

Sports & Social Events 2017 (27/02/17)

Check out the Sports & Social post with all the dates and details here...

  • The 133rd Durham Miners Rally, Saturday 8th July 2017
  • UNISON Doncaster Race Day, Saturday 5th August 2017
  • Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride, 7th – 8th October 2017
  • Blackpool Trip, Sunday 16th October 2017
  • York Christmas Market, Sunday 3rd December 2017

Later this year we will again be offering members discounted tickets for the Christmas Pantomime at the Alhambra, Bradford!

All trips and offers are printed in our quarterly Newsletter.

Are you not receiving the newsletter?
Please call our office 01274 513170 or email office.admin@unison-bradford.org.uk and check the details we have are correct.

Restrictions apply on some of our offers.

OJC Newsletter - February 2017 (17/02/17)

You can download the OJC February 2017 Newsletter here... pdf


UNISON attended an OJC1 meeting on the 16th February, where Management gave a further update on the Authority’s current financial position. This will be presented at an Executive meeting next week. Additional information was disclosed around the tax base and grants which Bradford Council will receive. This indicates a much improved financial position for year 2016/17. The predicted overspend has come down over the last financial quarter and is expected to be around a £0.2m budget overspend at year-end.
The proposed budget for the coming two years will be debated on 23rd February at a Full Council Budget meeting. A recommendation will be made to either accept or amend the proposals by councillors. The full paperwork for the meeting with details of all the budget proposals can be found at:

UNISON has been consulting with members on the budget proposals and UNISON’s response to the recommendations can be found within this paperwork for consideration prior to any decision being made.

Management stated that they need to save £400k from the cross-Council staffing budget in 2018/19 and intend to review and put forward some proposals which would affect members’ current terms and conditions. The proposals could include premium payments, professional fee payments and the potential total removal of all essential car user allowances. There are no detailed proposals for consultation at this stage; however, it is important that you are aware of what the Council is considering. Bradford UNISON branch is committed to fighting to protect our members and to keep national and locally agreed ‘Green Book’ terms and conditions, but we will also need active involvement from our wider membership in any campaigns.

We will consult fully with members at such time as any proposals are brought forward. So that we remain as strong as possible, it is important that anyone who is not yet a member of a trade union joins UNISON.

To become a member, please follow the link below to download an application form:


Yorkshire and Humberside - LGPS Newsletter Jan 2017
Branch Rules and AGM Reports 2017 published (10/01/17)
Health & Wellbeing Newsletter published (09/01/17)

You can find our Directorate newsletters here...


Starving Labour controlled councils of money (23/09/16)


Please find a few minutes to read the attached article from today’s Guardian by John Harris (Friday 23 September 2016)

As we have known for some years the Tories are deliberately starving Labour controlled Councils of the money they need to provide a decent level of service.

This article demonstrates why Labour Council Leaders are being deliberately forced to make huge cuts to central services due to massive central Government cuts.


What we are all doing to strengthen our membership and fight alongside our Labour controlled Councils has never been more important. We will only have the strength to defeat this appalling Government if we stay united.

Best wishes

Linda Crowther
Branch Secretary