last updated 25/05/2015



Book Launch

Northern ReSisters:  Conversations with Radical Women  by Bernadette Hyland

Saturday 6 June, 2pm at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

In this book Bernadette speaks to nine women from Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds who have been active in radical  movements over the past forty years, including trade unionism, Women’s  Liberation,   anti-racism and  the peace movement.

Bernadette says: “In this book I ask the question; what does it mean to be an activist; how does it affect your life and how do people keep going in the face of adversity?  My conversations with these women tell their story of involvement in many of the important social and political issues of the post-war era. They have been chosen by me because their stories have gone untold.”

The women include Betty Tebbs,  aged 97, a trade unionist and peace campaigner since the 1940s who recently appeared on television with Maxine Peake; Mandy Vere, who founded  the News From Nowhere bookshop in Liverpool in  the 1970s and still works there;  Karen Reissman and Pia  Feig who campaign about the NHS; and Alice Nutter, formerly in the band Chumbawamba,  who  now writes drama for theatre, radio and television.

In the second part of the book Bernadette has selected a number of her articles previously published.  These include a discussion in 2014  with writers Cathy Crabb, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Sally Wainwright (writer of Last Tango in Halifax)  on whether there is such a thing as a “northern writer”.

Please join Bernadette, meet some of her Northern ReSisters and take part in the discussion over refreshments and cake.

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If you are unable to attend, you can buy the book  directly from News  from Nowhere bookshop

More information: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.

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Justice for Jenny?: All Eyes on the University of Bolton for Appeal Outcome

The University of Bolton has the opportunity to overturn its controversial decision to dismiss Jenny Markey when an appeal hearing is held on Wednesday.

Jenny was employed as an academic administrator in the health and community studies department until being summarily dismissed last month.

Jenny’s dismissal followed the sacking of her husband Damien – a senior lecturer at the University and an activist in the UCU union. Damien’s appeal hearing takes place on Tuesday.

Both Jenny and Damien were dismissed over allegations that they had brought the University into disrepute after details of the financial affairs of vice-chancellor George Holmes appeared in the media. The dismissals were highly unusual in that the University did not follow normal procedure – the dismissals were sudden and did not follow a proper investigation.

The Markeys’ treatment has led to a campaign for their reinstatement that has been well-supported by university staff, students and the public. An online petition has attracted over 3,000 signatures.

Jenny Markey is a UNISON member and the union will be representing her at the appeal hearing. UNISON North West Regional Manager Steve Stott said:

“All eyes will be on the University this week to see if common sense prevails at the appeal hearing. Jenny and Damien have been very harshly treated by the University and it is rare for a high-profile employer to behave so badly. UNISON will be supporting Jenny through the appeal process and beyond if necessary in pursuit of a fair outcome.”


UNISON National Executive Council elections 2015

Ballot papers have been sent out to all members at your home address.
If you have not received a ballot paper telephone: 08000 857 857

Bolton UNISON has nominated the following

North West Regional Seats: (All members can vote in this section)
Karen Reissmann - Female Seat
Bernadette Gallagher – Female Seat
Tony Wilson - General Seat
Roger Bannister - Male Seat

Local Government Service Group (only for those members in this sector)Jane Doolan - Female Seat
Phoebe Watkins - Female Seat
Glenn Kelly - Male Seat
Paul Holmes - General Seat

Black Members Seats (all members can vote in this section)
Nusrat Bukhari
April Ashley
Hugo Pierre

Community Seats ( only for those who work in this sector)
Janet Bryan
Kieran Grogan

Higher Education (only for those who work in this sector)
Tomasa Bullen
Max Watson

Battling for Bolton Edition Six
Battling for Bolton Edition Five
Battling for Bolton Edition Four
Battling For Bolton Edition Three
Battling For Bolton Edition Two
Battling For Bolton Edition One

EVENTS for Workers Memorial Day 2015‏

Bolton will be holding it’s annual commemoration event on Sunday 26th April in Victoria Square. There will be a rally from 11.30am (speakers include Bolton NE MP Dave Crausby, Hilda Palmer from Greater Manchester Hazards and Martin McMulkin from UNITE) followed by a minutes silence at 12 noon.

On Worker’s Memorial Day itself, Tuesday 28th April, members of Bolton UNISON’s Health & Safety Committee will be gathering at the Town Hall Steps on Victoria Square to hand out leaflets and purple ribbons, from 12pm to 1.30pm. All are welcome to come and help out, even if you can only spare a few minutes..

Talk by the TUC General Secretary‏

On Saturday 16 May at 2pm Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary, will give the sixth annual Frow Lecture at the Old Fire Station on the Crescent, Salford. Her topic is 'The future of the left - where next for Labour, trade unions and the working class?'

