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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.

Hope Not Hate: 28th November 2016

Hope Not Hate Event

Latest News

National Retired Members Conference Report (25/10/16)

National Retired Members Conference
4th – 5th October 2016 - Southport

You can find the report here... pdf logo

Latest newsletter published (14/10/16)

You can find the latest newsletter here... You can also see our archived newsletters so you can see how stories have developed.


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

Libraries Newsletters - keep up-to-date (14/07/16)

You can find all the latest Libraries bulletins here...


In House Training - 2016 (19/05/16)

DISIPLINARY & GRIEVANCE TRAINING – 3 DAY COURSE – 20th, 21st & 22nd June 2016 (all 3 days must be completed)

BASIC STEWARDS TRAINING – 5 DAY COURSE – 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th & 19th July 2016 (all 5 days must be completed)

22nd & 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016

20th & 21st OCTOBER 2016


Cancer Research UK: Thank you! (28/04/16)



AGM 2016 Minutes (10/02/16)

You can find the minutes for the 2016 AGM here... Our 'Branch info' page has loads of useful information for UNISON activists, and gives you an idea of the breadth of work the branch is involved in.

Cancer Research Charity Night - Thank you! (11/02/16)

Charity event

Letter from Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank (18/01/16)

Your generous donation of several bags and boxes of food and a very useful cheque for £200 (receipt number is 160, dated 24th December, 2015) are most welcome in the light of the deteriorating situation for many people and families in Bradford and I don’t think you need me to spell out the general climate at the moment as you must be facing it on a daily basis.

We have been dismayed by the emphasis on demonising those who struggle, and are out of work, often on a very temporary basis, or have mental health problems, and I am ashamed to live in a nation that can characterise those who are not coping, often because of sanctions, zero hours contracts, changes to the DLA and the introduction of Universal Credit, as shirkers not workers, or skivers not strivers.  I am old enough to remember the opening up of the concentration camps at the end of the war and they were the result of the constant emphasis on blaming the gypsies and the Jews until a normal sensible population were able to accept the hatred as the norm and then extermination as the solution.

The result is that despite setting a record of 10,000 food bags in 2014, each valued at about £15, we have now surpassed that with just over 11,000 this year, and all of that from a figure of around 3,000 just five years ago.  However the encouraging fact is the contribution made by the people and organisations in Bradford, from schools, work places, churches, mosques, gurdwaras and individuals and this is happening for a number of food banks, including ours, the local Bradford Metropolitan one, which began in 2004, and is run entirely by volunteers and is non sectarian.

We look forward to the time when we can pack up and not have all this need and suffering to cope with, but until then contributions like yours keep us going and we are extremely thankful for your support.

Best wishes
Keith Thomson
(Treasurer –BMFB)
On behalf of the volunteers and Trustees of Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank


Sports and Social Events 2016 (19/11/15)

Take a look below at the events we have coming up for 2016! You can download a leaflet here.

Charity Events
Motown/Northern Soul night to raise money for Cancer Research, 6th Feb 2016 at the Ginger Goose Pub in Bradford Town Centre.

10K Run & Training Programme – March 2016 (exact date not known)
Morecambe Sands Walk – May 2016 (exact date not known)
Roger Watson Golf Tournament – date tbc

Various discounts on upcoming shows at the Alhambra Bradford - tbc
Discounted Tickets for Disney on Ice Sheffield – date tbc

Doncaster Races – date tbc
Darts/Doms & Quiz Nights – dates tbc

All these offers will be sent out to you by email in the quarterly newsletter.
Do we have the correct contact details for you? If you are unsure please call the office on 01274 513170 or by email on office.admin2@unison-bradford.org.uk