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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.

Campaign for Pay Justice

Pay Justice

Unions call for a long overdue pay rise (15/06/17)

Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London). In addition the unions want all employees to receive a five per cent pay rise.

The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase.

UNISON, Unite and the GMB say that school and council employees’ living standards have plummeted as their wages have fallen way behind inflation.

UNISON head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “Local government has the lowest paid workers in the public sector, and many council employees and their families are struggling to keep afloat. With every price increase, their standard of living gets worse.

“New recruits and experienced staff are essential for the smooth running of services. Yet poverty pay means local authorities are struggling to attract and hold on to staff, and those left are doing more for less.

“Theresa May needs to show the country she’s listening to the concerns of ordinary people by coming up with the cash to give dedicated public service workers a long overdue, decent pay rise.”

Unite national officer for local authorities Fiona Farmer said: “Local government workers in waste, refuse, maintenance, schools and leisure have suffered from years of austerity with significant cuts to services, jobs and pay.

“They provide an invaluable service at the heart of their communities on a daily basis and deserve better than the pay cuts that have left them struggling to make ends meet.

“Theresa May and the employers need to recognise the loyalty local government workers have shown in the face of savage cuts and begin to address poverty pay by accepting this pay claim.”

Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary for public services, said: “Local government workers are suffering the worst squeeze on their pay in living memory, contributing to a public sector recruitment and retention crisis that is undermining the quality of services for everyone.

“Enough is enough. Our vital and under-appreciated staff must get a pay rise of at least five per cent to compensate for almost a decade of real-terms wage cuts. That is what they need and deserve.

“Last week’s election result was a clear vote for a new approach and against the running down of public services. It’s time for local government employers and Theresa May to listen.”


Pay Justice 2017 Bulletin Issue 02 - Pay Claim Lodged

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Orgreave Truth and Justice - Rally and March - Saturday 17th June 2017

Below are the details of our annual commemoration of what happened at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, 17/6/1984 when the police attacked and arrested 95 picketing miners during the miners 84/85 strike. I know you have supported the campaign recently either on our Noise Demonstration or requesting stickers to promote the campaign. We would be very pleased if you join us this year help us to continue to make this a big Labour and Trade union event once again.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers along with music, poetry and singing. Bring banners and placards!

Kind regards
Barbara Jackson, Secretary, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

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Orgreave Anniversary 2017


Get help with school uniform costs - deadline 21 July 2017 (23/05/17)

School uniform grant 2017

School Uniform Grant - Application form pdf
School Uniform Grant - Questions & Answers pdf

If you have any problem with filling in the form please don't hesitate to get in touch with the branch


Manorlands Starlight Hike 2017 - 30 September 2017 (16/05/17)

Manorlands Starlight Hike 2017

Date: 30 September 2017
Location: Oxenhope Railway Station

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Have a fantastic family night out under the stars on a walk through Oxenhope and
surrounding villages, remembering loved ones and raising funds for Sue Ryder
Manorlands Hospice.

What happens on the night?
Arrive in plenty of time to register and enjoy our entertainment area, where you’ll find
music, stalls and refreshments available.

After warming up, you’ll board the Starlight Express train, which will transport you to
the start of the walk.

You’ll then follow a safe, marshalled route around the surrounding villages of
Manorlands, and pass through the hospice grounds, including the Starlight Avenue: a
quiet area of reflection. Here, you’ll be able to display a star dedicated to your loved

There’ll be plenty to entertain you around the route, and you’ll be treated to a snack
bar and some water at the halfway point to keep you going.

Crossing the finishing line, you’ll be rewarded with a well-deserved bite to eat and
goody bag, knowing you’ve done something incredible for local people living with lifechanging illnesses.

Every penny raised through sponsorship will help us to continue to provide incredible
hospice care to our patients and their families, both here at Manorlands and out in the
local community.

Bradford UNISON will be attending the event. It costs £12 per person if you register
before 31st July 2017. Come and join us and help raise much needed money.
To register please follow the link http://www.sueryder.org/get-involved/events/allevents/

Durham Miners Gala 8th July 2017 - Application Form (16/05/17)

Durham Miners Gala

Saturday 8th July 2017, £7.50 per ticket.
Pick up time 8.00AM.  Leaving Durham 6.00pm.

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The focal point of the Gala is the County Hotel at Old Elvet where the two legs of the procession converge. Here, the union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries greet the march from the hotel balcony and the bands pause to play their “party piece” before marching the short distance to the Racecourse where there is a platform for the speakers. 

The procession can take three to four hours to pass the County Hotel due to the huge numbers attending and the frequent pauses at the hotel. However, a wonderful atmosphere of street theatre is created there making the occasion more a fiesta than a march. On the Racecourse, the banners are strapped to the surrounding fences creating a colourful tapestry of working class history. On the riverside, there are rides for the children and stalls selling everything from books to fast food. In the marquees, there are many exhibitions and a place where tea and sandwiches can be bought run by the Durham Labour Party. And, on a field overlooking the racecourse, there is a fun fair with some scary rides for the more adventurous.

At 1pm, the platform party arrives and the Chairman opens the meeting. After the speeches, four or five selected bands and banners march to the Cathedral for the Miners’ Service. Whether you are a believer or not, this is worth a visit for the sheer dramatic experience. Back on the Racecourse, the banners are lifted when the various miners’ lodges decide it is time to go and march back to the County Hotel where they play another tune exuberantly but, sometimes, a little less professionally due to the intoxicating effects of the day’s celebratory atmosphere. 

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

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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

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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)

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  • 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.

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

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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:


Branch Rules and AGM Reports 2017 published (10/01/17)
Health & Wellbeing Newsletter published (09/01/17)

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