Admission free; all welcome.

MP backs UNISON's Ethical Care charter

Signing up: Yasmin Qureshi MP and Bolton UNISON stewards

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has given her backing to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter campaign.

Ms Qureshi met stewards from the union's Bolton branch to give her backing to the campaign - and the branch's petition to get Bolton council to sign up to the charter.

"Today I signed ‪@unisontweets Ethical Care Charter. Pls support ‪@UNISON_Bolton petition," she Tweeted.

"UNISON's Ethical Care Charter is a series of standards that we want the council to adopt to improve homecare services throughout Bolton," says the branch.

The charter calls for:
•an end to 15-minute visits for elderly and disabled people who need care in their own homes;
•our elderly and disabled people to be given the same care worker rather than a series of strangers;
•homecare workers to receive better training and the living wage and for an end to zero-hours contracts.

"We believe that elderly and disabled people in our community deserve the best possible level of homecare to help them live independently and with dignity," adds the branch.

"In order to make this happen, homecare workers need to be treated fairly and decently so they can do their jobs to the best of their ability."

The union is asking Bolton residents to "add your name and call to ask that Bolton council takes responsibility for ensuring better care for our elderly and disabled people and for better treatment of our homecare workers.

"We are all going to need care at some point in our lifetimes, it is only right that the people who need it and the workers who provide it are treated with dignity and fairness.

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Work injury cost chef her job

A chef who is no longer able to work after suffering serious injuries in a fall at work has secured a £16,250 compensation payout. UNISON member Yvonne Rupp, 62, was working for Avalon Nursing Home in Poole when she tripped on loose flooring in the kitchen and fell heavily on her knee. She cut her hands, injured her back, tore the meniscus in her knee and exacerbated an existing hip injury. The loose flooring had been reported to her employer on a number of occasions before the incident, but managers made no attempt to fix the hazard.More

Re-open Bolton's NHS Walk-in Centre

In July 2012 Bolton's Clinical Commissioning Group closed our NHS walk-in centre at Lever Chambers, claiming it created a demand that hadn't been there and other services could handle local health issues. Today people are struggling to get an appointment with their GP when they need it, and A&E services are so stretched that it created a "major incident" in January with patients waiting over 12 hours for a bed. The walk-in centre would ease pressure on both of these services.

Join me in calling for the walk-in centre to re-open by signing my petition.

UNISON Members 50p a pint discount on selected cask ales at The Hen & Chickens, Deansgate‏

Unison members will receive a 50p reduction on a pint of our locally brewed premier cask beers.

Members must show their badge when ordering to get the discount.

Even on the non-discounted beers our prices across our range of beers are some, if not THE best in town. The pub itself is immaculate and has retained its traditional pub character which we are proud of. Below is a list of our prices including the ones that now have Unison reductions.

Premier cask beer: £2.50 per pint to unison members.

The following are not included in the UNISON discount but are every day low price beers:

Clucking Mad £1.75 a pint
Nutty Black £1.70 a pint

Carling £2.50 a pint
Fosters £2.50 a pint
Strongbow £1.99 a pint
Thwaites Smooth £2.30 a pint

A warm and friendly welcome awaits all Unison members

Holiday pay too low? Act now

Two recent legal cases on holiday pay could mean that UNISON members may have claims for underpayment if they did not receive their normal pay when on annual leave


Lock vs British Gas - additional payments for annual leave periods‏

“A tale of Bob in Barnet”


The “A Tale of Bob in Barnet” provides an insight into the challenges facing Barnet UNISON and our members. Many of the challenges we are facing are no different to what other trade unions and community campaigns have been facing since the Coalition government unleashed Austerity in our workplaces, our homes, our services.

What you need to know

Unison has seen a sharp rise in the number of safeguarding cases, whilst they are mainly within schools it is an issue which effects ALL staff. These have led to disciplinary action and in some cases dismissal. UNISON has put together some safety tips, please use them, it could save your job.

When you join facebook, ensure you ‘lock’ your page so only people YOU choose can view your pages, photo’s etc.

DO NOT under any circumstances ‘make friends’ with any service user.

Do not talk about your work base, in your status. Your Authority or manager is your employer and you can be disciplined for writing anything derogatory about them or your workplace.

It isn’t wise to be commenting about your personal life activities when you are on sick leave.


These are now safeguarding issues. An employer can discipline you if they believe your comments bring ‘The employer into disrepute’. Ignorance could lose you your job and is not a defence.

Free financial advice

UNISON Debtline offers members and their families a range of services from advice on budgeting and council tax arrears to debt management plans. MORE

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