38degrees logo emailGovernment back-track on Internet 'Spy Plan'

Great news! We've stopped the government's plan to spy on everyone's internet use. Late yesterday Nick Clegg announced he will not allow the "snoopers' charter" to go ahead. [1]

38 Degrees members moved quickly when we first heard of the plan to collect details of who we call, text, email and which websites we visit. We voted to work together to stop these intrusive and expensive plans.

Together, over the past 18 months:

  • nearly 200,000 of us signed the petition to stop government snooping [2]
  • tens of thousands of us emailed our MPs
  • from Dundee to Penzance, thousands of us met up locally to deliver our massive petition direct to MPs [3]
  • nearly 19,000 38 Degrees members raised their concerns directly to the parliamentary committee looking at the government's plans [4]

Message from the president

I confess to having mixed emotions after my election as President last June at Unison conference.

Of course I was immensely proud to be elected into the most senior lay post in this great Union and the first President to come from the East Midlands but I also knew I’d been elected in very difficult times for the Union, for public services and for our member s. We were and still are facing an onslaught from the Coalition Government on our jobs, pay, and services.

efocus dave prentisUse your vote in the NEC elections

This is your union - have your say in who leads it.

The national executive council (NEC) is the body that runs UNISON and takes key decisions that affect you as a UNISON member.

Elections are now taking place to the NEC, and the people elected will be responsible for the way UNISON is run for the next two years. It is important that you use your vote to elect people who you believe will best speak for you.

You will be receiving a ballot pack at your home address, along with information about the candidates, and I urge you to use your vote to ensure that we get a good turnout, as democracy is very important to this union.

NECelectYou must vote by the closing date of 24 May.

If you have not received your ballot pack by 29 April please call 0845 355 0845. Lines are open from 6am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.
Don't forget to use your vote.

(Click on the image 'Use your vote' for more information)



it looks like the government is planning to privatise our fire service.

It's trying to sneak in new laws that "would enable fire and rescue authorities in England to contract out their full range of services to a suitable provider". [1]

Every day, fire crews put their lives in danger to keep us safe. Within minutes of an emergency, we can expect fire engines to be there to save lives and protect our property. Privatising these vital services might seem crazy. But that’s exactly what the government is trying to slip through a hush-hush parliamentary committee. [2]

defend council housingUNISON National Housing Seminar 17th April 2013

Report by E Midlands delegate Richard Buckwell

Welfare Reform and Benefit Cuts

The day was heavily focused on Welfare Reform and Benefit Cuts that have largely started to roll out from 1st April this year. Over 60 reps (Including 8 from the E Midlands representing 4 branches) from service areas affected attended the seminar which allowed for good debate across the different areas and also involved those from Councils, Housing Associations, Community organisations and privatised services.





This course to our women members / stewards to help to build UNISON. Are you:

  • Concerned about how cuts are affecting the workplace?
  • Interested in talking to other women workers about becoming more involved?
  • Seeking to work together to encourage each other and build campaigning confidence?

Then this training is for you!


benefits justice campaign

Saturday 11th May 11am Central Hall, Westminster

Benefit Justice is uniting all those opposed to the devastating benefit cuts.

By linking up we can challenge the government's divide and rule tactics, and unite the millions of people hit by these cuts.

Find out more by clicking the link here.

TUC Newsletters

tuc_logoThe TUC campaigns for decent employment rights, and helps unions make the most of advances in employment protection. This is where you can find out about policy briefings and expert advice on employment law for unions.  To find out whether the law can help you, visit their special your rights at work area, or view their latest newsletters here.

paymattersPay Matters Campaign April 2013

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page in Internet Explorer 8 may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.


Sign up for spring fever

Unison E-focus logoSpring fever will take over UNISON with a major union-wide recruitment campaign in March.

For the first time ever, we're gearing up every region and every part of the union to get out and recruit like never before.

General secretary Dave Prentis says: "We need to strengthen the union, we need to make sure that the activists are supported and we need to make sure our members and potential members know that UNISON is there for them."

UNISON will start four weeks of intensive recruitment activity on 11 March with every region implementing detailed recruitment strategies.


Further NJC pay talks are taking place this week and so it is absolutely urgent that members contact local councillors and council leaders to say that the pay offer is an insult they can’t accept. Suggested model text for members to customise can be downloaded here.

Details of councillors and how to contact them can be found on the NE Derbyshire website.


Government's housing policy is not moral, says UNISON

UNISON has condemned Housing Minister Nick Boles' proposals to build new houses on a third more of the country, including green sites, calling the Government's housing policies "shambolic".

Read the full article on the mainunison site here

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