2024 Health & Safety Seminar – Tackling Violence in Public Services

30 April 2024 9:00am–5:00pm

Europa Hotel Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AP

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The UNISON National Health and Safety Committee have agreed the date, venue and theme for the 2024 biennial UNISON National Health and Safety Seminar.

2024 Health and Safety Seminar Programme of Events

Violence at Work is a serious problem across public services. It is consistently raised by UNISON members as one of their greatest concerns at work. Incidents include workers being threatened, punched, pushed and kicked while carrying out their jobs.

Our members suffer acts of assault, aggression and verbal abuse on a regular basis, worryingly it is seen by many, as a routine part of a working life. UNISON reps in the sector tell us they are seeing more and more examples of violence against members who are simply doing their jobs. Systemic failings such as chronic underfunding of our public services, unsafe staffing levels and cuts to real terms Pay and terms & conditions all contribute to our members increasingly being exposed and at risk.

If you are interested in engaging more on this issue and other important health and safety matters, then please consider registering to participate in this seminar,

In the meantime, check out our ‘End Violence at Work’ campaign Charter and start the conversation with your employer.

Read the UNISON end violence at work charter

Registration and Enquiries

We have now opened the Online Conferencing System (OCS) to allow branches to register delegates.

If you want to attend the seminar, please contact your branch who can register you as a delegate or visitor on the Online Conference System (OCS). Once you are registered you will receive an email confirmation from OCS.

When registering a delegation, the Branch will be agreeing to the £138 cost of each delegate being covered directly by the branch.

Delegates should register any reasonable adjustments, dietary requirements or any additional support.

Delegate registration requests for reserve places will close on 29 February 2024 at noon.

Amending a delegation

Changes to the names of delegations via OCS can be done from 29 February 2024 after noon.


All Accommodation and transport costs are the responsibility of the branch and must be arranged separately.

Please be aware there are a limited number of rooms available at the Europa Belfast. However, there are many hotels close to the venue.

Travel Arrangements

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel by emailing unison@stewarttravelmanagement.com or telephone: 0800 091 4272 

We highly recommend branches book fully refundable travel and accommodation in case of any unforeseen changes to the event.

Seminar-related queries can be directed to healthandsafety@unison.co.uk