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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.

LGPS - sign the petition

Pension petition

Local Government Pension Scheme - Sign the Petition (15/07/16)
We request your help with a Parliamentary petition we set up about the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Over 86,000 people like you have already signed it. Please join them today, it takes just 30 seconds to do so. If we don’t get 100,000 signatures by September we will have missed the opportunity for a debate in the House of Commons

Please sign the petition here.

What’s the problem?

The government has announced plans to force individual Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds to invest in UK infrastructure projects. This is instead of direct government funding of important projects – even if it doesn’t give the best return for LGPS members’ pensions.

UNISON is not against LGPS funds investing in infrastructure, but we believe that investment decisions should be made by the fund managers and their members, not government ministers. Such a significant change to pension funds should be debated in Parliament.

Some five million people rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme to pay their pension. This is why UNISON has launched the petition calling for a parliamentary debate on the matter and is asking you to sign it today.

Even if you are not a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme, please take the time to sign this important petition. If this proposal does go ahead, it could have much wider implications for members of other pension schemes and could affect you and your own pension in the future.

Best wishes

John Cafferty

Latest News

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.
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